David Webber [Photo]

David Webber is an associate professor of political science at MU. His commentaries appear in the Missourian and in The Missouri Record.

Amulets: Seven Chakras [Photo]

Adrienne Hoard gives a quick lesson on the seven Chakras, energy centers that influence certain areas of the human body. Hoard uses natural gemstones corresponding to these seven wheels of light to create amulets and bracelets.

Amulets: Adrienne Hoard [Photo]

Artist and professor Adrienne Hoard created the amulet she is wearing in this picture. Its center stone is charoite, a gemstone found in Siberia.

Amulets: Brazilian red jasper [Photo]

These matching amulet and bracelet were designed to stimulate the Root Chakra. The set features Brazilian red jasper, a protection stone. Adrienne Hoard also incorporated mahogany obsidian, carnelia from Madagascar and hematite from Peru.

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter [Photo]

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter wrote this guest commentary for the Missourian.

Andrew Van Dam [Photo]

Andrew Van Dam is an opinion columnist for the Missourian.

Caitlin Hartsell [Photo]

Caitlin Hartsell is a public health graduate student at Washington University and an intern for the Show-Me Institute.

British microbiologist [Photo]

Lynne Liebowitz, a microbiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, England, asked doctors to almost completely stop using two antibiotics known for provoking drug-resistant bacterial infections. One month later, infection rates had tumbled. Liebowitz is pictured in an Oct. 12 photo taken in the hospital's laboratory.

Slides show infected blood [Photo]

Richard Barnard, a senior biomedical scientist, examines slides showing blood infected by staphylococcal bacteria on Oct. 12 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, England.

Patient swabs [Photo]

Patient swabs are bottled for laboratory testing on Oct. 12 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, England.

Texas Bowl [Slideshow]

The Missouri football team took to the field against the Navy Midshipmen on Dec. 31 at the Texas Bowl in Houston.

Dancers learn new moves at First Night [Photo]

Jim Thaxter (right) instructs Old-Time dance in the LRW Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus on December 31, 2009. Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys provided the musical accompaniment for the dancing. Thaxter and Instructor Steve Weintraub alternated teaching dances, with Weintraub teaching Yiddish dance.

Ukulele ensemble performs at Stephens College New Year's Eve [Photo]

"Cookie" Hagan directs the Columbia Parks and Recreation Ukulele Ensemble as they entertain diners in Stamper Commons on Stephens College campus on December 31, 2009. The Ensemble was accompanied by Delia White on keyboard and was joined by Tom "Artie" Lindsey from "Artie's Univibe."

First Night hand drums [Photo]

Sally Burnley directs a communal drumming session on Dec. 31 on Stamper Commons at Stephens College. A drum circle facilitator, Burnley provided a mixture of African, Asian and Brazilian hand drums, as well as world percussion woods, shakers and bells.

Patients awaiting dental care fill the gym [Photo]

People wait for their turns as others receive dental care during a clinic held by Remote Area Medical at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn.

Patients wait for eye exams [Photo]

People wait for eye exams during a Remote Area Medical clinic held at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn.

Child waits while mother receives free dental care [Photo]

Five-year-old Hayden Johnson waits while his mother, Mendy Johnson, receives dental care during a Remote Area Medical clinic held at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn.

People in line for medical care [Photo]

People standing in line at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn., waiting for the doors to be opened to receive free health care provided by Remote Area Medical. RAM is a nonprofit organization, whose volunteers offer free health care to the uninsured, the underinsured and the desperate.

Lottes returns to drumming despite arthritis [Photo]

Keith Lottes practices his drums for a portrait in his storage unit at Storage Mart. Lottes has drummed since age 7, but had to stop for ten years when he developed rheumatoid arthritis. He now takes Rituxan, a drug used to treat his arthritis, which allows him to play the drums. Two months ago, Lottes started a band, "Downfall," and hopes to start playing in bars around Columbia by next year.

Bands prepare for First Night performance [Photo]

The Hot Club of Cowtown performs a sound check in preparation for their performance at the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts on December 31, 2009. The western swing trio - Whit Smith on guitar, Elana James on fiddle, and Jake Erwin on upright bass - have just returned from spring and summer tours in Australia and the UK.