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Spring 2015 Briefly

Nuggets of news from across campus.

• A new five‐year, $500,000 grant from Mizzou Advantage aims to improve care for stroke victims by creating a stroke registry that will more quickly match patients to appropriate research studies. Treating stroke and its aftermath is a national problem that is particularly acute in Missouri, which ranks in the top 10 in stroke prevalence. Numerous researchers and clinicians work to solve stroke’s various problems, but the costly and time‐consuming task of finding patients for the projects hinders progress. In response, Mizzou’s registry will marshal stroke expertise campuswide, including medicine, nursing, health professions, veterinary medicine, engineering, and arts and science. Off‐campus partners include Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri–Kansas City and University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Jerry Atwood, Curators Professor of Chemistry; Hank Foley, senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies; Silvia Jurisson, professor of chemistry and radiology; and Krishna Sharma, professor of opthalmology, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Improved Insight

Veterinary MRI technology takes a leap forward at Mizzou.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s new 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine provides higher quality images than typical 1.5T machines, reducing the time animals need to be anesthetized and expediting diagnoses.

Housed in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the machine replaces a system built in 1997 and allows access for larger animals, such as horses, whose limbs are particularly susceptible to injury.

Imaging larger animals advances the college’s research capabilities, and it is the only such machine in Missouri available not only to researchers throughout MU but also to investigators from other academic institutions and animal health companies.

Major Minor

A minor in captive wild animal management crosses disciplines.

A minor in captive wild animal management is preparing students for jobs as zookeepers and related work. The program, a partnership between the Division of Animal Sciences and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, requires students to take courses in those units and in the Division of Biological Sciences. Caring for wild things presents challenges traditional disciplines don’t fully cover: Animal science deals with livestock bred for human purposes; fisheries and wildlife sciences deals with animals in natural habitats. Students intern at zoos, veterinary clinics or conservation facilities to immerse themselves in the field and gain professional experience.

Faculty Inventors Honored

National Academy of Inventors chooses two MU professors as fellows.

Two MU professors earned national distinction in 2014 for their inventions.

James Birchler, a National Academy of Sciences fellow and Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science, and Kattesh Katti, Curators Professor of Radiology and Physics in the School of Medicine, were elected to the National Academy of Inventors in December 2014.

Birchler has created tools and techniques to better study plant chromosomes. Katti is developing nontoxic gold nanoparticles and other “green” nanotechnologies to treat diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s.


362 — Tackles during the playing career of former Tiger linebacker Barry Odom, BS ’99, M Ed ’04, good for seventh on Mizzou’s career list. Odom, the defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis for the past three seasons, will take over the same position at Missouri for Dave Steckel, who is now the head coach at Missouri State University. Odom’s 2014 Memphis squad finished fifth nationally in scoring defense.

14.5 — Sacks during the 2014 season for consensus All‐American defensive end Shane Ray (Kansas City, Missouri), a Mizzou record. A projected first‐round pick, the junior announced he would leave MU and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

17 — Years at Mizzou for Director of Athletics Mike Alden, who on Jan. 30 announced he will resign Aug. 31, 2015. Alden will continue at MU as an instructor in the College of Education’s Positive Coaching Program and higher education leadership courses. He will also help launch a Center for Global Service Learning Leadership at Mizzou.