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2016

Robert Lynch in Iceland

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.

Julius Riles

Assistant Professor Julius Riles will begin teaching in the Department of Communication in the fall of 2016.

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.

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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.

Major Garrett

CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett will deliver the commencement address at the College of Arts and Science 2016 Spring Commencement at Mizzou Arena Saturday evening.

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.

Spring 15 A&S graduates

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&S Student Council presents award to Elliot

Arts and Science Student Council president Blake Nourie, left, and vice president Jacob Young, right, present the Purple Chalk Award plaque to Grant Eilliott at the Student Council trivia night in Memorial Union May 2.

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.

Mark Flinn

Mark Flinn, seen here on one of his many trips to Dominica, determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause. Credit: Mark V. Flinn

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.

Fred Vom Saal

Vom Saal says a new study has corroborated his work showing that BPA causes a linear increase in the death rate of embryos and could be the cause for decreases in the frequency of implantation, pregnancy and live birth rates in couples seeking in vitro fertilization.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, metal food and beverage containers, and thermal paper cash register receipts. Long considered to have health effects on animals and humans, exposure to BPA may lead to reduced quality of embryos during reproduction.

The Missouri Review spring 16 cover

Editors of The Missouri Review are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize Contest for fiction, essay and poetry. In addition to publication in the upcoming spring 2016 issue of The Missouri Review, the winners will each receive $5,000.

David Singh

Each time you drive your car, about one-third of the gasoline your engine burns is not used to propel the vehicle forward. Instead, that energy just goes out the exhaust pipe in the form of heat. In fact, MU Professor of Physics David Singh says about half of all of the energy consumed in the United States results in waste heat. Singh and his colleagues have been trying to find ways to harness that waste heat and convert it into electricity using thermoelectric materials.

David Geary

David Geary and his team determined that, overall, girls experience negative emotions about mathematics that can result in avoidance of math topics.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Global studies have shown that women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex differences in math and technical scores persist.

Chancellor Hank Foley and Helen Bass

It was the Friday before Spring Break when Helen Bass was summoned to a meeting with the Office of Service-Learning staff. Awaiting her arrival to the second floor of Lowry Hall were MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, College of Arts & Science Dean Michael O’Brien and Professor of Economics Jeff Milyo. They were there to make a special announcement: Bass had been selected to receive the Mark Twain Fellowship.

Gerald Summers

The Campus Writing Program has awarded Gerald Summers, associate professor and associate director of biological sciences, the 2016 Win Horner Award for Innovative Writing Intensive Teaching.

Patrick Graham

Patrick Graham’s nomination to the University of Missouri Board of Curators will not become official until the Missouri Senate approves the appointment, but the MU junior is not sitting around waiting for lawmakers to act. Since Governor Nixon nominated Graham as the next student representative on the Board of Curators in March, Graham has attended public forums of the presidential search committee and went to listening sessions with students at UMKC and at MU.

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The Mizzou Alumni Association surveyed students who graduated last December, asking them to rate their experience at the University of Missouri. The overwhelming majority of students who responded to the survey rated their MU experience either positively or very positively:

Debbie Dougherty

Debbie Dougherty and co-author, Marlo Goldstein Hode, found that employee interpretation of sexual harassment policies may render the policy ineffective.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Although 98 percent of all organizations have sexual harassment policies, sexual harassment remains an issue in the workplace. Researchers at the University of Missouri are evaluating how employees’ interpretations of sexual harassment policies can invalidate the purpose of the policies.

Sarah Bush

Sarah Bush, an associate teaching professor of biological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, was awarded a 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz today awarded two of the 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to faculty members in the College of Arts and Science.

Candace Galen

Candace Galen was selected to receive the 2016 Excellence in Education Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists.

The award, which was initiated in 1988, recognizes outstanding teaching, mentoring, and/or educational outreach in plant biology.

Susan C. Nagel

Susan Nagel and her team report high levels of EDC activity in the surface water near a hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas and oil from underground rock. Recent studies have centered on potential water pollution from this process that may increase endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in surface and ground water and whether populations living near these operations have an increased risk of disease.

Bill Horner and James Endersby

Most people who have attended the University of Missouri are familiar with the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center or have heard of Lloyd Gaines, the first African-American to apply to the MU law school, which denied his application. Until now, however, few have been aware of the legal battles Gaines and the NAACP waged to guarantee equal rights decades before the civil rights movement gained steam.

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