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From City Politics to Plant Pathology

Megan Hall’s viticulture appointment is a partnership between Grape and Wine Institute, Division of Plant Sciences

As an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Megan Hall would have never envisioned spending her career in various vineyards throughout the United States. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, eventually getting involved in city politics in New York. She worked for a city council member in the Bronx – and…

Diving Deeper into Data

Christine Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entirety of CAFNR

Years of research leads to mountains of data. Wading through that data, organizing and making sense of it, can be an intimidating task. It’s a task that Christine Spinka is happy help with. Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entire University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This is Spinka’s second stint with MU, after…

Biochemistry Excellence

Scott Peck, Shi-Jie Chen named AAAS Fellows

The University of Missouri recently had three faculty members named 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Two of those faculty members, Scott Peck and Shi-Jie Chen, have ties to the Department of Biochemistry at MU. Peck is a professor of biochemistry and investigator in the Bond Life Sciences Center. Chen is an MU Curators…

Making a Broader Impact

MU faculty, staff, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows share their research in China

University of Missouri graduate students Shannon King and Rachel Owen spent the first Sunday of November in Baltimore speaking to a room full of Global Plant Council members and guests about the importance of science communication – especially for graduate students who are beginning their scientific careers. King and Owen shared their experiences from a recent international trip in August,…

A Constant, Guiding Influence

Marc Linit helped CAFNR through many transitions during his nearly 40-year career at MU

When Marc Linit joined the University of Missouri in 1980 as an assistant professor of entomology, the first lecture he gave was in a teaching lab in the southwest corner of the second floor of the Agriculture Building. It’s the same room, nearly 40 years later, which Linit occupies as senior associate dean for the Office of Research and Extension…

Returning Home

Kaleigh Summers named CAFNR Alumni Relations and Lead Annual Giving Officer

The first concert Kaleigh Summers ever attended was a Martina McBride show at the American Royal in Kansas City. As she waited for McBride to take the stage, she couldn’t stop watching the stage crew as they prepared for the show. It was something Summers felt would be fun to do. “Right away I told my mom that’s what I…

A Destructive Bug

Billbugs can cause massive damage to numerous turfgrass species

  Proper turf care is absolutely critical for golf course superintendents across the globe. From the tee box to the fairway to the putting green, each section needs to be meticulously cared for and watched over. Superintendents face a constant battle with pests, weeds and disease. One of the pests that many superintendents may not even know about is the…

Forecasting the Winter Weather

Cooler temperatures, 10 to 15 inches of snow expected this winter in mid-Missouri

As temperatures cool, Tony Lupo turns his long-term forecasting efforts toward the upcoming winter months. Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, said mid-Missouri should expect this year’s winter to mirror last year’s for the most part. Lupo estimates that mid-Missouri will receive around 10 to 15 inches of snow and can expect cooler temperatures overall. “The trick…

After Hours: Educating and Coaching

Eric Bailey has trained American Quarter Horses for years

With nearly 130,000 acres to look after, the Bailey family needed reliable transportation to check the more than 1,500 head of cattle they were responsible for. The family turned to American Quarter Horses. That meant Eric Bailey got acclimated to horses at a very young age. “Part of my daily chores included feeding our horses,” Bailey said. “There were between…

Building a Bridge to Success

MU and Danforth Center collaborative agreement showcases Missouri's plant biology strength

It was four years ago when the University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center entered into a collaborative agreement that would lead to the hiring of four new researchers, each of whom would enhance the plant biology research not only in the state, but also across the globe. Three of those positions are now filled, with the…