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Higher Education

Researchers study terror management

MU psychology professors and colleagues from around the country have gained national attention for their research on Terror Management Theory, which proposes that people cling closer to their cultural beliefs and leaders when reminded of their own mortality.

Jamie Arndt of MU is part of a group of professors who had an article printed in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin about their research on TMT. The group has been working on this research since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Faces

Deciding on a life path was simple for Eva Szekely, professor of violin and chamber music at MU. She said she always knew she wanted to be a violinist — a great one.

Szekely recalled a walk she took with her mother and the reaction she had when her mother asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up.“I distinctly remember being shocked,” she said. “I remember thinking, ‘How could she not know?’ I knew.”

How Do I?

After a semester of taking notes, quizzes and exams, here’s how students find out what letter grade their efforts achieved.

Scholarships support agriculture study

This year, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award four $750 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and two to college juniors.

Steinem to receive MU journalism medal

Gloria Steinem, an activist and writer, will be in Columbia on Thursday to receive a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

At the free and public event, four of Steinem’s friends — Mary Kay Blakely, Farai Chideya, Suzanne Levine and Amy Richards — will reflect on her accomplishments and offer recollections. Steinem will follow with remarks.

Stephens alumna, novelist to speak

Columbia is about to get a dose of big-city glamour. Lyah Beth LeFlore, a Stephens College graduate and author of “Cosmopolitan Girls,” is visiting Stephens this week.

“Cosmopolitan Girls” marks her debut as a novelist and has been touted as an African-American woman’s answer to the HBO series “Sex and the City.” On Tuesday, LeFlore will speak about her recent experience with the publishing industry and her work in television as part of Black History Month.

Columbia professor receives state award

Graham Higgs, psychology professor at Columbia College, is not only the recipient of the 2004 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; he also knows the meaning of campus involvement.

Higgs, who came to Columbia College in 1996, is involved in a variety of academic programs, such as the Psychology Club and the Graduate Council, which creates and enforces policies for the Graduate Studies Program.

A step Inside

Along with housing the large campus clock that helps MU students keep track of their day, the Memorial Union Tower is also home to a secret society’s tradition. The members of Mystical 7, an honorary society that recognizes students on Tap Day for their leadership, service, integrity and scholarship, climb the stairs inside the tower up to the roof and sign the wooden door that leads outside. Names are also scratched along the inner walls of the stairwell, tracing a path not frequently taken by students.

Faces

Jonathan Kvanvig structures his philosophy classes at MU on discussion and makes sure he’s not the only one who understands what he’s talking about. He often lets students argue. It’s all part of his goal of helping students actively participate in their world."The alternative to philosophical thinking is simply to adopt the views and attitudes of one’s culture,” Kvanvig said, adding that philosophy helps students avoid “simply adopting the perspective of the culture one happens to find oneself in.”

Now You Know

What was learned: James Cook, an MU professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, has developed a method of regenerating removed meniscal cartilage in the knees of surgery patients.

How it works: A common cause of arthritis is the surgical removal of torn meniscus cartilage in the knees that normally acts as a shock absorber to the pressures of physical movement.

Lawyer offers 10 tips for aspiring attorneys

When Stephen Easton, an associate professor in the MU Law School, took the floor in Hulston Hall on Tuesday, he was there to deliver his “last lecture.”

It was not truly his last lecture, but part of a series begun last year by the Newman Center in which an MU faculty member presents what he or she might say if it were really his or her last shot.

More than a field trip

One of the latest education opportunities at Columbia College allows students to travel to foreign countries with professors who teach courses about the places they visit.

Professors and students have traveled to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Ireland and will make an excursion to Greece this year.

Donation to fund MU advertising scholarship

Because of Paul Synor’s $2.5 million gift, future advertising students at MU can expect greater scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

“As specified by the donor, we will use the money for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Margaret Duffy, an associate professor and chairwoman of the department.

New MU chair adds leadership courses

A new endowed chair in MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will focus on entrepreneurial leadership in life sciences.

The chair will be held by J. Bruce Bullock, chair of the agricultural economics department and professor of agricultural economics.

Storytellers organize tsunami benefit

Beth Horner has a story for you. The story may make you laugh or cry, but her objective is simple: to make you feel.

Horner, five other adult storytellers and several student groups, will evoke emotions in “Story Tsunami: An Evening of Stories to Benefit Tsunami Relief,” a performance Friday at Stephens College.

Now You Know

What’s new: Residents and doctors at University Hospital’s division of neurological surgery are using mobile picture phones to transmit images of X-rays, MRIs and computer axial tomography scans of patients to improve the speed and quality of diagnosis.

An informal study conducted by George Galvan, a third-year neurosurgery resident, and Michael Oh, an assistant professor, included more than 50 patients during six months whose examination by interns and residents was supervised by attending physicians through transmitted images.

Faces

For Nancy Price, the world walks into her classroom every day. For 23 years, Price has met hundreds of international students who are studying English as a second language.

Six months after receiving a master’s degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois, Price started teaching English as a second language at MU.

A trip through History

From diaries to vinyl records to the most minute happenings in Missourians’ lives, the Western Historical Manuscript Collection in MU’s Ellis Library details the history and culture of mid-Missouri. There are many places to do research at MU, but the collection, arguably one of the best, is often overlooked.

The collection began in Columbia in 1943 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Its materials were combined with those of the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1963. Five years later, the collection expanded to offices on all four University of Missouri System campuses.

Serving Up Comfort

Two Eva J’s employees dish up fun,

friendship and a touch of home

Renovation planned for Brady Commons

An extreme makeover — a real one, not the one on television — is on the way to MU. This makeover will not be a surprise or be completed in a week, and a host will not be there to guide students.

But it will be extreme.

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