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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.

Federal grant boosts MU biomedical diversity program

Oct 31, 2013

MU received a major federal grant Thursday to continue the diversity program in the biomedical science departments.

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In a wide-ranging interview this morning for KBIA's Intersection, retiring University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton and Provost Brian Foster reflected on their tenures at the university, noting its continued growth in spite of the economic slowdown and successful recruitment of out-of-state students.

MU gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

Oct 22, 2013
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The Curators of the University of Missouri received a $1.8 million federal grant that will support research related to the production of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton. The money came from a project called Make it in America Challenge, an initiative to create new jobs and encourage business in America.

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.

Some MU groups limping after shutdown fiasco

Oct 17, 2013
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Now that the federal government shutdown has ended, agencies that were affected by the closure are trying to get back up and running.

University of Missouri extension’s Family and Nutrition program has had its budget cut because of the temporary lack of funding. The program provides educational material to 130,000 Missouri food stamp recipients, as well as classes on how to prepare the meals, what foods to eat and how to budget out a grocery bill.

Student attendance is down at collegiate athletic events

Oct 15, 2013
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College athletic programs across the country are witnessing a troubling trend in student attendance according to The Wall Street Journal.  Students aren’t showing up to the games like they have in the past.

Tiger Pantry celebrates first birthday

Oct 3, 2013

MU’s Tiger Pantry has distributed more than 22 thousand pounds of food that reached more than two thousand people in its first year of operation. The campus-based food pantry celebrated its first year last night (Wednesday) with a birthday party. MU’s “first lady” Anne Deaton was instrumental in the start up of Tiger Pantry. She says she couldn’t have done it without the students.

“The most important thing I can do tonight is to thank the students and all of the supporters for all of the great effort and the dogged determinism that went into creating Tiger Pantry,” Deaton said.

The University of Missouri is adding new ways to send out alerts in case of emergencies.

One new method is a beacon system that will help relay messages across campus. The other is a software program that can override computer screens to send an alert.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university switched to a new alert notification system provider, BlackBoard Connect, this summer.

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MU students interested in joining the Peace Corps after college now have a way to prepare during their undergraduate careers.

Chancellor Brady Deaton signed an agreement between the Peace Corps and MU establishing a Peace Corps Prep program on Wednesday.

MU celebrates international community

Sep 25, 2013
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University of Missouri students got the chance to see firsthand the many countries that their peers represent – at yesterday morning's annual International Day Flag Ceremony.  The ceremony began with a parade through campus with flags representing every home country of an international student at MU.

MU Provost Foster retiring as of next January

Sep 18, 2013
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When you talk with MU Provost Brian Foster about his job, this is how he describes it.

“I’m sort of at 40,000 foot level trying to put all the pieces together," he said. "The University of Missouri is a very complicated organization, and to have all the different pieces aligned-the research, the instruction, enrollment management, economic development, clinical work -you know, you see what I mean?”

Inspirational speaker Aimee Mullins visits Columbia

Sep 18, 2013
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Athlete, model and activist Aimee Mullins will speak about adversity at MU’s Jesse Auditorium. Mullins was born without fibulae bones in both legs and had her legs amputated below the knee at age one. She has since broken world records at the 1996 Atlanta games and was the first amputee to compete in the NCAA for a division one track team. She is a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris and most recently was appointed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Council to Empower Women & Girls through Sports.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously in favor of renovating the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of the  University Hospital building on Thursday. According to Interim Vice President Thomas Richards, the $19 million plan is necessary because the current state of the private patient rooms are not up to standards with the rest of the hospital.

“These existing patient rooms are highly outdated when compared to the new rooms in the patient tower, the new Orthopedic Institute, and the other renovated portions of the hospital,” said Richards.

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The Missouri House failed to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that proposed a variety of changes to the state tax codes.  Those changes included income tax cuts for both businesses and individuals.

Proponents said the bill would have improved the business climate of Missouri, while critics believed it would significantly lower the state’s general revenue fund, resulting in cuts to state agencies and education.

University of Missouri spokesperson John Fougere said the campus is supporting the veto.

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A report from the University of Missouri says the number of people worrying about not having enough 

  food is on the rise.

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University of Missouri students are speaking out against a Missouri bill that would cut income-taxes in the state, and that critics call detrimental to education funding. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, and spent the summer campaigning widely to avoid a legislative override of that veto. 

MU students crowded into the MU Student Center last night to take a stand against a veto override for House Bill 253, calling the gathering “Kill the Bill.”

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Parts of southern Missouri experienced flash flooding this past month. Now parts of northern Missouri are in a flash drought.

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According to an article in the journal Science, 60 percent of teachers are “cautious” when teaching science. But the National Science Foundation has recently approved a grant that will help Missouri teachers build confidence on teaching the subject.

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As many news outlets have reported over the last eight months, KBIA's Content Director Scott Pham is the founder of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, which studies the use of drones (think less military, more toy helicopters) for journalistic purposes. The program has hit a snag, as the Federal Aviation Administration has sent the program what amounts to a "cease and desist" letter, at least until the program gets what the FAA deems proper certification based on the somewhat limited restrictions the FAA currently has for the devices. Pham explains further in his blog post on the subject, linked below. He defended the project's activities thus far, but also sees limited application for journalism agencies like KBIA under the FAA rules as applied here, at least until new restrictions are put in place in 2015.
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  Enrollment at the University of Missouri-Columbia has again topped 34,000.

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The dog days of summer are over for many students in the area, and will be ending quickly for many more. The fall semesters at the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College all begin on Monday.

All students in Columbia Public Schools go back tomorrow, except for kindergarteners, who get a few more days of summer and start school this Thursday.

Thursday also marks the start date for Jefferson City Public Schools.

Moberly students return to school this Wednesday.

Students in Fulton and Kirksville started last week.

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The University of Missouri is expecting fewer freshmen this fall as compared to last year.

A memo from Ann Korschgen, the university's vice provost for enrollment management, and Barbara Rupp, director of admissions, estimates freshman enrollment this fall at 6,165 based on current deposits. That's a drop of nearly 480 from last year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that officials say the university has anticipated the drop in freshmen as the number of high school students in Missouri and the Midwest declines.

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Authorities have identified a hiker found dead at Canyonlands National Park as 73-year-old Grant V. Welland of St. Louis. The University of Missouri's website says Welland was a retired professor. Welland's body was recovered Saturday in Horseshoe Canyon, famous for its ancient rock art. The remote canyon is part of a disconnected unit of the national park. At first, searchers found his vehicle at a trailhead. A helicopter spotted his body.

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The University of Missouri system has announced its 18-member committee that will lead the search for the new Chancellor of MU’s Columbia campus. The announcement Thursday afternoon comes on the heels of two public forums this week discussing the search. UM system spokesperson John Fougere says those hearings and the appointment of the committee were two important steps in the process. He says the next is when the committee first meets in the next couple weeks.

Current Chancellor Brady Deaton is set to retire on November 15th, and Fougere says the goal is to have a new chancellor hired before the end of the fall semester.

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The University of Missouri plans to test a new emergency alert system Monday morning.

A university press release states that the system will be tested at 8:50 a.m. and will send two text messages to those who have already signed up for the MU Alert system.

The test will also send messages to the MU Alert Twitter page, and to Facebook.

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The University of Missouri won't be publicizing the names of its top choices for the flagship campus' next chancellor, but system President Tim Wolfe still wants public input on the closed search.

A one-hour public forum begins at 10 a.m. Monday in Jesse Hall Auditorium in Columbia. A second session is set for the same time Thursday at Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.

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The University of Missouri is hosting an upcoming international conference on low-energy nuclear reactions.

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  Some MU engineers are teaming up with colleagues at Duke University to develop a low-cost toilet for developing countries with water shortages.

The University of Missouri in Columbia has wrapped up its first week as a smoke-free campus.

The ban on smoking, which took full effect on July 1, had been in the works since 2009 when Chancellor Brady Deaton announced a plan to become a smoke-free campus within five years.

As part of the transition, the school began allowing smoking only in designated areas in 2011. The Smoke-Free Mizzou website says the move was meant to give smokers time to quit or "make necessary adjustment to their smoking patterns."

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