COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) will honor 14 outstanding faculty and alumni at its 47th annual Faculty-Alumni Awards Ceremony on Oct. 10 in the Reynolds Alumni Center. The Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Faculty Award and 12 Faculty-Alumni Awards will be presented to outstanding MU faculty and alumni.
Lesa Beamer, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is accustomed to teaching students about science using powerful microscopes, not pipe cleaners. But when she was given the opportunity to teach third-grade students at Lee Elementary about viruses, she knew she wanted to integrate her science lesson with the school’s art curriculum.
As a musicologist, Michael Budds has devoted his career to the subjects of American music, the history of African-American music, and music in Victorian England. He studies famous musicians all the time, but he has never considered himself to be hall-of-fame material.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — For more than a century, hundreds of thousands of historical artifacts dating back to before the founding of Rome have been stored in crates in the Capitoline Museums of Rome, where they have remained mostly untouched.
Salamanders spend the vast majority of their lives below ground and surface only for short periods of time and usually only on wet nights. When they do emerge, salamanders can be spotted not only on forest floors but also up in trees and on other vegetation, oftentimes climbing as high as 8 feet up. Given their infrequent appearances aboveground, it has never been clear to biologists why salamanders take time to climb vegetation.
After several decades spent creating and teaching art, Bede Clarke is known for his broad exploration of the field of ceramics. He resists the idea that an artist needs to have a single signature style. Instead, Clarke loves to switch things up, and he isn’t afraid to try new techniques. “I’m driven by a desire to understand things,” says Clarke. “I follow my nose and get into a lot of mischief, and I really relish that aspect of this creative discipline.”
Brassica plants have been bred for centuries and result in produce and products diverse enough to show up in supermarkets all over the world. Brassica napus, more commonly known as rapeseed or canola, can be used to make one of the most common vegetable oils. Until now, very little has been known about the origin of this kitchen staple.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators recently appointed John C. Walker, director of the Division of Biological Sciences, as a Curators’ Professor. The appointment is awarded to faculty in recognition of exceptional research accomplishments and service to the university.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Boron deficiency is one of the most widespread causes of reduced crop yield. Missouri and the eastern half of the United States are plagued by boron deficient soil and, often, corn and soybean farmers are required to supplement their soil with boron; however, little is known about the ways in which corn plants utilize the essential nutrient.
The Society of Fellows is a competitive fellowship program specifically for undergraduate students offered through the Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy, a new initiative at the University of Missouri that will promote excellence in teaching and scholarship about American constitutional and democratic traditions.
The Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy is a new initiative at the University of Missouri that will promote excellence in teaching and scholarship about American constitutional and democratic traditions. Core faculty members from several different disciplines have been working together to coordinate the Kinder Forum’s official launch this fall.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – This fall, the University of Missouri departments of history and political science will unveil a new program to support excellence in the teaching and study of American constitutional and democratic traditions. The Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy includes initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty.
“Some of my favorite things in academia are organizing events and writing grants,” says Mary K. Shenk, associate professor of anthropology. Shenk will have the opportunity to do more of both in her new role as director of the Life Sciences and Society Program (LSSP) in the Bond Life Sciences Center.
Gavin King, associate professor of physics, and Krishna Sigdel, a postdoctoral associate in King’s lab, received the Innovation Award from the Microscopy Society of America for developing the first three-dimensional microscope that allows scientists to study membrane proteins to see how they interact on the cellular level.
Rebecca Dingo, an associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies, loves discussing transnational feminism and using her background in rhetorical studies to examine many types of rhetoric. Her role as a leader in the field has been affirmed because she just received the W. Ross Winterowd Award for her book, Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing.
The severe drought of 2012 afflicted Missouri communities, limiting plant productivity and, subsequently, the broader society. 2013 brought higher-than-average precipitation, which resulted in flooding for many areas, and climate change will cause more extreme patterns of hot and cold, wet and dry in the future.
Statistics for Spatio–Temporal Data Receives DeGroot Prize
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Between 1880 and 1920, the Central Interior Highlands (CIH), consisting of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, saw the height of deforestation that also decreased the habitat for black bears and other forest species. To combat the decline of black bears and repopulate the mountainous region, more than 250 bears from Minnesota and Manitoba were relocated to Arkansas in the 1950s and 1960s.
In mathematics, a proof is a deductive argument for a mathematical conclusion. Proofs typically involve a sequence of statements that show the complete thought process used to reach the verified conclusion. Professor Stephen Montgomery-Smith has spent his career working on complex proofs. However, no problem has captured his attention like the Navier–Stokes equations, which describe the motion of fluids.
Twenty-two students and one faculty member from Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai, China, spent two weeks at the University of Missouri through the Department of Communication’s Summer Institute in July. This is the second year the program has been offered; it is sponsored by the Department of Communication, the International Center, the Confucius Institute, and the Asian Affairs Center.