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Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam is an opinion columnist for the Missourian.

Caitlin Hartsell

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

British microbiologist

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

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

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

Dancers learn new moves at First Night

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Setting the lights

John Gilbreth adjusts the lights as part of the set up for Thursday's First Night Columbia performances at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The Theatre is hosting four acts, with performances beginning at 6:30 pm.

Ready for the show

The Hot Club of Cowtown performs a sound check in preparation for their performance at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday.

Sound check

Elana James of the Hot Club of Cowtown confers with sound engineers at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts during a sound check on Thursday. The Hot Club of Cowtown is one of four acts performing at the Theatre Thursday as part of Columbia's First Night New Year's celebration. The western swing band - comprised of James on fiddle, Whit Smith on guitar, and Jake Erwin on upright bass - has performed internationally and has toured with Bob Dylan and worked alongside Willie Nelson.

Getting tuned up

Michael Butterworth of Butterworth Music tunes one of the two baby grand pianos that will be used in Thursday's duel between Sutu Forte and Ken Kehner, as part of the First Night New Year's Eve festivities at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Butterworth began playing the piano at age 4 and has been tuning pianos since he was 14, when his father began teaching him the trade.

AdMob CEO founded company while in business school

Omar Hamoui, Founder and CEO of AdMob, poses at his company's offices in San Mateo, Calif., Dec. 8, 2009.

On guard against fraud

Shirley Shupp sits in her Houston apartment in late December and talks about how she called Medicare to report receiving medical equipment she never asked for. Shupp contacted her local Senior Medicare Patrol, which did its own research and then referred the matter to investigators. The equipment, worth thousands of dollars, was returned, the case was handed over to prosecutors and the perpetrators were charged with Medicare fraud.
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