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Fighting a Global Pest

Susanta Behura researching mosquitoes and their genetics

A global issue, dengue fever kills more than 20,000 individuals every year, most of whom are children, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty percent of the world’s population live in areas with a risk of dengue transmission. The World Health Organization reports that 50 to 100 million infections occur each year. Dengue fever is something Susanta Behura…

Part of the Team

Collaborations between faculty, Academic Programs enhance CAFNR student experience

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is known on the Mizzou campus for an enhanced student experience. Strong relationships between faculty members and the Academic Programs Office is a key part of this. Faculty members like Trista Strauch say the APO staff makes it easy to collaborate on advising questions and sharing Study Abroad and Career Services opportunities…

Improving Heifer Development

Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program celebrates 20 years

The Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program has enrolled more than 135,000 heifers on more than 850 farms during its 20 years of existence. The program, developed and spearheaded by David Patterson, a professor of reproductive physiology in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), celebrated its 20th anniversary during the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and…

Outstanding Graduate Student

Animal sciences Ph.D. student honored by National Swine Improvement Federation

Karl Kerns, Ph.D. student in the Division of Animal Sciences, recently received the Lauren Christian Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the National Swine Improvement Federation. Kerns was recognized at the 2017 North American Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and National Swine Improvement Federation Joint Meeting on Friday, Dec. 1, at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Maynard Hogberg, professor emeritus…

Committed to Research

Emerich, Spencer named AAAS Fellows

David Emerich and Thomas Spencer are the latest University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources professors to be named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Emerich, a professor and associate chair of biochemistry, and Spencer, a professor in animal sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Reproduction and Health Group (IRHG) at CAFNR,…

Taking the Reins

Bill Lamberson named director of Division of Animal Sciences

Bill Lamberson, professor and interim director of the Division of Animal Sciences, has been named the permanent head of the division by Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Lamberson’s appointment is effective Nov. 1, 2017. Lamberson has been at the University of Missouri since 1984 – he joined as an…

Tiger in the Wild

CAFNR alum takes top job at New York zoo

In Norah Fletchall’s opinion, Truman the Tiger is the “greatest mascot in the world.“ And that’s not just because she’s a proud alumnae of the University of Missouri – it’s also because she has worked in large cat conservation for many years, as part of her career as, first, a zookeeper at the St. Louis Zoo, and now as President…

CAFNR’s Finest

Two CAFNR students are among the first class of MU Stamps Scholars

Olutoyin Jackson and Caitlin Kelleher of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources were selected as part of the first class of Stamps Scholars on the MU campus. The University of Missouri is one of 42 schools that partner with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation for the program. Each year, four admitted Honors College students are…

Entrepreneurial Internship

California, Mo., native participates in entrepreneurial program at MU

As a senior at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Libby Martin is already looking to help solve problems in the production agriculture industry through the development of veterinary medical technology specific to cattle production. Martin is working to solve the problem of calving ease and efficiency in an effort to make calving season easier for producers and yield lower mortality…

Providing Leadership Development Opportunities

MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returns for second year

The University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returned in 2017 with a focus on teaching high school students more about the livestock industry. The four-day academy allowed an opportunity for networking with industry leaders. The goal of the program is to provide leadership development opportunities for youth in agriculture. The academy is a partnership between MU Extension, the…