A peculiar mix of testing tools — ranging from psychology books to Sesame Street character puppets — greets anyone who ventures into David Geary’s lab. This summer Geary, an MU researcher and professor, received the Method to Extend Research in Time, or MERIT, award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a division within the National Institutes of Health. The award allows him to research students for whom mathematics is particularly challenging.
“For a long time, we couldn’t get any funds to do research in this area because nobody believed there was a real problem,” Geary said.
Through a program called “Chemistry is in the News,” MU chemistry professor Rainer Glaser is trying to educate the public about science.
“I want people to see the connection between the abstract chemistry we teach in the classroom and the chemistry that affects their everyday lives,” Glaser said.
There will be a memorial service for Timothy Heinsz at the MU School of Law at 1 p.m. Thursday in Hulston Hall, room 7.
Heinsz, who died in July, joined the law school faculty in 1981 and served as dean from 1988 to 2001. He was also an Earl F. Nelson professor of law and director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution.
The Stephens College theater department will open its 2004-05 season today with a 7:30 p.m. production of “Our Town” at Macklanburg Playhouse.
Students and faculty in the department, which was recently ranked fourth in the nation by the Princeton Review, are excited about this season’s plays.
A 17-member search committee has been appointed to find a new chancellor for the University of Missouri-Rolla.
“This is a well-qualified and broadly representative panel,” UM system President Elson Floyd said in a release. “Its members are vitally interested in the future of UM-Rolla as a nationally known research institution and Missouri’s technological university.”
MU associate professor Raymond Massey traveled to Sedalia on Monday. Earlier this week he was in Marshall. On any given day, he could be anywhere in the state.
He does not spend his time lecturing in MU classrooms; instead, he travels around Missouri teaching nontraditional classes about the connection between agriculture and the environment.
By his own admission, Peter Byger is a jack of all trades. For the past three decades and counting, he has served a resident actor-instructor at Stephens College — a director, producer, public relations agent, box office manager, security guard, student advisor, custodian and professional actor.
“I’ve done over 100 plays in my career,” said Byger, who, despite his many hats, considers himself to be an actor above all else. “I can’t live without acting, without teaching people how to live more fully through my craft.”
The upcoming presidential debates will feature an exhibit of 67 photographs of U.S. presidents.
The photographs are from the archives of Pictures of the Year International, which conducts a highly respected photojournalism competition.
Ask your instructor to review your grade. Instructors can make grading changes within one semester after the grade was assigned. If you discussed your grade and class performance with your instructor to no avail, file a written petition with the department chair. If the instructor holds the position of the department chair, petition the college dean.
Students are prepared for college, young people are both attending and finishing with degrees, and Missouri is reaping the rewards of an educated populace. But according to the 2004 Missouri State Report Card on Higher Education, accomplishing all this is just too expensive.
The study, by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, finds Missouri families, whose income level is in the bottom 40 percent of the population, would have a difficult time paying for college — making Missouri one of 36 states to earn an “F” on the biennial report card.
Tonight, Bobby Muller will conduct “Tour of Duty,” a lecture concerning America’s current foreign policy and the prospect of a draft, at 7:30 p.m. in Waters Auditorium, in Waters Hall on University Avenue across from the University Avenue garage.
Muller, a Vietnam veteran, was paralyzed from the chest down when a bullet severed his spinal column in 1969. He founded the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.
Columbia residents, journalists and MU students filled Fisher Auditorium to near-capacity Tuesday night to listen to Geneva Overholser, a former chairwoman of the Pulitzer Prize Board, deliver a lecture titled “Toward a New Media Ethic for a New Media Environment.”
Overholser has served on the editorial board of The New York Times and has provided media commentary on National Public Radio and PBS’ “Newshour.” She is also a professor of public policy journalism at MU.
After more than 33 years of service, Ronald Turner, executive vice president for the University of Missouri system, has announced he will retire at the end of the year.
“It has been a special privilege to serve the students, faculty and staff of the University of Missouri since the 1960s,” Turner said in a release.
Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie are among the faces scattered on CD case covers around the office. The room smells of basement must and lingering cigarette smoke.
A portly man with glasses askew peers over a large, wooden desk on which a pile of papers threatens to swallow him whole. Absentmindedly, he pulls his fingers through his messy, grayish-white hair. His lips are nearly hidden by a bushy white mustache.
Learning to play an instrument may teach children how to learn, according to Leslie Perna, associate professor of viola at MU’s School of Music. This is one reason an MU program, the Missouri String Project, may be a good place for Columbia schoolchildren to get their introduction to instruments.
“You’re not going to be studying Plato in the third grade, but music is a structured process that you can learn at any age,” Perna said. “It will help you in every other field.”
On his first day as interim chancellor, Brady Deaton said MU’s Study Abroad Program is growing.
“Students are going to be very well served,” Deaton predicted in announcing that Handy Williamson would remain in charge of MU’s International Center, which oversees the Study Abroad Program.
When he moved into MU’s Hatch Hall some 30 years ago, Brent Mallinckrodt aspired to be a crusading lawyer. The young man from a small Missouri farming community wanted to “turn the world upside down for poor people.”
But after one semester at law school, Mallinckrodt, now 47, determined that law wasn’t his life’s calling after all.
MU researchers have created a new delivery system to fight gastroesophageal reflux disease, and a California pharmaceutical company will soon bring that development to market.
The delivery system — how the drug is absorbed into the body — is part of a drug called Zegerid, a new “proton pump inhibitor.” PPIs are a type of drug that fights the disease commonly known as acid reflux disease by shutting down the system that creates acid in the stomach.
What’s new: A study at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center investigates better methods to detect ovarian cancer in women at risk of developing the disease. Early detection increases chances of long-term survival but is difficult because ovarian cancer usually has no obvious symptoms.
How it works: Participants have a yearly ultrasound and a blood test every three months to check for elevated levels of a protein that in high levels can be associated with ovarian cancer. The study uses a computer-based tool called ROCA, or Risk of Ovarian Cancer Algorithm. Participants can choose to have their ovaries removed, an option unique to the study. The women would still receive blood tests because removal does not eliminate all risk of developing cancer in nearby cells.
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