Higher Education

MU professor Haslag named Kenneth Lay Chair in Economics

The MU Economics Department has finally hired a professor for the department’s Kenneth Lay Chair in Economics, a position it has struggled to fill for nearly a decade.

Tap Day honoring MU students held indoors

Students that were tapped in this year’s ceremony were chosen for the “outstanding contributions” they had made to the campus.

National health institute cites MU biologist's research

Fred vom Saal’s research found that bisphenol A, a common chemical in plastic bottles, poses serious health risks to people.

Student group seeks expansion of conceal and carry law

One year after the shooting at Virginia Tech, some students want to see concealed weapons on campus because they say it could make them safer. Other students are planning protests because they say gun laws are too lax.

Vigil remembers Viginia Tech shooting one year later

On the one year anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy, campus organizations will hold a vigil at MU to honor the lives of the 33 people that died on April 16, 2007, and call for peace on college campuses countrywide.

Alternative spring break in New York was learning experience

Philip Prouhet, 20, an MU journalism student from St. Louis, spent his March spring break leading 12 other MU students in a service project in New York.

MU journalism professor to direct USC journalism school

Geneva Overholser, currently an endowed chair for the MU School of Journalism at its Washington, D.C., bureau, has been named the director of the journalism school at the University of Southern California.

Novelist critiques views about Iran

Fatemeh Keshavarz of Washington University lectured at MU Thursday and Friday about the side of Iranian culture Americans seldom see.

Columbia's aspiring young filmmakers emerge for student film festival

The Silver Screen Film Festival will be held at MU on Friday and Saturday in an effort to provide amateur filmmakers a means of developing and displaying their skills.

Council votes to table sprinkler request

The City Council voted on Monday night to table a request to repeal a section of the city fire code that would require Greek houses to install fire sprinkler systems.

UMSL could receive money to make up for funding discrepancies

Under a proposal to the state higher education budget, the University of Missouri-St. Louis could receive $2.44 million during the 2009 fiscal year to make up for a funding difference between it and the other UM System campuses.

UM names new VP of human resources

Elizabeth “Betsy” Rodriguez has been appointed the University of Missouri System’s vice president of human resources, UM President Gary Forsee announced Friday.

Former wiseguy tells his story

Former mobster Michael Franzese gave MU students a lesson in "Mob 101" on Wednesday.

A taste of Taiwan

Lowry Mall was home to a Taiwanese Night Market on Wednesday afternoon.

Tuition plans to be finalized at UM System Board of Curators meeting

The UM System Board of Curators will make final actions regarding tuition and fees for the 2009 fiscal year at its Friday meeting at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Four MU professors awarded $10,000

Wednesday morning marked the final four presentations of the 2008 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence; this year’s recipients are Wayne Brekhus, Dorina Kosztin, Anand Chandrasekhar, Tony Lupo and Robert Terry Jr.

Sociology professor lands $10,000 Kemper award

In a Publisher’s Clearing House-like moment, Wayne Brekhus’s Queer Theories and Identities class was interupted so he could be presented with a check for $10,000 as one of five recipients of this year’s William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

Forum to mark UM System, South Africa partnership

In 1986, the University of Missouri System and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, beat the odds of apartheid and formed an academic link. Sustained for more than 20 years, the South African Education Program is the topic of the Chancellor’s Global Issues Forum on Monday.

Robotic window washer climbs to the top for title

Frank Jr. is a robot; more specifically, he’s the robot that won best robotic window washer in the student design competition of the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Student Professional Development Conference, held this year by MU’s student chapter.

Missouri Students Association to hold re-elections

Students will have to revote in the Senate elections because of a technical glitch.