Women physicans talk about the profession [Photo]

From left, Nicole Fearing, Jen Doty and Dena Higbee gather at the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation at University Hospital.

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Tibetan monks visit MU [Video]

Since the sixth century, Tibetan monks have been creating mandalas, an ancient art form made of finely ground marble. After their opening ceremony on Monday, which included chants and prayers, monks worked hours to create a mandala in Ellis library at MU.

Columbia Community Birth Center to close [Photo]

Ivy White, a certified professional midwife in Columbia, holds 6 week-old William Leigh at the Columbia Community Birth Center before an appointment Sept. 18. A law passed last summer made it legal for midwives like White to assist in the birthing process without the presence of a physician.

Columbia College dorm coordinator died Sunday [Photo]

Ryann Schmidt was a dorm coordinator at Columbia College. He died Sunday of suspected cardiac arrest. Staff and students of Columbia College will be traveling to funeral services in St. Louis on Thursday. He was 26 and engaged.

Tibetan tour looks to raise awareness [Photo]

From left: Tibetan monks Lobsang Paljor and Tenzin Tashi from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India perform mandala sand painting as part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour, in Ellis Library at MU. The tour aims to share Tibetan art and culture, raise awareness about the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and raise funds for exiled student monks in India.

Exiled monks construct mandala [Photo]

From left: Lobsang Pelger and Yeshi Palden, exiled Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, carefully construct a mandala in the Ellis Library at MU. They rub a tool called a thurma against the ridges of a hollow cone-shaped tool called a chakpur to slowly release the colored sand held within it.

Mandalas carry special meaning [Photo]

From left: Tibetan monks Lobsang Paljor and Tenzin Tashi use colored sand to paint a mandala. Each mandala carries a special meaning and this one represents Avaloketeshvara, the embodiment of compassion, the deity of which the Dalai Lama is considered a manifestation. Six monks take turns painting over four days, and plan to complete the mandala by noon on Thursday, when it will be ceremonially swept up and dispersed in a flowing body of water to signify the impermanence of all things.

Eighteen colors are used in a mandala [Photo]

Bowls called ting, full of colored sand, sit on a table next to the tools used to construct the mandala in Ellis Library. About 18 different colors are typically used to paint a mandala and specific colors are used for certain symbols.

Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins [Photo]

Cody Hawkins was the starting quarterback for Colorado this season until struggling with interceptions.

Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen [Photo]

In his first start this season, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen threw for 175 yards and a touchdown in the Buffaloes 34-30 win against previously undefeated Kansas on Oct. 17 in Boulder, Colo.

Soybean farmer discusses future of biotechnology [Slideshow]

Kelly Forck lives and works on Forck Farms in Jefferson City, a working farm of 500 acres that produces corn and soybeans in rotation. Forck, who is the president of the Missouri Soybean Association, has worked with soybeans for most of his life, yet says he would never grow tired of them. A believer in the benefits of using biotechnology — also known as genetic engineering or hybridization — Forck adapts the type of beans he produces to marketplace needs, and sees a bright future in store for biotechnology. Today, biotechnology can be used to alter the flavor, color, protein content and herbicide-resistance of soybeans. Tomorrow, Forck hopes, biotechnology might be used to help prevent or even cure diseases.

Berry Building [Graphic]

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: With its final renovations nearly complete, the Berry Building is set to reopen in November. John Ott oversaw most of the North Village projects with the goal of maintaining the history of the area. Many of the buildings have gone from retail and office space to art studios and galleries, restaurants or apartments with the hopes of revitalizing the neighborhood.

Berry Building to undergo renovation [Photo]

Renovations are being finished up this month on the Berry Building, located at Orr and Walnut streets.

Effects of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis on Knee [Graphic]

The knee is a common joint affected by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Effects include cartilage and bone loss, along with swelling of the joint and joint capsule. This causes the knee to be swollen and can make it difficult to walk.

The Missourian mentioned on ABC [Video]

ABC/ESPN announcer Brent Musburger references Columbia Missourian football writer Robert Mays' "10 things that make Texas a bad homecoming opponent" during the Missouri-Texas national broadcast on Oct. 24.

Sarah Read [Photo]

Sarah Read laughs with other members of the First Christian Church planning committee as they debate about the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several other planning committees across the city to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

New Missouri Theatre CEO [Photo]

R. Eric Staley, the newly hired chief executive of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, poses for a portrait on Friday. A graduate of MU, Staley's career has been spent working with nonprofit organizations, including the Central Missouri Food Bank and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Show-Me Solar team takes 11th in international Solar Decathlon [Graphic]

After two years of hard work and a week of competition, the Show-Me Solar team successfully built its 2009 solar house and traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon took place from Oct. 8-21 and hosted 20 teams from all over the world.