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A Golden Presence

Jerry Lee's 'tremendous stage presence' earns him a Golden Apple Award

This coming August will mark the four-year anniversary of KangJae “Jerry” Lee beginning his time at the University of Missouri and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. With the sport management program being new at the time, the parks, recreation and tourism program (PRT) was in need of a new hire to keep pace with the rapid increase…

A Sweet Opportunity

Volunteers tap around 100 maple trees for syrup

This is part one of a three-part series exploring the process of collecting sap and turning it into maple syrup at the Baskett Research Center near Ashland.  The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Baskett Research Center, near Ashland, spans nearly 2,300 acres and includes more than 80 species of trees. Included in that expansive forest…

In Elite Company

Bioengineering professor joins ranks of prestigious organization's upper echelon

Very few people reach a point in their careers where their accomplishments place them among a small population considered to be the best of the best in their field. In March, Sheila Grant officially will join that population. Grant, a professor of bioengineering in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering, recently received…

A Golden Year

Joe Parcell honored with Golden Apple Award

The 2016-17 academic year is shaping up nicely for Joe Parcell, interim director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences. An avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Parcell’s fall semester involved enjoying his team’s playoff run and eventual World Series win – the first since 1908. Recently, Parcell’s spring semester started off well, too – winning an honor of his…

Navigating New Waters

New software developed by biochemistry researchers could greatly enhance image, video analyses on many platforms

Principal component analysis (PCA) is nothing new. In fact, the math for PCA processes, in which a large amount of data can be categorized or compared by discovering distinct patterns in such fields as spectra and microscopy, has been around since Steven Van Doren, professor of biochemistry, was an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University double majoring in biochemistry and computer…

‘Compromise and Passion’

Three married faculty couples in MU Biochemistry reflect on their relationships

Scott Peck remembers the first meeting as a new doctoral student at Michigan State University in the late ’80s. “Everyone is coming from all parts of the country and everyone’s saying ‘Oh yeah, I don’t want to be together with somebody in science because you don’t want to talk about it all the time’,” says Peck, who is a professor…

Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track precipitation

Nearly five years ago, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) revised its CAFO regulatory rules for catastrophic and chronic weather events. CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, are large animal agricultural facilities that raise a specific number of animals in production barns or confinement pens. Because catastrophic and chronic weather events happen, MDNR can issue a permit to a farmer…

A New Honor

Reproductive physiology graduate student earns prestigious NIFA fellowship

Thank goodness for caffeine. There’s pulling an all-nighter and then there’s what Karl Kerns would do at one point as a doctoral student in the Division of Animal Sciences working in the laboratory of Peter Sutovsky – when he would, at times, arrive in the lab at 7 a.m. and not leave until 7 a.m. the following day. “Once you…

Missouri Holstein Cow Produces Nearly 24 Gallons of Milk Per Day

Cow takes top honors as Holstein of the Year

Missouri Holstein Dezi is a moo-ver and a milker. The Lawrence County cow outperforms most of her regional counterparts, producing just short of three times as much milk per day, says University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel. Dezi, owned by farmer Karl Wilke, churns out 201 pounds of milk per day. That’s the equivalent of about 24 gallons…

Recognizing An Outstanding Advisor

Sharon Wood-Turley honored on national stage

Sharon Wood-Turley may be winning an Outstanding Faculty Academic Advising Award this month, but she won’t be able to accept the award for the same reason she’s winning it – her dedication to her students. Wood-Turley serves as the program chair of the Department of Science and Agricultural Journalism in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. She is…