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Higher Education

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.

MU honors photojournalist for 60-year career

Over 60 years, Ernest C. Withers has taken between 8 million and 11 million photographs.

Withers, 83, is known for his documentation of the Civil Rights movement and social scenes from the 1950s and ’60s in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.

Faces

With the onset of arthritis and consistent physical therapy to repair a 13-year-old hip injury, Mary Rotella said her body isn’t quite what it used to be.

“It’s hard to get older,” said Rotella, 46, chairwoman of the Stephens College dance department. “I’ve been dancing since I was 3, so if you think about it, my hips have been rotating for 43 years.”

Now You Know

What’s new: Faculty and student researchers at the National Center for Explosion Resistant Design at MU are looking for ways to make buildings explode gracefully rather than catastrophically.

The center, which was created in 1997 under the supervision of Sam Kiger, chairman of MU’s civil engineering department, promotes understanding of the explosion environment and generates structural building designs. The designs aim to reduce flying debris and prevent the collapse of a building after an explosion, thus minimizing potential injury or death to people inside the structure.

Ken MacLeod

MU students taking Geology 2150 live out a fantasy many children share: learning about dinosaurs in school. And although teaching the class might seem like a great job, it wasn’t one Ken MacLeod ever expected to have.

“I just kind of fell into it,” MacLeod said.

Firestone Baars Chapel

Firestone Baars Chapel is a landmark of the Stephens College campus.

Designed by architect Eero Saarinen, creator of the St. Louis Arch, the chapel was completed in fall 1956 as the culmination of a project that began 17 years earlier by students who wanted a place of worship on campus.

Coaching Chess

Strategically, Tim Campbell cannot lose this game of chess; he knows his opponent’s next move. Today, he is playing against himself.

On Tuesday evenings downstairs in Brady Commons, Campbell sits patiently and waits for students to challenge him. It will cost them $10 an hour, but he doesn’t think it’s a high price for developing analytical skills.

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