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Marc Linit Named Honorary Member of the CAFNR Alumni Association

Marc Linit, professor emeritus of plant sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), has been named an Honorary Member of the CAFNR Alumni Association. Linit joined Mizzou in 1980 as an assistant professor of entomology and is a decorated researcher and teacher. At the time of his retirement in 2018, he was the senior associate dean…

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…

Cultivating Future Leaders

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded 54 Predoctoral Fellowship grants including 2 CAFNR students

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded 54 predoctoral fellowship grants to develop new scientists and professionals to enter research, education and/or Extension fields within the food and agricultural sciences. The aim of these fellowships is to cultivate future leaders who can solve emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century. These grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture…

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Students Receive Awards through the American Physiological Society

Brian Shariffi, graduate student in the Department of Food, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, received the Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award through the American Physiological Society (APS). This award is designed to broaden participation of those pursuing professional careers in physiological sciences. Specifically, the program provides travel awards to underrepresented diverse groups of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty…

Two Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Students Win Poster Awards

Neil McMillian and Eric Lis were awarded poster awards at the Cardiovascular Research Day hosted by the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. McMillian was awarded the Graduate Student award for his poster titled Increased Muscle Sympathetic Nerve Activity Hyperinsulinemia: Role of Insulin-simulated Peripheral Vasodilation and the Response of the Arterial Baroreflex. Lis was awarded the undergraduate Student Award for his poster titled…

Pei Liu Accepted into the Early Career Research Development Fellows Program

Pei Liu, assistant professor in hospitality management, has been accepted into the Early Career Research Development Fellowship through MU’s Office of Research. The Early Career Research Development Fellows Program is aimed at full-time, pre-tenure faculty who are seeking opportunities for strategic career planning and skill development in the area of academic research. During the three-year program, participants are expected to…

The Bench-Bedside Interface

Finding new strategies to improve vascular health in diabetes

Over the past couple of decades, new diabetes cases have tripled in the U.S., and 80 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes eventually succumb to cardiovascular disease. Jaume Padilla, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP), is working to solve this important problem. Padilla received his PhD in exercise physiology at Indiana University before he…

CAFNR Joy of Discovery Seed Grant Program Winners Announced

The first batch of proposals funded by CAFNR’s Joy of Discovery Seed Grant Program has been announced. The Joy of Discovery Seed Grant Program supports nascent, collaborative, multi transdisciplinary research with the goal of developing a competitive proposal for federal funding. The following proposals were selected (listed by the PI, Co-PI/s and title of the project): Antje Heese, David Mendoza-Cozatl…

A New Partnership

DeLine Holdings, CAFNR partner to unveil community research site

DeLine Holdings and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) celebrated the grand opening of the DeLine Community Research Site Thursday, Sept. 16, at the site northwest of Columbia. The site is a new collaboration developing outdoor research and educational opportunities to facilitate a better understanding of natural systems and processes. The 94-acre site, which includes…