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CAFNR Plant Scientist Named AAAS Fellow

Bing Yang recognized for contributions in plant genomics 

In recognition of nearly two decades of work creating rice varieties resistant to certain types of bacteria, Bing Yang, professor of plant sciences, was named as a 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow. “There is so much diversity within the Society, and it is an honor to be among them,” Yang said. “The recognition of my work…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Laura Hertel

Hertel serves as an academic advisor for the environmental sciences degree program

How rewarding is it to work with students in the environmental sciences degree program? It is the most rewarding job I have ever had. I meet them as unsure teenagers who mature as people and as professionals over the years as they pursue their degrees. I can see the transition when I catch up with some of our graduates at…

Q&A with Nick Wesslak

Nick is a field specialist in agronomy serving the northeast region. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am an agronomy field specialist based in Marion County. I cover the eight northeast counties of Missouri. How long have you worked in this position? I have worked in this position since April 2022. What is your favorite part about the work you do? It is…

An Incredible Experience

Sophie Cunningham Classic offers sport management students a look at organizing a high-profile event

In early December, high school girls basketball teams from three states took part in the inaugural Sophie Cunningham Classic, a three-day shootout in Columbia created by women athletes for young female athletes. The Classic allowed those athletes to take center stage and allowed Cunningham to give back to the community where she dominated opponents on the court as a high…

MU’s Center for Agroforestry to Host Virtual Symposium

Theme: “Demystifying Perennial Crop Improvement and Integration”

The University of Missouri’s Center for Agroforestry is hosting its 14th annual symposium virtually to allow for easy participation. The January 18 event will focus on perennial crop improvement and features an impressive slate of researchers and industry leaders in its speaker lineup. “Perennial crop improvement is often misunderstood and underappreciated,” said Hannah Hemmelgarn, assistant program director for the Center…

CAFNR Advisor Spotlight: Katie Ogan (Barthel) and Laura Friedrich

Ogan and Friedrich serves as academic advisors for the agriculture degree program

Katie Ogan (Barthel) How rewarding is it to work with students in the agriculture degree program? It is very rewarding! I enjoy meeting with students with a variety of interests throughout CAFNR. We build out their concentration areas based on their interests so they can tailor the degree to their goals. I work with students interested in farm management, agritourism,…

Making Connections

Exercise and physiology faculty use strong collaboration at MU to learn more about body systems

What do little girls dreaming of being an astronaut and women with sleep apnea have in common? They may both benefit from the research of Jackie Limberg, assistant professor in nutrition and physiology. When Limberg and her team of graduate students were examining the effects of hypoxia — low oxygen — and the body’s response, they found that women and…

Finding the Right Fit

As a former CAFNR Student Council president, Hailey Douglass encourages students to get involved

Growing up in a town of less than 1,600 people, Hailey Douglass said the thought of attending a university with more than 30,000 undergraduate students was somewhat intimidating. However, she said the immediate family feel she got from CAFNR eased her nerves. “I was honestly a bit scared of Mizzou because of how big it is,” Douglass said. “While I…

Get to Know Pavel Somavat

Somavat is an assistant professor in both food science and biomedical, biological and chemical engineering

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I work as an assistant professor in the Division of Food, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences (CAFNR) with a 30% appointment in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering (COE). My job responsibilities mainly constitute of teaching and research, and currently I teach a course…

Q&A with Shawn Deering

Shawn is a field specialist in livestock based in Gentry county. 

What do you do in your current role with the University of Missouri? I am a field specialist in livestock. I’m on the planning committee and as a presenter with the MU Feedlot Schools. To date, we have held three schools and are planning to hold more this coming year. I am also working on a project with Craig Payne,…