COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) will honor broadcasting legend Jann Carl, internationally recognized geneticist Jerry Taylor, and 13 other outstanding faculty and alumni at its 49th annual Faculty-Alumni Awards Ceremony on Nov. 11 in the Reynolds Alumni Center. The Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Faculty Award and Faculty-Alumni Awards will be presented to outstanding MU faculty and alumni.

History Prof. Steven Watts

MU history professor Steven Watts says his curiosity about the popularity of President John F. Kennedy led to a new understanding of America’s 35th president, which he explores in his new book, JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier.

An MU history professor who specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of the United States says his curiosity about the popularity of President John F. Kennedy led to a new understanding of America’s 35th president. Steven Watts’s new book, JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier (St. Martin’s Press 2016), was officially released this week.

cover of Mosaics 2016

Senior J'Den Cox is a psychology major, an MU wrestler, and a recent bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympics. Read more of his story inside Mosaics.

The autumn 2016 issue of the College of Arts and Science alumni magazine, Mosaics, is available to view at

Cory Koedel

Cory Koedel, associate professor of economics and public policy at MU, says that teachers may not value pension benefits as much as they cost to provide. He suggests funds currently devoted to support defined-benefit plans could likely be spent in a more strategic manner to promote the highest quality workforce for students.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fifteen years ago, in an effort to improve teacher benefits, St. Louis Public Schools enacted a change to the defined-benefit pension plan that resulted in an immediate and dramatic increase in the incentives to remain teaching in St. Louis. Similar enhancements also occurred across the country.

Elizabeth Gammel

Morganite is a gem-quality stone that is becoming increasingly popular for its use in engagement and wedding rings because it often comes in light pastel shades of pink. Morganite, named after the financier J.P. Morgan in 1911, is a type of pegmatite, an igneous rock that forms during the final stage of a magma’s crystallization.

Dr. Linda Godwin

To celebrate 2016 Homecoming, the Mizzou Alumni Association will host the first Homecoming Hall of Fame Luncheon to honor the inaugural alumni inductees of the Mizzou Homecoming Hall of Fame. The inaugural inductees are Linda Godwin, David Novak and Kellen Winslow. The induction will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Reynolds Alumni Center (the event is sold out).

Linda Godwin

Mizzou fall cover

The latest issue of Mizzou magazine features a number of stories about the contributions and achievements of faculty members in the College of Arts and Science. Here is just a sample:

Prof. Peter Markie receives the Purple Chalk Award.

Arts and Science Student Council President Blake Nourie (left) and Vice President Jacob Young present the 2016 Purple Chalk Award to Professor Peter Markie of the Department of Philosophy.

The Arts and Science Student Council presented Chalk Awards to an economics professor, a philosophy professor, and an academic adviser during the council’s recent trivia night at Memorial Union. The Chalk Awards, first presented to instructors and advisers in 1974, are a means for students to recognize faculty and staff who have made a difference in students’ lives.

Curators' Distinguished Professor Scott Cairns

The Board of Curators has named Professor of English Scott Cairns a University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor. Cairns, who received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Utah, teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing.

Curators Distinguished Professor of Statistics Chris Wikle

Chris Wikle, professor of statistics, has been named a University of Missouri Curators' Distinguished Professor. Wikle received his PhD from Iowa State University in 1996. His research focuses on spatio-temporal and hierarchical models and Bayesian methods.

Roy Fox (left) with the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, at Fulbright US.

Roy Fox (left) with the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, at Fulbright U.S.

Dr. Roy Fox, emeritus professor of English and education at the University of Missouri, began his Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland last month. Fox will spend three months in Ireland as Scholar in Residence to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (CACSS) Graduate School at University College Cork (UCC).

studying in Ellis

MU officials today announced that official fall enrollment is 33,266, the sixth highest enrollment in university history.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Official enrollment figures for the 2016-2017 academic year at the University of Missouri showed an increase from opening day, including total enrollment, undergraduates, total minority students and retention rate. Overall, MU’s official fall enrollment is 33,266, up 489 students or 1.5 percent from opening day enrollment numbers.

Douglas Osmun

As this year’s winner, Osmun (pictured) now will be commissioned to write an original work for Mizzou’s University Philharmonic orchestra, with the premiere performance to be presented as part of the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. With the commission, he also will receive funding for the production of the score and parts, and a professional recording of his work.

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have awarded the 2017 Sinquefield Composition Prize to Douglas Osmun.

Osmun, who grew up in Zeeland, MI, is a first-year graduate student at Mizzou studying composition with Stefan Freund. He submitted “First Fig,” a work written for alto voice, cello and piano, to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.

Robert Kazmierczak

Robert Kazmierczak, a postdoctoral fellow in biological sciences at MU, recently published a paper showing that weekly injections of a particular Salmonella strain into genetically engineered mice with prostate cancer reduced the size of the tumors without serious side-effects. (Photo credit: Alycia McGee)

It may sound a bit exotic to a layperson, but researchers at the Cancer Research Center (CRC) in Columbia have discovered they can use a genetically modified strain of Salmonella bacteria to target cancer cells.

Assistant Professor Pamela Brown

Dr. Pamela Brown is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.

Pamela Brown, an assistant professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, received a three-year $624,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study cell growth in the soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

Curators Distinguished Professor of History Ian Worthington

Curators Distinguished Professor of History Ian Worthington will discuss his research on Ptolemy as this year’s distinguished speaker for the 21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture. His presentation, “Ptolemy I of Egypt: Alexander the Great’s Greatest Successor?” will be held on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Stotler Lounge, with a reception to follow.

Curators Distinguished Professor of History Ian Worthington enjoys challenging conventional wisdom. Worthington teaches courses in Greek history, western civilization, and ancient history and has written what have been described by scholars as “the definitive histories” of Alexander the Great and Phillip II of Macedonia.

Armel Koulong (left, kneeling) with fellow cadets from different ROTC programs.

Armel Koulong (left, kneeling) with fellow cadets from different ROTC programs who are paticipating in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program offered by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

The College of Arts and Science strongly encourages all students to study abroad during their time at MU because study abroad has long been accepted as an integral part of a well-rounded undergraduate education. Popular study-abroad destinations for MU students include Greece, Italy, Spain, and South America. For cadets in MU’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), however, study abroad can happen anywhere in the world the U.S. Army has an established presence.

Professor of Chemistry and Radiology Silvia Jurisson

Silvia Jurisson and her team are exploring alternate materials that could be used to help recycle the metals used to produce radioisotopes more efficiently and with less waste.

According to the World Nuclear Association, more than 10,000 hospitals worldwide use radioisotopes in medicine. Molybdenum-99, the parent isotope of technetium-99m, is the most widely used radioisotope for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. However, production costs and the limited viability of the isotope can be a challenge for clinicians and healthcare providers.

Kathryn Burns

Kathryn Burns, BA ‘02 communication, won a Creative Arts Emmy for choreography for three musical numbers on the CW television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. (Photo credit: William Callan)

Kathryn Burns, BA ‘02 communication, doesn’t actually dance on the CW television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but the former MU Golden Girl certainly knows how to “bust a move.” Burns is the choreographer for all of the musical numbers on the show and just won an Emmy for three of them.

Prof. Sue Langdon (l) and Prof. Lisa Sattenspiel

Departmental chairs Sue Langdon (left) and Lisa Sattenspiel took local reporters on a preview tour of the renovated Swallow Hall Sept. 14.

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Anthropology will welcome the public to celebrate the re-opening of Swallow Hall Sept. 15, but departmental chairs Sue Langdon and Lisa Sattenspiel and campus officials took local reporters on a preview tour of the renovated building Sept. 14.