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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // Feb. 22, 2023 // 5(4)
Feature Story
MU Researcher Discovers Threshold that Triggers Drought Response in Forests (click to read)
MU Researcher Discovers Threshold that Triggers Drought Response in Forests »

A recent study at Baskett Forest in mid-Missouri explored how forests behave without water when drought threatens.

Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station
A Fitting Honor (click to read)
A Fitting Honor »

Curators approve naming building after Eldon Cole.

Research Highlights
Access More Study Populations (click to read)
Access More Study Populations »

The Division of Research offers new tools to help investigators recruit volunteers for their studies.

There is no single solution that addresses the complexity of finding and recruiting research study participants. To better support researchers, the Division of Research, Innovation & Impact is now offering new resources that staff will continue to update and improve.

CRC Webinar Series Continues

The CAFNR Research Council is continuing its online webinar series for the spring semester. Registration is not required. Upcoming events include:

  • Thursday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m.: Ben Schrag, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Director and Policy Liaison, will present “Lab-to-Market Programs at the National Science Foundation.” Join on Zoom.
  • Thursday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.: “From Anecdote to Evidence: A look into governance practices of agricultural cooperatives,” Keri Jacobs. Join on Zoom.
Summer and Fall 2023 George Washington Carver Matching Assistantship Applications Now Open

The call for the George Washington Carver Matching Assistantships for students beginning their graduate program in Summer and Fall 2023 is open. The program provides $11K/yr. for 2 years for MS and $12.5K/yr. for 3 years for PhD Students as matching assistantships. The recipients will be officially recognized as the “George Washington Carver Graduate Fellows”. The assistantship honors George Washington Carver, a native Missourian, who gained international recognition in the early 20th century for his teaching and research in agriculture.

The matching assistantship will be awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens, newly accepted into a CAFNR graduate degree program and a member of an underrepresented ethnic minority population (African American, Native American, or Alaska Native, Hispanic, or Mexican American). The nominees must have outstanding credentials, including strong letters of recommendation to be competitive. The deadline for the summer and fall nominations is March 15, 2023.

Grant Tips
Find Your Research Collaborators

Need help finding research collaborators throughout the UM System? The Health Sciences Library developed a research collaboration tool to make finding those collaborators easier.

This research collaboration tool provides a starting point for finding collaborators with common research interests using data from  Academic Analytics system. Enter your own search terms to find collaborators or choose from the auto-generated suggestions. 

Don’t forget you can help potential collaborators find you by updating your research interest profile in Academic Analytics with your research interests.

Have further questions about finding Research Collaborators or updating your Research Profile? Contact the Health Sciences Library.

Research Roars
Animal Sciences Professor Named Distinguished Alumnus (click to read)
Animal Sciences Professor Named Distinguished Alumnus »

Randall Prather, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, was recognized as the 2022 Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) Distinguished Alumnus on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. Prather obtained his bachelor’s (1982) and master’s (1984) degrees from Kansas State ASI.

Prather has been a Mizzou faculty member since 1989 after completing his PhD and Postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2023 CAFNR Joy of Discovery Seed Grant Program Winners Announced (click to read)
2023 CAFNR Joy of Discovery Seed Grant Program Winners Announced »

The second 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.

CAFNR faculty members have received the following recent grants (listed by Principal Investigator):

Donald Kent Shannon, From the Sky to the Scythe: Helping the Agricultural Workforce Harness Remotely-sensed Information, MO Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, 7/1/22-6/30/23, $10,000

Bradley Wilson, RBTN for Missouri, Cotton, Inc., 1/1/23-12/31/23, $4,000

Grover Shannon, Manipulating the soybean seed oil and protein reserves for the development of high value soybean cultivars and germplasm, Ohio State University, 10/1/22-9/30/23, $70,002

Grover Shannon, Develop and deliver best management practices and soybean cultivars to minimize yield and quality losses from Cercospora leaf blight, Louisiana State University, 10/1/22-9/30/23, $35,000

Grover Shannon, National USDA Uniform Soybean Tests/Yield, Disease Resistance and Quality Traits Evaluation of Public Breeding Lines, Agricultural Research Service, 10/1/22-8/31/23, $11,809

Craig Paukert, Integrating multiple data sources to develop climate adaptation strategies for inland fish and recreational fishing, US Geological Survey, 1/17/23-1/16/24, $61,656

Morgan Davis and Kelly Nelson, Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions following Fall and Spring Anhydrous Ammonia Applications with Centuro® Nitrogen Stabilizer, Koch Agronomic Services, 11/1/22-11/1/23, $64,904

Tim Reinbott, Utilizing Sanborn Field’s Historic Soil Sampling As a Means to Adjust Soil Sulfur and Micronutrient Recommendations, Missouri Fertilizer Control Board, 1/1/23-8/31/25, $179,000

Gurbir Singh, Assess Soil Water Chemistry Impacts following Application of Anhydrous Ammonia with CENTURO® Nitrogen Stabilizer in Corn, Koch Agronomic Services, 11/1/22-3/31/24, $30,058

Michael Stambaugh, Mapping Past, Present, and Future Hydro-Ecology, Fire, and Vegetation for Oak Ecosystem Restoration, US Department of Agriculture and Forest Service, 1/1/23-9/30/25, $211,663

Grover Shannon, Breeding and Screening Soybeans for Resistance to Mature Seed Damage, Mississippi State University, 10/1/22-9/30/23, $59,416

In The News

MU professor weighs in after Super Bowl field receives criticism

Exercised Training Reduces Liver Fat, Even Without Weight Loss
Jump Start by WebMD

A Fitting Honor: Curators name building after Eldon Cole
Cassville Democrat