Dec. 4, 2018
Dear Mizzou community,
The end of the semester is right around the corner. Between final exams and holiday planning, this time of year offers a lot of opportunity for giving and reflection. For example, senior Erin Hediger has been working with Professor Elizabeth Bryda to host a campus-wide Bone Marrow Registry Drive this Friday, Dec. 7 as part of their “Human Inherited Diseases” class. Their hope is to continue Mizzou’s tradition of having the most student donors of any other college that the sponsoring non-profit DKMS U.S. has worked with.
When we consider the numerous ways the Mizzou community gives back to the public, we see how critical our mission as a flagship, land-grant university is to the state and world. This mission carries a monumental responsibility, one that you help us fulfill every day. That is certainly something to celebrate.
I hope you can all take a break soon to spend some time with friends and family and to remember that you are part of something great.
Alexander N. Cartwright, PhD
University of Missouri
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently awarded more than $500,000 to Mizzou’s Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. This grant will help prepare tomorrow’s best health care and science journalists and provide Mizzou with resources to support one of the world’s best journalism schools.
With incidences of thyroid cancer on the rise across the U.S., the University of Missouri Research Reactor shipped the first U.S.-supplied batch of I-131 since the 1980s. I-131 is a vital radioisotope used to diagnose and treat thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism, but its relatively short shelf-life meant that supply had difficulty matching demand — until now.
While thousands of people turned their heads to the sky on Aug. 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse, MU researchers were studying the behavior of bees. With the help of approximately 400 people, the researchers collected audio data that recently revealed a surprising conclusion: The bees fell silent during totality.
Mizzou community prepares to celebrate Nobel Prize ceremony
On Monday, Dec. 10, the Royal Swedish Academy will formally award George P. Smith his Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Join in the celebration at #MizzouNobel, where our virtual community will share in the experience, including exclusive, behind-the-scenes messages from Dr. Smith and Chancellor Cartwright from Sweden. Also watch for social media coverage of the campus watch party. This will be an extraordinary moment on the world stage for Dr. Smith and for Mizzou.