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June 3rd, 2013
Five Missouri School of Journalism alumni talked to a packed room of high school students from around the U.S. about what to expect from a college-level journalism program, emphasizing the importance of starting early on developing expertise and a following.
May 31st, 2013
Famous Footwear, a leading shoe retailer of Brown Shoe Company, challenged Mojo Ad to differentiate their brand from other shoe retailers in the market at the beginning of the spring 2013 semester.
May 23rd, 2013
“Given what is happening on campus with Mizzou Advantage and building interdisciplinary graduate programs, it’s an exciting time for the Graduate School,” said Rubin.
May 17th, 2013
If patients start exercising and taking statins at the same time, it seems that statins block the ability of exercise to improve their fitness levels.
Tony Lupo, department chair of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia, recently appeared on a Moscow television station.
May 13th, 2013
A partnership formed in spring 2011 between Hallmark and Mizzou centered on digital storytelling.
May 7th, 2013
Exercise improves cognitive function, according to researcher Arthur Kramer.
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association recently named Dr. Jimi Cook of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine as the 2013 recipient of its WVAVA Hill’s Pet Mobility Award.
May 6th, 2013
“The goal is that by the end of their internship, they can take an event from its inception to its conclusion,” said Carolyn Foreman, event manager of University Club.
The Mizzou Advantage-funded “Health, Wealth & Society” desk has won another prestigious Murrow award from the RTDNA, for “news documentary.”
May 3rd, 2013
Hundreds of participants gathered to hear a variety of talks ranging from “The Birth of Human Media” to “Social Design and the Search for Self”.
May 1st, 2013
Carver developed one-woman shows about her experiences with breast cancer, and is now the scriptwriter for the MU Interactive Theatre Troupe’s sketches.
After stopping tray use, food waste dropped by approximately 6,000 pounds per month.
Christine Elsik is the first new hire for Mizzou Advantage.
New communication technologies can have negative consequences for both soldiers and families, says co-director of MU’s Terrorism and Disaster Center.
April 25th, 2013
MU will use the $2 million gift to create an endowment to support the Mizzou Advantage Sustainable Energy initiative.
MU assistant professor of forestry Francisco Aguilar is turning animal waste into cooking fuel using a bio-digester.
April 24th, 2013
Tractor rollovers are the single deadliest type of farm accident in the United States. Latest figures from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health said there are approximately 250 tractor rollover fatalities each year.
Studies suggest children with autism are more likely to become obsessed with screen-based media use.
A technique developed by University of Missouri Professor of Engineering Shubhra Gangopadhyay’s group may make food contamination testing more rapid and accurate.
The race was a fundraiser to help The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri feed hungry Missourians. More than $17,000 in donations were collected.
April 17th, 2013
University of MO researchers have discovered the prescription drug Propranolol may improve the working memories of people who have autism. Previously, this drug has been prescribed to treat high blood pressure, anxiety, and panic. The MU Thompson Center for Autism cooperated with researchers from the MU Department of Psychological Sciences, as well as the MURead more »
April 16th, 2013
“Promoting healthy food options is particularly critical as food pantry clients’ risk of obesity is twice that of the general population,” said Tom Payne, vice chancellor and CAFNR dean.
“Health systems engineering students need exposure to computer science and information technology”, Brennan said.
April 15th, 2013
The Horses and Humans Research Foundation awarded its seventh $50,000 research grant recently to the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
April 11th, 2013
The increase in Pacific Ocean temperatures is causing a trend away from a La Nina weather pattern and toward what climatologist call a neutral weather pattern.
April 10th, 2013
“We have shown that it is possible to be genetically predisposed to being lazy.”
Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking later in the evening.
April 8th, 2013
Interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Missouri have found that families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder view dog ownership as positively impacting their households.
April 4th, 2013
On March 15, MU hosted a panel of agricultural experts who discussed how the United States, and particularly its universities, can do more to promote food security in the developing world.
Researchers at MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine treat cancer in dogs and, in the process, gain insight for human treatment.
April 3rd, 2013
Childhood and adolescent obesity rates in the United States have increased dramatically in the past three decades. Being obese puts individuals at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease in which individuals have too much sugar in their blood. Now, University of Missouri researchers found vitamin D supplements can help obese children and teens control their blood-sugar levels, which may help them stave off the disease.
In early 2013 University Hospital opened the new patient tower, including the newly relocated Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The new addition boasts “smart” rooms that record patient vitals and transmit information automatically to the electronic medical record.
March 29th, 2013
Agricultural Systems Management professor, Leon Schumacher, was honored by the National Biodiesel Board with their Innovation Award for his work in biofuel research. It all began over twenty years ago with a pickup truck and a Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council grant. From his years of alternative energy work Schumacher provided some of the first biofuelRead more »
March 27th, 2013
Children affected with Menkes disease suffer from the inability to regulate copper intake through food consumption. MU Biochemistry researchers found young laboratory mice missing the ATP7A gene suffer characteristics similar to children with Menkes disease. The team found early intervention with a single dose of copper can negate the effects of the gene loss inRead more »
March 25th, 2013
Dr. Joan Coates, a veterinary neurologist and professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, to explore a potential therapy for canine degenerative myelopathy.
Members of the Warrensburg, Mo.,-based organization Change for Animals of Missouri (CAMO) recently presented proceeds raised during the “Hounds for Heroes: Running for Research” 5K run to the University of Missouri Research Center for Human Animal Interaction (ReCHAI). The donation was earmarked to support ReCHAI’s Veterans and Shelter Dogs Initiative.
March 19th, 2013
As recently as the Vietnam and Korean wars, soldiers’ families commonly had to wait months to receive word from family members on the front lines. Now, cell phones and the internet allow deployed soldiers and their families to communicate instantly.
February 13th, 2013
MU is investing $2.5 million overall to develop 16 new online programs in order to increase access to higher education and enhance the number of graduates in specific industries. The School has been awarded $93,730 to develop its new programs.
In an effort to assist those affected MU, with the help of a $500,000 grant, will work to build partnerships with food pantries in the northeast and central parts of the state.
Midwest farmers have fallen on hard times due to the drought that began in 2010.
St. Louis area couple, Cottrell and Kay Fox, have given an estate gift of more than $5 million to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to honor the work of their family veterinarians James Schuessler and Fred Bendick, both university alumni.
January 23rd, 2013
It has been found that certain exercises that benefit obese men may not have the same positive results for obese women and obese women with Type 2 diabetes might benefit from longer durations or higher intensities of exercise.
January 15th, 2013
The results of a preliminary study in a canine model of DMD will be published in the journal Molecular Therapy.
January 14th, 2013
The MU study is not claiming that BPA is safe, but that the previous series of studies are not reproducible.
Researchers Jean Ispa and Noriko Porter have found success in message boards for mothers to safely and annonymously express concerns to their peers.
January 7th, 2013
The response has been healthful talk on topics such as body image, food, nutrition and media messages.
January 3rd, 2013
Hawthorne developed the use of a technique known as Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, which is used in experimental treatments for cancer, arthritis and other diseases.
December 17th, 2012
A procedure conducted in studies on pigs has been found to be beneficial to humans suffering from heart complications.
Anthropologist Mary Shenk has found that especially for needy families in the developing world, a father’s death can greatly affect education achievement and success in other areas of life.
December 13th, 2012
The book is a how-to-guide for college and university educators preparing their own grant proposals.
A generous award will help MU establish a Terrorism and Disaster Center in hopes to better understand and meet the mental health needs of those who have survived natural disasters or acts of terrorism.
A fruitful collaboration between students in different fields of science has earned their work a spot in the journal Nature.
Along with previously determined health benefits, resveratrol, a compound found in grapes, red wine and dark chocolate, has now been linked to making tumor cells mores responsive to radiation treatment.
The study found that a self-presence, or identifying with a virtual representation predicted the amount of influence an avatar had on a person’s life in the physical world.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society.
Research on cost-efficient methods for hog farmers by MU extension swine specialist Marcia Shannon has recently received industry media attention for new developments.
December 12th, 2012
Thanks to collaborative research by students at several universities including MU, chemical safety testing systems have been developed to advise companies against using harmful products.
Research in the field of women’s obesity has received media attention after reaching a conclusion that contrary to popular belief, three substantial meals are more beneficial than six smaller meals and lead to a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease.
December 11th, 2012
The free iPad app launched in November which highlights key stories from the print edition combined with digital content from the magazine’s blog and website.
Thanks to a new study by MU scientists, new advances have been made in therapy research for muscular dystrophy and could also contribute to a potentially longer lifespan for patients.
December 10th, 2012
Broadcast and print journalism students have collaborated to create a multimedia project highlighting the small-town lives of rural teens, in the hopes that this series will be a model for other news organizations.
Thanks to the Mizzou Advantage initiative One Health, One Medicine, veterinary research can be applied to advances in joint treatment for humans.
December 7th, 2012
The competition prompts students to analyze an actual company’s website and present the findings to a panel of judges, in which strategic communication students were awarded fourth place and $1500.
Thanks to a new biomass boiler that will now use sustainably-sourced biomass, the university’s coal burning is intended to be reduced by at least 25 percent, greatly reducing our carbon footprint.
New research and aid to nursing facilities in the St. Louis area has all been made possible by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
December 3rd, 2012
Assistant Professor Jung Ha-Brookshire has concluded that American’s overvaluing American-made goods could be hurting American stores due to the perception that these goods are too expensive.
Thanks to the work of doctoral student Edson Tandoc, Jr., correlations have been found between varying degrees of press freedom and happiness in several countries. According to Tandoc, many factors contributing to quality of life can be affected by freedom of the press.
MU researcher Matt Martens has found a low-cost intervention method encouraging young adults and college students to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although there are many intervention alternatives, this has proven to be successful even after one month.
November 30th, 2012
Many sustainable energy efforts on the MU campus have contributed to national and international awards for innovations. Most recently, a wind turbine has been constructed on MU’s campus along with a biomass boiler capable of burning fuel from sustainable Missouri resources.
Mu professors Mitchell McKinney and Brian Houston have been comparing tweets in different regions to those nationwide to determine differences in conversations based on location.
Fu-hung Hsieh of biological engineering and food science, along with Harold Huff of food engineering, have developed a soy-based chicken alternative that will now move to commercial production.
The compound resveratrol has been found to make prostate tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, which can increase chances of a full recovery, thanks to MU researcher Michael Nicholl.
MU interpersonal communication researchers have found that a personality trait called alexithymia can contribute to lower marital quality due to the inability to understand one’s own emotions.
November 28th, 2012
One Health/One Medicine researchers make headlines with new research into the safety of cancer fighting nanoparticles in canines.
November 26th, 2012
MU food focus gets national stage.
November 1st, 2012
The new technology was among lauded projects at an event to unveil the White House’s US Ignite Initiative.
Our own in-house ad agency will be directing USFWS to capture the diverse audience of young adults in an effort to encourage natural resource stewardship and volunteerism.
As part of the Feed the World program, families in zone-based agricultural systems in Uganda are supported to improve food security and increase income.
October 29th, 2012
By employing a new content strategy which charges readers after a story has been published for 24-hours, the Missourian has joined a movement towards boosting revenue digitally.
Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) is an educational program that pairs students with faculty mentors that teach hands-on research methods.
Understanding when children develop the capacity to differentiate small and large sets of items could help advance early child education programs.
October 26th, 2012
Based on published research about the disease, most successful tactics have been determined for minimizing symptoms.
A new minimally invasive procedure involving a urethral stent will not online relieve discomfort and improve quality of life for canines with prostate cancer, but provide a second opportunity for participation in research.
The new Clinical Research Center features an advanced inpatient Phase 1 clinical trials unit, five inpatient beds, three outpatient examination rooms, a metabolic kitchen for nutrition studies, exercise facility, and a variety of information technology resources.
October 25th, 2012
A recent survey has revealed that many newspaper publishers are optimistic about the future in print journalism, along with digital platforms.
A team of five food science students have developed the chocolate bar through every stage of the process, from chemistry to marketing, in collaboration with local Patric Chocolate.
Tiger Pantry has become the answer to a growing problem in hunger among students and employees of the university.
MU researchers have developed a virtual social gaming environment to encourage engagement with today’s current news among young people.
October 17th, 2012
Mizzou Advantage awarded researcher Shibu Jose a seed grant in 2010 to pursue a big idea for a biomass/biofuel corridor along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and his progress has been receiving media attention ever since. The recent news is a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to analyze how various cropsRead more »
October 15th, 2012
Media of the Future is all about how to use information in innovative new ways. This project features a new way of thinking about how we stumble upon new information “accidentally,” and if serendipity can be predicted.
October 12th, 2012
Fresh ideas about how to improve life in cities will be offered up in lectures provided by influential Columbia residents at the TEDxCoMo event scheduled for Saturday at City Hall.
October 8th, 2012
This Mizzou Advantage project contributes to the Food for the Future area in a unique way: Investigators are finding new ways to grow and refine biomass in areas that won’t support traditional food crops.
Hunger in America, and its causes, consequences and possible solutions, will be the topic of a University of Missouri national symposium Oct. 17-19.
October 7th, 2012
Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that citizens of countries with press freedom tend to be much happier than citizens of countries without free presses.
U.S. could face severe shortage of farmers in the next decade as older farmers begin to retire.
The MU researchers believe that health care providers could take advantage of this correlation between health – particularly mental health – and spirituality.
Drug efficiently targets breast, lung and colon cancer; clinical trials could start within two years.
Doctors can improve treatment programs using this knowledge, according to Bond Life Sciences Center researcher.
Clinicians, parents should watch for concurrent medical and psychiatric problems that affect treatment of ASD
October 5th, 2012
Carbon nanotubes hold promise for industry but need monitoring, say researchers at MU and USGS.
Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria.
September 26th, 2012
Research into low energy nuclear reactions is just one of many of the exciting projects going on in Mizzou Advantage’s Sustainable Energy area.
August 22nd, 2012
Mizzou Advantage researchers release studying about how college students view body image and nutrition.
Past Mizzou Advantage postdoctoral fellows have been busy launching their careers in interdisciplinary research and teaching
July 3rd, 2012
Apigenin, a natural substance found in grocery store produce aisles, shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive form of human breast cancer.
June 26th, 2012
Brenda and Tinaira are teaching a workshop in which students learn the importance of using biotechnology to reduce hunger as the world population continues to grow.
Chestnuts—we’ve all heard or sung about them roasting over an open fire, but what about brewed in beer, or ground for gluten-free flour?
While the impact of the 2011 flood in northwest Missouri will linger, researchers are using the unfortunate event as an opportunity to revisit research on planting crops after a flood.
Bradford Research Center will host two events to share the latest research and techniques for managing pests, improving yields and soil quality.
A research team from MU has found a way to detect and predict arthritis before patients begin suffering from symptoms.
June 19th, 2012
An MU researcher is working collaboratively on new technology that might produce faster detection of sepsis.
Biomass is one obvious answer to the question of how this country will address its needs for renewable, sustainable energy resources.
Ground source energy is an endlessly renewable resource that is not dependent upon the wind blowing, the sun shining nor the burning of fossil fuels.
June 14th, 2012
MU scientists have created a genetically modified mouse that mimics key features of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
MU researchers found children with Autism Spectrum Disorders paid more for health care than children with other conditions.
An MU investigator is exploring how RNA could improve pharmaceuticals, agriculture and green energy.
Technologies developed by MU researchers could help aging adults stay in their own homes longer while still being monitored by health care providers.
In the future, table scraps could help power homes and businesses.
After 43 years with MU Extension, Bob Chapple is still advancing Missouri agriculture.
A University of Missouri researcher has found that children’s weight is associated with their math performance.
Researchers at MU have demonstrated the effectiveness of a potential new therapy for stroke patients in an article published in the journal Molecular Neurodegeneration.
June 4th, 2012
Two-thirds of U.S. adults now use at least one mobile media device in their daily lives, according to a national survey recently conducted by the RJI.
May 30th, 2012
Team Scope demonstrated their story recommendation engine and self-service advertising network this week at Hearst Tower in New York.
MU researchers have developed computer software that combines ancient practices and modern medicine.
May 23rd, 2012
The Religion News Service (RNS) has launched a network of websites to thoroughly cover national and local religion news.
An initiative will promote long-form storytelling and research how it can contribute to new business models for journalism organizations.
MU officials will host and direct summer school programs designed to encourage undergraduates to consider entering nuclear science fields.
A new digital newsroom will help key business decision-makers in Missouri gain a competitive edge.
May 16th, 2012
A five-member team from the College of Engineering made it to the semi-finalist round of the 2011-2012 AECOM Water Student Design Competition.
May 11th, 2012
Several CAFNR students spent the last few weeks cultivating, harvesting and delivering fresh vegetables to MU’s campus.
May 1st, 2012
An MU researcher has developed a system that could help public health care organizations determine the best method of allocating resources.
April 27th, 2012
Recently, MU unveiled its strategy for “One Mizzou.”
An engineering project’s focus is energy efficiency improvement for the agricultural sector in Missouri.
MU’s Melissa Mitchum and colleagues from other schools recently received a $466,000 grant to continue their research on protecting soybeans.
April 24th, 2012
A Mizzou Advantage program has won some national praise.
April 20th, 2012
Many scientists are convinced that a new source of clean, cheap renewable energy is within reach.
April 18th, 2012
Using a special piece of MRI equipment, doctors from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine were able to remove a dangerous tumor from a beloved pet and therapy dog.
April 17th, 2012
Missouri School of Journalism professors Tim Vos and Stephanie Craft will collaborate with colleagues from more than 80 other countries on a two-year “Worlds of Journalism” study.
MU researchers have developed a genetically-modified mouse model that may help treat a neuromuscular disease.
Food experts say all aspects of government are needed to address food security and hunger. Deaton called for scientists to get involved, as well.
The alfalfa weevil hit the crop hard this spring, eating its way through the leaves of alfalfa with potential to ruin its forage value.
The Midwest Boar Stud Managers Conference in August will explain the newest advancements in academic and industry research to better manage male pigs.
CAFNR’s Food Pantry Nutrition Project is partnering researchers with eight mid-Missouri food pantries to improve nutrition.
April 10th, 2012
MU researchers have found an abundance of sexual objectification in music videos featuring female artists.
The nation’s premier organization for journalism leaders and one of the world’s leading institutions for journalism education and innovation are joining forces.
RJI has partnered with HCD Research to conduct studies that will enable online content producers to create websites that are more effective at communicating their messages to their target audiences.
A University of Missouri research team is beginning a two-year study to determine best methods to reclaim flood plain land.
With the ability to better decipher DNA related to disease, a new program could help in the development of new medicines or breeding better crops.
April 3rd, 2012
An MU professor has developed and demonstrated a new “convection battery” that is a giant step toward allowing electric vehicles to replace those dependent on petroleum.
Aging adults benefit from relationships with pets, research has shown.
March 26th, 2012
Faculty and students discussed the media’s affect on teenagers’ body image during a March 15 meeting.
Global hunger was the topic at the first Christopher “Kit” Bond Distinguished Lecture.
March 20th, 2012
Yangchuan Xing brings with him his current research, which focuses on energy conversion and storage.
March 16th, 2012
Researchers from the University of Missouri have found a way to store donated cartilage more than twice as long as curent methods.
When junior Ben Poland began information technology classes his freshman year, he thought he primarily would learn about the post-production aspect of films.
March 9th, 2012
RJI fellow Peter Meng debuted his social media-based classified ad platform in a Silicon Valley festival.
MU researchers are studying a pesticide to determine if it could be made more efficient and safer for those living near, and working in, treated fields.
The symposium will focus on what the latest soybean research promises for food, health and energy concerns worldwide.
Construction is underway on the 100 percent biomass-fueled boiler at MU’s power plant.
Float Your Boat for the Food Bank Cardboard Regatta is happening April 21 and all proceeds go toward supplying food to needy mid-Missourians.
A change to the campus-wide Mizzou Advantage program will reflect the expansive role that innovation plays in interdisciplinary research.
Researchers have discovered a promising alternative to common antibiotics used to fight the bacteria that causes strep throat with the help of an animal model.
A DNA-sequencing effort at MU hope to help create soybeans that are more productive, more disease tolerant and have improved nutritional quality.
MU’s Entrepreneurship Program helps Missouri farmers innovate and try out new things in agriculture.
Producers can learn the latest strategies to insure healthy summer pastures at Forage Systems Research Center’s summer pasture workshop March 19 at 1:30 p.m.
March 2nd, 2012
The symposium will span the Kingdoms of Life and will address both the generation and analysis of metagenomic data.
Eating behavior, food culture, diet and more will be discussed during the 8th annual Life Sciences & Society Symposium, “Food Sense,” at the University of Missouri on March 16-18.
Wenjun Zeng, who has previously worked on projects for Mizzou Advantage, recently was named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow in recognition of his professional accomplishments.
A University of Missouri College of Engineering professor has enhanced smartphone capabilities for target localization and tracking functions.
With an objective to inventory local business assets for startup ventures, local entrepreneurs, as well as several community organizations assembled on September 13th, 2011 in RJI’s Palmer Room to hear from local leaders as well as to participate in hands-on information gathering exercise.
Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute is a think tank for reform in media, and this story focuses on one demonstration. From Reynolds Journalism Institute COLUMBIA, Mo. — The next survey measuring diversity within U.S. newsrooms, a major initiative of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) for 33 years, will be conducted by the Center forRead more »
Steven Waldman delivered the keynote address on Nov. 15 at a day-long symposium on the comprehensive and far-reaching report.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the Missouri School of Journalism will partner with HCD Research to conduct a national study among 18-70 year-olds to determine their media use and reactions to how news sites are structured and navigated.
Saying developing media for the future will rely largely on Internet behaviors is an understatement. That’s why RJI is focusing studies on such things. From Reynolds Journalism Institute Traditional media, such as newspapers and television news, require readers and viewers to intentionally seek out news by picking up a newspaper or turning on the television.Read more »
On April 10-12, 2011, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, MU Libraries and Mizzou Advantage from the University of Missouri, and the Library of Congress, brought together professionals from archives, historical societies, libraries, news publishing and news content vendor industries, to discuss the benign neglect and the growing need to rescue threatened news collections.
In an effort to break the traditional mold, as most other media platforms have, KOMU-TV 8 has created a unique space for journalists that no other broadcast has.
A will provide for the development of online and mobile applications for ballot delivery but will not allow for any form of electronic return of voted ballots in an election.
The survey, conducted by the Center for Advanced Social Research (CASR), a program of the Reynolds Journalism Institute, shows that readers prefer the printed copy to the online version, with 48 percent saying they never read the local news online.
This week, the University of Missouri begins a one-of-a-kind technology-based online game that will engage students and community members in a new way.
February 29th, 2012
As health care professionals prepare for another flu season, a University of Missouri scientist is studying how two enzymes could be used to stop the virus in its tracks.
A University of Missouri veterinarian is identifying ways to diagnose pet infections in approximately a third of the current diagnosis time. The resulting test could be used eventually for humans.
For pets suffering critical illness or injury, University of Missouri researchers have found that even tiny increases of creatinine in blood also could indicate acute kidney damage. Using human blood measurement guidelines for acute kidney injuries, the researchers believe they can now help pet owners better know the severity of their animals’ illness.
February 28th, 2012
In one major accomplishment, synthetic ribonucleic acid (RNA) tested on SMA mice shows encouraging results for treating SMA.
In recent decades, scientists have deciphered plants’ genetic codes piece-by-piece. Basic biological research on plant immunity has yielded a wealth of understanding as researchers learned how “receptors” within plant cells are able to recognize foreign pathogen proteins and then send out signals that lead to production of defense proteins.
Bond Life Sciences Center investigator John Viator has invented a device that can detect single melanoma cells in a blood sample at a fraction of the cost of current cancer tests.
Many video games have begun incorporating religion as a key aspect to plot points and story lines. Greg Perreault, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, found that the many newer-generation video games equate religion with violence in the game narratives.
Michael LeFevre thinks that adapting information technology, or IT, to health care can help Americans get more bang for their health care bucks, which made up 17.6 percent of the gross domestic product in 2009.
At Mizzou, the goal is not to merely keep up with the modern wired student, but to stay ahead.
Every day we perform functions with our hands without giving it a second thought — typing, punching elevator buttons, waving hello to friends or eating. Mizzou newcomer Scott Frey not only thinks about those seemingly simple acts, but also studies them.
Matt Saltzberg, a Mizzou Advantage fellow for the Managing Innovation initiative, taught a new ethnography theater course for non-majors in fall 2011 to show students the intersection of theater, innovation and social understanding.
Whether predicting how a disease will spread through a population or tracking the transmission of cell phone signals, researchers today have access to more data than ever before. But making sense of it is simple: Use complexity modeling.
In May 2011, MU hosted a conference to help boards of directors navigate changes in technology and business practices.
A new degree in digital storytelling is in the works that would train students in the art of narration while providing hands-on experience with the technologies of digital production.
February 24th, 2012
For decades, engineers and designers have thought of buildings as jigsaw puzzles: Parts — from windows and floors to pipes and electrical wiring — are pieced together to form a structure. But Robert Reed, associate research professor in the College of Engineering and co-chair of MU’s Center for Sustainable Energy, thinks that needs to change.
An undergraduate research team is exploring how Missouri hospitals are using Facebook to create an online community of patients.
Using telehealth technology, MU doctors helped rebuild Joplin’s emotional well being without leaving their posts in Columbia.
For five undergraduate biology and English students who set out to analyze the The Secret Garden through both literary and scientific lenses, the tale isn’t just for kids.
University of Missouri researchers are one step closer to melanoma cancer detection at the cellular level, long before tumors have a chance to form.
To prepare movie buffs for the ninth annual True/False Film Fest, MU will host a three-day conference Feb. 29 through March 2 titled “Based on a True Story: Intersections of Documentary Film and Journalism” at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
February 22nd, 2012
An international research center co-directed by William Folk, Ph.D., biochemist, in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the School of Medicine, will study the medical effectiveness of the plant commonly called Sutherlandia.
A team of food scientists at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help MU students learn how to better detect and deal with contamination issues in the global food chain.
Research at the flood laboratory at the University of Missouri Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC), located at New Franklin, Mo., has found a practical solution to make flooded bottomlands economically productive again – cottonwood trees.
To help Missouri animal farmers go green and save money, a team made up of the University of Missouri (MU), Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA), and EnSave, Inc., will partner to provide energy audits, loans, interest buy downs, rebates and grants to retrofit energy-saving equipment.
University of Missouri researchers, together with scientists at Missouri State University and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, are investigating the genes that make Norton grapes resistant to fungal pathogens that can plague other varieties of wine grapes.
A team of scientists from disparate disciplines at the University of Missouri have found preliminary evidence that a compound from a nuisance tree that hinders farming could be a new anti-microbial agent effective against a dangerous infection plaguing hospitals.
Elizabeth Fenner, a food science graduate student at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is finishing testing of an experimental ice cream that starts as one flavor then shifts to another before being swallowed.
The MU School of Natural Resources, home to the Department of Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences (SEAS), recently agreed to jointly create prediction models of the little-understood weather event known to trigger persistent periods of stagnant and sometimes dangerous weather.
Today, the Nepal interior economy is thriving because of a small, but significant, change in production technique. Families not only have food, but a surplus to sell for cash. Tourists flock to the area to sample the catch, bringing in more money. All that was needed was a little science from a University of Missouri aquatic ecologist.
Teng Teeh Lim recently received a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage grant to develop a computer model that allows large producers to use the size and other simple information about their swine or dairy farm to give them a better idea of the amount of emissions and what they can do to address odor or emission issues.
An MU project is partnering with nine pantries in the mid-Missouri area to help evaluate the success of several intervention strategies to collect and distribute healthier food.
Jeff Firman, a professor of poultry production and nutrition at the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has developed a new turkey diet that can save producers $13-25 per ton.
February 21st, 2012
MU researchers are studying ways to boost sorghum potential to brew not booze, but biofuel.
The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center is embarking on the university’s first nationally funded organic farming research project.
Tim Reinbott is creating a system where food grown at Bradford is served by Campus Dining and then food waste travels back to Bradford to make compost.
With help from a new genetic device, animal breeders may soon be building betters cows that produce more and better beef and tastier profits.
With the help of two grants totaling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research teams led by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University will focus on developing methodologies to breed cattle that more efficiently utilize feed and that are more resistant to Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).
Researchers at the University of Missouri may someday be able to help ranchers identify cattle that mysteriously have the ability to gain weight while eating less.
Gene Stevens, an extension associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, is using a staple of Midwestern farms, center-pivot irrigation, to develop a new way of growing rice.
A multi-disciplinary team at the Bradford Research Center will explore the best management practices for a three-year organic transition phase.
Thanks to the work of researchers at Dow AgroSciences, who have been collaborating with a University of Missouri researcher, a new weapon may be on the horizon to eliminate superweeds
A research team, led by plant scientists at the University of Missouri, has created a soybean variant that produces oil that does not have to be hydrogenated before going into food – adding no trans-fat.
Grade A Missouri maple syrup can be had right here in Boone County. Rich Guyette, professor of forestry at MU, has been harvesting, boiling and bottling the sweet stuff for the last 36 years on his property near the Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center.
Can farmers reduce a gas thought to contribute to global warming and increase production simply by adopting a new tillage practice? A research agronomist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources thinks he has found the way.
Starting in 1999, an interdisciplinary team of an MU researchers revolutionized the raising of dairy cattle in Missouri, saving the industry and turning it into a lucrative market for Missouri farmers in the process.
Two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops are now operational at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center east of Columbia.
A food company will use Mizzou research to launch a new product that not only tastes like chicken, but chews like it, too.
February 15th, 2012
Three farms in Missouri are breaking ground to cultivate black truffles with the help of an MU researcher
February 14th, 2012
Scientists at the University of Missouri are the recipients of a five-year, $5.5 million gift from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation that will help focus efforts in fundamental, physical sciences in the search for new alternative energy sources.
February 13th, 2012
Heralded theater director Anne Bogart believes in the principle of treating the body as a barometer — it has the information necessary to communicate quick, effective decisions by way of its pure visceral nature. Matt Saltzberg, a local theater director whose theoretical and practical frameworks are derived in part from Bogart, takes the notion of body further in his own studies.
February 9th, 2012
A diverse group from across campus came together this semester to sponsor an undergraduate research project looking into stormwater best management practices at the University of Missouri.
February 8th, 2012
A leading expert in strategic communication in health and sciences has been named MU’s first Mizzou Advantage Distinguished Visiting Professional.
December 28th, 2011
In 2011, 20/20 Columbia proved that great ideas taste even better when they’re delivered fast and fresh. Now, the project is ringing in 2012 with a new website that features videos of past presentations.
December 6th, 2011
As public debate about global warming, pollution, water shortages and the organic movement intensifies, issues about food are often at the center of the controversy. For journalists, explaining how food is grown and why it matters means first understanding the science, then making it relevant.
Biomass for fermentation creates extreme acid conditions, and every step increases the final product’s cost. Researcher Gary Stacey, professor of plant sciences at MU, and Melanie Mormile, professor of biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology, are doing some extreme science in hopes of keeping costs down
The MU Power Plant might be considered the James Brown of the University of Missouri. Churning up to 66 megawatts of electricity and 1.1 million pounds of steam per hour, it’s undoubtedly the hardest working facility on campus.
When MU’s power plant fires up its new biomass boiler in 2012, it will do more than make the campus energy supply more sustainable — it will create a new market for Missouri-grown tree crops, says Hank Stelzer, an associate professor of forestry in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
MU researchers are working on the next generation of sustainable energy technology. Here’s a peek at how those innovations might change our homes in years to come.
During summer 2011, Jenna Isaacson, BJ ’01, of Washington, D.C., drove a 19-foot camper through 29 states to photograph thrift store shoppers and good finds. She hopes the project, which she blogs about at allthriftystates.com, will raise awareness about excessive consuming habits and change the perception of many who believe thrift stores are places to donate, not shop.
Today, Scott Andrews, BS Ag ’76, continues his family’s cotton legacy on a century-old farm in southeast Missouri. Much has changed since he first started farming the land, including nearly all cotton farming practices, which have become more sustainable from both business and environmental perspectives.
A group of six Mizzou students wants to show by example that anyone, even the cash-strapped college crowd, can lead a more sustainable life.
December 2nd, 2011
With the help of a $20,000 grant from Mizzou Advantage, Shibu Jose, director of MU’s Center for Agroforestry, has established a comprehensive blueprint for a commercial biofuel industry.
December 1st, 2011
MU will be hosting a 1 ½-day workshop on January 9-10 during which faculty will work with industry leaders and personnel from regulatory services to develop a curriculum that better prepares our students who intend to pursue health-related industry and government jobs after graduation. This workshop is a follow up to our previous Industry/Academia PartnerRead more »
October 26th, 2011
Right now, the university buys coal and natural gas from out of state to fire its boilers. But, when the new boiler goes online in 2012, MU will take a large step toward an in-state renewable energy source.
William “Bill” Jacoby, an associate professor of biological engineering with a joint appointment in chemical engineering at the University of Missouri, is researching the use of biomass as a sustainable, low-cost energy resource.
Patrick Pinhero, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Missouri, along with others, is developing a solar nanoantenna (nantenna) device that could potentially revolutionize our approach to solar power and the harvest of industrial waste heat.
October 7th, 2011
Juanamaria Cordones-Cook, professor of Spanish and researcher of Afro-Hispanic literature, has helped assemble Mizzou’s Ediciones Vigía collection: a series of handcrafted books from Cuba.
MU students get to use 3-D design labs to create virtual reality designs.
Alumnus Brian Hamman helps advance the online presence of one of the nation’s biggest newspapers: The New York Times.
An interdisciplinary MU course allows students the opportunity to participate in all phases of the filmmaking process.
As documentary films gain more mainstream appeal, especially among adult audiences no longer wowed by box-office heartthrobs and teen comedies, Columbia has emerged as a cinematic city of choice for nonfiction fans.
A fellowship program, funded by a $1.5 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant, selects 14 MU science undergraduates to help conduct research and to produce science news.
Tina Bloom, assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, is researching a Web-based program designed to help women develop individualized safety plans.
MU educators Robert Shay and Andrea Heiss are organizing a symposium and festival in fall 2012 in hopes of spurring discussions on how new media and technology are affecting art and how MU can prepare students for art careers.
The post-MTV generation has come of age. They are artists and advocates, entertainers and engineers — and they’re using media to achieve their dreams.
The advent of online news has contributed to the closing of hundreds of newspapers across the country. MU is investigating ways to ensure the records created by those newspapers don’t disappear.
Adrian Holovaty, BJ ’01, has found perhaps the smallest way to slice up the news pie – by the city block.
A new mobile app development class at MU teams journalism students with engineering students and gives them the opportunity to build apps for phones, tablets and more.
Elizabeth Baker, associate professor in the College of Education, hosts Voice of Literacy, which covers new literacy education research.
Although children with autism sometimes struggle to discern mood from facial expression, a new virtual learning environment is helping.
Advertising and subscriptions have paid for newspapers in the past, but with that model on the wane, what will fund journalism in the future?
Trenton, Mo., native Eric Hoffman has a new method for feeding cows – a rotation-based grazing system.
Pumping up the nutrition of ice cream might be easier than cutting consumption.
With help from MU professionals, teenager Teyonna Ruppert is trying to buck the fast food culture trend.
Seekers of new knowledge need to look in the right places. Humanities research is a good place to start.
MU’s Biodesign and Innovation fellowship produces business-savvy inventors who are poised to improve medical care and spur economic development.
A speech pathologist in the School of Health Professions, Nandhu Radhakrishnan has the expertise and equipment to diagnose, describe and even visualize data from vocal sounds.
For the past three decades, most MU pre-med students have spent a semester in the classroom of philosopher Bill Bondeson and puzzled over tough medical ethics questions. Bondeson will retire after the spring 2011 semester.
Mizzou’s new Master of Public Health program was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in October 2010.
Two MU researchers have formed a company to develop a promising treatment for prostate cancer using gold nanoparticles.
Rebecca Johnson has studied the positive effects of human-animal interaction — specifically people and dogs — for 11 years.
More than 20 MU scientists are working to provide scientific data on how certain herbs and crops might provide health benefits.
MU is conducting research that explores how diagnosing feline health issues can help develop medicine for humans.
MU researchers are testing the efficacy of a bladder cancer treatment on pet dogs.
MedZou is a student-run clinic that provides free care for uninsured Boone County residents.
MU medical students were among the first in the nation to experience problem-based curriculum and, after increases in test scores, that idea is being modeled elsewhere.
Fred vom Saal’s research led to a consumer rebellion against products made with the plastics additive bisphenol A. Now he wants government regulators to take a stand on toxic chemicals in everyday products.
MU Researcher Jimi Cook’s Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory team and its collaborators are on the cusp of delivering what he calls “the Holy Grail of arthritis treatment.”
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