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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // April 23, 2020 // 2(7)
Feature Story
Tony Lupo Wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award (click to read)
Tony Lupo Wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award »

The Southeastern Conference has awarded Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Tony Lupo the SEC’s 2020 Faculty Achievement Award for the University of Missouri. The recognition is given out to one faculty member from each school once a year. The SEC then awards one of those candidates as SEC Professor of the Year. Read more >>

Agricultural Research Centers
Spring at our CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers! (click to read)
Spring at our CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers! »

Enjoy this video showing our Agricultural Research Centers as they “spring” to life!

Research Roars

Tom Spencer Appointed to Position with Office of Research and Economic Development

Tom Spencer, Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, has accepted a part-time appointment as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives in the Biomedical and Agricultural Sciences. In this capacity, Spencer will work with the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, as well as the Provost, Deans and Center Directors, to shape and enhance the current research centers, develop strategies for new strategic centers of excellence in research and creative works, support the Research Core Facilities, coordinate among departments and colleges the recruitment of faculty in strategic research thrusts, and plan and drive new strategic initiatives that will enhance MU’s AAU research mission.

Michelle Brooks and Anita Carter Receive Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award

Michelle Brooks, greenhouse coordinator in plant sciences, was awarded the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award in the Technical/Paraprofessional category. This award is presented to an individual who best reflects honor upon the University and the community through a combination of job performance, job-related personal qualities, relationship with their associates, and the ability to relate their work to the missions and values of the University.

Anita Carter, program/project support coordinator in the School of Natural Resources, was awarded the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award in the Part-Time/Temporary category. This award is presented to a staff member who exemplifies the university’s values through temporary or part-time employment and consistently display characteristics that are valued and appreciated by their coworkers. They lead by example, motivate those around them, demonstrate compassion and bring innovative ideas to their teams.

CAFNR Research Council Webinars Now Available Online

CAFNR Research Council Webinar Series recordings are now available online:

  • April 22, 2020
    “Patterns of Pandemics in Rural Missouri: From 1918 flu to COVID-19” (Zoom recording)
    Carolyn Orbann, Department of Health Sciences, School of Health Professions, MU
  • April 15, 2020
    “Role of Agroforestry During a Global Health Crisis: Supporting Regional Food Security and Human Health”
    Sarah Lovell, School of Natural Resources and the Center for Agroforestry
  • April 8, 2020
    “Utilizing Gene Editing to Create Coronavirus Resistant Pigs” (Zoom recording)
    Kristin Whitworth, Division of Animal Sciences and National Swine Resource and Research Center
  • April 1, 2020
    “COVID-19 Missouri Economic Indicators Update” (Zoom recording)
    Alan Spell, Division of Applied Social Sciences
In the News

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Farm Progress

Nematologists eager to study SCN-resistant bean
Morning Ag Clips

New MU health affairs leader also to be NextGen scientific director
Columbia Missourian

Hasta La Vista Weeds
Progressive Farmer

U.S. agriculture faces $20 billion loss from coronavirus, says new University of Missouri report
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The header photo showcases just a few of the greenhouses that call Mizzou’s campus home. CAFNR faculty conduct hands-on research in the labs and greenhouses that cover a wide array of plant-related fields of study.