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‘A Perfect Weekend’

Two CAFNR graduate students helped Mizzou capture men's and women's disc golf national championships

The University of Missouri men’s and women’s disc golf teams carried undefeated seasons into 2022 College Disc Golf National Championship competition, and both teams would end their seasons the same way – as national champions. The women’s team led the tournament field from start to finish, winning by four strokes. The men’s team overcame a slow start with a strong…

Pursuing His Passions for Research

Evan Aljundi's passion for white-tailed deer has led to graduate research focused on Chronic Wasting Disease

He grew up in a family of avid white-tailed deer hunters, and now Evan Aljundi has spent a good portion of his collegiate career studying the most popular game in North America. A graduate student in the School of Natural Resources, Aljundi’s research is focused on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal, neurological illness that affects cervids, which are members…

Cultivating Future Leaders

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded 54 Predoctoral Fellowship grants including 2 CAFNR students

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded 54 predoctoral fellowship grants to develop new scientists and professionals to enter research, education and/or Extension fields within the food and agricultural sciences. The aim of these fellowships is to cultivate future leaders who can solve emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century. These grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture…

George Washington Carver Fellows Announced

Chantelle Wimms and Kendra Esparaza-Harris named George Washington Carver Fellows

The George Washington Carver Fellowship for Graduate Studies helps support under-represented scholars in MS and PhD degree programs in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri (MU). The assistantship honors George Washington Carver, a native Missourian, who gained international recognition in the early 20th century for his teaching and research in agriculture. Finding Passions…

A Rewarding Journey

Graduate student Jermayne Smith has been researching the effects of remnant and restored prairies on small mammal and tick diversity

When Jermayne Smith began the search for a graduate school experience he had one main goal in mind – find a project where he could work with small mammals. Samniqueka Halsey, an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources within the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), had the perfect research idea in mind.…

A New World of Possibilities

Brittney Cade's academic journey has taught her about the multiple opportunities in the environmental field

From Chicago’s South Side, Brittney Cade went into college wanting to find a career related to her passion for animals. Cade said she thought there were only two viable careers in that field – veterinarian or zookeeper. Once she started at Iowa State University, she discovered a new world of possibilities related not only to animals, but to the environment…

The Bench-Bedside Interface

Finding new strategies to improve vascular health in diabetes

Over the past couple of decades, new diabetes cases have tripled in the U.S., and 80 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes eventually succumb to cardiovascular disease. Jaume Padilla, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP), is working to solve this important problem. Padilla received his PhD in exercise physiology at Indiana University before he…

Finding the Right Path

Senior Brandy Williams has found a passion for wildlife-related research

A year into her collegiate career at the University of Missouri, Brandy Williams found herself walking through the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources (ABNR) Building looking for someone to talk to about her future. At the time, Williams was majoring in animal sciences. While she appreciated the expertise within the program, Williams was looking for something a little bit different. She happened…

New Growth

David Braun named director of IPG

David Braun, professor of plant science and technology at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), has been named director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG), effective Feb. 1, 2022. “I am humbled and excited to lead this incredibly talented group of creative and world-class plant biologists,” Braun said. “The IPG is part of my…

Interdisciplinary Plant Group Celebrates 40th Year

IPG's 40th Anniversary is 2021

Established in 1981, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021. The IPG is a community of University of Missouri (MU) faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals pursuing transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. The group seeks to encourage cooperation between scientists engaged in plant molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, ecology and…