Higher Education

How Do I?

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Balancing act

In many ways, Jacquelyn Litt is a continual living subject of her own research.

Litt, who mainly studies motherhood, is the new director of MU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, an associate professor of sociology and women’s studies, a wife and a parent.

Students seek early admissions for college

For Katie Bauer, getting an early start is habitual.

The Rock Bridge High student wakes at 5:15 a.m. to catch an aerobics class before school. She arrives at appointments 10 minutes ahead of time. She took the SAT 10 months before any college application deadline.


From mid-July to early August, MU classics professor David Schenker started his days with a morning swim in the St. Lawrence River.

Schenker spent three weeks on Halfway Island, N.Y., a strip of land in the middle of the river that is on the border between the United States and Canada. The island has no drinking water, electric wiring or telephone lines.

Columbia College ranks in top tier

Columbia College has earned bragging rights from U.S. News and World Report for 2005.

“Columbia College, for the first time in its history, ended up in the top tier of baccalaureate degree institutions in the Midwest,” said Terry Smith, vice president and dean of academic affairs at the college.

Maternal-intrusion ideas challenged

Jean Ispa, professor of human development and family studies at MU, found discrepancies in the typical ideas about the effect of maternal intrusion into a child’s play, according to an MU News Bureau press release.

The commonly-held belief is that a mother should not direct or stop her child’s play because the child’s creativity and social skills as well as the mother-child relationship will be harmed. However, Ispa found this idea doesn’t necessarily apply in nonwhite families.

MU database to aid in creation of drugs

MU researchers developed a database search engine that will aid in the development of protein-based drugs that combat diseases such as cancer and AIDS.

The system, named ProteinDBS, which was featured Sept. 3 in the journal Science, consists of more than 50,000 3-D chains of protein structures.

Beauty Redefined

Therese Pfeifer waves her hand in front of her face.

“Is beauty here?” she asks, then brings her hands to her chest. “Or is it here?”

Team looks at how children learn

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.

Promoting scientific application, literacy

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.

Law school plans memorial for Heinsz

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.

"Our Town" to open season at Stephens

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.

Committee to find new UMR chancellor

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.

Faces: Peter Byger

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.”

Campus Connections: Columbia exhibit will be in debates

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.

How do I?: Contest a grade

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.

Missouri college costs receive failing grade

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.

Campus in Brief: Veteran to speak on foreign policy, draft

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.

Campus in Brief: Overholser opens new lecture series

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.