Mike Odette preps mushrooms [Photo]

Mike Odette preps mushrooms with his son, Harry, 15 months, on his back at Sycamore Restaurant on March 10. Odette is one of 20 semifinalists for Best Chef in the Midwest region in the prestigious James Beard Awards, which are known as the Oscars of the food world. “It came along when I really needed something like this, professionally and personally,” Odette said. “It’s really energized me.” The five finalists in each category will be announced on March 23.

Don Cizek at work [Photo]

Don Cizek has done a great deal as coordinator of Columbia Channel, including writing the station's original music, designing new graphics and adding $100,000 to the station's budget. He hopes to expand the channel further by increasing the amount of content online.

Don Cizek, TV Guy [Photo]

Don Cizek, the coordinator of the Columbia Channel for the past two years.

A FunDay for students [Slideshow]

Ridgeway Elementary's annual FunDay fundraiser drew out families for a day of games, food, and raffle prizes March 14.

Olympic weightlifting with MU's Whitnee Maycock [Video]

Missouri senior Whitnee Maycock knew in high school that she had a passion for weightlifting. Once she got to MU, she hooked up with coach and former MU professor Tom Lafontaine. Lafontaine is a former Olympic weightlifter.
Olympic weightlifting consists of two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. They don't require arm strength as much as they require strong legs and good technique. Maycock is set to graduate in May with two degrees but hopes to keep Olympic weightlifting in her life after graduation.

2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket [Document]

Printable bracket for 2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament

Tigers discover place in NCAA Tournament [Photo]

Missouri's sophomore Justin Safford, left, and senior Matt Lawrence watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show Sunday at the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena.

Expert evaluation [Audio]

Here's an answer from the expert:

Roxie Campbell
Park Naturalist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Try toad and frog surveying [Audio]

Try your hand at toad and frog surveying:
Use the above information to try to identify frog and toad species at this pond.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Grassland trailhead area
Approximately 7:30 p.m. March 14.

Hint: Sound isn’t your only clue, narrow your options by call seasons

Southern Leopard Frog [Audio]

Southern Leopard Frog
(Rana sphenocephala)
Call: A series of abrupt, chuckle-like quacking sounds.
Approximate breeding call season: March through April

Pickerel Frog [Audio]

Pickerel Frog
(Rana palustris)
Call: A descending, low-pitched snore lasting for several seconds.
Approximate breeding call season: March through May

Green Frog [Audio]

Green Frog
(Rana clamitans melanota)
Call: An explosive bong that sounds like a loose banjo string.
Approximate breeding call season: May through July

Bull Frog [Audio]

Bull Frog
(Rana catesbeiana)
Call: Male bullfrogs produce their familiar jug-o’-rum calls throughout the summer.
Approximate breeding call season: May through July

Plains Leopard Frog [Audio]

Plains Leopard Frog
(Rana blairi)
Call: A rapid series of guttural chuck-chuck-chuck sounds.
Approximate breeding call season: April through May

NCAA men's hoops bracket [Document]

NCAA men's basketball bracket

Northern Crawfish Frog [Audio]

Nothern Crawfish Frog
(Rana areolata circulosa)
Call: A deep, loud, snoring gwwaaa can be heard from a considerable distance.
Approximate breeding call season: February through April
*Rare in Missouri

Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad [Audio]

Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad
(Gastrophryne olivacea)
Call: A high-pitched short peal that sounds similar to the buzz of a bee.
Approximate breeding call season: May through July

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad [Audio]

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad
(Gastrophryne carolinensis)
Call: A bleating, nasal baaaa, which sounds like a lamb.
Approximate breeding call season: May through July

Western Chorus Frog [Audio]

Western Chorus Frog
(Pseudacris triseriata)
Call: A rasping, vibrating prreeep, which sounds similar to running a fingernail over the small teeth of a pocket comb.
Approximate breeding call season: February through April

Northern Spring Peeper [Audio]

Northern Spring Peeper
(Pseudacris crucifer crucifer)
Call: Their voices are a true announcement of spring. Their high-pitched, peeping call can be heard on warm spring nights and also during the day in early summer and fall.
Approximate breeding call season: February through May