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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // June 4, 2020 // 2(10)
Feature Story
Fighting a Financially Taxing Pathogen (click to read)
Fighting a Financially Taxing Pathogen »

Researchers at MU and the University of Georgia published a paper related to an underutilized source of resistance in the soybean genotype Peking

Research Highlights
IPG PhD Students and Postdocs Selected for Webinar Series (click to read)
IPG PhD Students and Postdocs Selected for Webinar Series »
Agricultural Research Centers
Ben Knapp, Superintendent of the Baskett Research Center, Earns Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources Outstanding Young Alumni Award (click to read)
Ben Knapp, Superintendent of the Baskett Research Center, Earns Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources Outstanding Young Alumni Award »
Research Roars

Harvey James Receives Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in Agriculture, Food, and Human Values

Harvey James, professor of agricultural and applied economics, and associate director in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, was recently honored with the 2020 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in Agriculture, Food, and Human Values from the Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society (AFHVS). The award honors persons, who in their careers, have made outstanding contributions towards realizing the goals of the AFHVS through research, teaching, extension, public service or public policy.

Nominations highlighted the impact of James’ research about fairness, trust, conflict, democratic governance and morality and his courses that focus on the ethical dimensions of agriculture and food systems. Additionally, nominations stressed James’ work from 2007 to 2019 as editor-in-chief of the Agriculture and Human Values journal. Read More>>

Robin Rotman Honored with Win Horner Award for Innovative Writing Intensive Teaching

Robin Rotman, an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources, was recently honored with the Win Horner Award for Innovative Writing Intensive Teaching for the 2019-20 academic year. Inspired by early Campus Writing Programs Director Win Horner, this award celebrates innovative approaches to teaching writing in the disciplines.

In her Environmental Science 4400W course, Professor Rotman mentors students through complex legal writing, and, by the conclusion of each semester, her students create their own Journal of Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice.

WAFSGSO Announces Outstanding Student & Faculty Awards

The Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Graduate Student Organization at Mizzou has given its Outstanding Student Award to Emily Sinnott and Outstanding Faculty Award to Jodi Whittier.

Sinnott recently completed her PhD in natural resources. She served as the Treasurer of the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Graduate Student Organization for two years and has represented the organization and kept up connections in CFM. She has also mentored many field technicians and improved and updated course materials as a Teaching Assistant for Ornithology.

She is very dedicated to outreach and science communication and has also brought her outstanding efforts in community engagement to the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Graduate Student Organization, encouraging other graduate students to be active in Missouri’s conservation community.

Whittier is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Natural Resources. She provides a lot of, often behind the scenes, graduate student support. She serves on committees and always makes time to sit down and provide constructive feedback on research ideas and questions.

Whittier also leads a weekly writing group for SNR graduate students to provide peer feedback on their research writing. She’s a great example to graduate students of a faculty, who not only does highly relevant and cooperative research with agencies, but also emphasizes the importance of service and mentoring within both academic and community settings.

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

Mandy Bish, Monsanto, Monsanto Service Order #122, 4/1/2020-3/31/2021, $7,980

Sarah Clements, Animal Behavior Society, The influence of social structure on survival and productivity in a wetland-dependent migratory shorebird, 5/1/2020-8/31/2021, $1,000

Jared Decker, NIFA, Genomics of puberty and fertility in heifers focusing on functional variants, 6/1/2020-5/31/2024, $500,000

David Diamond, University of New Mexico, A Riparian and Wetland Habitat Map for New Mexico (RwetMap NM), 7/1/2018-6/14/2021, $67,280

James Heiser, BASF Corporation, Demonstrate BASF herbicide options in XtrendFlex soybeans, 4/15/2020-4/14/2021, $14,400

Rocio Rivera, University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc., PYK2 function during fertilization, 4/1/2020-3/31/2021, $91,977

Andrew Scaboo, University of Illinois, 03/31/2019-03/31/2021, Foundations for Soybean in Africa, $11,970

Bob Schnabel, NIFA, Identification of Expression QTL Associated with Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle, 6/1/2020-5/31/2023, $500,000

Reid Smeda, Monsanto, Monsanto Service Orders #120 and #121, 4/1/2020-3/31/2021, $15,295

Michael Stambaugh, Forest Service, Evaluating the use of prescriptive grazing and fire for the management and maintenance of Ozark woodlands, 7/2/2018-6/30/2021, $23,103

Roche Digital Pathology DP200 Scanner Demo

Roche Diagnostics will be giving live demonstrations of their digital pathology DP200 high speed scanner next week on campus. The demonstration is hosted by Dr. Richard Hammer, M.D., Division of Pathology Informatics, and Roche Diagnostics. Any interested faculty and staff are welcome to attend, although reserving a time slot is requested. The demonstrations will be at the Medical School, Room MA 223. Please bring slides to be scanned.

Demonstration Dates & Times:
6/9 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6/10 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
6/11 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To reserve a spot, please email

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The featured photo shows some of the Mizzou Meat Market’s products in action. As an essential business, the Mizzou Meat Market continues to serve customers 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. It is located on campus in Eckles Hall, Stringer Wing, just east of the corner of College Avenue and Rollins Road. Mizzou Meat Market is committed to bringing customers the best, top quality meats. Operated by students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Mizzou Meat Market combines traditional learning with hands-on, entrepreneurial experience. Mizzou Meat Market serves to support teaching, extension and research activities of the food science and animal sciences programs at Mizzou. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.