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.

Alex Barker speaking at EUNIC in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, the Capitoline Museums of Rome and the City of Rome launched a partnership with the University of Missouri to study a treasure trove of ancient artifacts that had been stored in the Italian museum for more than a century. Under the Hidden Treasure of Rome project, artifacts are shipped to MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology for detailed analysis and documentation.

Associate Professor Elisa Glick

Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri will be required to take three credit hours from courses in the college’s undergraduate curriculum that are designated “DI” for diversity intensive. The proposed diversity course requirement was approved by 75 percent of the tenured and non-tenure track faculty who voted on the measure. 

Shawn Christ

New research into a relatively rare genetic brain disorder finds the effects appear to be more extensive than previously thought and that current treatment regimens are insufficient. Shawn Christ, an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and director of the University of Missouri Brain Imaging Center, has been studying phenylketonuria (PKU) and its effects on neural and cognitive abilities for 12 years.

Ian Worthington

The Hellenic American Leadership Council has invited an MU history professor to deliver a public lecture and feature his latest book in conjunction with a major exhibit at one of the largest natural history museums in the world.

R. Paul Crabb

The University Singers will present "Tradition and Influence: The African-American Musical Legacy," March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. The group is conducted by R. Paul Crabb, director of choral activities at the School of Music, and features accompanist Jenna Braaksma. Crabb says the concert was prepared to inform and educate audiences about the influence of African-American musicians and poets following the events on the MU campus last fall.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Developing drought-tolerant corn varieties that make efficient use of available water is vital to sustain the estimated 9 billion global population by 2050. For the past several decades, University of Missouri researchers have been working to solve this world hunger problem and have made significant strides.

Arthur Suits

A St. Louis native and MU graduate has returned to Missouri to begin the next chapter in his remarkable scientific career. Professor Arthur Suits, BS ’87, considered one of the best experimental physical chemists in the world, brought his team of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Wayne State University in Detroit to Columbia in January.

Matthew Will

Matthew Will and his team recently discovered the chemical circuits and mechanisms in the brain that separate food consumption from cravings. Knowing more about these mechanisms could help researchers develop drugs that reduce overeating.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Researchers investigating eating disorders often study chemical and neurological functions in the brain to discover clues to overeating. Understanding non-homeostatic eating — or eating that is driven more by palatability, habit and food cues — and how it works in the brain may help neuroscientists determine how to control cravings, maintain healthier weights and promote healthier lifestyles.

Heather Carver

A trilogy of one-woman plays, which started with a devastating diagnosis, led Dr. Heather Carver to understand the power of humor in supporting health.

Booby Hatch, a Hysterical Musicale premieres on March 2, 2016 at the Corner Playhouse, on the MU campus, in Columbia, MO. It is the third in a comedic, autobiographical trilogy about Carver’s experiences as a breast cancer patient and survivor of over ten years. 

Jeffrey Milyo

In the Netflix series House of Cards, protagonist Frank Underwood climbs from speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to president using every dirty trick in the book, including murder. It’s a cynical view of life in our nation’s capital, yet it mirrors the growing public perception that politics and politicians are corrupt.

Dale Prouty

Jefferson City native Dale Prouty, BS, BS EE ’74, has been involved with more than 25 technology businesses during his career, but he believes his current company has the potential to change the world. Prouty is chief executive officer of Tri Alpha Energy (TAE), located in southern California, which is working to develop fusion-based electricity generation.

Bea Smith, Larry McMullen, Dudley and Beth McCarter

Bea Smith, former dean of the College of Environmental Sciences, poses with 2016 A&S honorees Larry McMullen, Dudley McCarter, and Beth McCarter at the 35th Annual A&S Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

The MU College of Arts and Science presented awards to two distinguished alumni of the college and to a dear friend and supporter of the college during the 2016 Arts and Science Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center, Feb. 19.  Larry McMullen, BA ’53 political science, JD ’59; and Beth McCarter, BA ’84 political science, were named Distinguished Alumni and were presented plaques for their contributions to the college and to the university.

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MU alumna Lacretta Ross will make her Broadway debut as Levora in DISASTER! Ross most recently was on tour with The Book of Mormon (Latter Day).  Select credits include: Regional: A Wrinkle in Time (Coterie Theatre), All Shook Up (FRP), Ragtime (PCS), Avenue Q (Barter). Opera: Carmen (Carmen), Gianni Schicchi (Zita). Television: “Law & Order: SVU,” “30 Rock.”

Using the stage name Lacretta Nicole, University of Missouri-Columbia alumna Lacretta Ross, BA Interdisciplinary Studies '03, has landed the role of Levora in the new Broadway musical comedy DISASTER!

Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, the musical, which is currently in previews, blends disco with the popular disaster film genre of the 1970s. Ross will make her Broadway debut when DISASTER! opens at the Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016.

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A pair of professors, an academic adviser, and a graduate teaching assistant have been given Chalk Awards for excellence by the College of Arts and Science Student Council. Associate Professor of Russian Tim Langen and Associate Professor Soren Larsen of the Department of Geography each received the 2016 Arts and Science Purple Chalk Award for their excellence as faculty instructors.

Jeffrey D. Byrne

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Jeffrey Byrne, BA ’83, to the Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority (MoHEFA). The seven-member board provides access to capital markets in an effort to lower the cost of health and educational services in Missouri by providing high-quality, readily available, low-cost financing alternatives for Missouri public and private, nonprofit health, and educational institutions.

Paola Savvidou

There are a lot of occupations that are inherently at risk for injuries, such as farming or firefighting or construction. But unless you are a musician, you probably don’t consider being a pianist a profession that entails much risk of injury. Paola Savvidou, an assistant professor of piano pedagogy at MU, says there is actually a very high risk of physical injury to pianists.

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Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) – Credit: Brice Grunert

COLUMBIA, Mo. – According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2015 was the hottest year on record. According to a University of Missouri researcher, increasing temperatures and climate variability might have an effect on the sounds produced by gray treefrogs.

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Chancellor Hank Foley (left), and College of Arts and Science Dean Michael O'Brien applaud the announcement of a gift of more than $2 million from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield to support the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, residents of Westphalia, Mo., have given a gift of more than $2 million over three years to the University of Missouri to support the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI). The MNMI brings together a diverse array of programs which position the MU School of Music as a leading national and international center in the areas of composition and new music. This latest gift will support the MNMI through 2019.

Brian Houston

Brian Houston is an associate professor of communication in the MU College of Arts and Science and co-director of the Disaster and Community Crisis Center.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Recent flooding in Missouri turned deadly and left many homes and businesses submerged in overflowing rivers. Hundreds of people were evacuated as many of their homes were under water. Often, children are the most vulnerable in natural disasters and require assistance and support long after they are affected.