An assistant professor in MU’s Communication Department has been awarded a $2.4 million grant to establish a Terrorism and Disaster Center on campus.
MU Communications Assistant professor Brian Houston received the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Funding for the project began Oct. 1, and Houston has four years to complete his project. He said the Terrorism and Disaster Center will focus on child, family, and community health after possible disasters.
McCaskill spoke outside a St. Louis County grade school Wednesday about the importance of the school lunch program, noting that Republican opponent Todd Akin was one of just five lawmakers to oppose funding. But she also used the time to talk about her mother, who passed away earlier this week.
It was Claire McCaskill’s first public appearance since the passing of her mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill.
In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.
Claire McCaskill said it’s been a “tumultuous time.”
But, when thousands of small business owners in Missouri were asked which candidate was more supportive of small business, 35 percent chose President Barack Obama, 24 percent picked Gov. Mitt Romney, and 41 percent said they were unsure. (That’s from a recent George Washington University and Thumbtack poll.)
And while business development continues to surge as a hot topic this campaign season, the expired farm bill seems to have disappeared off candidates' radars completely. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer has this report on just how much candidates are talking farm policy...in farm country.
After nearly 20 years on university staff, a staff member is taking over the University of Missouri’s budget. The current Budget Director Tim Rooney is retiring at the end of the year. Beginning January 1 of next year, Rhonda Gibler will take over as the new Budget Director for MU.
“I see myself as a servant leader," Gibler said. "I want to be of service to the state and to the students and others that benefit from what the university does every day. And I think my talents map well with what this position requires.”
When Congress recessed for the election season without passing a new farm bill, many observers thought farmers would demand explanations as campaign trails blazed through small towns. But despite its importance in farm country, the farm bill and farm policy are largely being overshadowed by other campaign issues.
Columbia software startup Zapier won the first ever Columbia Startup Weekend and rode that success all the way to Silicon Valley. When I last spoke to the trio, they had finished a mentorship program at the Y Combinator in California and were confident about the future. When I last spoke with Zapier in late September, I asked founder Wade Foster if he was talking with investors. He would say only "our biggest thing is just getting back to work and growing the product and user base." Now Zapier is hiring their first employee and pouring resources into the next iteration of their web-based services.
As Zapier wrapped up its three-month stint in seed accelerator Y Combinator earlier this year, the founders of the Columbia, Mo.-born startup fielded ample advice on how to handle funding. "We heard, 'Get fundraising done as fast as possible. Don't worry about it. You want to finish it, and ...