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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // March 12, 2020 // 2(5)
Feature Story
Becoming a More Inclusive College (click to read)
Becoming a More Inclusive College »

Samniqueka Halsey named first CAFNR Faculty Fellow for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity

Agricultural Research Centers
Native Plant Sale (click to read)
Native Plant Sale »

The Bradford Research Center will host a Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Center in Columbia. A variety of native wildflowers, sedges, grasses, trees and shrubs will be available for purchase. Vendors will donate a portion of their sale proceeds to support the conservation work of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a 54-year-old conservation organization and land trust, which also runs the Grow Native! native plant marketing and education program.

Research Highlights
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders for Science (click to read)
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders for Science »

PTLS is a program at CAFNR that helps graduate students land their next position and succeed in it. The program is funded by Bayer. PTLS is led by a business consultant/leadership coach who helps you build skills, boost your resume, expand your network and learn to be a leader. If you want to be personally and professionally challenged and practice skills employers expect, apply now!

  • Masters, PhD students and post docs in CAFNR or STEM fields can apply online on the PTLS website, where they can find the application and more information. Advisers can nominate individuals by emailing Loriana Sekarski. First round due date is April 1.
  • Two semesters beginning next fall.
  • Email Sekarski with questions, or call (314) 540-6114
Research Roars

Outstanding Young Researcher Award Goes to Allison Meyer

Allison Meyer is the recipient of the 2020 Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Outstanding Young Researcher Award, presented to her this month during the annual 2020 Midwest ASAS-ADSA Meeting held in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Outstanding Young Researcher Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the research of Animal and Dairy Science. Their work is related to a specific phase in areas such as breeding, feeding, management, nutrition, growth, and other possible aspects important to the development of animal research. This award is sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products Inc.

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

Kerry Clark, BFP20 India (Allu, A) ResAg@UMissouri, 2/6/2020-4/20/2021, $47,629, Foreign Agriculture Service

Thomas R. Lock, Evaluation of urease and nitrification inhibitors in tall fescue, 3/1/2020-12/31/2020, $24,328, Koch Agronomic Services

Rebecca North, Statewide lakes assessment project, 4/1/2020-3/31/2021, $201,231, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Marcia Shannon, PCQI training for small to mid-sized feed mills in Missouri, 7/1/2019-8/31/2020, $59,200, Missouri Department of Agriculture

Wesley Warren, Multi-organism platform for functional analysis of undiagnosed disease network (UDN) variants, 7/1/2019-6/30/2020, $24,188, Washington University

Mitchell Weegman, A multi-species analysis of landscape effects on individual decision-making and fitness in wetland-dependent migratory shorebirds, 4/1/2019-3/31/2021, $3,750, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Gary A. Weisman, The role of TGF beta in development and function of salivary gland innate lymphoid cells, 1/1/2017-12/31/2020, $123,963, Washington University

Bing Yang, Improving CRISPR gene editing in soybean, 10/1/2019-9/30/2020, $30,000, Iowa State University

In the News

Soybean Innovation Lab is Mechanizing Agriculture Across Africa With Multi-Crop Thresher

Changing cow sizes impacts profitability

The header photo is from a luncheon on Feb. 26 where Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert, CAFNR faculty and agriculture industry partners welcomed visiting individuals from various UK agricultural technology businesses who came to learn more about agricultural technology.