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The College of Arts and Science Student Council has honored an instructor, an adviser, and a graduate teaching assistant with chalk awards for demonstrating a commitment to student success. Anne-Marie Foley, director of the Office of Service Learning, received the Purple Chalk Teaching Award for excellence as an instructor.

Bobby Campbell

When Bobby Campbell, BA ‘90 English and political science, travels to the East or West Coast to meet with other entrepreneurs or to learn about emerging trends in digital technology, he often is greeted with a blank stare when he mentions he lives in Columbia, Missouri.

2015 NAI inductees

MU physics faculty members Gabor Forgacs, Shubhra Gangopadhyay, and Fred Hawthorne are among the 168 fellows inducted into the National Academy of Inventors.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Three faculty members from the University of Missouri have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They join 168 other distinguished scientists who have been awarded this honor this year.

Hearnes Center Commencement

New graduates and guests fill the Hearnes Center for commencement ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of Dec 18-20, 2,406 students will celebrate the culmination of their academic achievements during fall commencement ceremonies at the University of Missouri. Throughout the weekend, MU will award 2,591 degrees, including 1,961 bachelor’s degrees, 460 master’s degrees, 151 doctoral degrees and 19 education specialists’ degrees.

Alex Sehlke

Alex Sehlke emerging from a lava tube on Hawaii.

In 2004, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a robotic spacecraft aboard a Delta II rocket to study the chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field of the planet Mercury.

Hank Foley

Photograph by Anthony Jinson

Henry “Hank” C. Foley, MU senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies and current UM System executive vice president for academic affairs, research and economic development was appointed interim chancellor for the MU campus Nov. 12. Foley also holds two tenured positions: professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri, and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Why Black Lives Matter

The global movement for racial and ethnic justice has reinvigorated deep interest in the critical exploration of inequality, the history of race and racism, student activism, international human rights struggle, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, the arts and cultural resistance, and environmental justice, to name but a few.

Keona Ervin

MU History Professor Keona Ervin's new book, The Labor of Dignity: Black Women, Urban Politics, and the Struggle for Economic Justice in the Gateway City, 1931–1969, is expected to be published in late 2016 or early 2017.

Keona K. Ervin can easily connect the dots from the fight for racial equality and justice on college campuses across the country today to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, which in turn were an outgrowth of social movement activism of the 1930s and ’40s.

Sarah Ward

People who trust their intuition, or gut instincts, may at times be less likely to commit immoral acts compared to those who tend to discount their gut feelings. That’s one of the conclusions of a study conducted by fourth-year social personality psychology doctoral candidate Sarah Ward.

Haley Horstman

Human beings are storytellers. Few of us would claim to be storytellers in the vein of Mark Twain, but each of us creates stories in our heads to help us make sense of our challenging experiences, our everyday lives, and our identities.

Ben Colagiovanni

University of Missouri composition student Ben Colagiovanni has won this year’s award in the “Young Artist” category of the Missouri state division of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) composition competition.

Colagiovanni, a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music composition at Mizzou, was recognized for “Forest Park Rhapsody.”

biosci workshop flyer

The Division of Biological Sciences, in conjunction with MU’s Computational Neurobiology Center, is offering three training opportunities in computational neuroscience this summer for all levels, from undergraduate to faculty. All three interdisciplinary programs emphasize the use of integrative approaches to understand how the activity of individual neurons within neural circuits give rise to outputs ranging from movement to thought.

Mary Jo Muratore

Professor of French Mary Jo Muratore says her principal objective has always been to focus on innovative scholarship and to share the processes of research and writing with students at all levels.  Muratore’s dedication to her work and her devotion to her students are being recognized by the university—she was recently named the University of Missouri Curators’ Teaching Professor for 2015.

Melissa Range

A recent doctoral graduate of the MU English department’s creative writing program has been named a winner of the National Poetry Series annual Open Competition. Melissa Range’s Scriptorium was among five winning entries selected in this year’s competition and will be published by Beacon Press. Each of the five winning poets will receive $10,000 and publication in 2016 by a trade, university, or small press.

Cory Koedel

Cory Koedel, an associate professor of economics and public policy in the MU College of Arts and Science and the Truman School of Public Affairs, found that people with for-profit college degrees are no more likely to get call-backs from hiring managers than those with two year community college degrees.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In the past decade, enrollment and graduation numbers have risen in for-profit colleges; however, little is known about how employers perceive potential employees with for-profit college degrees on their resumes. In a new study, researchers at the University of Missouri found that hiring managers show no preference for hiring people with for-profit college credentials compared to those holding comparable credentials from public community colleges.

Dale Cutkosky

Dale Cutkosky, professor of mathematics at the University of Missouri, has been named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), one of just 50 mathematical scientists from around the world to receive the honor. The fellows program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.

Elisa Glick

Two faculty members in the College of Arts and Science are among the five professors on the MU campus to receive the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence this year. Elisa Glick, an associate professor in the Department of English and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, has been an MU faculty member since 2001.

Curators' Professor Ken Sheldon

Ken Sheldon likes to put a positive spin on things.  As a professor of psychological sciences, Sheldon is active in the positive psychology movement and spends part of his research focusing on whether it is possible for people to become happier. He says being named a Curators’ Professor—one of the university’s highest honors—means the university recognizes the international reputation he has built as a researcher in motivation, positive, and personality psychology.

Amanda Prasuhn

Amanda Prasuhn, B.S. ’12, received her JD degree from Stanford Law in June.

Amanda Prasuhn, B.S. ’12, has always been passionate about animals.

“If you look up my name in my fifth-grade yearbook, you’ll see I planned on trekking out into the bamboo forests of Asia to protect giant pandas from extinction,” she says.

Now, just months after completing her JD degree from Stanford Law, the MU alum has begun her career fighting for endangered and threatened animals.

Michael Marlo

Michael Marlo is going back to Kenya. The assistant professor of English was awarded a four-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant last year to research four underdocumented varieties of Luyia, a group of Bantu languages in Kenya and Uganda. But when Marlo returns to Kenya in January to continue his research, he will do so as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

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