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Taking Risk

Abed Rabbani is an assistant professor in personal financial planning (PFP)

Measuring financial risk tolerance is not always simple as many over or underestimate their true risk tolerance. What does this mean for investors and financial planners? That’s where the research of University of Missouri professor is coming in. Abed Rabbani, assistant professor in personal financial planning (PFP), teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the department, along with performing research in…

Sparking an Interest in Research

FRIPS Program allows first-year students an opportunity to get a first-hand look at plant research at MU

One of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Programs of Distinction, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) is a community of MU faculty postdoctoral fellows and professionals who are pursuing novel, creative and transformative ideas in the field of plant biology. Students across the Mizzou campus, including those in CAFNR, play an important role in…

Taking a Chance

Mason Ward's research portfolio has earned him two awards from the Entomological Society of America

As a freshman, Mason Ward took a chance and applied to the Freshman Research in Plants (FRIPS) Program with the thought that he would give research a try. Ward wasn’t sure if research would be a major part of his collegiate career, but figured by pushing himself he would certainly learn something new. Now, three years later, Ward’s extraordinary research…

An Investment in Animal Reproduction Research

Division of Animal Sciences receives nearly $1.5 million in funding from USDA-NIFA

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced an investment of $6.2 million in animal reproduction research. Nearly $1.5 million of that investment is coming to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences. A total of 14 awards were handed out to 11…

Exploring Careers

Career Exploration Days offer students a look at careers in agriculture, food and natural resources

For years, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) has opened the doors of its Agricultural Research Centers to thousands of high school students to showcase its research, programs and academic opportunities. Referred to as Agricultural Education Days, these events also give students an idea of what future careers they can seek with a degree…

Diving Deeper into Data

Christine Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entirety of CAFNR

Years of research leads to mountains of data. Wading through that data, organizing and making sense of it, can be an intimidating task. It’s a task that Christine Spinka is happy help with. Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entire University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This is Spinka’s second stint with MU, after…

Triple Tiger

Jordan Thomas has received all three of his degrees from Mizzou

Like many students with an interest in animals, Jordan Thomas came to the University of Missouri intending to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. When he got more involved with the Division of Animal Sciences, however, Thomas quickly found a new passion – research. That passion, and the stellar faculty and staff in the Division of Animal Sciences, kept Thomas…

Battling an Unseen Pest

Melissa Mitchum has devoted her career to researching soybean cyst nematodes

One of the greatest threats to crops lives underground and can’t be seen by the naked eye. Plant parasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms that range in size from as small as 250 micrometers, or 0.0098 inches, to a maximum of several millimeters in length. It’s a parasite that Melissa Mitchum has devoted her career to fighting. Mitchum, a professor in…

Committed to Research

Emerich, Spencer named AAAS Fellows

David Emerich and Thomas Spencer are the latest University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources professors to be named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Emerich, a professor and associate chair of biochemistry, and Spencer, a professor in animal sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Reproduction and Health Group (IRHG) at CAFNR,…

Fishing for Data

South Farm recruiting anglers for upcoming eclipse

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ South Farm Research Center is recruiting anglers for the upcoming solar eclipse, which will sweep across the United States on Monday, Aug. 21. The South Farm Research Center is hoping to prove an increase in feeding activity within the direct path of the eclipse. To do that, the Center is…