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Higher Education

Playing with words

On a recent Thursday afternoon, more than 20 young people filled the cafeteria at The Intersection, a First Ward youth center that hosts an after-school program for children and teenagers. At about 5:30 p.m., after dinner, most of the children headed for the Intersection’s auditorium for an hour of play.

And the envelope says... medical students find futures

The first sight of the white envelopes provoked loud cheers in the atrium outside the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library on Thursday, as 88 MU medical students gathered to find out how they will spend the next three to eight years of their lives.

Investing in the 21st century

In 2005, MU’s College of Business formed a committee of 34 faculty, alumni and students to figure out how to better prepare students for the business world. Over a six-month period, the committee came up with a plan that school officials hope will enhance the school’s research efforts and its collaboration with businesses, alumni and students.

$2.5 million gift received

Tom and Betty Scott are not new to giving gifts to MU. The Kansas City couple contributed more than $2 million and a professorship endowment to the School of Veterinary Medicine in Jan. 2007. In 1999, they funded the business school’s Tom and Betty Scott CEO Forum.

New link: neurotic behavior, alcoholic parents

An 11-year study of the lives of 489 MU students from the freshman class of 1987 suggests that the children of alcoholics suffer from higher rates of neurotic personality traits.

Faces: Shayna Norman

After graduating magna cum laude with a psychology degree from The George Washington University in Washington D.C., Shayna Norman felt at a loss.

TOTAL: $553.55*

With the price of textbooks increasing, MU officials have started looking for ways to reduce those costs. This includes the possibility of a new program that would allow students to rent the books they need.

Are the classrooms truly balanced?

The national debate over intellectual diversity arrives in Jefferson City on Tuesday, when the House Higher Education Committee is scheduled to take up a bill that would require Missouri universities to document efforts to protect students from political bias in the classroom.

Faces

Elaine Lawless will be the first to tell you that we are all storytellers.

Holey cow

MU College of Veterinary Medicine student Kristen Schweizer feels the mucosal lining of a cow’s stomach for her gastrointestinal physiology class.

Student curator representative search begins

MU’s student government has begun a search for a student representative to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators. Missouri Students Association president Rachel Anderson said applications will be collected through April 4.

MU reviews amounts for donations

Those thinking of starting a scholarship at MU may want to act sooner rather than later.

English program crosses the pond

The MU English Department is preparing to launch a four-week study abroad program aimed at bringing classic English literature alive.

Accessibility challenged

Priya Johnston’s first visit to Mizzou Arena is one she won’t soon forget.

Student fee reallocation considered for minority groups

Campus minority organizations would benefit financially and could gain new members and service opportunities if MU approves a proposed reallocation of student fees.

Stem cell restrictions considered

MU researchers are closely watching the debate in Jefferson City over efforts to restrict embryonic stem cell research on the campus.

A life of science

It’s almost noon at the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus, and Jack Schultz is standing in line at the Catalyst Cafe to buy a sandwich and some chips. While waiting to have his credit card swiped, he jokes with the cashier, telling her some soup had spilled into the card reader. The cashier looks up to see a playful grin spread across Schultz’s face. She is quickly put at ease and chats a little with Schultz before he sits down to eat.

Ethics investigator quits in protest

Phil Harter, MU’s Earl F. Nelson professor of law, resigned his position as chair of MU’s standing committee on research responsibility Thursday. The resignation came on the same day MU announced it had dropped the charges of research misconduct against three scientists.

MU drops charges against 3 scientists

MU has dropped charges of research misconduct against three scientists, including lead researcher R. Michael Roberts, Curators’ Professor of animal sciences and biochemistry. The scientists had been under investigation for allegedly doctoring photographs that accompanied research published in a prominent scientific journal last February.

Official MU statement on scientific misconduct inquiry

The University of Missouri News Bureau released this statement on Feb. 8, 2007:

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