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University of Missouri

Spring 2013 Issue

We love CoMo

Our colorful town in the heart of the Show-Me State is a cultural oasis of art, food, music and film. You can smell and taste an array of international cuisine, stroll past galleries and music venues that have featured artists from every continent, and take in some of the finest foreign (and domestic) films at a one-of-a-kind cinemacafe. It’s easy to see why CoMo Is Where the Heart Is.

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Dong Xu

Yo Soy Información

MU’s soybean database is a resource for scientists around the world.



Breeding the soybeans of tomorrow.

Mizzou Black Men's Initiative

Initiating a Brotherhood

Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative to graduate first class.

Sonja Steptoe and students

A Growing Force

Read a Q-and-A with the 2013 Black Women Rock! coordinators.

Photo by Rachel Coward.

MU Welcomes International Students to CoMo

International students bring enrollment to record high.

Cliff and Beau Minx

Double Double

Mizzou basketball twins Cliff and the late Beau Minx once roamed Rothwell Gym.



Growing, Together

MU researchers hope their model of cooperation can help feed the world.


Hear Them Roar

Black women leaders lead the way for others at MU.


Blue Highways Revisited

Alumni photograph the Blue Highways route.



Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas hurls herself into the record books.


CoMo Is Where the Heart Is

MIZZOU magazine's 2013 installment outlines why we love CoMo.

Jun and Maria Gatica in Meechu's Filipino Market

The Market Is Open

Columbia offers food lovers international and gourmet grocery options.

International night dancer

Party All Year Long

The international community shares cultures through celebrations.

David Spear

Art for All

Painter David Spear, MFA ’12, makes CoMo his home and his subject.


CoMo Art: In Plain View

Alumni and faculty artists make Columbia an outdoor museum.

Citizen Jane Film Festival marquee

Female Filmmakers Festival

A Columbia original showcases female auteurs.


Rocking, Gawking and Doc-ing

CoMo's fantastic festivals dot the 2013 calendar.

Jina Yoo recommends the pho noodles at Chinese Wok Express

I’ll Have What They’re Having

What do Columbia chefs eat when dining out?

Around the Columns

Veterinarian treats dog for cancer

Caring for Animals with Cancer

MU veterinarians offer specialized care at a new St. Louis location.

bike rack

Rolling Rentals

A new campus bike rental program offers students another way to get around.

Parents and college-age son

Parental Advice

A new study will ask empty-nest parents what they did right and wrong raising children.

Thomas Jefferson's grave marker

Jefferson’s Legacy

Thomas Jefferson’s grave marker sits next to the Columns.

silhouette of firefighter putting on helmet

On Call

Andrew Worrall melds the life of a student and firefighter.


Bacteria vs. Viruses

MU scientists have found a new method to combat deadly “super bugs.”


Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Threatens Missouri's Trees

The emerald ash borer makes inroads into Kansas City.


The New Personality Trait

Health care providers should pay attention to patients’ personalities and spirituality.

Ellis Tibbs bowling

Time to Spare

Senior Ellis Tibbs successfully campaigns to reinstate MU bowling team.


Sensing Pollution From the Air

MU researchers use military technology to monitor ground pollution.

Ashlee Reece

Generation First

Senior Ashlee Reece is on a mission to help other first-generation MU students.


Feed the World

Agriculture faculty blanket Missouri with research and services.

Columbia skyline with Jesse Hall dome

CoMo's Dynamic Downtown

New buildings continue to sprout in Columbia.


Panoramic Sound

Stephanie Shonekan, from Nigeria, teaches a country and soul course.

Clair Wilcox

Missouri Press Update

The University of Missouri Press reopens under new management.

Desirè Buckley

Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger

Students remain Tigers in graduate school with help from NSF fellowship.

Tiger Place retirement home. Story for illumination fall 2006

Be Well — Work Forever

Research shows retirees’ health suffers after first leaving the workforce.

pile of cigarette butts

No Doctors, Mo’ Problems

MU medical school pursues Springfield expansion.

mizzou piggy bank

Endowment 101

Endowments have benefitted MU students, faculty, facilities and programs since 1888.

Alumni News

Brandon Guthrie

Getting Into College

Alumni Association starts new mentoring program.

Todd McCubbin, M Ed ’95

For the Students

Students are focus of association programming.

Football: Secrets of the

Don Faurot's Xs and Os

Mizzou's legendary coach started an offensive revolution.

page from the 1952 <i>Savitar</i>

Yearbook ’52

See if you recognize anyone on this page from the 1952 Savitar.

Mary Nelson

Mary Nelson: A First of Many Kinds

Alumna credits success to Mizzou.

Toni and John Thornton wedding photo

Side by Side

John and Toni Thornton celebrate their golden anniversary with a little black and gold.

David Curtis fording a river

His Own Drumbeat

David Curtis hikes to support scholarships.

Crewel book cover

Alumni Bookshelf

Check out new books by alumni.

woman posing with a bear

Into the Wild

MU alumna and Fulbright Scholar takes a walk on the wild side.

David Pearce

Pearce Wins Geyer Award

State Sen. David Pearce, BS Ag ’84, champions education.

John C. Merrill

The Philosopher of the J-School

Journalism giant John Merrill not to be forgotten.

couple standing on the equator marker in Uganda

Windows to the World

MU Peace Corps fellows enrich the Columbia community.

four-piece jazz band plays on dark stage

A Love Supreme

School of Music students jazz up the joint.