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A Constant, Guiding Influence

Marc Linit helped CAFNR through many transitions during his nearly 40-year career at MU

When Marc Linit joined the University of Missouri in 1980 as an assistant professor of entomology, the first lecture he gave was in a teaching lab in the southwest corner of the second floor of the Agriculture Building. It’s the same room, nearly 40 years later, which Linit occupies as senior associate dean for the Office of Research and Extension…

Celebrating Excellence

SNR students, faculty, staff and alumni honored at awards banquet

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Natural Resources were honored at the 2018 SNR Awards Banquet. This was the second year for the event, which recognizes excellence in service, advising, research and teaching. Shibu Jose, director of SNR, spoke at the event and presented the awards. Those honored on Nov. 6 included: Mark…

A Central Resource for Biomedical Investigators and Researchers

MU receives $7.2 million for continued operation of National Swine Resource and Research Center

The University of Missouri has received $7.229 million for continued operation of the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC). The NSRRC was established in 2003 to serve as a resource for biomedical investigators and researchers, providing those individuals with access to critically needed swine models for human health and disease. The Center will continue to provide those vital services…

Spencer Named Curators Professor

Tom Spencer, animal sciences, given University's highest rank

Tom Spencer, professor of animal sciences, was recently named a 2018 Curators Distinguished Professor, the University of Missouri’s highest and most prestigious rank. This honor was established in 1968 by the University Board of Curators and is bestowed only upon outstanding scholars with established reputations. Spencer was a 2015 signature hire as part of the Mizzou Advantage program. He joined…

After Hours: (Teach You How To) Sing the Blues

Animal Sciences assistant professor uses music to teach history

Not long ago, Columbia was segregated. Reminders can be found throughout the city. From a plaque on the side of the Missouri Theater describing their former segregated policies beneath the words “Lest We Forget. Never Again!” in bold letters, to Eliot Battle Elementary, named after a man who helped to integrate Columbia public schools. Reminders of this American past can…

Improving Water Quality

Alba Argerich strengthens MU Limnology Lab

The MU Limnology Laboratory in the School of Natural Resources is focused on improving water quality through numerous projects and research studies. Limnology, the study of inland waters, includes lakes, streams, ponds and other water sources. The group, which is made up of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, master’s students and undergraduate researchers, studies those water sources in an…

Jerry Taylor Demonstrates Research on Genetic Improvements of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle at Capitol Hill Exhibition

National Exhibition demonstrates importance of USDA-funded research in nutrition, obesity, sustainability, energy, healthy forests and more

As Congress considers the Farm Bill and agricultural appropriations, agricultural researchers from a variety of disciplines updated Congressional members and staff on research covering current challenges and emerging threats in agriculture, food, and natural resources. Jerry Taylor, Curators Professor of Genetics and Animal Sciences and Wurdack Chair of Animal Genomics in the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Natural Resources…

CAFNR Proud

Faculty members in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have received many MU and UM System honors this spring

The University of Missouri and the University of Missouri System give out many awards each spring for teaching, advising, research, engagement, entrepreneurship, service and more. We are proud to have so many faculty members from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as recipients of these prestigious honors this year. CAFNR honorees include: Eric Aldrich, instructor of atmospheric science,…

Golden Leadership

Jon Simonsen earns Golden Apple Award

Students selected to be a part of the Litton Leadership Scholars cohort engage in a year-long seminar course centered on leadership and impactful change. The students have the opportunity learn from Jon Simonsen, a stellar leader. “Simo,” as Simonsen’s students affectionately refer to him, was surprised with a Golden Apple Award from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources during a trip to Chillicothe, Missouri, on April 26, where members of the cohort meet with the Jerry Litton Family Memorial…

Analyzing Insect Performance

Researchers looking at the role neonicotinoid insecticides play in arthropod performance

Pollinators and other beneficial insects play an important role in the agricultural world, especially in terms of economic value for growers. A study conducted by Cornell University showed that crops pollinated by those beneficial insects contributed $29 billion to farm income in 2010. Unfortunately, several of those insects are facing population declines due to a variety of factors. A team…