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Education
3:40 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

University of Missouri to go smoke free July 1

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The University of Missouri announced Thursdsay that MU’s campus will become 100 percent smoke–free earlier than planned. The smoke-free date has been moved up from January 2014 to July next year. KBIA’s Maddie Heidenreich reports.

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Education
7:38 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Foreign students at Mo. colleges top 16,000

Jacob Fenston KBIA

The number of international students enrolled at Missouri colleges and universities has topped 16,000.

An annual report by the Institution of International Education says Missouri's public and private higher education facilities had 16,061 international students during the 2011-2012 academic year. That was up 6.3 percent from the previous year.

The state Department of Higher Education says most foreign students pay full tuition at Missouri institutions. The report estimates that international students spent about $418 million in Missouri.

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Education
5:08 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

MU considering coed housing

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The University of Missouri is considering requests from student groups to begin offering coed on-campus living.

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Education
4:21 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

MU held moment of silence to honor veterans

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The University of Missouri took part in the National Roll Call project, holding a moment of silence to honor American service men and women this afternoon.

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Politics
8:43 am
Thu November 1, 2012

MU awarded grant for a Terrorism and Disaster Center

Jacob Fenston KBIA

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.

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Business
4:48 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Early homecoming football game may impact downtown Columbia businesses

Karen Mitchell KBIA Sports Extra

MU's morning homecoming football game this weekend may have a negative economic impact on downtown Columbia businesses.

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Education
4:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Court revives discrimination lawsuit against MU

Credit Darren Hellwege / KBIA

A Missouri appeals court has revived a former professor's gender discrimination lawsuit against the University of Missouri.

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Business
8:17 am
Thu October 25, 2012

MU, Missouri S&T partner to research small modular nuclear reactors

The University of Missouri and Missouri S&T entered a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Company to determine safety guidelines for small modular nuclear reactors.

This research supports a proposal from Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri that seeks $452 million in Department of Energy grants to build a small nuclear reactor near Fulton. The reactor could bring 400 jobs to mid-Missouri and would power 45,000 homes. Missouri has the potential to become a hub of small reactor manufacturing and distribution.

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Education
11:16 am
Thu October 18, 2012

MU symposium sparks conversation on "food justice"

The "soy chicken" product designed by University of Missouri food scientists, front, looks a lot like real chicken, back. (Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media)

Researchers and advocates focused on hunger will gather at the University of Missouri today for a national symposium.

Symposium participants call it "food justice" - the ability to have access to food security through non-emergency sources, and that was the main topic at Wednesday night's kickoff event for the symposium, Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies.

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Education
8:54 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Missouri Student Association talks with MU about changing university's grading system

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
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The MU Missouri Student Association has begun talks with the Faculty Council on the possibility of changing the school's grading system.

The MSA recently surveyed 700 students to find out how they feel about the existing system, which awards fractional grade points for plus or minus grades. For example a B- is worth 2.7 points, a B is worth 3 points, and a B+ is worth 3.3 points.

Fifty two percent of students interviewed in an MSA survey said they disagreed with the existing system, causing the MSA to look into a change to a flat grading system.

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Politics
12:27 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

UM leaders put wallets behind tobacco tax hike

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

A November ballot measure to significantly raise Missouri's tobacco tax to increase public education spending is drawing financial support from leaders of the state's flagship university.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the campaign donors in favor of the Proposition B ballot measure include university curator Warren Erdman, who contributed $5,000. His company, Kansas City Southern Railway Co., gave $25,000.

Other contributors include university system President Tim Wolfe, with a $1,000 donation; and chancellors from three of the system's four campuses.

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Education
8:06 am
Wed October 10, 2012

MU, nearly 500 other universities aim to increase college grads [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Nearly 500 universities across the country, including MU, have signed on to an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the United States by 2025.

Peter McPherson is the CEO of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, one of the organizations involved with an initiative to ensure that 60 percent of adults have a college degree by 2025. He says schools, including MU, were involved in determining the goals of the initiative.

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Education
3:14 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

New app could help combat partner abuse

A group of MU researchers hope to have a complete demonstration model of the “One Love App” by next spring. The new app is being designed to combat partner abuse, and researchers have already developed a Danger Assessment quiz.

MU Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing Tina Bloom is working on the “One Love App” with other researchers at MU. She says they are trying to save the lives of women in abusive relationships. She says the impartiality of the app is important. That’s something women sometimes can’t find in their families and friends.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

MU Tigers' Green-Beckham arrested for pot possession

Dorial Green-Beckham's booking photo. October 4, 2012
University of Missouri Police

Three University of Missouri football players, including a highly-touted freshman athlete, were arrested late Wednesday night on charges of possession of marijuana.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:02 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Wind turbine built at MU

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A new 20-kilowatt wind turbine was constructed on MU’s campus on the corner of Monk Drive and Stadium Boulevard Tuesday.

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Education
12:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Tiger Pantry aims to reduce food insecurity at MU

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A new MU resource, the Tiger Pantry, has opened its doors for those who need assistance.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the food bank, Tiger Pantry Founder and MU student Nick Droege says the pantry’s goal is to reduce food insecurity at MU.

Anne Deaton, the wife of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, encouraged Droege to develop the pantry. She says the Tiger Pantry has brought life to the meaning of One Mizzou, an organization that helps bring MU students together.

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Education
4:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Washington-based group suing MU for records

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A Washington-based education group is suing the University of Missouri over its refusal to provide records related to teacher training at the university system's four campuses.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Student veterans sue MU over tuition costs

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

The University of Missouri is being sued by three student veterans who claim that the University has unlawfully overcharged them for tuition costs.

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Politics
7:57 am
Wed September 19, 2012

McDavid secures $3 million for Columbia Regional Airport

File Photo KBIA

Mayor Bob McDavid says he now has secured $3 million in pledges to attract a new airline to the Columbia Regional Airport. Roughly half of the money comes from the city. The rest is from private business interests, the Boone County Commission and MU.

McDavid says the new destinations will be big boost for businesses in Columbia, but also for people connected to the University of Missouri

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Education
5:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

MU Extension applies new strategies to better focus programs

Darren Hellwege KBIA

MU Extension is implementing a new staffing model and budget structure that would give programs a more geographic focus. 

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Education
5:38 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Students lobby UM Curators over coal power plant

Coal Free Mizzou demonstrators wait to present 3,000 student signatures to the University of Missouri Board of Curators during a meeting on Sept. 13 in Columbia. Chancellor Brady Deaton accepted the petition and agreed to meet with the group later.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Student advocacy group Coal Free Mizzou presented the MU Board of Curators today with 3,000 student signatures asking the University of Missouri to transition from coal to clean energy.

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Education
8:23 am
Mon September 10, 2012

MU doesn't factor in race during admissions process

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Next month the Supreme Court will take up the matter of race in college admissions. But Chuck May from the MU Admissions Office says the case will have no effect on MU since race is not a factor in undergraduate admissions.

"If a student meets our admission requirements that are published, which all students and parents can see, then they are automatically admissible," May says. "We have no cap on admissions, so there is no student   that would take the place of another student that is eligible for admission.”

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Politics
6:26 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Sen. McCaskill: Rep. Akin will eliminate student loans

Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke to students at the University of Columbia Tuesday about the differences between herself and Rep. Todd Akin when it comes to students loans.
Gina Cook

Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke on the University of Missouri Columbia campus Tuesday to kick off her “On Our Campus, On Our Side” tour.

The Democratic incumbent told students it’s important to keep Pell Grants and federal student loans available to sustain education. McCaskill says her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin,  wants to eliminate student loans and that would hurt the middle class.

Education
5:51 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

MU to invest $2.5 million in online education

More undergraduate and graduate programs may soon be available through the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri has decided to invest $2.5 million into its online education program to better cater to students’ needs.

The main reason for expansion? To reach out to new groups of students, according to Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies.

“We’re targeting students who can’t physically come to Columbia," he says. "So, it’s an effort to improve and increase accessibility.”

MU spokesperson Christian Basi says Mizzou Online will implement more degrees where students can do all their coursework online -- without ever entering a classroom.

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Education
5:11 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

$5 million in funds toward MU biomedical research projects

The University of Missouri announced today the first recipients of funding awards though its partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; which will fund biomedical research projects.

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Education
4:26 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Shakeup at MU Health Care: CEO retiring, new interim dean of School Medicine

The University of Missouri Health System has announced that chief executive officer Jim Ross will retire at the end of the year.

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Education
8:59 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Higher ed dept: Mo. college costs trend lower compared to rest of U.S.

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Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection earlier this week, Deputy Commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education Paul Wagner said that Missouri has been a national leader in keeping college tuition down. He said that tuition increases at public four year institutions in the state were the lowest in the country over the last three years. That statistic comes from a College Board Report released earlier this month. Wagner points to two factors that have helped limit tuition increases.

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Education
8:26 am
Mon August 20, 2012

MU group plans celebration of University of Missouri Press, amidst planned changes

Classes for the fall semester at MU begin today, and as students return to school a campus group fighting plans to dramatically revamp the University of Missouri Press is holding a public celebration of the academic publishing house.

The Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press opposes system President Tim Wolfe's decision to fire the press's 10 employees. The university’s plans for the press include a digital-driven alternative overseen by the editor of the Missouri Review literary journal.

Agriculture
2:36 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

MU professor: grazing drought-damaged crops and pasture can harm livestock

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.

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Business
4:01 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

FastCAT route launches, app doesn't yet

KBIA file photo

As college students start making their way back to town, Columbia Transit has begun running its new route that connects campuses and apartment complexes with the downtown area more directly.

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