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From Idea to Reality

Bioengineering graduate student unveils new dermatological laser technique discovered four years ago with former MU colleague

When working in the laboratory, Paul J.D. Whiteside has a few favorite sayings to help him through the trials and tribulations of his endeavors. The first one that comes to his mind? “I’d rather be lucky than good.” “It’s something that my granddad says and my dad says it, too,” says Whiteside, a third-year doctoral candidate in bioengineering who works in…

An Extremely Rare Occurrence

CAFNR researchers, interested citizens to benefit from NASA grant supporting data collection during upcoming total solar eclipse

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will be conducting a variety of research during the upcoming eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The School of Natural Resources earned a grant from NASA and will be doing a variety of work on the day of the eclipse. Alum Eric Aldrich will broadcast live Jefferson City for NASA TV, keeping individuals updated…

A Call from Home

Former animal sciences graduate student takes on new administrative role in her native South Dakota 

Kristi Cammack remembers the balloons. Black and gold. They were all over her office in the Animal Sciences Research Center when she opened the door following a ’03 home victory by the University of Missouri football team over one of its former Big 12 Conference foes, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I was usually wearing my Big Red stuff just to get…

‘How to Own the Pond’

Bioengineering master's student works on creating cost-effective machinery to help farmers in his native Africa

Almost everyone probably has heard of this proverb at some point in their lives, but Gabriel Abdulai has made an amendment to the saying: “Teach me how to own the pond, so that I never go around looking for a pond to fish at, because if I own the pond, I know the time to fish and I can determine…

Navigating New Waters

New software developed by biochemistry researchers could greatly enhance image, video analyses on many platforms

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’

Three married faculty couples in MU Biochemistry reflect on their relationships

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

Reproductive physiology graduate student earns prestigious NIFA fellowship

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

Bioengineering, Agricultural Systems Management to celebrate roots in agricultural engineering

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

Study shows that LED lighting can leave hamburger meat with more red color in deli cases longer than incandescent bulbs

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

CAFNR students learn to communicate their science to general public through video project

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…