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January 2015

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Pets and autism

Pets and autism

A new MU study has found that children with autism have stronger social skills and are more assertive when they have a pet at home. See video.


Mizzou News
New academic leader Jeffersonian restoration

Beds for babies

Women’s and Children’s Hospital completed a $3.1 million renovation and expansion of its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature and ill newborns. Above, physician John Pardalos examines Carly Ruggles.

Jeffersonian restoration

The Smithsonian Institution recently refurbished Thomas Jefferson’s original tombstone marker, an MU treasure since 1885. See archival photos of the tombstone and its marble epitaph.

Alcohol and insomnia Pricey rewards

Alcohol and insomnia

Researchers Mahesh Thakkar and Pradeep Sahota at the School of Medicine have found that alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to regulate sleep.

Pricey rewards

Using gifts to reward children or manage their behavior may lead to materialistic attitudes and other difficulties in adulthood.
Chancellor updates

R. Bowen Loftin sends brief weekly emails that highlight events, activities, research and accomplishments of MU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Subscribe to his updates.


Alumni News
Scholarship deadline Geyer honorees

Scholarship deadlines

The Mizzou Alumni Association was the largest campus provider of student scholarships this year, awarding $512,000. Applications for 2015-16 scholarships are available for incoming freshmen (due Feb. 1) and current students (due March 1).

Geyer honorees

The Mizzou Legislative Network awards the Henry S. Geyer Award to public officials and citizens who have made a positive impact on higher education and Mizzou. Meet this year’s recipients.

Book for tots Shutterbug showcase

Book for Tiger tots

Have a new Tiger in your life? Alumni association members can request a free Tiger in Training book for children ages two and under.

Mizzou IQ

Can you guess where this photo was taken? Submit your answer today for a chance to win a copy of MizzouRah! Memorable Moments in Missouri Tiger Football History.


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Sports News
Athletic legacy Welcome Odom

Athletic legacy

The 2014 class of six standout former student-athletes, including Chase Daniel, will join fellow inductees in the MU Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 13. And Mike Alden, director of athletics, was selected for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Welcome Odom

Alumnus and former player Barry Odom will be the new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for Mizzou football.

Runner of the year
McGuire honored

Volleyball paradise

USA Today named MU as the nation’s sixth-best place to play volleyball. Mizzou was the top-rated program from the Southeastern Conference.

McGuire honored

Sports psychology expert and longtime track and field Coach Rick McGuire received the prestigious George Dales Award from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Did You Know?

Colon cancer clues

Assistant Professor James Amos-Landgraf has found that testosterone may be a contributing factor in the formation of colon cancer tumors.


Stay active

School of Medicine researchers say that even a few days of inactivity can decrease function in certain blood vessels, which could have prolonged effects.


Chemical effects

Associate Professor Susan Nagel and national colleagues reviewed 150 studies on the effects of chemicals released during natural gas extraction, which may harm human health.


Year of discovery

MU faculty and students garnered major grants for scientific research and made many discoveries in 2014. Learn about 14 findings, ranging from batteries to breakfast.


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