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The engineer who was driving the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night killing at least seven people is a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri. 

Students, faculty and members of the MU community gathered Tuesday for a panel discussion about the university’s role in working to end apartheid in South Africa. In the 1980s, students successfully pushed the MU board of curators to divest from American companies doing business in South Africa.

Kathryn Benson, who was heavily involved in the 1980s movement, said protestors built and occupied shantytowns on Francis Quadrangle after traditional protests failed. Benson said students took turns occupying the shanties from October 1986 through February of 1987.

Title IX Attorneys Conduct Forum for MU Faculty Members

Apr 9, 2015
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Two legal consultants from Pennsylvania spoke at MU on Tuesday, conducting two open forums where faculty could voice their questions and concerns about the university’s new Title IX policies.

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The police chief of the University of Missouri in Columbia is retiring after more than four decades with the department. 

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MU will install a dual-polarization Doppler radar as part of the five-year Missouri Transect project, which is funded by a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The new radar will improve the precision of weather forecasts for mid-Missouri residents.

John Walker, MU curators’ professor of biological sciences, is the principal investigator of the project. He said the project’s original goal was to answer the question of how climate change affects plant productivity, both in native ecosystems and agricultural systems. Walker said the dual-polarization radar will help answer this question by providing more complete data, closer to the ground. Unlike traditional Doppler radars, dual-polarization scans vertically as well as horizontally, proving a three-dimensional image of weather systems. 

MU names Mack Rhoades as new Athletic Director

Mar 9, 2015

In a press release Monday, the University of Missouri announced Mack Rhoades will begin work as the new director of Intercollegiate Athletics at MU in late April.

Rhoades has been the Athletic Director at the University of Houston since 2009. Before that, he was the AD at the University of Akron.

Rhoades will take part in a press conference Tuesday afternoon on the MU campus.

Here is the official press release:

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Missouri bees will be gaining more protection in the near future. Assistant research professor of entomology at MU Moneen Jones started a program called the Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program, which aims to bring more information to beekeepers and farmers.

The USDA reported that the honeybee population has been declining since the 1950s.

This was the reason that Jones decided to start the program. She says that she wanted to restore the population of bees in Missouri.

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The University of Missouri has been planning to offer gender-neutral housing to students and it is now coming this fall. The 16-bed space takes up half of the first floor in College Avenue Hall with the goal of creating a safe housing option for students who are transgender or gender nonconforming.

The University of Missouri System is doing well, president Tim Wolfe said Thursday, but some extra cash wouldn’t hurt.

“The quantity of students that we have are at all-time highs: 77,000 students. The quality of the students, as measured by their ACT score, now averages 26, which also is an all-time high,” Wolfe told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh. “The financial condition of the University of Missouri System is decent. Decent relative to our balancing the revenue and the expenses with the challenges that we have of keeping tuition low.”

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According to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, Mike Alden is stepping down as the University of Missouri’s Director of Athletics.

"After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love," Alden said in a press release.

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On this week's Intersection, we are talking with Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin of the University of Missouri about the past year, and what his goals are for the future. 

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  The University of Missouri has named Garnett Stokes as the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. According to a press release, she will begin work on Feb. 2.

Stokes is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, and got her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia in industrial/organizational psychology

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  A group of students is asking the University of Missouri to strengthen its policy to ensure that professors accommodate students who have to miss class for a religious holiday.

A University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine professor granted MU one million dollars Thursday. The money will fund the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health in the MU School of Medicine and research in those areas.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says it is obvious that Dr. Booth is passionate about helping people remain healthy throughout their lifetimes.

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The governor toured Lafferre Hall on the MU campus prior to a Board of Public Buildings meeting in the hall. Gov. Nixon approved funding to make improvements to the building and said that improvements to facilities is a way to make the University of Missouri a world leader for engineering. 

“The only way you can truly win that competition is to have the facilities necessary to attract the top students and to be able to give them the best education possible,” Nixon said. 

The governor also said he is glad that his administration for making a move on this project.  

The Providence Point hilltop mansion in central Columbia will no longer be reserved as the University of Missouri System President's residence. The system will soon be renting the property out to university businesses and organizations.

A three-day conference is being held to address the integration of immigrants into the Midwest. The 13th annual Cambio De Colores conference started Wednesday night at the University of Missouri and runs through Friday.

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At its meeting Thursday the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the 2015 fiscal year budget, which is nearly $3 billion dollars in total revenue for the four campus system.

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                Researchers at the University of Missouri are working towards improving water quality throughout the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.

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The man who has overseen the University of Missouri College of Engineering for the last two decades will step down in the fall.

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UPDATE May 11, 2:13pm:

Columbia Police have identified the man found dead on campus at 11:45am Saturday as 36-year-old Zane S. Black from Columbia. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Columbia Police say a man found dead on the University of Missouri campus is the same person that set off a late night manhunt in Columbia Friday.

According to a press release, around noon Saturday the University of Missouri Police Department contacted the Columbia Police Department in regard to the person found dead near the Trowbridge Livestock Center on the MU Campus. MU Police say the man is the same person Columbia Police were pursuing as a suspect in a sexually-related crime earlier this month, who may also be a suspect in a series of such crimes over the last year. The man’s identity is not being released until family can be notified. A message sent though the Mizzou Alert system said "the death appears to be a suicide and no signs of foul play are present."

Columbia Police contacted the suspect Friday night after receiving a report from a victim of an incident on May 1st involving a “peeping tom.” Police contacted the suspect who fled into a wooded area NE or Rock Quarry Road, setting off a four hour search that did not result in an arrest.

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Naomi Clark, a doctoral candidate in the English department, began taking her children to the Student Parent Center in 2009. Over the past five years, Clark has completed her Master’s degree and will be getting her PhD this semester.

Clark said she would not have completed her degrees without the Student Parent Center and that many of her classmates feel the same way.

“The daycare has been really instrumental in making so many degrees possible, increasing retention and increasing the completion rate,” Clark said.

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Students from the four universities in the UM System presented their research to legislators and spectators earlier Tuesday at the State Capitol as part of Undergraduate Research Day. The symposium featured posters of 46 students from MU, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S&T. Of the students presenting, 20 were MU sophomores, juniors or seniors.

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Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.

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The University of Missouri will use a federal grant to form a new research center for patient-centered outcomes.  

The researchers leading the project say the goal is to help doctors more easily navigate the complex web of health systems and providers, and come up with the best treatment options for patients based on their individual circumstances.

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2013 has been the third year for a nursing grant program -- aimed to assist college and university nursing programs in Missouri.

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Limited access to nutritious food is an issue facing rural communities in Missouri and the nation at large, according to University of Missouri specialists. 

MU's SEC perk may be slipping through the cracks

Oct 21, 2013
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The University of Missouri has been in the Southeastern Conference for more than a year now. The changes for the athletic department have been clear, but academic impact has been harder to measure. There is one SEC agreement that MU students could benefit from if they knew more about it.

Tenure, non tenure: why does it matter at MU?

Apr 24, 2013
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Last month, University of Missouri faculty voted to give Non-Tenure Track faculty members the right to vote at Faculty Council meetings and in campus-wide elections. At MU over the past few years, there has been an increase of Non Tenure Track faculty, or NTTs, while the percentage of tenure track members has slowly declined.

But that’s not unique, the New York Times reports in the last few decades colleges across the country have been hiring more NTTs.

To students, concerns about faculty basically have to do with teachers giving them the information they need each day in class to be successful and get a good grade.

To teachers, it is not that simple. They have to figure out the curriculum to teach, what to teach from a class to class basis, as well as taking care of other things the school requires.

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Doctor David Fleming of the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine is the new president-elect of the American College of Physicians, the nation's largest medical specialty organization.

Fleming was elected to the post Thursday, and will spend the rest of the year as president-elect until his official term begins in 2014. He says he is already planning for what will be the most pressing aspects of his term.

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