For most of the 20th century, domestic and international adoptions were closed. Birth parents typically placed their child with an adoption agency or a religious organization and never heard from the child again, unless the child sought them out years later.
Thomas E. Phillips has been appointed a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor. The position is one of the most prestigious titles granted by the University of Missouri System and is awarded by the UM Board of Curators.
Jim Schiffbauer is on a roll. The assistant professor of geological sciences has received the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award for 2016. The award gives special recognition to junior faculty in the early phases of their careers for superior research and creative activity on the MU campus. And just last week, Schiffbauer was notified his first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant was funded.
Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, has served as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 20 people in American history to have served as a mayor, governor and United States senator.
The American Chemical Society has named the 2016 class of ACS fellows, which includes two chemistry professors at the University of Missouri. Kent Gates, the Herman G. Schlundt Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Silvia Jurisson, professor of chemistry and radiology, are among the 57 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.
University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes announced today that Pat Okker, a senior associate provost, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Science.
The University of Missouri School of Music has hired Erin Cooper to be the new Director of Marching Mizzou, one of the most visible ensembles in the School of Music and the largest student organization on campus. Cooper has been Director of Bands at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, for the past year.
John Huntley loves Italian food, which is convenient because the assistant professor of paleobiology will spend the next month as a senior visiting fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy.
We are accustomed to seeing a person with a disability accompanied by a service animal—a dog—that helps that person navigate daily life. Service animals are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as animals trained to serve a specific disability-related function, such as a seeing-eye dog for someone with vision problems.
The Mizzou New Music Initiative and the University of Missouri School of Music have awarded the Initiative’s first-ever postdoctoral fellowship to composer Phillip Sink.
Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, Sink will teach classes in composition and electronic music at Mizzou, and also will begin a major research project to be completed during the two years of his fellowship.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Summer session opened this week at the University of Missouri, and enrollment is up 2.2 percent. Overall, summer enrollment is up to 13,697 students, an increase of 298 students from last year’s total of 13,396. This is an all-time high for summer enrollment.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety reporting system that collects information about possible side effects that may occur after inoculation. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and available online, anyone can report possible adverse reactions to vaccines for any reason, making it a rich source of information about possible vaccine harms.
A couple who decides to have children faces a choice—whether consciously or not—to either have fewer children and invest their resources in the health and well-being of those children, or to have more children with the realization that there will be fewer parental resources to invest in each child. Robert Lynch, a postdoctoral student in anthropology, says this is the well-known biological concept of a quality–quantity trade-off.
The newest faculty member in the Department of Communication wants to know how the media we use influences our perceptions of others—especially others who differ from us in some significant way. Julius Riles successfully defended his dissertation in communication at the University of Illinois last fall and will begin his new duties as an assistant professor at MU this fall.
Speer Morgan and Kris Somerville spend a lot of time rummaging through dusty archives, making friends with curators of libraries, and traveling to conduct literary research in New Orleans, Texas, New York, and London, to name a few of their frequent research haunts.
Alumnus Major Garrett spends most of his time in Washington, D.C., or on the road covering the most important political stories of the day, but he calls the University of Missouri his second home. The CBS News chief White House correspondent will take the stage at Mizzou Arena Saturday evening to talk to graduates about the impact his four years at MU had on his life and his career.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of May 13-15, 5,606 students will receive degrees during spring commencement exercises at the University of Missouri. University officials also will honor MU Law alumnus and philanthropist, Shawn Askinosie, with an honorary degree.
A pair of teachers, a couple of advisers, and two teaching assistants will be recognized for their contributions to MU students during a year-end reception hosted by the Arts and Science Student Council May 2. For the second time this semester, the student council has solicited nominations for Purple Chalk Awards for the best instructors, Blue Chalk Awards for excellence in advising, and Green Chalk Awards for outstanding graduate teaching assistants.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Research has shown the significance of social relationships in influencing adult human behavior and health; however, little is known about how children’s perception of their social networks correlates with stress and how it may influence development. Now, a University of Missouri research team has determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause.