Higher Education

MU research director steps down after internal audit

The director of MU's Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory stepped down to a researcher because of a conflict of interest, according to a statement issued by the university.

First female Missouri education commissioner named

Chris Nicastro, superintendent of the Hazelwood School District superintendent, is to begin her duties Aug. 1.

Economic Downturn work team helps students make ends meet

MU's Economic Downturn work team works with students and families to make them aware of the financial opportunities available through the university.

New psychiatric center set to open Wednesday at MU

The new Missouri Psychiatric Center is to replace the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center. The new center is to operate under MU Health Care with most of its existing staff.

MU sees 16 percent increase in financial aid applications

As the recession continues, a growing number of college students are applying for federal financial aid this year.

Missouri State receiving routine audit

Missouri State University's audit is part of a series of regular inspections. The university was last audited in 1992 and 1995.

Columbia financial aid directors support Obama's plan to simplify FAFSA

Local financial aid directors agree with the Obama administration's plan to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

MU Tour Team helps visitors stay cool

The MU Tour Team is doing its best to help visitors and prospective students touring campus by providing water, staying inside as much as possible and taking it slow.

Economy sending students to cheaper public colleges

New college students across the U.S. are transferring from private universities to lower-priced public institutions, often because of economic fears.

MU researchers link brain growth to social competition

A study conducted by MU researchers has linked the evolutionary growth of the human brain to larger populations and increased social competition.

Columbia receives national recognition for entrepreneurial climate

BusinessWeek recently named Columbia the best small city in Missouri for business start-ups. The success is attributed partly to the large college-aged population.

Doctoral students gather at MU for summer research institute

Aaron Sickel, an MU graduate student, said the event consists of  a series of lectures and workshops intended to help students with their research.

MU Admissions aims for transparency

MU's Office of Admissions says its transparent process makes it unlikely that the university will experience problems like those at the University of Illinois.

Forsee and curators ask Nixon not to veto funding bill

UM System President Gary Forsee and the Board of Curators sent a statement to Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday asking him not to veto House Bill 22, legislation that would provide funding for systemwide capital improvements and research projects.

Curators to governor: Money for Ellis Fischel essential

UM System President Gary Forsee is sending a statement to Gov. Jay Nixon, urging that he not veto a House bill that includes significant funding for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Curators to governor: Patient care center important

UM System President Gary Forsee will deliver a message to the governor outlining the System's concerns about Nixon potentially vetoing a bill that contains much higher education funding, including money for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

MU honored with Truman Foundation award

MU was one of two universities in the nation to receive the 2009 Truman Foundation Honor Institution award, which recognizes the campus's commitment to service and to its Truman Scholars.

UPDATE: GOP House leaders urge governor to avoid vetoes

Nixon's administration already has said he will make line-item vetoes to a budget bill that would spend $381 million of stimulus funds over the next two years, largely on capital improvement projects.

MU announces interim dean of graduate school

George Justice, associate dean of MU's graduate school, will serve as its interim leader.

MU to receive grant to reduce carbon footprint

MU was selected to receive a $35,000 to $50,000 grant to help develop ways of reducing the university’s carbon footprint. Former Sustain Mizzou president Patrick Margherio said they plan to use the money to expand the Building Dashboard program.