Category: Faculty Achievement

A Faculty Achievement

A Golden Presence

This coming August will mark the four-year anniversary of KangJae “Jerry” Lee beginning his time at the University of Missouri and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. With the sport management program being new at the time, the parks, recreation and tourism program (PRT) was in need of a new hire to keep pace with the rapid increase…

In Elite Company

Very few people reach a point in their careers where their accomplishments place them among a small population considered to be the best of the best in their field. In March, Sheila Grant officially will join that population. Grant, a professor of bioengineering in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering, recently received…

A Golden Year

The 2016-17 academic year is shaping up nicely for Joe Parcell, interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences. An avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Parcell’s fall semester involved enjoying his team’s playoff run and eventual World Series win – the first since 1908. Recently, Parcell’s spring semester started off well, too – winning an honor of his…

‘A Whole New Game’

With technology ever changing, University of Missouri Extension professor Gene Stevens knows how important it is to keep up with the latest trends. Stevens, who is located at the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo., has developed a program to help farmers do just that. Stevens, through MU Research and Extension, has developed the Crop Water Use App which…

A Long-Range Look

Improved technology has allowed meteorologists to provide weather forecasts for a variety of scenarios. Not only can that technology give warnings about possible severe weather or how likely it is to rain, it can provide accurate predictions about the upcoming weather. Those predictions feature several ranges as well: next-day, three-day, five-day, weeklong, 10-day and season-long forecasts. An area that has…

Joining Elite Company

As Walter Gassmann tells it, he is a biologist who happens to have a growing appreciation for plants as his career has progressed. “I really appreciate the puzzle aspect of science and working to find how the pieces fit together and the approach that science takes to answering those kind of questions,” Gassmann said. “Sometimes I think I could almost…

Parcell Named First MFA Professor of Agribusiness

MFA Incorporated, MFA Oil and the MFA Foundation pledged $750,000, payable over four years, to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in 2015 to establish an endowed professorship that supports education and research. The first professorship role was just recently filled. Joe Parcell, professor and department chair of agricultural and applied economics in the Division…

A Man for All Seasons

Everyone knows about the smiley face. It is part of the brand of Vice Chancellor and Dean Tom Payne. Looking at all of the related memorabilia in his office, one can see how the symbol has become synonymous with his infectious optimism and enthusiasm he has used over the past 18 years to help guide the College of Agriculture, Food and…

Finding the Right Matches

Kristin Bilyeu has been researching soybean seed composition since 2003. Before the fall of 2013, her research, though, strictly dealt with soybean issues in the United States. When she was asked to join a team of researchers from several different institutions to form the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research, her focus shifted to Africa and…

Engineering a Productive Meeting

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources was well represented at the inaugural Large Animal Genetic Engineering Summit, held Sept. 18-20, in Bethesda, Maryland. Michael Roberts, Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences and Biochemistry, gave the keynote lecture, “The Current Status of Transgenic Farm Animal Research,” Sept. 19. Roberts is a member of the National Academy…