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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // March 10, 2022 // 4(5)
Feature Stories
MU Announces the Creation of the Missouri Water Center (click to read)
MU Announces the Creation of the Missouri Water Center »

By combining two existing university centers, the Missouri Water Center establishes a single source for water research in Missouri

Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center Announced (click to read)
Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center Announced »

The new center will take a regional approach to policy and market analysis

Research Highlights
Learn more about CAFNR's research enterprise (click to read)
Learn more about CAFNR's research enterprise »

See how CAFNR’s innovations contribute to a healthier environment and healthier people.

CAFNR Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (C-DRIG) 

C-DRIG supports 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 application deadline is March 15. More information can be found on the CAFNR Office of Research page. 

CAFNR Matching Assistantship Program (C-MAP) 

CAFNR 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. As an initial step, CAFNR Office of Research is pleased to announce the CAFNR Matching Assistantship Program (C-MAP) to support efforts of CAFNR faculty to attract highly competitive PhD students. CAFNR will release two calls annually for the competition for C-MAP. More information about C-MAP can be found on the CAFNR Office of Research Page.

CAFNR Research Council Holds Webinar Series

The CAFNR Research Council is hosting a series of webinars featuring speakers discussing timely topics. The next webinar in the series is Thursday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m., and will feature Noel Aloysius, assistant professor, jointly in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering, and the School of Natural Resources. Find the link to the webinar and previous webinars on the CAFNR Research Council’s page. 

International Opportunities

Fulbright Opportunities for Faculty: Arts and Humanities 

An informational zoom will be held on Wednesday, March 23, about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 400 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 135 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, independent scholars and many others.

In this session focused on the arts and humanities, Julie Taylor, director of academic relations for Fulbright, will provide information about Fulbright opportunities, tips for the application process and answers to all your questions. Then a panel of MU faculty will share their experiences as Fulbright scholars. Panelists will include: Aliki Branstone, David Crespy, Christopher Daniggelis, Jung Ha-Brookshire and Cherie Sampson. Registration for the event can be found here.

UMSAEP Virtual Symposium

Since 1986, the University of Missouri South African Education Program has sponsored academic exchanges between the University of Missouri and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, as well as collaborative projects initiated with other partners in South Africa, to pursue educational projects and activities of mutual benefit. Learn more about this storied partnership, the application process and finding a collaborator. A panel comprised of a past participant from each campus and one from UWC will answer questions that highlight why so many participants find this program rewarding on Thursday, April 7, at noon. Registration for the event can be found here.

Tri-Continental Partnership Call for Virtual Collaboration Proposals 

The Tri-Continental Partnership is a trilateral agreement between the University of Missouri, University of the Western Cape and Ghent University. To promote our partnership during this time of reduced travel, we are providing funds to support virtual research and teaching collaborations between faculty members at the three institutions.

The committee welcomes proposals from all fields. Proposals for funding must include a faculty member at each of the three universities. Costs will be covered up to $5,000 per project, according to the rules of each university and based on real costs. The project should be a maximum of 12 months, with the earliest start date of June 2022. The deadline for proposals is Friday, April 22. More information can be found here.

Grant Team Tips


Connecting with Missouri (CWM) Grant

The Connector sponsors the Connecting with Missouri (CWM) grant to support new and existing projects, programs, and initiatives that focus on engagement, outreach, and broader impacts. This opportunity is open to members of the University of Missouri who are interested in fostering new and continuing projects and programs. All applications must justify the goal in terms of its significance in reaching populations beyond the university community.

Applications are due April 30. Visit Connecting with Missouri for more information.

Faculty Engagement Scholars Program

The MU Engages program will select faculty from across campus to participate in a one-year program to develop and implement public engagement initiatives related to or grounded in their research.

The program is open to faculty in all disciplines. Up to 10 faculty will be selected for the 2022-2023 cohort, which will run from June 2022 to May 2023. MU Engages will kick off with a week-long training co-hosted by experts in science communication, broader impacts, and engagement.

This training will provide experience in research communication and developing a public engagement strategy. Each fellow will receive a stipend for their commitment to the program, and seed money will be provided to support the engagement program and professional development needs that culminate from it.

Applications are due March 25. Visit Engagement Scholars for more information.

Research Roars

Two CAFNR Students Honored as Mizzou 18 Award Recipients 

Last week, the Mizzou Alumni Association and Alumni Association Student Board named the 2022 Mizzou 18 Award and Mizzou ’39 Award recipients. The Mizzou 18 Award is dedicated to honoring 18 University of Missouri graduate and professional students in the last year of their degree eligibility. Recipients are chosen for their world-class research, collaboration with faculty and staff, and their demonstrated leadership with undergraduate students. The two CAFNR students to earn the honor are:

  • Jibin Baby, Hospitality Management
  • Lucy McGowan, Agricultural and Applied Economics

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

Stacey Hamilton, Dairy grazing apprenticeship program, Dairy grazing apprenticeship, 1/1/2022-12/31/2022, $15,000

Jeong-Kyu Koo, Regulation of the early steps of wound-activated jasmonate biosynthesis, NSF, 1/15/2022-12/31/2023, $287,535

Jacqueline Limberg, Sex-related differences in sympathetic vascular transduction in setting of hypoxemia, American Heart Association, 1/1/2022-12/31/2022, $32,036

Sarah Lovell, DSFA: Agroforestry for climate risk management: Effectiveness of windbreaks in reducing crop loss in Midwest, National Institute of Food and Ag, 1/15/2022-1/14/2025, $234,644

Robin Rotman, Outreach and education regarding land conservation tools, L-A-D FNDTN, 1/1/2022-8/31/2022, $5,000

Qisheng Song, Susceptibility monitoring of field populations of southwestern corn borer (SWCB) diatraea grandiosella to cry 1a.105 and cry2Ab2 protein, Monsanto Co, 1/12022-12/31/2022, $17,115

Bhanu Prakash Telugu, Growing exogenous human organs in pigs: Meeting a growing unmet need, Dept of Defense, 2/1/2022- 1/31/2024, $312,305

Jacob Westoff, Conservation and management of at-risk and listed species in Missouri, Fish and Wildlife Svc, 1/17/2022-9/1/2026, $56,603

Jeffrey Wood, The 38th annual Interdisciplinary Plant Group Symposium: Enhancing the resilience of plant systems to climate change, NSF, 3/1/2022-2/28/2023, $14,820


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Brownfield Ag News 

MU announces creation of Missouri Water Center

Missouri Ag Connection

MU to create new Missouri Water Center

Columbia Missourian