Professor Tom Phillips joined the faculty in the Division of Biological Sciences in 1986.

The University of Missouri has named Tom Phillips, professor of biological sciences, as the recipient of the 2014 Maxine Christopher Shutz Award and Lecture for Distinguished Teaching.

Professor Candi Galen

Columbia Public Schools has named Professor Candi Galen a “Science Hero.”

The award recognizes Galen’s role in establishing and serving as faculty director of MU’s Show-Me Nature GK-12 program. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program enhances science learning in elementary schools by partnering graduate students in the sciences with fourth and fifth grade teachers and students.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lowland South America, including the Amazon Basin, harbors most of the last indigenous societies that have limited contact with the outside world. Studying these tribes, located deep within Amazonian rainforests, gives scientists a glimpse at what tribal cultures may have been like before the arrival of Europeans.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The term “tween” denotes a child who is between the ages of 8 and 12 and is used to describe a preadolescent who is “in between” being a child and a teen. This demographic watches more television than any other age group and is considered to be a very lucrative market. Tween television programming consists of two genres: “teen scene” (geared toward girls) and “action-adventure” (geared toward boys).

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record. Also dubbed the “Cambrian explosion,” fossilized records from this time provide glimpses into evolutionary biology when the world’s ecosystems rapidly changed and diversified. Most fossils show the organisms’ skeletal structure, which may or may not give researchers accurate pictures of these prehistoric organisms.

Ray Semlitsch, Curators’ Professor of biological sciences, is corresponding author of the study.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Currently, there are more than 18,300 golf courses in the U.S. covering over 2.7 million acres. The ecological impacts of golf courses are not always straightforward with popular opinion suggesting that environmentally, golf courses have a negative impact on ecosystems.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Coding genes contain DNA sequences that are used to assign functions required for development and maintenance within a cell. These coding genes articulate how a fingernail grows, help develop nerve cells responsible for chewing, and are vital in helping the spinal cord facilitate movement in arms or legs.

Dr. Weicai Yang recognizes Dr. James Birchler with a prestigious Einstein Professorship in a ceremony held on March 18 at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

Columbia, MO—The Chinese Academy of Sciences has named James Birchler, Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, a recipient of an Einstein Professorship.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Commerce Bank Chair Jim Schatz today awarded one of the 2014 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to Ann Harrell, an associate professor of voice and voice area coordinator in the School of Music in the MU College of Arts and Science.

The red widow spider (Latrodectus bishopi) gets its name for the reddish-orange coloring of its head, carapace, and legs. Although venomous, no bites from this spider have been recorded. (Photo courtesy of J. Carrel)

Beetles. They’re what’s for breakfast—or at least for the red widow spider (Latrodectus bishopi), according to a new study by University of Missouri biologist James Carrel. The study, which appears in the March issue of the Florida Entomologist, provides a first-time glimpse at the diet of this enigmatic spider found only in Florida’s “scrub” habitat.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The world’s oceans cover more than 72 percent of the earth’s surface, impact a major part of the carbon cycle, and contribute to variability in global climate and weather patterns. However, accurately predicting the condition of the ocean is limited by current methods.

Professor David Setzer

David Setzer, a professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts & Science, was named the Advisors Forum Advising Shout Out Award winner for February. The Shout Out Award is awarded twice a semester and recognizes undergraduate advisers for the impact they make on students’ lives.

Stephanie Schuttler shows a young student how to install and set up a remote a camera trap, which they’ll use to collect photos of mammals in different environments.

While attending Mizzou, Stephanie Schuttler, Ph.D  ’13, helped local school kids set up motion-sensitive cameras to study animals in their environment. The experience helped her land a prestigious postdoctoral position with eMammal at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Division of Student Affairs has awarded three faculty members the 2014 MU Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity. This is an endowed award given annually to three faculty members whose work elevates diversity and inclusion on the MU campus. This year’s recipients are:

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When use of a dominant hand is lost by amputation or stroke, a patient is forced to compensate by using the nondominant hand exclusively for precision tasks like writing or drawing. Presently, the behavioral and neurological effects of chronic, forced use of the nondominant hand are largely understudied and unknown.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a wide variety of consumer products, such as resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, thermal paper store receipts, and dental composites. BPA exhibits hormone-like properties, and exposure of fetuses, infants, children or adults to the chemical has been shown to cause numerous abnormalities, including cancer, as well as reproductive, immune and brain-behavior problems in rodents.

Dawn Schillinger

Congratulations to senior economics student Dawn Schillinger for being awarded the prestigious Mizzou ’39 Award, which is given to 39 outstanding seniors for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to Mizzou and the community.

“Being selected for Mizzou ’39 was really an honor,” Schillinger says. “I was excited to be considered at all, looking at the history of the award and the truly Mizzou- and community-changing individuals who have been honored in the past.”

Congratulations to MU doctoral graduate Teerachat Techapaisarnjaroenkij for being selected by the Eastern Economic Association as the recipient of the group’s Eckstein Prize for 2011–12.

The award is given out to the author(s) of the best article published in the EEA in a two-year period. Techapaisarnjaroenkij’s article, co-written with Assistant Professor Cory Koedel, studied the relative performance of Head Start and non-Head Start childcare programs.

Martin Sanders

2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.

Martin E. Sanders
BA ’75 microbiology

Michael Podgursky

In this video, Michael Podgursky takes his expertise in the economics of education and applies it to how educators are compensated. Podgursky, who teaches economics at the University of Missouri, contends that teacher payment systems have unintentionally become dysfunctional.


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