Eight years ago — the first time they filed for benefits for their respective partners — LeeAnn Whites and Mary Jo Neitz went to the MU Benefits Office together.
Whites, an associate professor of history and women’s studies at MU, recalled that the secretary looked at their forms and said, “You should get this!”
The Maneater, an MU student newspaper, celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday. To mark the occasion, Maneater adviser Becky Diehl and staff members served green-and-white-colored cake — the newspaper’s colors — to passers-by in Brady Commons from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Joel Gold started The Maneater in 1955 as a way to revamp the The Missouri Student, MU’s student newspaper at the time. Gold thought The Missouri Student was not tough enough and focused too much on Greek activities. He changed the paper’s focus and titled it The Maneater.
Missouri Hall, at Columbia College, was built more than 80 years ago. Built in Tudor-gothic architectural style accented by large bay windows and steep vaulted roofs, the hall was first used as a residence hall.
Completed in 1920, Missouri Hall has maintained its style. Original plans for the hall were adapted from a hotel in Mississippi so that upon completion, it could house 110 women. This was done to reduce crowding in the other residence halls on campus, such as St. Clair Hall. The name was chosen to honor donors from the state of Missouri.
What was learned: Scientists at MU are using a Veterinary Medical Database to identify cancer links between dogs and humans. The database was created in 1964 by the National Cancer Institutes of Health to catalog information about cases that had been discharged from U.S. and Canadian veterinary medical teaching hospitals. The database, housed at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine, holds more than 6.5 million case abstracts.
Why it matters: Researchers are studying the cases to answer questions about cancer that affects both dogs and humans — in hopes of finding treatments for humans.
Each day, John Stephens, a sophomore at MU, devotes time to drawing. He has produced a comic strip, “The 12,” for about a year, and he tries to come out with a new one each week.
Stephens posts them on his door in McDavid Residence Hall, and he distributes them to about 30 of his friends, relatives and co-workers through e-mail.
Ocean sulfate levels
What was learned: A team of geologists, including former MU professor of geological science Tim Lyons, developed a method for estimating sulfate levels in ancient oceans as a way to measure oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere at the same time.
Everybody loves free stuff, and the MU Alumni Association knows that.
Along with other tactics, the association sends small gifts to entice people to join the club. Membership peaked in June at more than 35,000.
When Washington University students realized that some immigrant workers on the St. Louis campus were struggling to communicate, they put a unique twist on community service.
Rather than step off campus to find a place to be of help, they began a volunteer program at the university. Immigrant university staffers who want to improve their English can meet one-on-one with about 45 student volunteers, who offer help in reading, writing and conversation skills.
Disasters, like the killer tsunami on Dec. 26, have a negative long-term effect on the world, an associate professor of economics said in a forum Thursday.
“One of the things I think you see in the newspapers is a statement that natural disasters can make us better off, and in the long run can be a good thing. I want to convince you that that’s absurd,” said MU’s Kenneth R. Troske.
People aren’t the only ones who can be fat; their pets can, too.
And it’s up to the owners to do something about it, says a pet-weight expert at MU.
Donato Ndongo is a leading writer of his country, but he can’t even live there. Twice exiled from his native Equatorial Guinea, the former journalist left the country to live in Spain. Now, as a visiting professor at MU’s Department of Romance Languages, Ndongo will call mid-Missouri his home.
Diversity — in the classroom, in discussion and as a value of MU — was the central issue raised by the panel at the “Straight Talk about the Black Student Experience” on Tuesday afternoon in Brady Commons.
Clarence B. Wine Sr., coordinator of diversity programs, and Andre Thorn, assistant director of academic retention services, led the brown-bag lunch discussion as part of Black History Month. The questions and comments from the audience proved the event to be a success, Wine said.
Presidents of Missouri two- and four-year institutions signed an agreement on Feb. 10 committing to ensure the success of transfer students.
The agreement came during a meeting of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education Presidential Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Coordination Board for Higher Education in Jefferson City.
What was learned: A team of MU researchers has discovered that immune systems of cloned animals are compromised in comparison to their naturally born counterparts.
How they did it: Bart Carter, a former MU researcher, Jeff Carroll, animal physiologist of the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service; Scott Korte, veterinary pathobiology research fellow; and Randall Prather, professor in reproductive biology; examined the innate immune responses of cloned versus naturally born miniature swine by injecting identical doses of lipopolysaccharide into each specimen.
Usually, when one applies for a job, one doesn’t expect to get more than an entry-level position. This was not the case for Breck Gamel, an MU graduate student in elementary education who applied for a job in the CHEERS Project and ended up as its statewide coordinator.
Although she has worked for CHEERS since August, she is still surprised by her important position in the 16-year-old program. Based at MU in the Wellness Center in Brady Commons, its goal is to encourage designated drivers by rewarding them with sodas and CHEERS merchandise at bars and restaurants.
The Health Communication Research Center at MU plans to create a digital archive of black newspapers from across the nation.
In a joint effort with Saint Louis University, the research center will use a grant from the National Cancer Institute to fund the project. It is meant to help researchers, scholars and residents further understand how black newspapers provide health information to black communities.
New and veteran voices of the feminist movement say it needs a reassessment for changing times and aging women.
Suzanne Levine, a writer and former editor at Ms. Magazine; Amy Richards, co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation; and multimedia journalist Farai Chideya were in Columbia last week to commend their colleague Gloria Steinem.
Stephanie Faler never participated in theater in high school, but that didn’t stop her from helping found the Elysium Players Drama Club at Columbia College.
Faler graduated in May 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She said there was never a drama club at her high school in Van Buren, so when another student came to her with the idea of founding one at Columbia College, she was interested.
While other institutions delegate investment management to nonprofit organizations or corporations, the University of Missouri System centrally manages the investment of endowment funds under the approval of the UM Board of Curators.
This management involves setting targets for how much money from the endowments will be invested in different sectors, such as equity, real estate and hedge funds; hiring investment managers for the different sectors; and making decisions concerning the distribution of funds each year to university programs.
Setting a new look for the next 50 years, MU campus facilities installed new metal signs identifying residence halls, buildings and parking garages on campus.
Not only will these signs identify recently constructed buildings, but they will also replace 50-year-old wooden signs designed like ones found on park grounds, said Phil Shocklee, associate director of campus facilities.