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University of Missouri graduate students are guaranteed their health insurance subsidies – at least for the next year.  

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A member of the board of curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system has joined the call for an assistant professor at the Columbia campus to be fired over a videotaped clash with reporters. 

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 The nursing school at the University of Missouri received $122,500 for diversity scholarships and programs.

The Columbia Missourian reported that the donation will create the Gregory and Diane Lind Diversity in Nursing Program. It will offer scholarships to undergraduate minority students pursuing nursing degrees beginning in spring 2016. The program also will provide annual stipends to student ambassadors who serve as mentors and coaches for underrepresented minority nursing students.

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 Members of a University of Missouri graduate student advocacy group are raising concerns about insurance recommendations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the Forum on Graduate Rights steering committee said in a statement that the recommendations outlined in a panel's report would leave graduate students worse off than the university's current plan.

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You've probably heard infants babbling strings of syllables before they start using words, but have you ever wondered why?

University of Missouri researcher Mary Fagan examined that question in a recent study by comparing speech development in babies with normal hearing, babies with profound hearing loss and babies with cochlear implants-a surgically implanted device that can help the deaf hear.

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A new report shows that almost 40 percent of tenure-track faculty at the University of Missouri received waivers that allow them to reduce their teaching load during their final academic years.

MU Robotics Club Prepares for Spring Battle

Dec 13, 2015

 Flames, blades and spears are just a few of the weapons a fighting robot can weild. Add on top of that the challenge of building robots to defend against these attacks and the possibilities of what can happen in a robot battle are endless.

MU Board of Curators Finalize Meetings

Dec 11, 2015

Friday Morning the UM system Board of Curators discussed a variety of issues that have been at the forefront of recent news. Most notably, the protests that led to former UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation has left newly appointed interim UM System President Mike Middleton with a big challenge. 

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University of Missouri researchers hope to strengthen families in Missouri through a five year project. This project is funded by a $9.6 million grant. A team of human development and family researchers received the grant money from the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

All participants, whether married, coupled or single, will complete a relationship education class. The couples or individuals will  work with a case manager and choose additional classes based on their needs. 

MU Professor’s Film to Screen at Sundance Film Festival

Dec 10, 2015

MU documentary journalism and film studies professor Robert Greene is heading to Sundance with his latest film “Kate Plays Christine.” Greene’s film is one of 16 U.S. documentaries selected for the prestigious 2016 film festival.

The veteran filmmaker completed the film while teaching during the fall semester. Greene said students in his editing course at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism had an inside look into the editing process behind his Sundance film.

New App Hopes to Change Classroom Culture

Dec 10, 2015
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  If you’ve been in a college lecture hall, you know that students checking their phones in class is a common occurrence.

Today on Intersection, we’re talking about diversity and inclusivity at the University of Missouri with UM System Interim President Mike Middleton. We’re also talking with Angela Speck, who is a professor of physics and astronomy, director of the astronomy program and chair of the faculty council diversity enhancement committee at MU. This is a special two-part show, and next week we will continue the conversation on diversity and inclusivity with students.

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MU Professor James Mann recently completed research that sheds more light on what we know about football injuries.  The data was collected from the 2011 Missouri Tigers football team and reveals a new correlation between academic stress and football injuries.

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  Americans are living longer, and in most cases, that comes with more healthcare costs, especially at the end of life. In a study this year, researchers at the University of Missouri found more Americans are preparing for the end of life through conversations and legal documents, and are reducing health care costs along the way.

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A library science program at the University of Missouri has regained accreditation.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the American Library Association has reinstated its accreditation of the University of Missouri's library science master's program for the next seven years. The association withdrew the program's accreditation in June. But the university appealed. 

The University of Missouri Board of Curators held a meeting Friday afternoon to listen to the concerns of multiple student groups. 13 groups registered for the chance to speak to the board and other campus leaders, including newly appointed interim diversity chancellor Chuck Henson, interim UM system president Mike Middleton, and interim MU chancellor Hank Foley.

UPDATE: 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24:

Ellen De Graffenried issued this statement to KBIA, via the MU News Bureau:

"I am honored to have served at Mizzou and have enjoyed working with leadership, faculty, staff and students.  I recognize the importance of allowing new leadership to have the flexibility to build their own team and believe the changes are in the best interest of the university."


The University of Missouri issued a press release late Friday afternoon announcing a new Interim Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication.

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Protests by University of Missouri black students that forced the administration to address racism and other problems mirror efforts decades ago that led many majority white schools to create African-American studies and other programs.

If the University of Missouri succeeds in meeting a student demand for a faculty that's 10 percent black in two years, it will likely be alone among its peers.

MU Alumni Group Dissatisfied With Campus Protests

Nov 16, 2015

A group of University of Missouri alumni is not in support of protests that have been the spark of controversy on the MU campus recently. The group, known as Unity MU, began as a social media campaign last week and is concerned by the media’s portrayal of racial tensions. Members believe the movement has been counterproductive and criticize the tactics used by protestors.

MUPD Investigating Assault on Campus

Nov 16, 2015

The University of Missouri Police Department arrested 19-year-old Khawhyn Johnson on Saturday for simple assault after an alleged attack that occurred Thursday afternoon at Speakers Circle. MU Police Department Public Information Officer Major Scott Richardson says the investigation is currently open and further details including whether Johnson is an MU student have not been released. MU Interim Chancellor Dr.

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Monday, after the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and the announcement that MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would be stepping down at the end of the year, a video appeared that shows an altercation between members of the press and a group of activists gathered on Carnahan Quadrangle – near the Concerned Student 1950 campsite.

  University of Missouri leadership released a mass campus email Wednesday afternoon stating in part “Our campus has experienced significant turbulence, and many within our community have suffered threats against their lives and humanity. These threats are reprehensible. “

In a separate statement to media, leadership added that currently, there are no threats to campus safety, and that is the only campus source for emergency information.

A Conversation with Tim Tai

Nov 11, 2015
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On Monday, University of Missouri photojournalism student Tim Tai made international headlines as a video depicting a confrontation between him and demonstrators on the University of Missouri campus went viral. On Wednesday, Tai sat down with KBIA's Bram Sable-Smith to discuss the experience. 

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It’s been a historic week at the University of Missouri. On Monday, Tim Wolfe resigned as president of the UM System. Hours later, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he is stepping down from that office at the end of the year. We’ll look at local, regional and national media coverage, talk about challenges to the First Amendment, and examine the role of Mizzou Football.

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University of Missouri police are investigating another incident of vandalism targeting minorities.  

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Researchers from the University of Missouri released a study tying mental health to forgiveness in older adults. By analyzing data from the Religion, Aging and Health Survey, Associate Professor of Human Development of Family Science Christine Proulx found a significant difference between how forgiveness impacts men and women's mental health.

MU Power Plant Smokestacks Require Repair in Spring

Oct 27, 2015
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The South smokestack of the University of Missouri Power Plant is accumulating yellow streaks of rust, which is requiring it to be restored.