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Summer 2015 Briefly

Nuggets of news from across campus.

• The Museum of Art and Archaeology celebrated its grand reopening April 19 at 115 Business Loop 70 West. The museum moved out of Pickard Hall Sept. 30, 2013, bringing along more than 16,000 pieces of art. The new location, Mizzou North, was formerly Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

• Provost Garnett Stokes appointed a campus Title IX administrator, Ellen Eardley, who will work to ensure compliance with Title IX laws and will oversee monitoring of university policy in relation to Title IX. Eardley also will implement grievance and resolution procedures and provide educational materials and training for the campus community.

• Gov. Jay Nixon, BA ’78, JD ’81, released $4.68 million for the University of Missouri School of Medicine Clinical Campus in Springfield. The money is part of the state’s settlement with McGraw Hill Financial Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC (S&P). The settlement resolves Missouri’s claim alleging that S&P committed securities fraud and deceptive business practices. The Springfield campus will help train more physicians for Missouri, 90 percent of whose counties lack adequate access to health care.

Freshmen Firsts

Tiger Walk and FIGs celebrate 20 years in 2015.

In 1995, the University of Missouri rethought residence halls and began to support learning beyond the classroom. The initiative introduced learning communities, which group students with similar interests, and Freshman Interest Groups, or FIGS, which co-enroll students in three general-education classes and a FIG seminar to enhance immersion in the academic process. During the 2015–16 school year, more than 100 FIGs will make up 31 percent of all spaces in residence halls.

It was also 20 years ago that the Mizzou Alumni Association started the Tiger Walk tradition, during which freshmen walk through the Columns toward Jesse Hall to symbolize their entrance into the university.

Social Animals

Pets help children with autism interact socially.

For children with autism, simply asking peers to play can be difficult.

A study by Gretchen Carlisle, M Ed ’10, PhD ’12, a research fellow at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction in the College of Veterinary Medicine, found that children with autism who lived with pets exhibited greater social skills than those who did not.

“The data revealed that children with any kind of pet in the home reported being more likely to engage in behaviors such as introducing themselves, asking for information or responding to other people’s questions,” Carlisle says. “Dogs are good for some kids with autism, but other pets might be better for some children.”

Benificent Bulb

Garlic’s newly discovered health benefit.

Garlic’s properties for protecting health range from lore (repelling vampires) to lab work (reducing inflammation). Now a Mizzou study led by Zezong Gu finds that aged garlic includes a carbohydrate derivative dubbed FruArg, which reverses stress-related damage to the brain’s immune cells. “Our study demonstrates that certain molecular mechanisms in aged garlic may help the brain become more resilient against the effects of neurological diseases and aging,” says the associate professor of pathology and anatomical sciences. Study funding came from MU’s Center for Botanical Interaction Studies, which launched in 2010 with a $7.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Scoreboard

2 — The Golden Girls’ finish at the National Dance Alliance Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship, Division IA Dance Open, April 10, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

11th — Mizzou’s finish at the 2015 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 28, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. The squad’s 132.5 points in the meet concluded the most successful season in team history, besting a 14th-place finish in 2013 and 95 points in 2014.

25 — Mizzou’s latest ranking in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, a cumulative measure of intercollegiate athletic success.

22.71 — Distance in meters of senior Kearsten Peoples’ best toss to win the NCAA Championship in the women’s weight throw March 13, 2015, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Peoples (Ottawa, Kansas) edged UCLA senior Ida Storm’s best toss of 22.56.