Author: Stephen Schmidt

Navigating New Waters

Principal component analysis (PCA) is nothing new. In fact, the math for PCA processes, in which a large amount of data can be categorized or compared by discovering distinct patterns in such fields as spectra and microscopy, has been around since Steven Van Doren, professor of biochemistry, was an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University double majoring in biochemistry and computer…

‘Compromise and Passion’

Scott Peck remembers the first meeting as a new doctoral student at Michigan State University in the late ’80s. “Everyone is coming from all parts of the country and everyone’s saying ‘Oh yeah, I don’t want to be together with somebody in science because you don’t want to talk about it all the time’,” says Peck, who is a professor…

A New Honor

Thank goodness for caffeine. There’s pulling an all-nighter and then there’s what Karl Kerns would do at one point as a doctoral student in the Division of Animal Sciences working in the laboratory of Peter Sutovsky – when he would, at times, arrive in the lab at 7 a.m. and not leave until 7 a.m. the following day. “Once you…

At the Start

When looking on the west side of the “white campus” across of College Avenue, the Agricultural Engineering Building looks to have the same white limestone as its counterparts, but take a walk inside the courtyard area and the red brick that is synonymous with Lafferre Hall shoots out to the second floor. This was by design as a way to…

Staying Fresh

Nutritionally, nothing is different when red meat, say ground beef for instance, darkens to brown, but try telling that to the average customer at a grocery store. “That’s the number one driver that consumers have,” said Carol Lorenzen about the bright redness quality of meat. A research team involving that included Lorenzen, professor of meat science in the Division of…

Appealing to a Wider Audience

Although she had never worked on a video project like this before, Tamar Crum was well aware of the message her team was trying to convey. It was very similar to the one she and her family would use when exhibiting cattle at the Illinois State Fair — although she had much more than 90 seconds to get her message…

Starting Off the Series

For several years, the student-run DuPont Plant Sciences Symposia series has been going strong at universities across the United States and even the world — which is why Tim Beissinger was slightly shocked to find out that the University of Missouri was not part of it when he arrived on campus in September 2015 as an adjunct assistant professor in the Division…

Weighing the Options

It is an issue that has picked up national attention — and so in early spring of 2016 the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) requested help from a renowned predator expert: Matt Gompper, professor in the School of Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The NPS tasked Gompper with forming a panel of experts who specialize…

Five Months of New Insights

Talk about a full itinerary: Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco. And that was just part of the two-week trip in the middle of a five-month stay that a group of 10 Ukrainian agriculture professors, some of whom had never been to America before, took across the United States in October. Yet the four professors who were assigned…

Choosing a Different Path

The following were just some of the comments that Amanda Carr heard when she sat down with a total of 14 women this fall to talk about an experience that is not really discussed that much in public: the journey that is giving birth at home by choice. “Most of the women I’ve spoken to, they don’t really have an…