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Vice Chancellor and Dean Daubert Named to CAST Board of Trustees

Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert was named to the board of trustees for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). His term will run through 2021.

CAST was established in 1972 as a result of a 1970 meeting sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, and provides balanced, credible, science-based information about food and agriculture to policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public.

Bryon Wiegand Graduates from Lead21

Dr. Bryon Wiegand, associate director and professor of animal sciences, graduated Feb. 20 from Class 15 of the LEAD21 leadership-development program. The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and extension who canto lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current positions or future leadership positions.

Vice Chancellor and Dean Daubert elected to IFT Board of Directors

On March 2, Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert was elected to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Board of Directors. The chosen candidates were elected by the organization’s general membership and will officially take office Sept. 1, 2020.

Since 1939, the IFT has been a forum for passionate science of food professionals and technologists to collaborate, learn, and contribute all with the goal of inspiring and transforming collective scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of all people around the world.

Megan McCauley presents at NACADA Region 7 Conference

Megan McCauley, student service coordinator in the Office of Academic Programs, helped lead two presentations during the NACADA Region 7 Conference, which was held Feb. 27-29, in Springfield, Mo. The presentations were titled: ‘Reaching Today’s Student with Strategic Communication’ and ‘Highlighting Advisors: The Story of a First-Ever Campus Advising Poster Session.’ Jordan Parshall, an advisor in biological sciences, served as a co-presenter during both presentations.

Allison Meyer receives Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the American Society of Animal Science

Allison Meyer is the recipient of the 2020 Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Outstanding Young Researcher Award, presented to her this week during the annual 2020 Midwest ASAS-ADSA Meeting held in Omaha, Nebraska.

Meyer grew up on a cow-calf operation in central Indiana before completing her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, master’s degree at the University of Missouri, and PhD at North Dakota State University. Meyer was on faculty at the University of Wyoming before returning to the University of Missouri in 2013. Currently, Meyer is an associate professor with a 45 percent research, 45 percent teaching appointment, and serves as director of graduate studies in the Division of Animal Sciences. Meyer’s research focuses on effects of late gestational nutrient balance in beef cattle on pre-weaning calf metabolism and health, spanning from applied system work to small intestinal and immune function mechanisms. She has published 34 peer-reviewed articles and more than 120 abstracts, received more than $1 million in funding, given more than 35 invited scientific or industry presentations, trained eight graduate students, and involved more than 20 undergraduates in research.

The Outstanding Young Researcher Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the research of Animal and Dairy Science. Their work is related to a specific phase in areas such as breeding, feeding, management, nutrition, growth, and other possible aspects important to the development of animal research. This award is sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products Inc.

About the ASAS Midwestern Section/ADSA Midwestern Branch: This joint organization is composed of the ASAS Midwestern Section and the ADSA Midwest Branch. Members of either ASAS or ADSA that are associated with the organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are automatically considered members. The purpose of this joint group is to advance research and education in animal sciences through providing a regional forum for exchange of scientific and technical information, and to promote interaction and collaboration among animal industries, scientists, trainees, and students.

H.E. “Hank” Stelzer receives 2020 Karkhagne Award

H.E. “Hank” Stelzer, associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and state forestry Extension specialist, received the 2020 Karkhagne Award for outstanding service to professional forestry and to the Missouri Society of American Foresters. The Missouri Society of American Foresters has selected the name and image of the Karkhagne to represent its highest honor in recognizing a forester for his contribution to forestry in Missouri.

The Karkhagne is a mythical beast that was reported to roam the forests of Missouri in the past century. It is covered by fur, feathers, scales and armor plate, has a diet of limestone section corners, and can quickly escape humans or other carnivorous pursuers by completely engulfing itself within the recesses of its own hip pocket. It is the subject of considerable folklore and legends about forestry in Missouri in the early 20th Century. The Karkhagne not only symbolizes the importance of Missouri’s forests to all creatures, but it also represents the unique and sometimes harsh nature of forestry at the turn of the last century.

Office of Academic Programs presents at Staff Development Workshop

The Office of Academic Programs recently attended the 2020 Academic Programs Staff Development Workshop from Feb. 5-7, 2020, in Kissimmee, Florida. Five members of the team presented during the workshop. Those individuals and their presentations are listed below.

  • Matt Arri, director of career services — Student Development Plan: An Online Guide to Academic Success and Career Readiness
  • Shari Freyermuth, assistant dean and director of student services, and Laura Friedrich, senior student service coordinator — Keeping Students On Track to Graduation
  • Shanon Dickerson, program director of study abroad — How to Pack Your Bags for Study Abroad: Recruiting, Marketing and Supporting Study Abroad Programming
  • Julie Scroggs, director of student recruitment — Recruiting Students and Spreading Goodwill Through Statewide Events, Communication and Student Ambassadors

Multi-Grain Thresher Earns Second Place At Innovation Showcase

Kerry Clark, director of CAFNR International Programs, and two collaborators in Ghana have developed an inexpensive multi-grain thresher for poor smallholder farmers in Africa. It is common for women on small farms to “thresh” soybean grains from the mature plants by beating the plants with sticks to remove the beans from the pods. It would take up to two weeks to separate the grain from plants from one hectare (2.2 acres). With the newly developed thresher, the same task can be completed in 4 hours or less, increasing the yield of good seed by 35 percent and allowing the women to devote time to higher-value activities.

The thresher design has already received a second-place award of $10,000 at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase and the developer, Jeffrey Appiagyei, has been invited as one of 12 innovators to the Impulse Morocco Accelerator Program, an international competition among top agriculture, mining, bio, material science, and nanotech startups from around the world. He will be competing for $250,000 of equity-free prizes and the chance to work directly with OCP, the world leader in the phosphate markets.

This project is a significant outcome from the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab, led by the University of Illinois. MU is a leading collaborator.

Eric Oseland Earns New Foundation for Soy Innovation Scholarship

Eric Oseland, PhD student in plant sciences, was selected as the first recipient of the Foundation for Soy Innovation’s new scholarship. Oseland will use the $1,000 award toward travel to the March 2020 Weed Science Society of America conference where he’ll present his research on dicamba and the effect it has on soybeans. Oseland works with Kevin Bradley, professor of plant sciences, on research observing the effect low soil pH has on dicamba volatility.

Henry Nguyen Earns Distinguished International Honor

Henry Nguyen, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Plant Genetics, was recently elected one of the 2020 fellows of the India National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Fellows of the Academy are recognized for excellence in agricultural science, research, technology and innovation. Nguyen has made several significant contributions in drought tolerance research, especially in the root architecture in rice, as well as the stay green trait in sorghum. His research laid a foundation for genomic discovery and applications to rice and sorghum breeding for improved drought tolerance in India and worldwide.