COLUMBIA, Mo. – Suzanne Burgoyne, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri, has given a $1 million estate gift to MU to create the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research in the Department of Theatre in the MU College of Arts and Science. The new center will expand opportunities to use theater techniques as active learning strategies in a number of disciplines and industries.

WHAT: A major announcement regarding a gift to the University of Missouri. This gift will create and enhance educational and research opportunities at the MU Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Science. The announcement also will include a short theatrical performance by MU theater students.

Sharon Austin Keister, BA ’61 zoology, and Richard Keister, BA ’61 mathematics

Richard Keister, BA ’61 mathematics, and Sharon Austin Keister, BA ’61 zoology, fondly remember their time at MU. They were both first-generation college students and enjoyed great relationships with faculty and staff. “All the people at MU were very friendly, helpful, and available,” says Richard Keister. 

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

WHAT: Geoff Eley, contemporary history professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, will visit the University of Missouri to present, “Placing the Holocaust in History: Shifting Perspectives, 1960-2010.” Eley’s talk will focus on ways historians have represented the Holocaust to the public and how viewpoints have changed over time.

Brianne Boland’s packaging design for Demitasse Creamery

Professor Jean Brueggenjohann pushes her graphic design students to produce fresh concepts and interesting work each semester. Her students graduate with job offers from top agencies and companies including Hallmark, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the U.S. State Department, among many others. Outstanding portfolios and resumes always predicate these job offers, and two of Brueggenjohann’s recent students, Brianne Boland and Jacob Brcic, can add an impressive accomplishment to their resumes.

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2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding 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.

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BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the social world, people constantly gather information through visual cues that are used to evaluate others and interact. A new study from researchers at the University of Missouri determined that babies can make sense of complex social situations, and that they expect people to behave appropriately.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The bestselling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is being released as a major motion picture February 13th. The book and others in the trilogy depict the relationship between the naïve college graduate, Anastasia Steele and business magnate, Christian Grey. Melissa A.

WHAT: Science Café Columbia continues its mission to inspire informal, relaxed conversations about popular science topics.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Grasping an object involves a complex network of brain functions. First, visual cues are processed in specialized areas of the brain. Then, other areas of the brain use these signals to control the hands to reach for and manipulate the desired object.

A&S alumni are leaders all around the world, particularly in the state of Missouri and within the university community. Two of them have recently been appointed to the MU System Board of Curators by Governor Jay Nixon.

Professor Cheryl Black

Cheryl Black, professor of acting, theater history, and dramaturgy has always loved theater. She enjoys studying the history and theory of theater just as much as she relishes any opportunity to actively participate in a play. Her role as a leader in the field was recently affirmed when she was named a fellow of the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC).  

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Considerable attention has been paid to how boys’ educational achievements in science and math compare to girls’ accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls in these areas.

Larry Dale Clark, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Science and professor emeritus of theatre

Larry Dale Clark, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Science and professor emeritus of theatre, passed away in December at age 82 in Columbia, Missouri.

Lacy Johnson

For her harrowing memoir, "The Other Side," Houston writer Lacy Johnson has been named a finalist for two prestigious national awards: a National Book Critics Circle Award for the best autobiography of 2014; and an

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The evaluation of public school teachers is a topic addressed regularly by voters and policymakers around the country. Researchers at the University of Missouri have identified a plan to evaluate teachers fairly using a “proportional” system.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gold nanoparticles have been proven useful in a number of medical applications.  Scientists are developing nanoparticles to produce pharmaceuticals used in the imaging and diagnosis of diseases such as cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and eye degeneration. However, problems occur in the development of these nanoparticles as toxic chemicals are sometimes released during the manufacturing process.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When seeking clues about the future effects of possible climate change, sometimes scientists look to the past. Now, a paleobiologist from the University of Missouri has found indications of a greater risk of parasitic infection due to climate change in ancient mollusk fossils.


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