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‘The Pinnacle of My Career’

Peter Sutovsky named 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Growing up in Slovakia, a young Peter Sutovsky would often hold his own science-based lectures in front of his elementary classmates. Those lectures would generally focus on insects, as Sutovsky had a big interest in entomology. “I would bring in my insect collection and explain how the organs of a male beetle were different than the organs of a female…

Learning by Doing

Division of Animal Sciences launches new Equine Science and Management Certificate

Experiential learning is embedded throughout MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources courses. From Cafe at Eckles, a café operated by students and faculty of the hospitality management program, to Tiger Garden, a student-operated florist shop, there’s no shortage of opportunities for CAFNR students to gain valuable work experience. The Division of Animal Sciences recently added an Equine Science…

A Golden Surprise

Tim Safranski honored with CAFNR Golden Apple Award

Just four years into his tenure as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Tim Safranski was given the Provost Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty. A year later, Safranski was honored with the National Pork Producers Council Swine Industry Award for Innovation in Education. Education has always been a focus for Safranski, who is a professor…

Honoring CAFNR’s Top Alumni

2019 Column Awards given to six of the college's alumni

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has honored its second class of recipients of the CAFNR Column Award for Distinguished Alumni. This is the only award specifically for alumni presented by the college. The awardees include one graduate from each of CAFNR’s six divisions, reflecting the six historic columns at the University of Missouri. “We are proud to…

Reflections: Barry Steevens

Dr. Steevens, professor emeritus, state Extension dairy specialist, (1978-2010) shares memories of animal sciences' Extension work

Extension is the third leg of our University of Missouri land-grant mission. In 1914 the Smith Lever Act formalized Extension, establishing USDA’s partnership with land-grant universities to bring applied research and agriculture education to the people. Then, half of the population lived in rural areas, and 30 percent were engaged in food production. Today, less than 2 percent are involved…

A Unique Honor

Trio of animal sciences researchers honored with inventor award

A trio of researchers in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Division of Animal Sciences were recently honored with one of the more unique awards in their respective careers. Randy Prather, Kevin Wells and Kristin Whitworth were invited to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) in mid-August to receive the Inventor of the…

CAFNR Faculty Part of Approximately $11 Million in Funds from UM System, Mizzou Following Strategic Research Investment

The University of Missouri System has announced $20.5 million in awards for its first round of research funding to address grand challenges, foster system-wide collaboration and enhance faculty research through new equipment. This is part of the System’s plan to strategically invest $50 million in research and creative works over the next five years, announced last fall. Researchers from CAFNR…

Animal Sciences Students, Postdocs Receive Awards at National Meeting

The following Animal Sciences students and postdocs received awards at the 2019 Society for the Study of Reproduction annual meeting held July 18-21 in San Jose, California: Karl Kerns and Grace Wiley were awarded SSR Trainee Travel Awards. Karl is a recent PhD graduate and is working as a postdoc under Peter Sutovsky. Grace is an undergraduate research assistant, also…

Aiding Disease Treatment

CAFNR researchers receive $8.6 million federal grant for new biomedical research center

The University of Missouri recently announced that researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have received an $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new national research center. The Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center will focus on aiding the development of biomedical treatments for human diseases such as cystic fibrosis. The center will…

A Combination of Research

Amanda Patterson’s research focuses on understanding how the uterus is repaired after pregnancy, in both animals and women

Last year, Amanda Patterson was looking for a place where she could combine her reproductive research interests in animals and her stem cell research interests in women. She found the perfect opportunity at the University of Missouri. Patterson joined the Division of Animal Sciences in November 2018 as an assistant professor. She also has a joint appointment in Obstetrics, Gynecology…