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After Hours: (Teach You How To) Sing the Blues

Animal Sciences assistant professor uses music to teach history

Not long ago, Columbia was segregated. Reminders can be found throughout the city. From a plaque on the side of the Missouri Theater describing their former segregated policies beneath the words “Lest We Forget. Never Again!” in bold letters, to Eliot Battle Elementary, named after a man who helped to integrate Columbia public schools. Reminders of this American past can…

Breeding a Better Bee

CAFNR researchers comb the honey bee genome for resilience against damaging parasite

The honey bee is as busy as ever. From almonds to zucchini, honey bees pollinate more than 90 agricultural crops in the United States — worth more than $15 billion annually. In 2017, the apiculture industry provided pollination services valued at nearly $320 million, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In addition, the bees also produced almost 150…

Improving Heifer Development

Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program celebrates 20 years

The Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program has enrolled more than 135,000 heifers on more than 850 farms during its 20 years of existence. The program, developed and spearheaded by David Patterson, a professor of reproductive physiology in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), celebrated its 20th anniversary during the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and…

Taking the Reins

Bill Lamberson named director of Division of Animal Sciences

Bill Lamberson, professor and interim director of the Division of Animal Sciences, has been named the permanent head of the division by Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). Lamberson’s appointment is effective Nov. 1, 2017. Lamberson has been at the University of Missouri since 1984 – he joined as an…

Tiger in the Wild

CAFNR alum takes top job at New York zoo

In Norah Fletchall’s opinion, Truman the Tiger is the “greatest mascot in the world.“ And that’s not just because she’s a proud alumnae of the University of Missouri – it’s also because she has worked in large cat conservation for many years, as part of her career as, first, a zookeeper at the St. Louis Zoo, and now as President…

Providing Leadership Development Opportunities

MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returns for second year

The University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy returned in 2017 with a focus on teaching high school students more about the livestock industry. The four-day academy allowed an opportunity for networking with industry leaders. The goal of the program is to provide leadership development opportunities for youth in agriculture. The academy is a partnership between MU Extension, the…

Engineering a Productive Meeting

Mizzou speakers contribute to first-ever Large Animal Genetic Engineering Summit

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources was well represented at the inaugural Large Animal Genetic Engineering Summit, held Sept. 18-20, in Bethesda, Maryland. Michael Roberts, Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences and Biochemistry, gave the keynote lecture, “The Current Status of Transgenic Farm Animal Research,” Sept. 19. Roberts is a member of the National Academy…

Developing a Bond

First-ever MU Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy brings in 20 high school students

For the past year, David Hoffman, Wendy Flatt and Marcia Carlson Shannon have been preparing for the first-ever University of Missouri Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy. The academy is focused on bringing in high school students to learn more about the livestock industry and network with industry leaders. “I’ve had the idea for several years, and I know there are…