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Going Forward

CAFNR’s division directors keep College true to its mission

Let’s make a circle. That was the suggestion of Marc Linit, interim Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, when figuring out how the current CAFNR administrative leadership team could meet with one of his possible successors during an interview session. “I said to him, ‘From where I sit, this is one of the…

From Idea to Reality

Bioengineering graduate student unveils new dermatological laser technique discovered four years ago with former MU colleague

When working in the laboratory, Paul J.D. Whiteside has a few favorite sayings to help him through the trials and tribulations of his endeavors. The first one that comes to his mind? “I’d rather be lucky than good.” “It’s something that my granddad says and my dad says it, too,” says Whiteside, a third-year doctoral candidate in bioengineering who works in…

Appealing to a Wider Audience

CAFNR students learn to communicate their science to general public through video project

Although she had never worked on a video project like this before, Tamar Crum was well aware of the message her team was trying to convey. It was very similar to the one she and her family would use when exhibiting cattle at the Illinois State Fair — although she had much more than 90 seconds to get her message…

Five Months of New Insights

Four Ukrainian ag econ scholars spend the fall semester at MU through USDA program

Talk about a full itinerary: Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco. And that was just part of the two-week trip in the middle of a five-month stay that a group of 10 Ukrainian agriculture professors, some of whom had never been to America before, took across the United States in October. Yet the four professors who were assigned…

Where Music and Science Meet

Family celebrates their son's love of music and biochemistry by creating a scholarship in his memory

Kyle Major had written the preceding words in a draft application for graduate school, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Missouri in 2002. When first starting to reflect about her son, Kim Major opens with a statement that mirrors that of Kyle’s: “From the time he was born, practically, he had a thirst for…

Finding the Right Matches

CAFNR researchers develop low-processing lines of soybeans suitable for Ghana farmers

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…

A Day at The World Food Prize

CAFNR delegation makes its mark on international food security symposium

Norman Borlaug — a renowned agronomist, wheat geneticist and humanitarian — founded The World Food Prize in 1986 as a way to recognize the accomplishments of people throughout the world who have bettered mankind by increasing the quantity, quality and availability of food throughout the world. At its founding, it was intended to be a Nobel Prize of sorts for food…

20 Years Later

CAFNR researcher returns to East Coast to work on gypsy moth studies through fellowship at Harvard Forest

For years, Rose-Marie Muzika has shown photos of the dioramas from the Harvard Forest to her forest ecology class when going over the topic of forest succession. But photos pale in comparison to the real thing. Each one of the 23 dioramas, which chronicle the history, management and conservation of central New England forests, are three-dimensional replicas, with each element…

Family, Friends and Food

Biochemistry emeritus professor writes memoir to honor the life of his mother

Joe Polacco has always had writing in his blood. Well before he arrived at the University of Missouri in 1979, he found himself writing poetry. The humorous lyrics that he would write for his fellow MU Biochemistry faculty members to commemorate birthdays and retirements would eventually earn him the title “Poet Laureate of Biochemistry.” It was not until the passing of…

Taking Her Chances

CAFNR graduate student creates learning opportunities in horse training industry

At the University of Missouri Equine Teaching Facility at the South Farm Research Center, it’s called “a horse fix.” That’s the term commonly associated with the reason students from many different academic pursuits (not just those studying animal science or veterinary medicine) often take a course like the senior-level equine behavior and training class in the Division of Animal Sciences that Natalie Duncan helps…