Harvesting grapes [Photo]

Jonathan Sprinkle, Satisha Jogaiah, Jackie Harris and Patrick Toomey harvest grapes. The MU Institute for Continental Climate is spearheading research that could spur a Missouri wine renaissance, and put the growing industry on the global map.

Viticulture research team lab technician [Photo]

Eric Andersen, a lab technician for the viticulture research team at MU, stands in the Crown Gordon Vineyards.

Viticulture research team [Photo]

Justin Robertson, Eric Andersen and Patrick Toomey count, squeeze and smash grapes at the MU viticulture lab. They will analyze the maturation of the grapes and the quality of the wine that is made from them, as part of the new viticulture and enology programs at MU.

Squeezed grape juice [Photo]

Justin Robertson pours a sample of squeezed grape juice at the MU viticulture lab.

Soybean cyst nematode [Photo]

These Soybean cyst nematodes are being studied by at the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU. Last year this parasite destroyed $751.8 million of the U.S. soybean crop.

Soybean cyst nematode researchers [Photo]

Melissa Mitchum, front, an assistant professor at MU, and Greg Yeckel, an undergraduate research assistant, are both members of the team studying soybean cyst nematodes at the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU.

Soybean cyst spreads [Graphic]

This map depicts the U.S. counties where the soybean cyst nematode is present.

The Whitt family [Photo]

On Nov. 5 at the Midwest Sports Academy, Annelle Whitt, second from left, instructed her sons, 11-year old Jimmy, in yellow, and 15-year-old Marcus, right, to see how many basketballs they could place in the arms of their father, James Whitt.

Annelle Whitt [Photo]

Annelle Whitt spends time with her family Nov. 5 at basketball practice at the Midwest Sports Academy. Annelle works for an insurance company while her husband, James Whitt, retired to stay at home with their two sons.

Sharing fair trade [Photo]

Volunteer Tammy Backman, left, and Treasurer Christina Weaver joke with each other behind the counter of their nonprofit organization's new downtown Columbia shop. Mustard Seed Fair Trade, located at 25 S. Ninth St., opened in October but hosted a grand opening celebration Nov. 8.

Reaching out to fair trade [Photo]

Executive director Jessica Linneman, left, points out a popular cookbook to Natalie Wells, a new volunteer staff member at Mustard Seed Fair Trade.

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star [Photo]

Dr. Donald Harvey Kausler [Photo]

Psychologist Donald Kausler, author of "Graying of America," dies. Dr. Kausler was considered a leading researcher in the field of aging and was a professor emeritus at MU.

MU football team celebrates with Big 12 North trophy [Photo]

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel hoists the Big 12 Conference North Division Trophy during a surprise presentation Nov. 20 at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Campus ministry runs clothing distribution [Slideshow]

Veritas, a campus ministry of The Crossing Church, distributed winter clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, bags, books and hygiene products to people in need on Thursday. The group set up tables with the goods they had previously collected, helped those shopping find the items they needed and served hot beverages.

Schools use biodegradable trays [Photo]

From right, Mateesa Crowley, 7, Madison Simpson-Baroli, 6, and Peyton Sheeley, 6, eat lunch from biodegradable trays at Blue Ridge Elementary. Blue Ridge Elementary was one of three Columbia schools to switch from Styrofoam to biodegradable lunch trays at the beginning of the school year.

The big snip [Photo]

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman and Thomas Payne, vice chancellor of MU and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, cut a ribbon signifying the completion of the Gans Road Interchange.

Speaking before the ribbon's cut [Photo]

Roger Schwartze, district engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, speaks at the Gans Road Interchange's ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new interchange opened to traffic on Thursday.

New interchange proposed [Photo]

The city of Columbia is preparing a proposal to create a new interchange on Interstate 70 to relieve the congestion at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70.

MU men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. Xavier [Photo]

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller defends against Xavier's Dante Jackson in Thursday's game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Tiller grabbed six steals for Missouri, but the Tigers struggled at the free-throw line and lost.