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Spreading the Word

USAID senior advisor uses role of USDA first lady to raise America's collective awareness

For as much time as Christie Vilsack spends visiting foreign countries where the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is currently engaged in various initiatives, she tries to make plenty of time to come back to the U.S. and speak with regular folks across the country about what USAID is and it does. “It doesn’t do me any good to do…

On the Same Team

DASS professor continues CAFNR tradition of being part of SEC Academic Leadership Development Program

On the playing field, the 14 member schools of the Southeastern Conference are combatants fueled and divided by competition. Off of it, though, there’s a whole different narrative of unity and empathy that Anna Ball would be glad to tell you about. As one of four fellows representing the University of Missouri at this year’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program…

Rebuilding Ties

Agribusiness program renews partnership between MU and Bulgarian university

On a sunny Monday morning in Room 217 of Mumford Hall, Zlatina Baleva reached for a cup a coffee and looked around at the empty chairs. “I’m surprised I’m one of the first people here,” she said. “I’m not a morning person.” Baleva and the rest of the delegation from the Agricultural University of Plovdiv (AUP) were at the midway point…

The (Academic) Road Less Traveled

Pair of students work on dual degrees through MS/DVM program

For Jill Abel and Brianne Bishop, these days represent the quiet in the middle of the storm. This fall the two are taking nine credit hours in addition to serving as teaching assistants and conducting field trials related to their master’s research as graduate students in the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. That may seem…

Capital Gain

CAFNR graduate begins new journey as USDA chief of staff

These days, it’s not easy to catch Karla Thieman. As the newly appointed chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the days of Thieman (pronounced TEE-man) include meeting with outside stakeholders, working directly with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the budget and dealing with any personnel issues that come up for a federal agency that employs more than 99,000…

Sharing the Stage

National community engagement academy inducts CAFNR assistant dean

If Mary Leuci had a favorite proposition, it would definitely be the word “with.” When discussing the concept of community engagement and the role it plays at the University of Missouri and the surrounding community, she gives the word a special emphasis. “Engagement is really about how the University engages with the community for mutually beneficial reasons and it’s not…

From a Different Angle

Sport Management FIG students gain awareness of diversity through wheelchair basketball

They had all played the game of basketball to varying degrees before — but never like this. As sunshine peaked through the windows of the MU Student Recreation Complex on a sunny September afternoon, the students and professor of the Sport Management Freshman Interest Group from South Hall had gathered at Court No. 7 to see one of the world’s most…

Open to Business

Radiology professor begins work on a record third Coulter research project

Pick a scribble, any scribble. Raghuraman Kannan offers you a choice: Point at any sketch on the two dry erase boards in his office — both rife with numbers, letters, arrows and other scribbles — and he will tell you exactly which project it is affiliated with out of the 18 or so currently on his plate. “Everything’s there,” he says.…

(Un)common Folk

Biochemistry stalwart prepares to share his story for Corps of Discovery Lecture

Who is Bill Folk? That depends on whom you ask. To members of the University of Missouri community, he may be the guy with the long stride and his nose to the ground in spite of his tall and slender frame, rolling with a purposeful stride as he crosses campus lost in thought. “It is hard to crack his train…

A Circle of Giving

CAFNR doctoral student, alumnus discover Kenyan connection through scholarship

To Fridah Mubichi, the church missionaries who would frequent her hometown of Meru, Kenya, were just people passing through town. She didn’t know their names or their stories — not until she had lunch with Rodney Fink, that is. “It’s not like you take pictures with everyone and save them,” says Mubichi, who is working on her doctoral degree in…