Shawn Christ

Shawn Christ, an associate professor of psychological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, and his team saw in previous studies that younger children with autism had more difficulty with visual distractions as compared to their same-aged peers without autism. This impairment was not observed for older adolescents and adults with autism. In the current study, the team was able to narrow the age range and confirm the previous findings.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The ability to block out the noise and focus on a specific task is a crucial skill in daily life. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that early childhood, before the age of 10, represents a critical time when children with autism have particular difficulty with this ability and would benefit from intervention addressing this weakness.

Associate Professor Brian Silvey

Brian Silvey has led a dedicated and outstanding career by educating a diverse set of students for almost a decade at the University of Missouri. Silvey’s commitment to his students’ success has created strong relationships with those he has inspired over the years. He has taught an array of classes while at MU and stands out as someone who adapts easily when going from teaching graduate music education courses to basic music skills for non-majors.

CAFNR/A&S Career Fair 2019

Hundreds of MU students, dressed in professional business attire and carrying their résumés, visited the Spring 2019 CAFNR/Arts and Science Career Fair in Brewer Fieldhouse this afternoon to talk to the more than 120 employer representatives about internships, fellowships, or future employment.

Esterhazy Quartet

Assistant Professor of Cello Eli Lara (left), Assistant Professor of Violin Julie Rosenfeld, Professor of Violin Eva Szekely, and Professor of Viola Leslie Perna are the current members of MU’s Esterhazy Quartet, which celebrates its 50th anniversary March 4 at Whitmore Recital Hall.   

On Monday, March 4, the School of Music’s Esterhazy Quartet will mark its 50th anniversary on the MU campus with a concert at the Whitmore Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building beginning at 7:30 p.m. Two of the composers the quartet has collaborated with for many years have written original pieces for the evening.

Tarkow, Middleton, Okker, Wojak, Dennis

Distinguished Service Honoree Ted Tarkow (left), Distinguished Alumnus Michael Middleton, Dean Patricia Okker, Distinguished Alumna Angie Wojack, and Distinguished Alumnus Gregory Dennis pose for a group photo at the 38th Annual Arts and Science Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center Feb. 22.

A groundbreaking doctor, a civil rights attorney, a talent agent for artists, and a beloved professor each was honored by the College of Arts and Science at the college’s 38th Annual A&S Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center Feb. 22. Dean Patricia Okker presented plaques recognizing three Distinguished Alumni: Gregory Dennis, BA ’76 biological sciences; Michael Middleton, BA ’68 political science, JD ’71; and Angie Wojak, MFA ’92.

maize paints

The researchers developed paints for all ten chromosome pairs in maize and, as proof of concept, applied each chromosome-specific paint to chromosomes isolated from root tip cells. Here, chromosome 10 is painted in red, showing the specificity of the tool.

A team of scientists led by MU maize geneticist James Birchler has designed a tool for scientists to paint whole chromosomes in plants different colors. The method is described in a paper published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Assistant Professor Daive Dunkley

The national theme for Black History Month this February is Black Migrations, which emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

Associate Professor of Physics Gavin King

What do you know about cells, the fundamental structural unit of plant and animal life? All living cells have membranes that protect cellular integrity while controlling the flow of information and materials into and out of cells. A major component of cell membranes is lipid molecules, which form bilayered structures, while most of the work done inside cells is performed by proteins, linear molecules built from 20 different amino acids.

Associate Professor Sean Franzel

Associate Professor Sean Franzel, seen here in Budapest, Hungary, will spend a year in Germany researching his new book after receiving a Humboldt fellowship.

An associate professor of German will spend a year in Germany after receiving a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Sean Franzel will begin part of his year-long fellowship at the Free University of Berlin this July and then complete the fellowship in 2021.

Professor of Chemistry Arthur Suits

Prof. Suits and his team found is that spin flips between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms can happen very efficiently in the course of a chemical reaction as the products separate after reaction if they are two “radicals”—molecules with at least one unpaired electron each.

An unexpected discovery in Professor Arthur Suits’ chemistry lab could have implications for manufacturing more efficient solar cells and improving photodynamic therapies for treating cancer, and it may contribute to research into quantum computing. At the heart of the discovery is the spin of electrons. Molecules are either nonmagnetic or magnetic depending on whether two electrons are paired with opposite spins or unpaired with same spins.

David Geary

David Geary and his team say a new way of measuring gender inequality is fairer to both men and women, and presents a simplified but more accurate picture of peoples’ well-being than previous calculations.

Researchers from the University of Missouri and University of Essex in the United Kingdom say a new way of measuring gender inequality is fairer to both men and women, and presents a simplified but more accurate picture of peoples’ well-being than previous calculations. The new Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) focuses on three factors – educational opportunities, healthy life expectancy and overall life satisfaction.

Carolina Heredia and Katina Bitsicas

Assistant Professor of Music Composition Carolina Heredia and Assistant Professor of Digital Storytelling Katina Bitsicas first collaborated on a piece commissioned by a Rhode Island-based music ensemble, and plan to continue working together.

Argentinian composer Carolina Heredia’s work explores the merging of music and visuals, and her current research is invested in the production of interactive audiovisual works. This semester, the assistant professor of music composition launched a new course called Intermedia, which focuses on creating collaborative, interdisciplinary works featuring poetry, music, video, and other elements.


Schroeder, Boyd, Smith, Baker

No straight line exists between Move-In Day and commencement. This December, 2,243 students will earn degrees from the University of Missouri. Their journeys are as unique as the students themselves.

Student Affairs caught up with four soon-to-be-alumni, who agreed to share a little of their path to graduation and where the road leads next.

A and S commencement

The College of Arts and Science 2018 fall commencement will be held at the Hearnes Center Dec. 15, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Jenelle Beavers has served as counsel in the University of Missouri’s Office of General Counsel for about a year, after serving as associate director of Mizzou’s Honors College. Prior to returning to campus, Beavers, BA ’01 English, served eight years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, leading False Claims Act investigations and civil prosecutions in the health, technology, and defense industries.

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The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs (TSPA) in the College of Arts and Science and the Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are excited to announce that the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) will join the Truman School to partner with the Institute of Public Policy (IPP), effective January 1, 2019.

Jennifer First with students

Jennifer First, program manager at the MU Disaster and Community Crisis Center, says that disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children’s mental health. The center offers resources to help children cope with disasters.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In 2018, American children have been exposed to multiple disasters – ravaging wildfires in California, to major Hurricanes in Florida and the Carolinas, and mass shootings in schools and places of worship – all of which have been covered 24/7 by the media.

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To ignite a comprehensive conversation about the grand challenge of addiction, the University of Missouri will host The Science of Addiction Symposium featuring keynote speakers of national prominence, as well as thought leaders from a range of disciplines across the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri will host The Science of Addiction Symposium Dec. 6 at the Bond Life Sciences Center to launch a broader collaboration among researchers and professionals focusing on addiction. A primary goal is to chart a path forward for addiction-related work at the university. Professor Jamie Arndt, chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at MU, emailed Professor Denis McCarthy and Curators’ Professor of Psychological Sciences Kenneth J.

Curators' Professor Shi-Jie Chen

Curators' Professor Shi-Jie Chen

Curators' Professor Shi-Jie Chen of the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy has been named a 2018 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Johannes Schul

Johannes Schul, Professor of Biological Sciences

Johannes Schul, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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