August 28, 2018

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Aug. 28, 2018

Dear Mizzou community,

Last week during my one-year address, “University for Missouri: Where People Meet Possibilities,” I spoke about our strong vision for Mizzou and the many extraordinary steps we have taken over the last year to execute that vision. Every day I’m reminded of the excellence that defines this community and its many supporters around the world. We are moving Mizzou forward together. 

Our students lead the university’s educational and community mission. Our faculty and staff run our labs, studios, classrooms and Mizzou Athletics. They make Mizzou a place where breakthrough discoveries, innovative scholarship and student success happen. And with our amazing donors, alumni and supporters, we are translating the breadth of this research and knowledge to solve the grand challenges across our state and around the world.

I’m honored to be part of this community. And I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to make Mizzou a university of the future.

Alexander N. Cartwright, PhD
University of Missouri

Chancellor appoints Dr. Latha Ramchand as provost and executive chancellor for academic affairs

Effective Aug.15, Dr. Latha Ramchand, formerly dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, assumed her new role as provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs. Dr. Ramchand’s strong track record as a leader and visionary will be instrumental in the university’s mission of program excellence, student success, faculty and staff support, and research and creative discovery. A welcome reception will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Great Room at the Reynolds Alumni Center from 4 – 6 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Dr. Latha Ramchand

Natural Resources professor studies Chernobyl’s unlikely transition from disaster zone to thriving wolf habitat

While the site of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster might have been a wasteland after the accident, new research by Michael Byrne, assistant professor in MU’s School of Natural Resources, found that sometimes the biggest tragedies can have unexpectedly positive outcomes. Byrne’s team recently tracked a thriving population of gray wolves in the area, even discovering that some of the venturesome younger wolves could help repopulate neighboring environments.

Chernobyl wolves

U.S. high-schoolers attend J-School workshop to expand investigative journalism skills

This summer, 17 budding investigative reporters from high schools all across the country came to the School of Journalism for a new hands-on, five-day Missouri Investigative Journalism workshop. The students learned how to find data online, how to analyze and visualize that data and how to leverage contemporary investigative tools like social media as Mizzou continues to produce tomorrow’s generation of award-winning journalists.

high school students participate in a journalism workshop

A tobacco-free campus for a healthier Mizzou

As of Aug. 20 this year, all tobacco use on the MU campus was officially up in smoke. And not just cigarettes, either. A new policy prohibits everything from e-cigarettes to smokeless tobacco in the push for a cleaner environment and a healthier campus community.

Student walks in front of the columns