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For More Than Four Years, The Mizzou Advantage has Encouraged Research Growth, Brought Nationally Renowned Faculty to Campus

June 3, 2014

 ‘The Mizzou Advantage’ turns four years old this summer and celebrates producing collaborative interdisciplinary research, raising more than $13 million and bringing nationally renowned faculty to The University of Missouri campus. The organization also announced Jerry Frank as the new faculty fellow, effective June 1.   Story by: MU News Bureau COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— The Mizzou Advantage, an initiative that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students and external partners to solve real-world problems in four areas of strength identified at the University of Missouri, is turning four years old this summer. Officials say the first four years have been very successful, bringing more than $13 million to campus. They also announced today new awards of more than $3.8 million to 45 interdisciplinary teams representing dozens of MU faculty across multiple departments and colleges. A new faculty fellow to lead the initiative in the future also has been announced. “What is remarkable is the impact The Mizzou Advantage has had in such a short time,” said Ken Dean, interim provost. “It has achieved an enviable return on investment and is clearly realizing the hope of those faculty and campus leaders who brought it to fruition. We’re looking forward to the next several years as it continues to benefit our campus.” “The Mizzou Advantage was created to increase MU’s visibility, impact and stature in higher education, locally, statewide, nationally and around the world in the areas where MU is highly differentiated: Food, Media, Sustainable Energy and One Health/One Medicine,” MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said. “This latest report demonstrates that the initiative has been successful in its early goals. We have hired seven prominent faculty with funds from the initiative, built interdisciplinary networks on and off campus, and created a better learning atmosphere for our students. The Mizzou Advantage is helping build a better Mizzou.” More…