Higher Education

Columbia College to host police charity show

What started as a fund-raiser and community awareness event in Columbia has transformed into a multiple-city effort and an outpouring of support for the Officer Down Fund and the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia College will host the Hilary Scott Band benefit concert on Saturday to raise money and awareness for the fund. It’s also meant to strengthen solidarity between the community and the Police Department.

MU journalism alum donates to school

A graduate of the MU School of Journalism has donated $864,800 to the advertising department.

Students share culture at party

The MU International Student Council, which promotes a global outlook on campus, held its first “International Student Welcome Reception” last weekend.

Novelist to read in Memorial Union

Novelist Naeem Murr will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. in the A.P. Green Chapel at MU’s Memorial Union.

Murr has published prize-winning short stories and two novels, “The Boy” and “The Genius of the Sea.” “The Boy” has been translated into six languages.

‘Global Journalist’ celebrates five years

Former producers will help celebrate on the air.

Grant submissions are due March 4

Junior tenure-track faculty should start brushing up their resumes because MU Alumni Association grant submissions are due March 4.

The grant, recently renamed the Richard Wallace Research Incentive Grant, gives priority to junior tenure-track faculty.

Seeking balance in benefits

Eight years ago — the first time they filed for benefits for their respective partners — LeeAnn Whites and Mary Jo Neitz went to the MU Benefits Office together.

Whites, an associate professor of history and women’s studies at MU, recalled that the secretary looked at their forms and said, “You should get this!”

Maneater celebrates a half-century of reporting

The Maneater, an MU student newspaper, celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday. To mark the occasion, Maneater adviser Becky Diehl and staff members served green-and-white-colored cake — the newspaper’s colors — to passers-by in Brady Commons from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Joel Gold started The Maneater in 1955 as a way to revamp the The Missouri Student, MU’s student newspaper at the time. Gold thought The Missouri Student was not tough enough and focused too much on Greek activities. He changed the paper’s focus and titled it The Maneater.

Missouri Hall

Missouri Hall, at Columbia College, was built more than 80 years ago. Built in Tudor-gothic architectural style accented by large bay windows and steep vaulted roofs, the hall was first used as a residence hall.

Completed in 1920, Missouri Hall has maintained its style. Original plans for the hall were adapted from a hotel in Mississippi so that upon completion, it could house 110 women. This was done to reduce crowding in the other residence halls on campus, such as St. Clair Hall. The name was chosen to honor donors from the state of Missouri.

Now you know

What was learned: Scientists at MU are using a Veterinary Medical Database to identify cancer links between dogs and humans. The database was created in 1964 by the National Cancer Institutes of Health to catalog information about cases that had been discharged from U.S. and Canadian veterinary medical teaching hospitals. The database, housed at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine, holds more than 6.5 million case abstracts.

Why it matters: Researchers are studying the cases to answer questions about cancer that affects both dogs and humans — in hopes of finding treatments for humans.


Each day, John Stephens, a sophomore at MU, devotes time to drawing. He has produced a comic strip, “The 12,” for about a year, and he tries to come out with a new one each week.

Stephens posts them on his door in McDavid Residence Hall, and he distributes them to about 30 of his friends, relatives and co-workers through e-mail.

Now You Know

Ocean sulfate levels

What was learned: A team of geologists, including former MU professor of geological science Tim Lyons, developed a method for estimating sulfate levels in ancient oceans as a way to measure oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere at the same time.

Free gifts, direct-mail campaign help alumni association grow

Everybody loves free stuff, and the MU Alumni Association knows that.

Along with other tactics, the association sends small gifts to entice people to join the club. Membership peaked in June at more than 35,000.

Breaking down language barriers

When Washington University students realized that some immigrant workers on the St. Louis campus were struggling to communicate, they put a unique twist on community service.

Rather than step off campus to find a place to be of help, they began a volunteer program at the university. Immigrant university staffers who want to improve their English can meet one-on-one with about 45 student volunteers, who offer help in reading, writing and conversation skills.

Professors evaluate tsunami’s aftermath

Disasters, like the killer tsunami on Dec. 26, have a negative long-term effect on the world, an associate professor of economics said in a forum Thursday.

“One of the things I think you see in the newspapers is a statement that natural disasters can make us better off, and in the long run can be a good thing. I want to convince you that that’s absurd,” said MU’s Kenneth R. Troske.

Chubby pets need special diet, vets say

People aren’t the only ones who can be fat; their pets can, too.

And it’s up to the owners to do something about it, says a pet-weight expert at MU.

Author in Exile

Donato Ndongo is a leading writer of his country, but he can’t even live there. Twice exiled from his native Equatorial Guinea, the former journalist left the country to live in Spain. Now, as a visiting professor at MU’s Department of Romance Languages, Ndongo will call mid-Missouri his home.

MU students seek greater diversity

Diversity — in the classroom, in discussion and as a value of MU — was the central issue raised by the panel at the “Straight Talk about the Black Student Experience” on Tuesday afternoon in Brady Commons.

Clarence B. Wine Sr., coordinator of diversity programs, and Andre Thorn, assistant director of academic retention services, led the brown-bag lunch discussion as part of Black History Month. The questions and comments from the audience proved the event to be a success, Wine said.

Missouri transfer students will benefit

Presidents of Missouri two- and four-year institutions signed an agreement on Feb. 10 committing to ensure the success of transfer students.

The agreement came during a meeting of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education Presidential Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Coordination Board for Higher Education in Jefferson City.

Clones have lower immune systems

What was learned: A team of MU researchers has discovered that immune systems of cloned animals are compromised in comparison to their naturally born counterparts.

How they did it: Bart Carter, a former MU researcher, Jeff Carroll, animal physiologist of the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service; Scott Korte, veterinary pathobiology research fellow; and Randall Prather, professor in reproductive biology; examined the innate immune responses of cloned versus naturally born miniature swine by injecting identical doses of lipopolysaccharide into each specimen.