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A Prestigious Honor

Bob Sharp named Curators' Distinguished Professor

Bob Sharp recently joined a prestigious group of University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor, MU’s highest and most prestigious rank. Sharp is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and serves as the director of the campus-wide Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG). “I am greatly honored to receive this recognition,”…

‘An Exciting Opportunity’

Bruce Barrett named interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences

Bruce Barrett, professor and director of undergraduate studies, has been named the interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Barrett’s interim director appointment is effective Sept. 1. “For many years, Dr. Barrett has led research and Extension programs that have contributed significantly to the success of Missouri…

Building a Bridge to Success

MU and Danforth Center collaborative agreement showcases Missouri's plant biology strength

It was four years ago when the University of Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center entered into a collaborative agreement that would lead to the hiring of four new researchers, each of whom would enhance the plant biology research not only in the state, but also across the globe. Three of those positions are now filled, with the…

‘An Invaluable Experience’

Matthew Caldwell credits CAFNR with preparing him for the workforce

As a seventh grader, Matthew Caldwell was hoping to land in an elective history class. There was just one problem – all of the spots were full. Caldwell was left with one alternative, joining an agriculture class. Caldwell didn’t know the impact of that first agriculture class at the time, but he wasn’t thrilled with his lone option. “I got…

A Culture of Collaboration

World-renowned interdisciplinary plant biology research at Mizzou gets a big boost from new $28.2 million plant growth facility

For nearly 150 years, scientists from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri have contributed to advancements around the globe. Many have heard the story of Charles Valentine Riley, an MU professor and Missouri’s first state entomologist, who saved the French wine industry from decimation by an insect, the grape phylloxera. The aphid had…

Research Center Magazine: Building a Foundation

Graduate student success a focus at Greenley

This story also appears in our University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Center Magazine. Stop by your local Research Center to pick up a copy! You can view the magazine online by clicking here: Road to Discovery.  Each year, Kelly Nelson advises a handful of University of Missouri graduate students who are doing a…

Addressing Big Problems

Hallie Thompson uses the rainout shelters at Bradford to simulate drought

A hard-working attitude was instilled in Hallie Thompson at an early age. Growing up on her family’s beef farm in High Point, Mo., an unincorporated community of around 50 people, Thompson spent much of her early life with her grandfather, learning what it took to operate a farm. That hard-working spirit has served her well at the University of Missouri,…

After Hours: Bands to Bugs

Kevin Rice's passion for music helped lead him to entomology

Entomology wasn’t always a passion for Kevin Rice. In fact, a career in that field wasn’t even on Rice’s radar growing up. Rice, an assistant professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, received his bachelor’s in biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville before earning his master’s in entomology (Auburn University) and Ph.D. in entomology (The Ohio State…

A Humbling Recognition

Jon Cody wins J. Perry Gustafson Award for Outstanding Graduate Research

Teaching and research have been at the forefront of J. Perry Gustafson’s distinguished 40-plus-year career. It makes perfect sense, then, that the J. Perry Gustafson Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in the Life Sciences would be awarded to a stellar Ph.D. student whose quality research deserves wide recognition. Jon Cody, a graduate student in the Division of Biological Sciences, earned…