School board plans review of Newton

Summer school might be over, but talking about it is not.

The Columbia Board of Education will evaluate the district’s summer program at its regular meeting tonight. The program has been a controversial topic of discussion for the past few months, board President J.C. Headley said.

Missouri might have wilted in Troy heat

When the Missouri football team hit the practice field on Aug. 9 for its first preseason practice, unseasonably cool weather welcomed the Tigers.

Those lower than average temperatures stayed throughout the fall workouts and might have cost the Tigers (1-1) on Thursday night in Troy, Ala., where the Trojans upset Missouri 24-14. The Tigers, ranked No. 19 entering the game, fell out of the AP rankings after the loss.

Upshot even

Missouri and No. 11 Florida traded the lead a few times on Sunday, but as far as the players were concerned the game was deadlocked from start to finish. Each shot was taken like it would be the last and each ball was fought for like there was 30 seconds left.

The Tigers tied the Gators 2-2 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex, but only after two sudden-death overtimes, 47 penalties, and four yellow cards.

Assault weapons ban runs out today

Even though a federal law banning assault weapons is set to expire today, Columbia gun shop owners don’t expect an increase in firearm sales.

Tigers’ tennis team gaining confidence

The Missouri tennis team hopes confidence away from the court leads to confidence on the court.

Tigers’ senior Katka Svecikova and sophomore Erika Josbena won titles in their flights at the Missouri Invitational Sunday. The finals concluded a three-day preseason tune-up for the Tigers. Illinois State, Murray State and Drake played in the event.

Columbia pair thrilled about competing in Athens Games

Derrick Peterson remembers when it first hit him.

When Peterson, an 800-meter qualifier and former Missouri track and field standout, walked into the packed Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games, he realized exactly what it means to be an Olympian.

Weary riders finish trek

The small cardboard sign along the shoulder of Missouri Route 124, 24 miles from the finish line of the MS 150 Bike Tour, were beacons for the riders as they neared the end of their 150-mile odyssey Sunday.

A smiley face donned the first sign. It read: “2 miles to rest stop.” Another sign was similar, signifying only a mile to go until the rest stop. A final sign was the last bit of motivation riders needed. It said: “Fresh Fruit; Trail Mix; Rest Stop No. 6.”

Teacher, counselor, thinker

When he moved into MU’s Hatch Hall some 30 years ago, Brent Mallinckrodt aspired to be a crusading lawyer. The young man from a small Missouri farming community wanted to “turn the world upside down for poor people.”

But after one semester at law school, Mallinckrodt, now 47, determined that law wasn’t his life’s calling after all.

Starting out small

Looking at 2-year-old Davonte Carter, one would hardly guess he was born three months premature at a mere 1 pound, 14 ounces, and in this fragile state underwent serious surgery to prevent his esophagus from closing.

Acid reflux drug hits market this year

MU researchers have created a new delivery system to fight gastroesophageal reflux disease, and a California pharmaceutical company will soon bring that development to market.

The delivery system — how the drug is absorbed into the body — is part of a drug called Zegerid, a new “proton pump inhibitor.” PPIs are a type of drug that fights the disease commonly known as acid reflux disease by shutting down the system that creates acid in the stomach.

Now You Know: Ovarian cancer

What’s new: A study at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center investigates better methods to detect ovarian cancer in women at risk of developing the disease. Early detection increases chances of long-term survival but is difficult because ovarian cancer usually has no obvious symptoms.

How it works: Participants have a yearly ultrasound and a blood test every three months to check for elevated levels of a protein that in high levels can be associated with ovarian cancer. The study uses a computer-based tool called ROCA, or Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm. Participants can choose to have their ovaries removed, an option unique to the study. The women would still receive blood tests because removal does not eliminate all risk of developing cancer in nearby cells.

How Do I?: Buy tickets for the MU Concert Series

The Concert Series offers several ways to purchase tickets:

n By phone: 882-3781.

Faces: Andrea Moy

Andrea Moy spent eight weeks of her summer interning at INCA Productions, a company in London that specializes in event planning — from movie launches to fashion shows.

“The first thing they told me to do when I walked in the door was research for New York Fashion Week,” said Moy, a senior at Stephens College. “I was amazed that they had such confidence in my abilities right away.”

Campus in brief: Job satisfaction is perception-based

Vicki Rosser, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at MU, recently conducted a study that shed light on why faculty members leave higher education.

Rosser said some of her most interesting findings were within the contradictions that her research uncovered. For example, ethnic minorities were more likely to leave their institution but were satisfied with their jobs. Women, on the other hand, showed low job satisfaction, but few had plans to leave their positions.

Journalist kicks off MU lecture series

Starting Tuesday, the Center for Religion, the Professions and the Public at MU will present a series of lectures highlighting different professions.

“The distinguished scholars are leaders in their fields and will discuss how religion, culture and ethics affect what they do,” said Ethan Henderson, office management associate for the center.

Divisions over war growing tiresome

Editor’s note: Beginning next week, Rose Nolen’s columns will move to Tuesday.

I’m taking advantage of the cool weather to do housekeeping chores. I’ve painted the house and am now in the process of installing new floor covering. With any luck at all, the presidential election will come and go while I’m taking care of my responsibilities.