News

2015

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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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Last year, researchers at the University of Missouri published a study on genetic diversity in American black bears in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma and determined that conservation management is needed to maintain healthy populations in the region. Now, those scientists have expanded the study to include black bears throughout North America. They discovered that black bears in Alaska are more closely related to bears in the eastern regions of the U.S.

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Two students at the University of Missouri have been selected to participate in an 11-week summer internship at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. Students Ryan Calcutt, a junior in biological sciences, and Will McHargue, a senior in biological engineering, will arrive at the Danforth Center at the end of May and spend the summer with assigned mentors in their labs.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Today, the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri announced it will be moving its Dunn-Palmer Herbarium, a collection of nearly 200,000 preserved dried plant specimens, to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, which boasts more than 6 million plant specimens. The move will provide a permanent home for the collection where it will be accessible for consultation by scientists and conservationists.

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WHAT: The University of Missouri will host the 27th annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) Conference with more than 350 interdisciplinary researchers and scholars who are experts in a range of disciplines in the social, behavioral and biological sciences on campus to explore human evolution and its many facets.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Water contamination by hormone-disrupting pollutants is threatening water quality around the world. Existing research has determined that harmful concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in consumer products such as plastic food storage and beverage containers, have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater.

Professor Cheryl Black

From her office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building, Professor of Theatre Cheryl Black can open the rear panels on the bottom of her wall-to-wall bookshelf and peer out onto the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre. In fact, her office, now filled with books, scripts and stage props, once belonged to Professor Donovan Rhynsburger, the namesake of MU’s principal theater for dramatic productions.

WHAT: The University of Missouri will host the 21st International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences (ISRS2015). More than 500 world-renowned researchers and scholars will present the latest advancements in radiopharmaceutical science, or the field of nuclear medicine that focuses on imaging and treatment for many diseases including cancer.

Gary A. Baker, assistant professor of chemistry

Gary A. Baker, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, has received Cottrell Scholar funding to perfect an easy-to-produce bacterial cellulose-based material known as “ionogel.” It looks promising for use in diverse chemical tasks.

Howard Richards

MU’s College of Arts and Science is extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Howard Richards as senior manager of external relations in the Greater St. Louis area.

Associate Professor James Endersby receives the Governor General’s Medallion from His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston.

The Canadian Studies Center recently received a tremendous honor—His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston awarded the Governor General’s Medallion to the center for its many contributions to strengthen relationships between Canada and the United States.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – With the 2015 elections for the Parliament of the United Kingdom to be held Thursday, a new election model developed by political scientists at the University Missouri predicts a hung parliament with the Labour Party winning a plurality.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may affect as many as 5.5 million Americans. Scientists currently are seeking treatments and therapies found in common foods that will help stave off the disease or prevent it completely.

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— More than 100 inventors from the University of Missouri were honored Thursday, April 30, at the 2015 Innovation & Entrepreneurial Recognition event.

Two students from the art department have reached impressive professional milestones in their fields.

NSF Students Gain Hands-on Experience in Neutron Sciences at ORNL

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—A group of 13 Ph.D. students from 3 partnering universities—the University of Missouri, Indiana University, and North Carolina State University—gathered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in April for an intensive course in how to apply neutron scattering to their studies of materials science and biological systems.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – There has long been a debate among scholars about the origins of the first inhabitants of North America. The most widely accepted theory is that sometime before 14,000 years ago, humans migrated from Siberia to Alaska by means of a “land bridge” that spanned the Bering Strait.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When making difficult decisions, people tend to become preoccupied with the many factors that make up the choice, often prolonging the time it takes to come to a conclusion.

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