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A&S Faculty Named Presidential Engagement Fellows

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:02am -- yountj
Libby Cowgill, Jerry Frank, and Manuel Leal

Associate Professor Libby Cowgill in the Department of Anthropology, Associate Professor Jerry Frank in the Department of History, and Professor Manuel Leal in the Division of Biological Sciences have each been named to the 2019-2020 class of Presidential Engagement Fellows.

Three faculty members in the College of Arts and Science have accepted invitations to become 2019-20 University of Missouri System Presidential Engagement Fellows.

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anthropology
history
biology
UM System

Fooling Nerve Cells into Acting Normally

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:22am -- yountj
Professor David Schulz

David Schulz, a professor of biological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, and a team of scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered that a neuron’s own electrical signal, or voltage, can indicate whether the neuron is functioning normally. If that voltage is absent, scientists say everything is “out of whack.”

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nerve cells, or neurons — specifically the “workhorse cells” involved in walking, breathing and chewing — can adjust to changes in the body, but they never stop working unless there is an fatal injury. What exactly signals neurons to keep acting and operating normally has not been known until now. In a new study, scientists at the University of Missouri have discovered that a neuron’s own electrical signal, or voltage, can indicate whether the neuron is functioning normally. If that voltage is absent, scientists say everything is “out of whack.”

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neurons
voltage
biology

Be Open to Different Possibilities

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 8:48am -- yountj
A and S commencement

The College of Arts and Science 2018 fall commencement will be held at the Hearnes Center Dec. 15, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Jenelle Beavers has served as counsel in the University of Missouri’s Office of General Counsel for about a year, after serving as associate director of Mizzou’s Honors College. Prior to returning to campus, Beavers, BA ’01 English, served eight years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, leading False Claims Act investigations and civil prosecutions in the health, technology, and defense industries. Even though she loves being an attorney, Beavers originally planned to be a doctor.

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English. law
biology

New Frontiers in Cell Biology

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 9:42am -- yountj
Associate Professor Gavin King

Gavin King, an associate professor of physics, is trying to understand one of the most basic concepts in cell biology: secretion, or the mechanism by which proteins can pass through a cell membrane to get from one compartment of a cell to another. Membrane proteins are the “gatekeepers” that allow information and molecules to pass into and out of a cell.

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physics
biology
cells
secretion
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