Research Report '04
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Investigators Continue on Path to 'Higher Level of Excellence'

Long Strands in Small Packages

New Insights Into an Old Reaction

Developed for Dogs, New 'Tissue Scaffolds' Offer Hope for Hobbled Humans

Deaton Named MU Chancellor

Gifts Revitalize Red Campus Research

Student Scholars Gain Smart New Space

Five MU Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

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Student Scholars Gain Smart New Space

At Ellis Library's new James B. Nutter Sr. Family Information Commons, student researchers are using an array of high-tech tools to access a world of higher knowledge, and doing it in surroundings that make learning easy to love.

The Information Commons, housed in a renovated portion of the library's reference section, was made possible by a $1 million gift from James B. Nutter Sr., a prominent Kansas City businessman.

"Libraries have traditionally served as a source of information, whether in books and journals, or in new digital media," said Jim Cogswell, director of the MU Libraries. "We find that today's students want more than information. They want spaces where they can work with one another in small groups to share information and ideas in a secure, comfortable, and motivating learning environment."

The common's 25,000-square foot area features 103 computers arranged in 75 workstations, 24 café seats, and numerous study areas divided by frosted glass paneled walls bearing the names of the state's intellectual luminaries. In addition, it boasts comfortable lounge seats positioned beneath ornate wooden beams resembling tree branches.

Students using the commons will be able to take advantage of high-speed Internet access, e-mail, wireless laptop access, laser printing and scanning services, with staff members on-hand to provide assistance.

"This is a space where collaborative learning takes place," Cogswell says, "where active minds share ideas and explore new outlooks, and where information becomes knowledge."

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