Higher Education

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:

MU professor cleared of academic misconduct charge

Charges of academic misconduct have been dropped against three MU scientists, including lead researcher R. Michael Roberts, who had been under investigation for allegedly doctoring photographs that accompanied research published in a prominent scientific journal last year.

Faces: James L. Fergason

James L. Fergason, a pioneer in the development of liquid crystal display technology, has committed a portion of a prestigious national award to the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The parking puzzle

Lori Hudson lives five minutes away from the MU campus, but in her daily commute to class she allots herself at least 45 minutes to find a parking space. Hudson parks in her assigned lot, the Trowbridge Livestock Center, then takes a shuttle bus to Brady Commons. There are some days, however, when Hudson, an MU student, has to abandon her quest to find a parking space.

MU policy blocks peer-to-peer file sharing networks

Students, faculty and staff using MU’s TigerNet campus network can no longer access peer-to-peer file sharing networks, often used to illegally download copyrighted media.

Cramming for class

When Mamadou Badiane walked into his 9 a.m. advanced Spanish conversation class during the first week of class, he expected a full house of students, a bit groggy perhaps, but otherwise ready for the start of the winter semester.

Faces: Mark Drabenstott

After working to further economic understanding in America’s heartland, MU’s Mark Drabenstott will take his expertise to an international level as chairman of the Territorial Development Policy Committee in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. (The OECD uses the British spelling for “organization.”)

MU bankruptcy counseling is certified

The MU Office for Financial Success has become the first university-based program in the United States certified by the U.S. Trustee’s Office to offer financial counseling services to those considering bankruptcy.

A study in gay suburbia

Wayne Brekhus is known at MU for his funny anecdotes, his charismatic lecture style and his eclectic interests. Brekhus, an associate professor of sociology, has been known to travel across the United States to scout out snakes in their natural environments. He can hold his own in a game of chess. And he isn’t shy about joining the mosh pit at a heavy metal concert.

MU committed to economic development

As one of the state’s largest employers, the UM System has been a major factor in Missouri’s economy since its flagship campus in Columbia was founded in 1839.

Uniquely able

If Dave Roberts has learned one thing in his 32-year career in vocational rehabilitation, it is that disability is a normal part of life.