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2015

In his book, David Geary recommends that by better assessing sex, age, and species specific vulnerabilities, future studies can assess whether biological traits are more sensitive to social stressors, disease and poor nutrition.

In his book, David Geary recommends that by better assessing sex, age, and species specific vulnerabilities, future studies can assess whether biological traits are more sensitive to social stressors, disease and poor nutrition.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Historically, males have been considered the vulnerable sex, sometimes called “male vulnerability.” Charles Darwin noted that boys are more likely to die in infancy than girls and have a higher risk of premature death throughout their lifetimes.

The MU Department of Theatre’s Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research will play a crucial role in a study to determine whether an interactive theater intervention can improve adherence to lymphedema self-management regimens.

The throat fan of the Jamaican Gray lizard

The throat fan of the Jamaican Gray lizard (Anolis lineatopus) appears to glow when light passes through it from the back. The new study shows that this glowing effect increases the efficacy of the lizard’s visual signal by making the colors of the throat fan stand out against the background. (Photo credit: M. Leal)

See and be seen. In the elaborate game of seeking and attracting a mate, male anole lizards have a special trick—they grab attention by perching on a tree limb, bobbing their heads up and down, and extending a colorful throat fan, called a dewlap.

Drs. Mirela Milescu, Lorin Milescu, and Troy Zars were awarded a $300,000 BRAIN EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation.

Drs. Mirela Milescu, Lorin Milescu, and Troy Zars were awarded a $300,000 BRAIN EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation.

A new technology is heating up the neuroscience world.

Thermogenetics — the combination of regulated temperature and genetics — uses genetic engineering to deliver special temperature-activated proteins to specific neurons in brains of experimental animals. Then, researchers can apply a specific temperature to control these neurons, basically turning them on or off at will.

Mitchell S. McKinney, professor of political communication at the University of Missouri

Mitchell S. McKinney, professor of political communication at the University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – On Thursday, August 6, the first Republican presidential primary debate was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, Mitchell S. McKinney, professor of political communication at the University of Missouri, and a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of presidential debates, offers his remarks on the debate.

Professor Christopher Otrok

Professor Christopher Otrok

MU Professor Chris Otrok, the Sam B. Cook Chair in Economics, wants to know what factors led to the Great Recession of 2007 and whether this information could help predict future financial crises. Otrok recently was awarded a three-year, $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to better understand the sources of financial crises and develop policy responses to those events.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sam Hamra, a native of Springfield, Missouri, has given $100,000 to the University of Missouri to help fund the planning, design and construction of the proposed new School of Music building on the MU campus in honor of his wife, June.

Psychology Professor Bruce Bartholow

A few years ago a major brewery started selling cans of beer in the colors of various universities across the country. The so-called “fan can” was a hit with students but not with university administrators. More than two dozen university presidents sent a letter to the brewery asking it to stop promoting its product by using school colors, and the company agreed to cease the marketing campaign.

Mitchell S. McKinney, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri, is an internationally recognized scholar of presidential debates.

On Thursday, August 6, the first Republican presidential primary debate will take place in Cleveland, Ohio and broadcast nationally by Fox News. This debate will offer the candidates their first opportunity before a national audience, and voters their first chance to assess the Republican candidates side by side as they seek their party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Matthew Lee

Current research shows most young people tend to “mature out” of risky behaviors like drinking heavily as they transition into young adulthood. However, there is evidence that reductions in drinking in those with severe drinking problems may be especially pronounced when they get married.

Doctoral students and communication faculty from across the country take a break from the 2015 National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar being held for the first time at MU. Students from 21 universities are participating in this year’s event in Columbia.

Thirty-four doctoral candidates from 21 universities are presenting their research projects to their peers and faculty mentors during the National Communication Association’s 2015 Doctoral Honors Seminar, being held for the first time at the University of Missouri.  The students were selected for the seminar based on papers they submitted. The theme of this year’s seminar is Solving Social Problems Through Communications Research.

Political Science Professor A. Cooper Drury

President Barak Obama says the Iranian nuclear agreement announced by the United States and its partners Tuesday is “a historic chance to pursue a safer and more secure world.” Speaking in the East Room of the White House yesterday, the president said the deal will ensure the Iranians will not produce a nuclear weapon for the next 15 years.

A. Cooper Drury, professor of political science, says he sees the agreement as the start of what could be a good path.

Jianlin Cheng, Jilong Li and Jie Hou recently developed RNAMiner, a website making it easier for scientists to analyze genomic data.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Technology rapidly is advancing the study of genetics and the search for causes of major diseases. Analysis of genomic sequences that once took days or months now can be performed in a matter of hours. Yet, for most genetic scientists, the lack of access to computer servers and programs capable of quickly handling vast amounts of data can hinder genetic advancements.

Swallow Hall construction

People are used to seeing construction on the MU campus, from the erection of new student housing to the ever-expanding facilities at Memorial Stadium, but the ongoing construction project on the southeast corner of the Francis Quadrangle merits a second look. That’s because the reconstruction of Swallow Hall is not following the usual script—its interior structure is being built and then the exterior walls will be connected to the interior structure along the way.

Alex Barker

Members of the world’s largest scholarly anthropological organization have elected the director of the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology as their new leader. Alex Barker, professor of archaeology, takes office as the vice president/president-elect of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) November 22.

Dudley McCarter

Dudley McCarter, JD ’75, is wrapping up what he calls the most exciting year of his life. Today is his last day serving as president of the Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA).

“Here’s what made it special,” McCarter says, “every day I could get up and say to myself, ‘I can do something for Mizzou today—I can do something for the university I love.’”

College of Arts & Science

Americans typically cite the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia at the Appomattox Court House in April 1865 as the official end of the Civil War, but in Border States such as Missouri and in southern states such as Texas the war raged on. In Missouri, Confederate holdouts and guerillas continued to terrorize the local populace while trying to stay a step ahead of federal soldiers tasked with hunting them down.

Pat Kelley

Each month, the MU Staff Advisory Council brings recognition to an outstanding staff member by selecting a nominee as the MU Service Champion – someone who goes above and beyond what is expected and performs his or her daily duties with an outstanding work ethic and attitude. 

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Justin Walensky

Justin Walensky, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri, will receive significant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to further his research into understanding chemical bonding. Walensky is one of just 50 scientists from across the country to be selected for the DOE’s Early Career Research Program from a pool of 620 proposals and the first MU researcher to receive this award.

The (R)evolution of Sweet Exhibit in Memorial Union

An exhibit celebrating the early creative vision of former University of Missouri art faculty member Eric Sweet opened today in the Craft Studio in the lower level of the north tower of Memorial Union. Sweet died April 6 and the exhibit is being curated by his wife Catherine Armbrust. The show features Sweet’s works from 1993–2010.

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