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5:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Training the brain to learn a new dominant hand

Scott Frey, PhD, discusses his research into how amputees learn to use a non-dominant hand, and how this research could help those suffering from disabilities following a stroke.
Credit Jacob Jones / KBIA

University of Missouri researchers are starting to uncover details about how the brain adapts to the loss or impairment of an individual's dominant hand. Dr. Scott Frey with MU's Department of Psychological Sciences has been working with amputation and stroke patients and his research may hold the secret to training the brain and the body to use a non-dominant hand. I recently say down with Frey to learn more: 

Can you give me a little background information as to what got you started with this research?

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Science and Technology
5:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Intelligent plants? Researcher unravels mysteries of plant life

Jack Schultz, director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, leads a discussion on the “Thoughts of Plants.”
Credit Marissane Lewis-Stump / KBIA

When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.

On a recent Tuesday night, the sounds of restaurant chatter, music and the aroma of food fill Columbia’s Broadway Brewery. But in the middle of the crowd, on a wooden stool sits an ordinary green plant.

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Education
4:56 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MU researchers present work at Life Sciences Week

Scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri gather for the second poster session on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 as part of the 30th annual Life Sciences Week. Ginny Booker, marketing and communications manager for the Bond Life Sciences Center, hopes that collaboration will grow by allowing scientists to view each other's' work.
Credit Stephanie Kawula / KBIA

Nearly 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri presented their work at the 30th annual Life Sciences Week.

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Basketball
4:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Report: Mizzou's Frank Haith to become head coach at Tulsa

Frank Haith shown here during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Tulsa.
Credit Karen Mitchell

According to multiple reports on Thursday, Missouri coach Frank Haith has verbally accepted an offer to become the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. 

Tulsa World had reported that Haith is a “very solid front-runner” and was expected to meet with Tulsa President Steadman Upham and athletic and athletic director Derrick Gragg. A short time later ESPN and CBSsports learned he has verbally accepted an offer to join Tulsa. 

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Crime
3:17 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case

Ryan Ferguson filed a civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, a former prosecuting attorney and the two investigators.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri Senate confirms Social Services director

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass e-cigarette legislation

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri House and Senate have each passed bills that would prevent people younger than 18 from purchasing electronic cigarettes.

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Science and Technology
12:31 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Biomedical researcher Robert Gallo sparks excitement for some MU faculty

Credit Sara Pang / KBIA

Dr. Robert Gallo is the biomedical researcher who unearthed HIV as the cause of AIDS and was the first to identify a human retrovirus known to cause human cancer. Gallo’s discoveries don’t just stop there; his current research includes finding a prevention for the disease despite the challenges.

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Arts and Culture
10:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

A musical take on Missouri and the Civil War

The Battle of Westport
Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

When you think about the Civil War in Missouri what comes to mind? If Stefan Freund has anything to do with it you'll soon be more familiar with the sounds and images that the 1861-65 conflict produced. KBIA's Trevor Harris recently interviewed Freund, an MU School of Music faculty member about his new Civil War Oratorio that will have its premiere April 24 in Columbia's Jesse Auditorium.

Listen here to a preview of Stefan Freund's Civil War Oratorio. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed MU School of Music faculty member and composer Freund and the Museum of Art and Archaeology's Dr. Arthur Mehrhoff about the work and premiere happening April 24 in Columbia's Jesse Auditorium.

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Education
9:51 am
Thu April 17, 2014

UM system hires risk management expertise on sexual assault and mental health issues

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The University of Missouri has announced it's hiring the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management to provide a third-party assessment of sexual assault and mental health resources on all four campuses. 

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Health
9:13 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Secretary of State clears three anti-tobacco petitions for circulation

Secretary of State Jason Kander’s Office announced Monday that three initiative petitions regarding cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement have been cleared for circulation.  The petitions would create a one and a half cent tax per cigarette and repeal or change the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which requires tobacco companies to compensate states for increased public health costs created by cigarettes.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dave Mars, Columbia Water and Light

Today Paul Pepper and DAVE MARS, with the City of Columbia Water and Light Department, talk about saving money with water-efficient plants.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri House endorses early voting measures

The Capitol House floor. House members gave first-round approval Wednesday, April 16 to a constitutional amendment and companion bill as part of new early voting legislation.
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The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of early voting measures, though some Democrats contend they could create confusion for a proposed initiative petition that seeks to go further in allowing advanced voting.

House members gave first-round approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and companion bill. It would allow early voting for nine days, ending the week before state and federal elections. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and four hours on Saturday. There will not be early voting on Sunday.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Doctor inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Andrew Taylor Still poses for a picture c. 1914. Still is the latest member of the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Credit Public Domain/Library of Congress

 

A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Andrew Taylor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, now called A.T. Still University, in Kirksville in 1892. His form of medicine focused on the body, mind and spirit. There now are more than 82,000 osteopathic physicians.

Family members, medical students and physicians were among those watching Wednesday's induction ceremony in the state House chamber.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

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Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

A statement signed by the governing board presidents of nine state universities cites concerns that legislation could limit the money available for education.

Although the letter does not specifically mention the proposed income tax cut, the executive director of the Council on Public Higher Education said that is the subject of the concerns.

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