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Animal Sciences Scholars Recognized by SSR

Four scholars in the Division of Animal Sciences received awards for presentations given at the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Annual Meeting held in Spokane, Washington. Alexis Jones, master’s student, was awarded the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Merit Award. This award recognizes research that most benefits or enhances scientific understanding of reproduction in agriculturally…

CAFNR Ag-celerator for Agricultural Technologies (CAAT) Winners Announced

Two CAFNR faculty and their teams were recently awarded inaugural CAAT grants

The CAFNR Ag-celerator for Agricultural Technologies (CAAT) is a new translational research funding opportunity for faculty in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). The CAFNR Strategic Plan established an ambitious goal to double intellectual property metrics such as invention disclosures, patents and start-up companies based on translational research done in the college. CAAT is designed to accelerate…

Zinc Key Regulator of Sperm Functions During Capacitation Process

Findings have implications for improving fertility outcomes in animals and humans

Scientists have struggled to fully understand how male sperm cells function and why they sometimes fail to fertilize female eggs, which has implications for both livestock farmers aiming to maximize food production, as well as human couples struggling with infertility. In a new study at the University of Missouri, researchers found that zinc ion plays a crucial regulatory role in the…

Lauren Hamilton and Edgar Diaz Miranda Presented the SSR Travel Awards

Lauren Hamilton, a postdoc, and Edgar Diaz Miranda, a visiting scholar/graduate student in the Division of Animal Sciences, will be presented the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Travel Award. They will be presented the award at the 55th Society for the Study of Reproduction Meeting in Spokane, Washington, in…

Jared Decker Presented the Continuing Service Award

Jared Decker, associate professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, was presented the Continuing Service Award from the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization. This includes serving on the board of directors, speaking at BIF conventions, working on BIF guidelines and other behind-the-scenes activities. Decker was presented the award on…

CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) Winners Announced

The CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (C-DRIG) are offered through the CAFNR Office of Research. The C-DRIG grant supports up to $2,000 or partially support dissertation research projects proposed by doctoral students in the College. Eligible students will have completed their coursework and have advanced to candidacy or will advance to candidacy within six months of the C-DRIG awards. The…

Alexis Jones Awarded the USDA-NIFA-AFRI Merit Award

Alexis Jones, graduate student in the Division of Animal Sciences, was named the USDA-NIFA-AFRI (National Institute of Food and Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative) Merit Award for her abstract submitted for the 2022 Society for The Study of Reproduction Meeting. Jones’ abstract was titled “Identification of Novel Mitophagy Determinants in The Mammalian Cell Free System for the Study of Mitochondrial…

Senior Spotlight: Heather Vaughn (Snow)

Vaughn will graduate with a degree in animal sciences

Each year, CAFNR connects its students with numerous industries through two career fairs, one held in the fall and another in the spring. Heather Vaughn (Snow) took advantage of the career fair as a freshman and found an internship with Cactus  Family Farms, the pork division of Cactus Feeders, whose mission is to feed a hungry world. Vaughn’s internship was…

Jordan Thomas Receives Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty Award

Jordan Thomas, assistant Extension professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, has received the Provost’s Award for Creative Extension Programming by New Faculty. This award recognizes a faculty member with a current Extension assignment who has made exceptional accomplishments in their first four years of service at MU in the field of Extension or continuing…

Parker Krudop Named Outstanding Sophomore at 2022 Celebration of Excellence

Parker Krudop, an animal sciences major, was named Outstanding Sophomore at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 18. Krudop worked at a small animal veterinary clinic (and still does when she has time) and showed horses throughout her high school career. She has added to her animal sciences knowledge-base during her time at the University of…