Oct. 23, 2018
Dear Mizzou community,
What a magnificent Homecoming celebration we had this past weekend. It was wonderful to see the turnout at our parade and football game, and to honor so many of the organizations and programs that make our campus excellent.
Every year, when we welcome back our alumni, we honor the Tiger spirit that crosses generations and geographic borders. That spirit is reflected in our community’s shared commitment to service — through leadership, research, creativity and a contribution to the public good. And while we formally celebrate this commitment one weekend every October, I’m reminded every day of the impact the Mizzou community has across this state and around the world.
Alexander N. Cartwright, Ph.D.
University of Missouri
Mizzou engineering students recently got the chance to plan and pitch for the future, participating in series of events hosted by Virgin Hyperloop One and Black & Veatch on Missouri’s Hyperloop project. The all-electric Missouri Hyperloop would connect St. Louis to Kansas City and include a portal in Columbia. Each student group had two minutes to pitch ideas for how that Columbia portal could best serve the city and the university while also generating revenue.
As part of an inter-university and corporate research team, Randall Prather, distinguished professor of animal science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, recently discovered that editing pigs’ genes could prevent the infection of an incurable and deadly virus known as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). Reducing illness rates that result in over $660 million in losses to farmers each year, this revolutionary breakthrough could soon be a very big solution to a decades-old problem.
MU Extension faculty and their team of professionals are now better poised to help older adults across Missouri mitigate their fear of falling. The Administration for Community Living recently awarded them a $500,000 grant, supporting the “Stay Strong, Stay Healthy” and “Matter of Balance” programs that focus on creating an all-around better quality of life for aging Missourians.
Ask Bryan Garton and Mark Langworthy, both in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, what the best recipe for a Tiger tailgate is, and they’ll tell you one thing: the food. Crafting each tailgate menu to exemplify that weekend’s opponent, such as gator and fish when Mizzou played the University of Florida, Garton and Langworthy have elevated tailgating to a comprehensive, family-affair that offers a taste of home for every visitor.