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Raising the Research Profile

CAFNR Research Council working to promote researchers and projects

When Shibu Jose was named the interim associate dean for research in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) in late 2018, one of his first goals was to develop a CAFNR Research Council. The council would be made up of faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and would help share and spread CAFNR’s…

Jared Decker Part of Ag Innovation Panel Discussion

Jared Decker, associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and Wurdack Chair in Animal Genetics, recently participated in an Ag Innovation Forum hosted by The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. The event, which was held virtually this year, is in its fifth year. The forum showcased innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. Decker was part of an academic…

Students Earn Honors During Animal Sciences Graduate Forum

The Division of Animal Sciences held its Animal Sciences Graduate Forum virtually in January. There were a total of 20 oral presentations and 19 poster presentations, as nearly all Animal Sciences graduate students participated. Along with numerous presentations, the division recognized 2020 MS and PhD graduates. Below are the winners for each category. MS Oral Presentation First: Amanda Schmelzle Second:…

Roberts, Spencer Named Society for the Study of Reproduction Distinguished Fellows

Two University of Missouri faculty were among 15 individuals recently named Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Distinguished Fellows. R. Michael Roberts, Chancellor’s Professor with appointments in animal sciences and biochemistry, and Thomas Spencer, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, were both honored. This is the inaugural year of the program. From the SSR press release about the Distinguished…

CAFNR Students Earn S.T.A.R Honors

As Mizzou pivoted to new forms of learning and engagement in Fall 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Research designed and delivered a robust set of online workshops. As part of those workshops, the office created the S.T.A.R. program: Student Training for Advancing Research. For each student who attended at least five workshops or completed compliance training (IRB, RCR, EHS), they…

Heather Snow Selected as Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team Member

Heather Snow, a junior in animal sciences, was recently selected as an Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Student Advisory Team member. Each year, AFA selects a Student Advisory Team that serves as AFA’s student voice and helps bring their programs to life. Snow joins 10 other students from across the country who make up the 2021 team. “I am excited to…

A Commitment to Social Responsibility and Public Service

Animal science course allows students to gain service learning experience

For the past five years, Rocío Melissa Rivera has helped students find ways to make a positive impact in the Columbia community through service learning. Rivera, an associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, teaches Animal Science 2140: Companion Animals, a course dedicated to teaching students about companion animals such as cats, dogs and horses. The course is one…

CAFNR Office of Research Recognizes Drivers of Distinction

The CAFNR Office of Research recently recognized 10 faculty members as Drivers of Distinction. The honor was given to the faculty members, listed below, who had the highest total shared credit research expenditures over the past 10 years (2011-20). David Diamond – director, Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (School of Natural Resources) Felix Fritschi – C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy…

Q&A With Kaija Caldwell

Caldwell is a senior in animal sciences

Why did you decide to come to the University of Missouri and major in animal sciences? What do you enjoy about the program itself? The field of study? I decided to come to Mizzou because it was far enough from home that I could create a new, unique chapter of my life but close enough that I could get there…

Jared Decker Receives Early Investigator Research Award as Part of 2020 Celebration of Excellence

Jared Decker, associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and state beef Extension specialist, received the Early Investigator Research Award during CAFNR’s 2020 virtual Celebration of Excellence awards celebration. Decker received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from New Mexico State University before earning his PhD in genetics from the University of Missouri in 2012. After earning his PhD,…