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CAFNR’s Finest

Two CAFNR students are among the first class of MU Stamps Scholars

Olutoyin Jackson and Caitlin Kelleher of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were selected as part of the first class of Stamps Scholars on the MU campus. The University of Missouri is one of 42 schools that partner with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation for the program. Each year, four admitted Honors College students are…

After Hours: ‘There’s Just Something About Cards’

CAFNR Communications writer keeps busy collecting

Sitting on his desk in the basement of the Agriculture Building is a small sample of Logan Jackson’s collection. Next to his computer, a pile of cards. Lining the ledge, an assortment of St. Louis Cardinals bobble heads from his brother who works in ticket sales. And on the shelf, a Funko Pop! character, also named Logan, from Marvel’s X-Men…

An Unexpected Path

Plant sciences student strives to obtain an education for the greater good

When Adama Tukuli, doctoral student in the Division of Plant Sciences, was growing up in Metahara, Ethiopia, attending school was not commonplace. “They love their kids and do everything they can for us, but they just don’t understand education is something we need,” Tukuli said. He was still young when he met a man who had attended school and became…

A Coastal Career

SNR student receives two-year coastal management fellowship from NOAA

Growing up in Bangalore, India, Vidya Balasubramanyam wanted to be a plumber. “The city that I lived in, Bangalore, used to have a lot of water shortages. It used to have power cuts — we used to go as long as three days without water, as long as three days without electricity. That made me acutely aware of resource shortages…

Supporting Agricultural Education

Peter Raven to continue the Jerry Litton Lecture Series

Peter H. Raven, prominent botanist and conservation advocate, will speak in October as part of the Jerry Litton Lecture Series. Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University, will present “Global Sustainability: How to Achieve It.” The lecture takes place Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in Monsanto Auditorium,…

Rodeo Season

SNR professor competes in Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo

Tony Lupo, professor of atmospheric science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Joe Renken, a self-taught meteorologist for KOPN, have teamed up for the National Integrated Drought Information System’s (NIDIS) Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo. The duo began their partnership two years ago when Renken approached Lupo about joining together to research the field of long-range forecasting. Their research method looks…

Global Traveling, Warming Interest

SNR senior in Alaska researching Arctic Ocean

In 2005 the nation quaked as one of the most disastrous hurricanes in American history landed on the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina hit in late August and less than one month later Hurricane Rita followed. Rachel Patteson, a senior in the School of Natural Resources, remembers it well. Patteson had just moved from Montana to Shreveport, Louisiana when the storms…

One In A Million

SNR graduate honored by National Wildlife Federation

For David Calandro (B.S. ’16), it was not a complicated process to be named the National Conservation Youth Leader of the Year. “Well I got a phone call and was told, ‘Hey you got nominated for an award,’ and then I was called a couple months later and was told, ‘Hey you won the award,’” the Joplin native said, then…

Linking Two Worlds

Hospitality management graduate uses ag background with NAFB

In the early 1970s, a group of hotel and restaurant managers from across the state identified a strong need for educated graduates in the field. They brought the idea of a program to the university, and after approaching several academic units on campus, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources agreed to house it. The relationship that formed has become…

Sewing Seeds

Rural sociology Ph.D. student uses her experience for economic betterment

Fear is common on the streets of San Salvador, El Salvador. The capital city of the Central American country is a hot spot for gang violence and brutality. With bloody streets often being literal, rather than figurative, many young women fear the trek to school where the pressure from the gangs is a constant. Families are forced to give money…