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CAFNR Welcomes New Faculty

Our college introduces four faculty members in the Spring 2021 semester

Our college has welcomed new faculty members each fall, but we have expanded our faculty welcomes to the spring, so that relevant introductions can take place at the beginning of each semester. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri is proud to welcome new faculty members who are ready to immerse themselves in teaching,…

Q&A With Amy Marek

Marek is a student support specialist in the Division of Food Systems & Bioengineering

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I’m responsible for the recruitment and advising for Ag Systems Technology and Food Science. I just added the responsibility of schedule of classes for Ag Systems Technology, and fingers crossed I added in Fall 2021 classes correctly. How long have you worked in CAFNR? I’ve…

A State-of-the-Art Instrument

NIH grant brings Chirascan V100 circular dichroism (CD) spectrometer to MU campus

Faculty in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Department of Biochemistry recently received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to bring a state-of-the-art instrument to the MU campus – a Chirascan V100 circular dichroism (CD) spectrometer. The spectrometer is a widely applicable biochemical method for probing the secondary and tertiary structures of proteins,…

CAFNR Celebrates Black History Month

Learn more about notable African Americans in the fields of agriculture, food and natural resources

‘Just the Tip of the Iceberg’

Soil cores from Sanborn Field offer soil health analysis opportunities

Nearly 30 years after it was established in 1888, researchers at the University of Missouri began the process of taking and studying soil cores at Sanborn Field. About every 25 years, those cores are taken again to gain an understanding of the changes in the soil over time, given the variety of treatments and rotations that occur each year. It’s…

Planting New Seeds

Bücking joins CAFNR as Director of Division of Plant Sciences

Heike Bücking, professor and head of the Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University (SDSU) College of Natural Sciences, has been named professor and director of the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Bücking’s appointment is effective April 1, 2021. Bücking has held the department head position…

Working to Benefit Society

Pavel Somavat’s research is focused on a variety of topics, including corn processing, and preparation and stability of natural food colors

Pavel Somavat spent four years teaching electrical engineering at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, a land-grant university located in India. Somavat enjoyed the underlying philosophy and offerings of the land-grant system – and when he had an opportunity to take a faculty position at one of the two land-grant universities in Missouri, he jumped at the chance. Somavat joined the University…

Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion

An update from Dean Daubert and Dr. Halsey

Nearly six months ago, we charged our CAFNR divisions and programs to commit to specific actions to increase cultural awareness and understanding throughout our college and campus. We share this update to our progress. Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Community is a strategic priority identified in our CAFNR Drive to Distinction strategic plan. We appreciate how our CAFNR units responded…

Q&A With Laura Friedrich

Friedrich is the student services coordinator for the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs

What are your job duties/job responsibilities in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources? I am a student services coordinator — so I always say my job is to help students (and families) get from where they are today to graduation. Whether that’s advising students, helping them change their major, declaring a minor, withdrawing from classes, or reviewing and…