Higher Education

Faces: Scott Cairns

For 50 years, Scott Cairns has been on a spiritual migration. It has led this MU English professor on a journey to Mount Athos, a monastic republic in northern Greece.

“About 10 years ago, I became fairly disenchanted with American Christendom,” Cairns said. “I was looking for a richer expression of my faith when I came upon Eastern Orthodoxy.”

Exiled authors speak

MU’s Afro-Romance Institute for Languages and Literature of the African Diaspora will host “Transnational Identities: Afro-Hispanic Literature of European Exile” on Friday and Saturday.

The conference will focus on the writings of Afro-Hispanic authors in exile and have papers presented on their works. There will be a discussion on the literature of Equatorial Guinea, a presentation on the country’s literature and music, and a session on African literature and the African Diaspora.

3-D Gallery

The lawn of the Fine Arts Building on University Avenue has been taken over.

Students in a basic 3-D design class at MU have been constructing wooden sculptures since April 1.

Two more Kempers awarded

Hani Salim

In place of class, civil engineering students snacked on doughnuts and juice Monday morning in the corridors of Lafferre Hall to celebrate their teacher’s excellence.

Faces: Carolyn Henry

Carolyn Henry always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She also knew she didn’t want to specialize in oncology or work at a university.

She got one out of the three correct.

Now you know: Brain activity studied

What was learned: Advances for treating patients with psychiatric disorders might be attainable through the ability of understanding how self-awareness is rooted in the brain.

Bernard Beitman, who is chairman of MU’s Department of Psychiatry, and assistant professor Jyotsna Nair are the editors of “Self-Awareness Deficits in Psychiatric Patients,” which was published in February. The book’s purpose is to explain how the brain shapes and maintains a person’s sense of self.

A Matter of Science

Can you hammer a nail with a banana?

Hundreds of people who visited the MU Physics Department’s open house Saturday know the answer is yes —if you happen to have liquid nitrogen at your disposal.

A perspective on Islam

John Esposito loves his work because he never has to change his tune.

“I have the world’s greatest job because I’ve been saying the same thing for 30 years,” said Esposito, who spoke about “Understanding Islam” at MU on Thursday evening. “Can anybody else make that claim?”


Despite his hectic schedule, Scott Clemens stays driven.

“I dutifully dash from one thing to another because I have a genuine enthusiasm for each aspect of my life,” he said.

Coming Up

Marilyn Stokstad, a medieval art and Spanish art specialist and professor at the University of Kansas, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday at Stephens College’s Charters Auditorium, 1405 E. Broadway. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stokstad will discuss Isabel of Castile and Isabel Clara Eugenia, female art patrons of the 15th and 17th centuries, a release from Stephens said. Her textbook “Art History,” published in 1995, challenged an art survey textbook by H.W. Janson, which omitted women in its listing of 3,000 artists. Her book is now used in introductory art history courses across the nation.

Crossing Over

During her three years at Stephens College, Morgan McLaurian has not missed a single annual bridge crossing, yet.

On Thursday, McLaurian, a junior in child development, stood in the spring evening air to congratulate this year’s graduating class at Crossing the Bridge, an event for students with little time left at college.

MU vet student takes first in contest

What is the most common radiographic finding with discospondolitis?

Name the two most common deficiencies diagnosed in avian medicine.

Discussion enriches Islam Awareness Week

Fatten Elkomy said moving to the United States helped her strengthen her Islamic faith. A native of Egypt, Elkomy said the tradition of wearing hijab — the modest clothing that covers most of the body and head — was beginning to fade.

“I began wearing hijab when I was 13,” Elkomy said Tuesday night at a discussion called, “Faces of Islam in America.”

A night of cultural expression

Seven small girls — beautifully costumed in jewel-toned satin and flowing head scarves — sway their arms and stomp their feet to the music.

The intimate group of spectators claps with the beat, cheering and snapping photos.

Quantity important in screening for alcohol abuse

The potential for harmful drinking begins with two cocktails, glasses of wine or beers a day, a Missouri medical researcher says. But, unless doctors screen effectively during office visits, their patients’ alcohol abuse may go unnoticed.

To screen for hazardous drinking, doctors must ask the right question, said Dan Vinson, who believes he’s arrived at the right one following his study of people in hospital emergency rooms.

Mini Mizzou plays on Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak and Vanna White bring their TV game show “Wheel of Fortune” to Kansas City this weekend. The tapings will be today, Saturday and Sunday in the Bartle Hall convention center, with a different theme each day.

“Big 12 College Week” is the theme of Saturday’s taping, which features MU students, the pep band Mini Mizzou and MU cheerleaders.

Rec centers are wooing students

AKRON, Ohio — Dominic Mann had been considering attending the University of Akron when he saw the school’s new $40 million recreation center.

The expansive center’s basketball gym and weight equipment — even a rock-climbing wall — helped Mann decide to attend Akron.


When he was 7, Chris Schultz saw the destruction after a tornado hit a town west of his hometown of Tinley Park, Ill. Rather than be intimidated, Schultz wondered how tornadoes work.

Years later, he knows.

Professors awarded Kempers

The second of 10 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence was delivered Tuesday morning to a very surprised Jana Hawley.

“This is quite an honor,” said Hawley, an assistant professor of textile and apparel management in the College of Human and Environmental Sciences.

Now you know

Qualrus software

What was learned: Ed Brent, a sociology professor at MU, has created a new computer program designed to search and analyze content. The software is a step up from most search programs designed for researchers by identifying patterns and codes for the researchers, according to a release from the MU News Bureau.