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April 2015

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Stroke care

Stroke care

Ashish Nanda, co-director of MU Health Care’s Missouri Stroke Program, reviews images of a brain’s blood supply. He, fellow director Niranjan Singh and their team received good news in March when MU Health Care was designated a Level I stroke center, the highest state recognition a hospital can receive. MU’s program offer patients the safest, quickest and most comprehensive care possible from the onset of stroke symptoms through recovery.

Mizzou News
Community service Superfood garlic

Community service

Senior Madeline Brozka traveled to the Dominican Republic to teach children English during a Mizzou Alternative Breaks trip in January. MU has the second largest program in the nation; more than 800 students provided 23,000 hours of community service in 21 states during spring break.

Superfood garlic

A team of researchers led by Zezong Gu, associate professor of pathology and anatomical sciences at the School of Medicine, has discovered a nutrient in garlic that offers brain protection against aging and disease.

Distinguished hire Fossil discovery

Distinguished hire

Thomas Spencer, who is internationally recognized for his research in reproductive and developmental biology, recently joined MU’s faculty. Spencer studies how to increase fertility in cattle and is working to solve fertility problems in women by translating animal research to human medicine.

Fossil discovery

MU researcher Carol Ward and her international team found 1.9 million-year-old pelvis and femur bone fossils from an early human ancestor in Kenya. The fossils reveal greater diversity in different human species than scientists have previously thought.

Alumni News
Someplace to belong Service break

Someplace to belong

With more than 296,000 living alumni, there are many ways to stay connected with your fellow Tigers, including local alumni chapters, school and college alumni organizations, affinity groups, advocate networks and more.

Service break

Did you know that Mizzou Alumni Association chapters partner with the Mizzou Alternative Breaks program to make more community-service trips possible for students?

Staff stars             Tiger trivia

Staff stars

Mizzou Alumni Association staff members Stephanie Anderson, left, Ry Colman and Aly Friend recently won awards for outstanding alumni relations, service and mentorship.

Tiger trivia

What does Mizzou call the hands-on learning that journalism students experience? Submit your answer for a chance to win a $25 gift card to The Mizzou Store.


Sports News
Welcome, Rhoades National champion

Welcome, Rhoades

On March 9, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin introduced Mack B. Rhoades IV as the new director of Intercollegiate Athletics at MU. He will assume the post in late April. Watch press conference and a recent interview with Rhoades.

National champion

Wrestler Drake Houdashelt won a national title at the NCAA DI Wrestling Championships in St. Louis. The Tigers also earned a team trophy, finishing in fourth place out of 69 squads.

Power of Peoples Swimming records

Power of Peoples

Senior Kearsten Peoples recently became the NCAA Indoor National Champion in women’s weight throw. She holds four Mizzou records: one in weight throw, one in discus and two in shot put.

Swimming records

The Mizzou men’s swimming and diving team completed their most successful season in program history, setting school records at the NCAA Men’s Diving Championships.

Giving Back

Funds for faculty

MU College of Arts and Science alumnus Mark Wilkin, BA ’90, donated $1 million to create the Mark A. Wilkins Fund for Excellence to help the college better attract and retain quality faculty.

Interactive theater

Curators Professor Suzanne Burgoyne pledged a $1 million estate gift to fund the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research at MU.


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