Higher Education

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.”

Higher ed law to give board more authority

A new Missouri law, which takes effect Aug. 28, will give the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education more authority to coordinate higher education in the state.

MU ranked 88th in U.S. News university list

Public universities are falling behind their private counterparts, according to the popular but controversial ranking system by U.S. News & World Report. MU was ranked No. 88 on the latest list of “Top National Universities.”

Grant to MU Med School meant to help get youth interested in science

A recent $750,000 grant to the MU School of Medicine will bring state-of-the-art technology to Columbia and St. Louis public schools. The money is part of a national effort to connect medical institutions to their surrounding communities and get elementary and secondary students more interested in science.

Vice chancellor to leave MU for Rice University

Jim Coleman, MU’s vice chancellor of research, announced Friday that he will leave his position to become the vice provost for research at Rice University in Houston.

Up close in London, with a car bomb down the street

Today London felt smaller, despite the streets being more crowded and the underground system more congested. I walked alongside hundreds of people, our very different minds turning over the same set of facts.

Officials knew about security vulnerabilities before attack

Internal security audits show that University of Missouri System administrators and security staff were aware of security vulnerabilities affecting UM information systems prior to the database attack in early May.

UM to offer identity theft monitoring

The University of Missouri said Wednesday it will begin offering a credit monitoring service for faculty, staff, and students.

Young scholars gather

Three hundred and thirty of Missouri’s brightest students have convened at MU to participate in the 23rd Annual Missouri Scholars Academy. “It’s a teacher’s paradise,” said Lou Jobst, who has taught at the academy since 1985. “I know, it almost sounds too good to be true.”

UM official follows Floyd to new job

The University of Missouri System’s vice president for research and economic development will join former UM System President Elson Floyd at Washington State University.

Budget for finding UM president dwindles as search continues

Five months after beginning a presidential search, MU has spent more than half the money allocated for the process and has not named a new leader.

Web site lets students thank MU professors

A new Web site called Thankaprof gives students an opportunity to heap praise on their favorite teachers and write positive comments, which are sent to their professors. The site has gotten more than 100 responses so far, according to Andrew White, MU’s director of educational technology, who oversees the site at

Curators to try again to find UM president

The search goes on. The UM System Board of Curators’ first choice for system president turned down the offer in favor of a position in the private sector, board chairman Don Walsworth announced Friday.