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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // May 5, 2022 // 4(9)
Feature Stories
CAFNR Professor Elected to National Academy of Sciences (click to read)
CAFNR Professor Elected to National Academy of Sciences »

Blake Meyers is the 12th MU faculty member to be elected to the prestigious academy

Research Highlights
$1.25 million NIH grant links science, literacy and math education in middle schools (click to read)
$1.25 million NIH grant links science, literacy and math education in middle schools »

Online resources for teachers help students gain confidence in learning, spark interest among underrepresented students in STEM topics

Tiger Writers: MU Recognizes 2021 Authors (click to read)
Tiger Writers: MU Recognizes 2021 Authors »

Faculty Excellence Week event highlighted 32 MU authors who published in 2021, including 6 from CAFNR

Grant Team Tips

Write your proposal to make the reviewers happy!

There are three basic types of reviewers/readers

  • Critical readers – read every page carefully from beginning to end, picking the proposal apart as they read
  • Search readers – they might speed-read the entire proposal first, then search for the parts to enable them to write comments for the review rubric
  • Skimmers – skim through the proposal, reading parts they consider important, skipping other parts

You might have all three types reviewing your proposal. How do you make them all happy?

  • Start your proposal off with an overview of the entire project that does not include too much technical language. This is especially necessary for the people who are “big picture” people and want a sense of the whole project before getting into the details.
  • Use headers which include key words from the funding opportunity. This helps the search readers who might be using the “Find” feature to get to the part that matches the critique form. It also helps the skimmers by calling their attention to the start of a new section. The use of the key words assures the critical readers that you have paid attention to the guidelines and are concerned with presenting the information logically.
  • Start each subsection with an overview of the subsection with very little technical language. This helps the skimmers get a sense of the project without reading all the detail. It also provides clues to the search readers to tell if that section might provide the information they’re looking for.
  • End each subsection with a brief summary of the detail you just presented. This is also a good place to mention outcomes or impact of the section. This closing paragraph is particular important for the skimmers. It also reassures the critical readers that you’ve thought through the process and have reasonable expectation of results.

National Science Foundation

Beginning in January 2023, all new proposals must be prepared and submitted in Research.gov or Grants.gov. FastLane will no longer be a preparation and submission option.

Research Roars

Kristen Veum & Tim Reinbott Elected Officers in American Society of Agronomy

Kristen Veum, assistant adjunct professor in the School of Natural Resources and research soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). She will begin in this position as president-elect in January 2023.

Tim Reinbott, director of field operations for Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, was elected as land management section vice chair for calendar year 2023. During this term, he will also serve as a section officer on the ASA election committee.

Rishabh Mahendra Receives the International Student Award

Rishabh Mahendra, graduate student in agricultural and applied economics, received the International Student Award through the University of Missouri Graduate Professional Council. This award honors an international graduate or professional student who shows exemplary leadership and service to the university and to the international student community.

Kerry Clark Receives International Recognition Award

Kerry Clark, director of CAFNR International Programs, was selected as the recipient of the Missouri International Student Council (MISC) International Recognition Award. This award recognizes contributions to an international and culturally-diverse community at Mizzou.

In her nomination letter, it was stated, “Since last year, Dr. Clark has been giving international students free driving classes. More than 10 students took a driving course from her free of charge and already got their driving license. She also hosts CAFNR MU Engage meetings for students and helps to bring the international student community together.”

Clark was presented with the award at the International Banquet on April 20.

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

Heike Buecking, Acquisition of Goods and Services, Agricultural Research Svc, 4/14/2022- 3/31/2023, $111,832

Michael Byrne, Alejandro Chavez Trevino: Breeding success of Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magn) and interactions with bison grazing in restored prairies of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Missouri Birding Association, 4/1/2022-3/31/2023, $3,300

Michael Sunde, Mapping Ecological Systems in Arkansas to Enhance the Wildlife Action Plan and Inform Conservation of Species of Greatest Conservation Need, AR Fish and Game, 4/12/2022- 3/31/2024, $132,000

In the News

Tim Reinbott: Where does your food come from? He helps people find answer

Columbia Missourian 

FAPRI Updates 2022 Ag Market Snapshot

Agnews 890

Case Named Director of Northern Missouri Research, Extension and Education Center

Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune

Diversification could boost farm profits

Muddy River News

Breeding by protocol: 7&7 Synch

Morning Ag Clips