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Celebration of Excellence 2010

Frederick B. Mumford Awards Pictured above in feature image. From left, Vice Chancellor and Dean Tom Payne. 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award: David Baker 2009 Outstanding Staff Award: Evelyn Lindell 2009 Distinguished Service Award: Caleb Davis Outstanding Teaching and Advising Awards 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser: George Jesse 2010 Outstanding Senior Teacher: Donald Spiers 2010 Outstanding Early Career Teacher: Carla Barbieri 2010 Outstanding Graduate Adviser: Matthew Lucy (not pictured) Research…

Millions of miles to a Golden Apple

CAFNR students circle the globe in search of learning, lead by the director of the Study Abroad Program

University of Missouri students love going abroad to study.  They come home to report that the experiences have changed their view of the world and other cultures.  They enthusiastically share their new ideas for worthwhile careers in places that were once only names on a paper map. Helping College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources students to successfully and safely…

Big Wheels for Students

Meals on Wheels fundraiser gives students a chance to give back

Volunteering for the Columbia Meals on Wheels’ Big Wheels fundraiser meant losing several hours of sleep for Meredith Hamilton, a senior in the MU Hotel and Restaurant Program. “I got up early just for this,” she said. Hamilton is one of several student volunteers for the annual fundraiser, which takes place during the week before Valentine’s Day. People around the…

Remembering the Repulser

Carolyn Heilman will visit her uncle's true gravesite, sixty-six years after his death during a combat mission

Until just a few weeks ago, the Hardin family of Columbia, Mo. believed that James Hardin was shot down and lost over the English Channel during World War II and that his tombstone in an English cemetery was only a cross marking an empty grave. A phone call from researchers investigating the crash of his B-24 bomber on April 22,…

Jump, Kick, Teach

When food science chemistry gets boring, there's always Taekwondo

It’s never a good idea to mess with a professor in class. It’s even less of a brainwave to cross Ingolf Gruen, an unfailingly polite and soft-spoken University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ associate professor and undergraduate adviser chair. As an aspiring third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, he can deal with any undergrad who causes a…

Understanding a Weather Stop Sign in the Sky

An MU-Russia team partners to determine how a warming climate may influence atmospheric blocking

In December and January, a lingering snowy and cold snap engulfed much of America. While previous storms steadily moved over the country and out to sea, leaving moderate weather behind, this period of harsh winter weather came and stayed for weeks and plunged as far south as Texas. The frigid and stagnant weather pattern confused many, but it didn’t surprise…

Chews Like Chicken

A heart healthy soy meal may be getting a little more satisfying

Fu-Hung Hsieh is finishing a project to create a soy product that looks, feels, pulls apart and, most importantly, chews like real chicken.

A Big Advance for the Little Soybean

Mapping the plant's genetic code could yield healthier and more plentiful food

While it probably won’t get the attention that the human genome, cow genome or even the cat genome got, the identification of the 46,000+ genes in the soybean genome could be a big deal in a world hungry for more and better food, a cleaner environment and better products. As announced in the January issue of Nature magazine, a team…

Soybean Hero

Henry Nguyen elected as AAAS fellow

Henry Nguyen, director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology at the University of Missouri, was recently elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Nguyen was honored for his distinguished research contributions in plant genetics and genomics, and his leadership in plant abiotic stress, most notably in drought tolerance. AAAS fellows are elected annually for…

Taking a bite for science

Students test their granola bar against the store-bought competition

A small door slides open and a hand pushes out Sample 322. Crunch. Crunch. Mmmm, tastes like blueberry. Flip a switch and the door opens again with Sample 763. This one definitely has a strawberry tinge to it. Recently, more than 100 students, staff and faculty members participated in a blind taste test in the Food Science and Nutrition Sensory…