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First-Generation Student Spotlight: Brooke Weiler

Discovery Fellows program jumpstarted Brooke Weiler's interest in research

The Discovery Fellows program at the University of Missouri, offered through the Honors College, gives first-year students the opportunity to join a research laboratory the minute they step onto campus. For Brooke Weiler, the one-year scholarship has turned into a four-year research journey. Weiler, a senior majoring in both biochemistry and psychology, has found a passion for research while working…

Missouri Foundation Seed Planted for Growth

Modernization project is underway

Missouri Foundation Seed was established in 1944 as an avenue for the University of Missouri to take new plant breeds created by CAFNR researchers to market while also providing the highest quality seeds to Missouri farmers. Thanks to new funding from the state of Missouri, it has the opportunity to thrive. “Foundation Seed hasn’t seen anything like this ever,” said…

$8 Million Grant Will Expand National Swine Resource and Research Center at CAFNR

NIH grant will support research with genetically modified pigs to study human diseases

After decades of basic research that led to successful scientific innovations, Randall Prather and his team of investigators at the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) at the University of Missouri have become the go-to source for genetically modified pigs used by researchers across the United States to study various diseases that impact humans. Keeping up with the ever-growing…

Meeting Her Goals

Verónica Negrón-Pérez's educational journey has brought her back to Puerto Rico for an important research role

After finishing her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Verónica Negrón-Pérez was excited to continue to her educational journey. Negrón-Pérez set a very specific goal for herself – she would spend the next 10 years gaining important research and hands-on learning experiences through the pursuit of advanced degrees. After those 10 years were up, she…

An Entrepreneurial Desire

Jason Zhang's interest in food science led him to the University of Missouri

Jason Zhang grew up with an entrepreneurial spirit – as well as an interest in food science. He now pursues both passions as cofounder of Layer Origin Nutrition, a group focused on human gut health, specifically forward-thinking prebiotics. Zhang’s path to running his own business comprised of a handful of stops, including a few years at the University of Missouri,…

MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm Gearing up for Missouri Chestnut Roast

Annual festival to take place Oct. 1 in New Franklin

Staff of the University of Missouri’s Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Farm in New Franklin have been hard at work in anticipation of welcoming crowds of people for its annual, signature event, the Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival. “This is such a fun event for us,” said Center for Agroforestry Director Sarah Lovell. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce Missourians to the…

A New World of Opportunities

Sebastian Moreno's time at MU allowed him to discover his passions

While Sebastian Moreno strengthened his passions for urban ecology and ornithology, the scientific study of birds, as a graduate student in natural resources at the University of Missouri, he also discovered a desire to connect with people on a deeper level. Moreno’s graduate research in CAFNR centered on how large concentrations of vacant lots in northern neighborhoods of St. Louis…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: Making a Major Impact

MOAES REECs play important role in the continued success of CAFNR’s Programs of Distinction

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. When CAFNR unveiled its strategic plan, Drive to Distinction, in 2019, it established criteria for Programs of Distinction, a select collection of programs that exemplify CAFNR’s drive to distinction. Those programs, together with CAFNR’s academic programs, define CAFNR’s impact on Missouri’s agriculture and natural resource economies, providing understanding for how…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: Finding the Perfect Partner

MOAES partnerships allow for unique research opportunities

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. A major focus of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES) has been finding unique collaborations and partnerships to take research projects to the next level. Those partnerships come in many forms – and seeking out collaborations of all types is a primary goal of the newly restructured MOAES. “We can…

CAFNR/MOAES Research Magazine: ‘A Major Part of the Research Engine’

Graduate students play a vital role in the research enterprise at the MOAES REECs

This story appears in our MU CAFNR/Agricultural Experiment Station Research Magazine. Among its many strengths, the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station (MOAES) provides research faculty with a wide variety of real-world conditions to test and develop strategies for agricultural production, based on the geographical and climatic differences in Missouri. These CAFNR laboratories also provide graduate students with ample opportunities to lead their…