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CAFNR Research Digest
CAFNR Office of Research Newsletter // Sept. 7, 2023 // 5(18)
Feature Stories
UM Board of Curators approves naming of “Johnny Morris Institute of Fisheries, Wetlands and Aquatic Systems” »

John L. Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, recognized for his unparalleled contributions to conservation.

First autonomous tractor arrives at MU »

Among the first of its kind in the U.S., a new electric, autonomous tractor delivered to the University of Missouri will serve as a proprietary model for research and learning.

Mapping the coronavirus spike protein could provide insight into vaccine development »

In a new study, University of Missouri biochemist Steven Van Doren examines the properties of a key part of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to understand how infection occurs.

Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station
T.E. "Jake" Fisher Delta REEC Field Day and Ag Research Expo »

The T.E. “Jake” Fisher Delta Research, Education and Extension Center held its 62nd Annual Field Day and first ever Ag Research Expo on Aug. 30-31. Participants learned about the latest research in peanuts, rice, cotton, soybeans and more. To see photos from the event, visit the CAFNR Flickr album.

CAFNR Research Council
CAFNR Research Symposium

How are you contributing to CAFNR’s vision of creating a healthy world? We invite you to  showcase your research to the CAFNR community and beyond during the third annual CAFNR Research Symposium, October 5, 2023, presented by the CAFNR Research Council. Events will begin at 9 a.m. in 201/214 North Memorial Union; a poster session and reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., with award winners announced at 5 p.m.

Opportunities are available to participate in poster presentations and lightning talks. Whether you present or not, please still make plans to join us to learn how your colleagues are working to help create a healthy world! Register online to present or attend.

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students
William R. Lamberson Distinguished Dissertation and MS Thesis Awards

William R. Lamberson Distinguished Dissertation and MS Thesis Awards launched last year in an effort to continue creating a culture of research and innovation within CAFNR. These awards recognize two of our graduate students and their advisors for the best doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis in CAFNR. The recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a plaque. The advisor will also receive a plaque.

Nominations for the current year are open. Nominations from the Divisions must be received by the CAFNR Office of Research by October 15. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the CAFNR website.

Read about last year’s award winner here.

CAFNR Matching Assistantship Program applications open »

Our college 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. The goal of the CAFNR Matching Assistantship Program (C-MAP) is to support the efforts of our faculty to attract highly competitive new PhD students to our college.

Deadline for submission of application documents for the Spring Semester, 2024 is Sept. 30.

CAFNR will award C-MAP funds to complement funding from other sources which is required as a condition of the award. A maximum of $12,500 for 12 months for up to four years for a new PhD student will be awarded. Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress toward the degree based on annual reviews. C-MAP funds CANNOT be used to cover, tuition, waiver of Educational Fees, Graduate Medical Insurance Subsidy, or other incidental costs (e.g., student recreation center).

Read more about how to apply here.

Research Roars

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

Ahmed Balboula, Comparative analysis of molecular events in mammalian oocytes, National Institute of Health, 8/4/23-5/31/24, $325,016

In the News

Coronavirus Spike Protein Map May Aid Vaccine Development
Mirage News

Ag Economists Turn More Bullish on Soybean Prices, Corn Prices are a Big Red Flag
Farm Journal

Cornstalks Can Fill Forage Gaps During Drought
Feed Lot Magazine

Mizzou becomes only college in the country with autonomous electric tractor for research
Columbia Tribune

FAPRI Outlook: lower crop prices expected
Brownfield Ag News

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