Higher Education

MU plans to add to anatomy morgue

MU’s School of Medicine plans to renovate its anatomy morgue, spending $1.5 million to add about 1,000 square feet to the 1,700-square-foot facility.

The Boone County medical examiner’s office on St. Charles Road and the school’s anatomy morgue on campus each have two autopsy tables. The newly renovated space would have six autopsy tables.

Mind the meter man

Although parking enforcement can be a thankless job, somebody has to do it.

Steve Bartel, a sophomore photojournalism major at MU, spends about 25 hours a week walking around, checking parking passes and meters and doing other small jobs related to campus parking.

Now you know: Treating macular degeneration

What happened: Dean Hainsworth, an MU ophthalmologist, has found a nonsurgical approach to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, a progressive eye condition that occurs when vessels form under the retinal tissue in the eye. The condition could reduce the sharpness of vision and lead to legal blindness.

How it works: Hainsworth, a physician at University Hospital’s Mason Eye Institute, injects Macugen, a type of ophthalmic drug, into the eye every six weeks. The drug then sets off a protein called the vascular endothelial growth factor that controls abnormal blood-vessel growth and leakage. By doing so, the treatment prevents advanced degeneration.

Faces: Irene Wolf

Irene Wolf is an active woman. When she’s not performing her duties as the administrative assistant at the Student Success Center reception desk, she occupies her time with one of her many hobbies and interests. Reading, enjoying eclectic and foreign cinema and researching and decorating different types of architecture are all things she enjoys.

Wolf lives on a 40-acre farm called Misty Hollow Farm, which has small nurseries where she tends to flowers and herbs and grows vegetables she uses for her creative vegetarian cooking.

Hands-on competition

The two men faced each other, palms outstretched and fists at the ready. One, two, three primes and then the shot.

One man threw scissors, the other paper.

Mike Hall returns for Comedy Wars

MU’s Comedy Wars audience was treated to a special performance by comedian Tim Schwartzman on Wednesday night.

Introduced as an exchange student from Comedy Battles at another Missouri college, Schwartzman said he was at Memorial Union to check out MU’s weekly improv event.


When Don Fullington retired from MU in October, he left with the best wishes of his co-workers.

Fullington worked in the Missouri Unions — the Memorial Union and Brady Commons — for 22 years. His job as maintenance custodian included making the floors of Memorial Union shine. Now at age 50, health problems have forced him to retire.

Now You Know

What was learned: The Contracting and Organizations Research Institute at MU has revamped its database of contracts by designing a Web interface for easy use. The database, called the CORI K-Base, is available to legal and business researchers, as well as the public. It includes more than 25,000 contracts and agreements that were gathered by corporate security filings and other public and private entities, said Michael Sykuta, director of CORI and founder of the database.

How it works: The CORI K-Base can be easily navigated and allows users to search the collection by full-text or keyword searches. Users also have the option of searching by filing date, company name, industry classifications and contract type. The results are displayed in HTML format.

How Rock, Paper, Scissors works

The game of rock, paper, scissors (which has, believe it or not, a variety of similar names) is often used to settle disputes or make decisions. According to the World Rock, Paper, Scissors Player's Responsibility Code, it's necessary to determine beforehand what is being decided. The code also states that safety comes first and all jewelry should be removed before play, and advises against using rock, paper, scissors to make life-threatening decisions.

Rural doctors trained

Jennifer Marcellus has spent the past seven years working toward becoming a doctor so that, one day, she can be one in her hometown of Branson.

Marcellus, who graduates next month from MU’s School of Medicine, is a Bryant scholar. She was identified as a student at a rural high school and encouraged to apply for early admission into the school’s rural track program, which recruits, trains and places medical students in small Missouri communities.

FACES: Abraham Lueth

In 1987, Abraham Lueth says he was out playing with friends when he heard the gunfire that started an attack on his village during the Sudanese civil war.

At age 7, he was forced to flee to Ethiopia, without going home to find his parents or his four brothers first. The journey ahead of him was dangerous and gruesome.

Heinsz memorial run

More than 200 people came out to participate in the Tim J. Heinsz Memorial 5K Run/Walk held on April 16. About 50 volunteers were stationed throughout the course and also helped at the post-race gathering.

The event was held to remember the former dean of MU’s School of Law, who died last year.

A house of Meat

Most people don’t know all the work that goes into preparing meat.

David Newman does it all, harvesting and cutting and selling meat.

Concert celebrates 30 years

Marilyn Cheetham remembers the first time she performed Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” with MU’s Choral Union in 1978. It was special then, and she hopes that Saturday will be a repeat performance in more than one way.

The Choral Union will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday with a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem.”

Class about nuclear science offered at MU

Starting in the fall, a new introductory nuclear science course, Utilization of Nuclear Technology in Society, will be offered at MU.

The Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute was able to introduce this course with money from the $1.4 million grant it received from the Department of Energy.

Learn to read between lines on textbook costs

When MU freshman Joseph Bell shelled out nearly $500 for textbooks this semester, he knew it was a lot of money but figured he didn’t have a choice.

“Regardless of the price, it’s something you’re going to have to do, and there’s nothing anyone can really do about it,” Bell said.

Tribute to MU Women

Ten students and faculty and staff members at MU were honored at the third annual Tribute to MU Women on March 31. The event was sponsored by the MU Chancellor’s Status of Women Committee.

The tribute recognized women who have worked to create an environment of equity, fairness and justice for women at MU ; have respected the diversity of women’s experiences; and have helped promote the advancement of women through education, advocacy, support and activism.

Impact Mizzou fellows

Twelve fellows have been selected to participate in the Impact Mizzou program for 2005-06.

The MU International Center, which oversees the program, describes it as an opportunity for domestic and international students to develop skills to become globally competent leaders in the future. It emphasizes leadership development and learning through mentorship and volunteerism.

Now You Know: The value of fertilizer

What was learned: MU researchers are using sensors called light emitting diodes to measure the color of young corn plants to determine the correct amount of nitrogen fertilizer needed by each plant. Researchers are in the second year of testing the new technology. What is being done: Researchers applied a generous amount of nitrogen to one area of a field and, using the LEDs attached to a fertilizer applicator, measured the amount of light reflected from small plants in this area. The computer-equipped applicator then applied variable levels of nitrogen to the rest of the field, depending on the amount ...

Faces: Johannes Schul

Johannes Schul says he loves his job and Columbia’s laid-back college town atmosphere.

Schul, who teaches evolution and graduate courses in biology at MU, grew up in the state of Hessen, a rural area of Germany.