Higher Education

Presidential search at MU complicated by other departures

As the search for a new University of Missouri president forges ahead, some high-ranking academic leaders aren’t waiting around to meet the new boss. Since mid-June, three top university officials have decided to take jobs elsewhere. The first to leave was economic development guru John Gardner.

UM curators to present new presidential candidates in August

The goal is to have the finalists chosen by the end of August.

Science rife with notable fakes

The revelation that an MU researcher committed research fraud doesn’t surprise Gordon Christensen, who chaired the committee that investigated the charges against Kaushik Deb.

MU professor retracts research after investigation

MU professor R. Michael Roberts has retracted research published in Science magazine after a nearly yearlong university investigation concluded that accompanying images were doctored by one of his associates, who has apparently fled the country.

Text of the retraction of research report

Text of the retraction appearing in the July 23, 2007, issue of Science Magazine regarding the research report “CDX2 gene expression and trophectoderm lineage specification in mouse embryos” by MU researchers K. Deb, M. Sivaguru, H. Y. Yong, R. M. Roberts that was originally published in the magazine in 2006.

Some Greek houses getting makeovers

Over the past few weeks, fraternities, sororities and the city of Columbia have been busy with construction projects in Greektown, a square of area outlined by Rollins and Providence roads, Kentucky Boulevard and Maryland Avenue.

MU’s budget plan draws faculty criticism

When MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced July 9 that the university’s new financial plan, Compete Missouri, would require an administrative “hold” on new teaching hires, he said the support of faculty would be important to the plan’s chances for success.

MU budget plan could draw faculty to join MNEA

For members of the Missouri National Education Association, MU’s new financial plan could turn out to be one of the organization’s primary recruiting tools.

MU’s new dean of vet college wants to boost school’s ranking

Neil Olson, 56, an associate dean from North Carolina State University's veterinary college, will start his new job at MU on Sept. 1.

Congress considers bills to ease student loan woes

Congress is poised to make big changes to the government programs tapped by millions of students to pay for college. The biggest of these for students: a cap on what low-income borrowers have to pay back each month on their federal student loans.

Unearthing the past

The "Human Skeletal Identification Lab" in MU's Swallow Hall smells of dirt, everything in it looks tinged by rust and a skeleton model hangs in the corner. Shelves full of skulls and boxes loom around the 25-foot-high walls of the room, but two plastic-lined tables dominate the room. A cracked coffin lies on one, and its remains are laid out on another.

MU law student chosen as new student curator

A new University of Missouri System student curator has been selected by the governor’s office, although his appointment may be for just one semester.

MU professors get grant to solve hydrogen mystery

A team of MU professors will receive $880,000 over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy to study hydrogen fuel storage, an effort they hope will someday revolutionize transportation.

Fraternity looks to turn empty house into apartments

MU fraternity Alpha Gamma Sigma’s alumni association has asked the city of Columbia for planned commercial zoning and development approval for its newly acquired property on Rollins Street.

One MU biolab under way

While Columbia awaits word on whether it will become home to a federal laboratory to handle some of the world’s deadliest pathogens, a laboratory for the study of potentially lethal air-borne diseases is under construction on the MU campus.

MU faculty hiring restricted for ’07-’08

If MU faculty want higher salaries, the university will have to forgo filling 20 to 30 faculty positions for the 2007-08 school year, and possibly beyond, under a three-year financial plan announced Monday.

MU announces plan to cut costs and boost faculty salaries

MU announced today that it is launching a three-year financial plan to cut costs and increase faculty salaries.

Complete text of the MU news release of the chancellor's financial plan

COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton has announced the launch of Compete Missouri, a three-year financial plan for the University of Missouri-Columbia. Compete Missouri will focus on retaining and recruiting the best faculty to teach students and to perform the research that improves the quality of life and the economy for all Missourians.

Jane Froman Singers are on tour in China

Columbia College's Jane Froman Singers left Sunday for a 10-day tour of China that includes the Beijing International Choir Festival.

Piecing together a cast

Whether armed with head shots and resumes, or simply coming on a lark, nearly 40 hopefuls trickled through Stephens College’s Helis Communications Center on Sunday afternoon to audition for roles in an original short film, “Pieces Parts.”