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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // May 20, 2021 // 3(10)
Feature Story
A Humbling Opportunity (click to read)
A Humbling Opportunity »

Bryon Wiegand named director of the Division of Animal Sciences

Research Highlights
Breakthrough Could Lead to Early Detection of Pregnancy Complications (click to read)
Breakthrough Could Lead to Early Detection of Pregnancy Complications »

MU researchers studied fluid secreted in a uterine model that could one day stave off complications such as miscarriage or birth defects

Land of the Osages Research Center Virtual Field Day

The Virtual Field Day: Deep Roots, will take place on Zoom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 25. If you’re unable to attend at that time, all recorded presentations will become available on the Mizzou Agroforestry YouTube channel. Discussions will include forest beekeeping in horizontal hives, Osage cultural heritage in the Ozarks, native edible plants of the Ozarks, and wildlife conservation and predator control. There will also be a virtual tour of the Research Center. The event is free and open to the public.

North Central Region Mini Land-Grant Virtual Conference

Save the date for the upcoming North Central Region Mini Land-Grant Virtual Conference. The online event will be cohosted by CAFNR and MU Extension, and held Aug. 2-3, 2021. More details will be released at a later date.

11th Symposium of the International Society of Root Research

The University of Missouri will host the 11th Symposium of the International Society of Root Research, a virtual offering focused on bringing together the global root research community. The meeting will address root research across different scales from the molecular- to the ecosystem-level in agricultural and natural systems. There is a cost to attend the event, which is scheduled for May 24-28, 2021.

Agricultural Research Centers
Family Fun Fishing Nights at Jefferson Farm and Garden (click to read)
Family Fun Fishing Nights at Jefferson Farm and Garden »

Mark your calendars, Family Fun Fishing Night is back at Jefferson Farm and Garden! On May 27, June 10 and 17, and July 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., families and friends are invited to come out and fish (catch and release only) for a small fee of $5/pole over 3 years old. We will furnish poles and bait. COVID guidelines will be followed by family units staying together and at least 6 feet between groups. No registration is required but please no pets.

Cheryl Recker Earns Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award — Technical/Paraprofessional (click to read)
Cheryl Recker Earns Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award — Technical/Paraprofessional »

Cheryl Recker, a senior research and lab technician at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) in New Franklin, received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award — Technical/Paraprofessional. Recker graduated from CAFNR with a degree in plant sciences and has worked with CAFNR since 2017.

Why Properly Acknowledging Sponsor Support in Your Paper is Important

Imagine this scenario. In the hustle to publish a paper, you accidently forgot to cite the underlying sponsor’s support. Or, the opposite, you opt to include that other grant in the acknowledgements that did not have anything to do with the work. No problem, right?

Well, it could be. Accurately and precisely acknowledging sponsor funding allows them to properly assess award outputs and make recommendations for future research directions. It is also a term and condition of the award for some agencies.

The sponsor relies on proper acknowledgements to link publications to awards, and reviewers rely on it to help assess award productivity. Citing awards that did not directly support the work described in a paper adds to the burden on reviewers, who must then determine which grants were actually related to the reported research. In addition, Congress and the public may use this information to better understand progress resulting from the investment in research. Improperly citing awards not directly connected to the publication (over-citing) and failing to properly acknowledge sponsor funding on publications (under-citing) may also distort the true effect of the sponsor’s funding

Recipients should only acknowledge sponsor awards on publications and other statements when:

  • The activities that contributed to that publication directly arise from the award, and
  • Are within the scope of the award being acknowledged.
Research Roars

DASS Honors Diversity Champions

The Division of Applied Social Sciences Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) Awards Ceremony was held earlier this month. The event honored students, faculty and alumni, and was presented by the DASS IDE Awards Committee. See photos from the event on CAFNR’s Flickr.

Dae-Young Kim and Beomjoo Kim Earn Best Paper Award

Dae-Young Kim, a professor of hospitality management, and Beomjoo Kim, a master’s student in hospitality management, received the best paper award at the Tourism Sciences Society of Korea (TOSOK) International Tourism Conference. Their paper was titled, “Effects of source and message on travel YouTube: Cognitive and affective destination images of S. Korea.”

Joe Horner Receives Dairy Leadership Award

The Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors recently announced its latest award winners. Joe Horner, and Extension specialist in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, earned the Dairy Leadership Award. Established in 1971, the Dairy Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding service and provided leadership for the Missouri dairy industry over a period of time.

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

Heike Buecking, Acquisition of Goods and Services, Agricultural Research Service, 4/1/2021-3/31/2022, $4,400

Gerald Leo Miller, Jr., Monsanto Service Order, Monsanto Co., 3/15/2021-3/14/2022, $5,000

Lisa Webb, Identifying Effects of Weather and Land Use on Autumn and Winter Waterfowl Distribution Dynamics in the 21st Century, Geological Survey, 3/10/2021-9/30/2022, $123,742

In The News

Beef should see big benefit from return to normal

Rapid City Journal

Increasing fruit, vegetable production can help double value of Missouri ag

Vegetable Growers News

Free Soil Testing Available for a Difficult to Detect Pest

Brownfield Ag News

Century Farm deadline extended to June 1

The Mexico Ledger

Congratulations to our 2021 graduates! The header photo features one of three CAFNR graduation ceremonies that took place this past weekend.