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Collaborating For Clean Water

Tony Thorpe organizes a fleet of volunteers

What’s better than canoeing on a stream with your friends? Doing it for a living and helping to maintain Missouri’s water quality. Tony Thorpe is the coordinator of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program. This effort, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leads hundreds of volunteers who sample water from various lakes across the state. The work is designed to create a…

Heartfelt and Handmade Greetings

Lisa Thompson creates and sells cards

Finding the perfect card can be a challenge, but not for Lisa Thompson, executive staff assistant in CAFNR’s Office of Advancement. Instead, Thompson creates and sells her own beautiful cards. Her passion for card making can be traced back to a scrapbooking hobby that began about 12 years ago. “I laugh when I think about how I got into it……

Little Bean, Big Money

CAFNR research boosts productivity in a $3 billion industry

The soybean is just a humble legume wrapped in a funny pod. Hold one in your hand and its distinctive markings seem to grin at you. These beans are happy because they’re worth a bundle – more than $33 billion nationally in 2010 and almost $3 billion in Missouri alone.

New Resources

Educational Technology Unit helps faculty take first digital step

Video Platform Video Management Video Solutions Video Player If you’re having trouble viewing the video, view it…

Hey Dr. Gruen, can I eat a 20-year-old chocolate bar?

CAFNR faculty know how to respond when a reporter from a traditional media outlet like the New York Times or CNBC call.  What do you do when you get a request from something called Deadspin? And what do you say when the writer wants to know if you can eat a 20-year-old chocolate bar? Ingolf Gruen, program chair of Food…

Randy Races the Extra Mile

To keep up with Indy Car

Randy Miles’ passion for IndyCar racing is well known among his colleagues at CAFNR. “The big day of the Indy 500 race is my personal Christmas,” Miles said with a laugh. The Indiana native has been into IndyCar his whole life. He grew up only about 40 miles west of the track, near Crawfordsville, Indiana. Miles is an associate professor…

CAFNR Floats Your Boat

One was shaped like a picnic basket. Another was built to look like a gray Stealth bomber. Still another was constructed to resemble a submarine. Then there was the one with a giant dog head, complete with wagging tail and flapping tongue. They shared one thing – they were all made of cardboard and duct tape and raced in the…

A Heavy Award

CDC recognizes CARES for innovative obesity prevention

Christopher Fulcher, Co-Director of the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) in the Division of Applied Social Sciences at CAFNR, received the Weight of the Nation 2012 Pioneering Innovation Award by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received the award on behalf of his center’s work with Community Commons, a website that collects data on health…