Learning to count in Chinese

In this Dec. 3, 2009 picture, second-grader Felipe Padilla Murillo, foreground, and his Trailwoods Elementary School classmates count in Chinese during a teleconference with their instructor.

MU women's basketball player Toy Richbow vs. Duquesne

Missouri's Toy Richbow drives past Duquesne's Vanessa Abel on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

MU women's basketball player Jessra Johnson vs. Duquesne

Missouri's Jessra Johnson scored 12 points Saturday against Duquesne.

MU men's basketball player Laurence Bowers vs. Georgia

Missouri's Laurence Bowers puts up a shot in an early season victory over Georgia. Bowers has learned to take advantage of his extra long reach on the court for the Tigers.

MU men's basketball team corners Georgia player

Missouri's Zaire Taylor, left, and Kim English surround Georgia's Dustin Ware on Saturday in the Tigers' 89-61 victory at Mizzou Arena.

A Texas flag marks the entrance for a couple's private quarters

In this Dec. 27, 2009 photo, Sgt. Miguel Perez, 24, waits for his wife Spc. Amanda Reyes, 23, to come home to their Containerized Housing Unit (CHU), 130-square-foot room at Camp Prosperity in Baghdad.

Military couples sport anniversary tattoos

In this photo taken on Dec. 24, 2009, at Camp Prosperity in Baghdad, the word "October" is tattooed in Arabic on the arms of Spc. Amanda Perez, 23, and husband Sgt. Miguel Perez, 24, to commemorate the month they were married.

Municipal Court employees try to process 2009 records before the start of the new year

Municipal Court Clerk Shara Meyer reviews a document with Andrea Wymer on December 30, 2009. "We're working hard to get everything in before the end of the year," Myer said, "But come Monday, it will start all over again."

Municipal Court employee processes files

Andrea Wymer's work sits at the bottom of a pile while she helps a coworker migrate files from one set of folders to another. With the increase in cases at the Columbia Municipal Court, as the only person to enter the data, Wymer has been inundated with casework during the last six months.

David Webber

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

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

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

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

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

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.