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Spring 2016 Briefly

Nuggets of news from across campus.

• After a decade of research, a team of scientists at MU has successfully treated dogs with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The disease affects about 250,000 people in the U.S. and is the most common muscular disease in boys. The researchers demonstrated that a common virus can deliver a microgene therapy effectively. Human clinical trials could begin in the next few years.

• In 2015, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Phillip Snowden to a six‐year term on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Snowden, BA ’61, JD ’64, a lawyer in Kansas City, was a football star at Mizzou.

• The Mizzou Legislative Network’s 2016 platform calls for Missouri legislators to maintain the university’s core funding, and to invest in STEM initiatives and capital projects. Visit for details on the platform.

• Following a 19‐month review, MU has self‐imposed penalties in response to NCAA violations in its basketball program dating back to 2011. Primary sanctions include Mizzou losing two scholarships between the 2015–16 and 2017–18 seasons, vacating all wins from the 2013–14 season and a ban from postseason play in 2015–16.

Forgive, Forgiven

Men and women deal differently with forgiveness.

Sooner or later, we all have a chance to forgive and be forgiven. Associate Professor Christine Proulx and doctoral student Ashley Ermer, both of the Department of Human Development and Family Science, studied how forgiveness affects depression in aging adults. They found that older women who forgave others were less likely to report depressive symptoms, regardless of whether they felt forgiven by others. Older men, however, reported the highest levels of depression when they both forgave others and felt unforgiven. The study could help counselors develop gender‐appropriate interventions to deal with the different ways older men and women handle forgiveness.

Black and Golden Globes

Hamm portrait

John Hamm as Don Draper. Courtesy AMC.

Tigers take top TV trophies.

True Son of the small screen Jon Hamm, BA ’93, won the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a TV series drama Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, for his portrayal of Mad Men protagonist Don Draper. Also honored was Chad Hamilton, BA ’98, executive producer of USA’s Mr. Robot, which took home the Golden Globe for best TV series.

I Do … Not Drink

Marriage helps problem drinkers slow down.

Does marriage make people boring or better? For big drinkers, the answers appear to be yes and yes, according to a study published in the June 2015 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Lead author Matthew Lee, a postdoctoral fellow in Mizzou’s Department of Psychological Sciences, says marriage tends to dramatically curb drinking, especially among problem‐drinkers. He says the phenomenon jibes with the role‐incompatibility theory: If a certain behavior is incompatible with a new role, the person tends to halt the behavior. And heavy drinking, he says, is a behavior that’s tough on marriages.

Nurse Diverse

Gift supports scholarships.

A new gift of $122,500 from Gregory Lind, MS ’80, and wife Diane is funding scholarships and ambassadors who promote diversity in MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing. “It is evident that many people are reluctant to talk about race, and even when they do, it is difficult to move into action,” Lind says. “With this gift, Diane and I hope to move beyond mere conversation into real action.” Starting in the spring 2016 semester, the Lind Diversity in Nursing Program is providing financial awards to underrepresented nursing students completing a two‐credit elective course on academic success. It also funds stipends for student ambassadors serving as coaches and mentors for the students.

Audio Output

Voice teacher releases seventh recording.

Steven Tharp came into the world wired for music. According to family lore, before Tharp could so much as toddle around his home in Springfield, Missouri, he would crawl to the phonograph whenever a record played, pull himself up to watch the platter spin and bask in the sound. Tharp grew into a professional tenor performing in concert halls and opera houses across Europe and the U.S. — a career that included a role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In fall 2015, he started his third year as an assistant professor of voice at MU. He also released his seventh recording, Gabriel Fauré: 30 Mélodies.

Breathe Easier

Detecting asthma earlier reduces later complications.

Mizzou researchers have discovered a way to detect asthma before the classic symptoms appear and thus reduce dangerous complications later in life. In the U.S. alone, more than 3,500 people die each year from asthma, and 22 million live with the chronic condition. Peter Konig, professor emeritus of child health, has worked with fellow researchers to improve asthma detection by fine‐tuning the focus of spirometry, an existing diagnostic test. The breakthrough is a focus on small lung passages, where the earliest signs arise, rather than the traditional focus on large passages, which develop symptoms later.

Tiger Garden Turns 10

Girl in flower shop

Hanna Souther, a senior hospitality management major, works at Tiger Garden. The shop opened in August 2005 to give students across campus hands‐on learning opportunities running a small floral business, from floral design to solving daily operation problems. The store works closely with the Division of Plant Sciences and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Photo by Nicholas Benner.


7,989 — Fans at Mizzou Arena Jan. 4, 2016, to witness the No. 20 Mizzou women’s basketball team take on No. 12 Tennessee. It was the largest women’s hoops crowd in the venue’s history, and the fourth‐largest crowd in program history. The Tigers, 17–4 at press time, fell to the Lady Volunteers 71–55.

1,624 — Career points for Lorraine Ferret, HES ’83, a Mizzou women’s basketball forward from 1979 to 1983 and a member of the 2016 SEC Women’s Legends class. The group will be honored at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament March 2–6 in Jacksonville, Florida. Ferret is sixth in career scoring at Mizzou and top 10 in field goals made, field goals attempted and rebounds.

37 — Consecutive dual meets won by Mizzou wrestling before falling to Oklahoma State Jan. 22, 2016, in Stillwater. The streak included 2015–16 wins against Kent State, Ohio and defending national champion Ohio State.