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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…

Korasick Awarded USDA Postdoctoral Fellowship to Pursue Research on Soybean Cyst Nematode Infection Resistance

David Korasick (Tanner Lab) was recently awarded a United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research on the molecular basis of soybean cyst nematode infection resistance. Korasick’s work is supervised by Jack Tanner, professor of biochemistry, and Melissa Mitchum (University of Georgia), his mentor and co-mentor, respectively. Soybean cyst…

Biochemistry Researchers’ Work Featured as Molecule of the Month

Work of former graduate student Tara Marcink and Steven Van Doren, professor of biochemistry, is featured as the “Molecule of the Month” in this month’s issue of PDB-101. The molecule featured is a nanodisc, which is used to conveniently package a small piece of membrane for experimental studies. This important molecule is playing a big role in a recent revolution…

Connecting with Students

Brenda Peculis introduces biochemistry freshmen to MU Connect 

Brenda Peculis teaches classrooms full of first-semester freshmen as an associate professor of biochemistry. Her advice for working with all new freshmen? “Walk in with a sense of humor!” she says. She says it’s the same advice she would give to her fellow CAFNR faculty members about using the MU Connect system. Peculis recently received the 2019 MU Connect Champions…

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…

Peculis Receives MU Connect Champions Award

Brenda Peculis, associate professor of biochemistry, received the 2019 MU Connect Champions Faculty Award from the Provost’s MU Connect Early Alert Advisory Board. Peculis was honored at the Celebration of Teaching Awards Luncheon in May. The MU Connect Champions Award recognizes excellence in the efforts of faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students involved in using MU Connect and the Early Alert…

Shari Freyermuth Receives Allan W. Purdy Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Shari Freyermuth, associate teaching professor and director of undergraduate advising in biochemistry, and assistant dean for academic programs and director of student services in CAFNR, received the Allan W. Purdy Award for Distinguished Service at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Freyermuth also received the 2015 MU Excellence in Advising Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, the 2015…

Scott Peck Receives Distinguished Researcher Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Scott Peck, professor of biochemistry, received the Distinguished Researcher Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. After an outstanding career overseas, Peck joined MU in 2005 as an associate professor of biochemistry. He has served as a professor of biochemistry since 2016. Peck has published 54 peer-reviewed publications and eight book chapters. He has…

Tackling a New Challenge

Ritcha Mehra-Chaudhary joins CAFNR as an assistant teaching professor of Biochemistry

Ritcha Mehra-Chaudhary loves a challenge. Mehra-Chaudhary has tackled a variety of challenges and switched her fields of study a handful of times throughout her career. She recently joined the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as an assistant teaching professor of Biochemistry. She joins CAFNR from The Molecular Interactions Core in the Mizzou Office of Research.…

Ed Coe and Doug Randall Honored at St. Louis Academy of Science Awards

Two CAFNR researchers were honored at the 25th Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Thursday, April 4. Ed Coe, professor emeritus, plant sciences, was awarded the 2019 Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award. Doug Randall, professor emeritus, biochemistry, and director emeritus, Interdisciplinary Plant Group, received the 2019 Trustees Award. Since its inception in 1856, the Academy has promoted connecting science…