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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // Aug 11, 2022 // 4(16)
Feature Story
Signaling ‘Stressed-Out’ Plants (click to read)
Signaling ‘Stressed-Out’ Plants »

For more than 30 years, Ron Mittler has studied a chemical compound called reactive oxygen species, and his ongoing work is uncovering a new view on its importance.

Research Highlights
T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center to Host Field Day Aug. 26 (click to read)
T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center to Host Field Day Aug. 26 »

University of Missouri’s T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center (FD-REEC) invites the public to its annual Field Day on Friday, Aug. 26, where farmers and other individuals have the opportunity for an in-person look at the latest research conducted at the REEC.

Research Tips
When Should You Submit a “No Deadline” NSF Proposal? (click to read)
When Should You Submit a “No Deadline” NSF Proposal? »

NSF has core program funding opportunities that accept proposals anytime – no deadlines.  This wonderful policy can bring up the questions of when is the best time to submit. NSF advises, “You should submit your proposal when you think it is ready.” More info is provided on their FAQ page.

CAFNR Matching Assistantship Program Offered to Increase PhD Student Enrollment (click to read)
CAFNR Matching Assistantship Program Offered to Increase PhD Student Enrollment

CAFNR Associate Dean for Research Shibu Jose announced an internal funding opportunity in early August — the CAFNR Matching Assistantship Program (C-MAP).

“Our college desires to increase the number of PhD students and postdoctoral research scholars to strengthen these AAU metrics and to further strengthen the CAFNR research community,” Jose said. “The goal of this program is to support the efforts of our faculty to attract highly competitive new PhD students to our college.”

The deadline for submission of application documents for the Spring Semester is Sept. 15.

CAFNR will award C-MAP funds to complement funding from other sources which is required as a condition of the award. A maximum of $12,500 for 12 months for up to four years for a new PhD student will be awarded.  Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress toward the degree based on annual reviews. C-MAP funds cannot be used to cover, tuition, waiver of Educational Fees, Graduate Medical Insurance Subsidy, or other incidental costs.

A subgroup of the CAFNR Research Council (CRC) will serve as the selection committee.

Agricultural Experiment Station
Mizzou South Farm to Host First Home Garden Showcase (click to read)
Mizzou South Farm to Host First Home Garden Showcase »

University of Missouri South Farm faculty and staff are hoping to help make your thumb a little greener this summer. Eleven researchers and extension specialists will be on hand to help you grow bigger vegetables, attract more pollinators, beautify your ornamental gardens, eradicate more weeds from your lawn, and more from 7:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 27 at the first annual Home Garden Showcase.

Research Roars

Clark Gantzer Named 2022 Sigma Xi Fellow

Clark Gantzer is one of 10 2022 Fellows in Sigma Xi, an international scientific research honor society of science and engineering. Founded in 1886, the organization has more than 200 Nobel Prize winners and honors excellence in scientific investigation and encourages cooperation among researchers in science and engineering fields. Fellows are awarded by their peers for their significant contributions to research or development, outreach, teaching and curricular innovation, mentorship, science advocacy and leadership.

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 important species.

Lauren Hamilton, postdoctoral fellow; Jason Rizo, doctoral student; and Edgar Miranda, visiting scholar; each received the SSR Trainee Travel Award. This award recognizes the three best pre-doctoral and post-doctoral posters and the three best pre-doctoral and post-doctoral platform presentations.

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