Research Report '04
 MU Office of Research Home page. Year In Review. Technology Development. Sponsored Research. Instruction & Public Service. 2003 & Beyond.

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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

Expenditures and Awards

Gifts Revitalize Red Campus Research

Two major donations will provide a boost to scientists, scholars and students working in the historic heart of the University of Missouri campus.

In February 2004, the School of Journalism received $31 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for the creation of a new Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. The center will focus on advanced studies of journalism and its role in democratic societies.

The gift is the largest private donation ever to the University of Missouri. It will include up to $16.7 million for construction of the Reynolds Institute, to be housed on MU's Francis Quadrangle. Another $1.8 million will fund technology and furnishings for the high-tech facility, with an additional $12.4 million available over a six-year period to fund the Institute's staff salaries, programs and operations.

Donald W. Reynolds, who died in 1993, was a 1927 graduate of the School of Journalism. He parleyed an initial $1,000 investment--part of it borrowed--into one of the largest privately held communications companies in the United States. 

On the other end of the Quad, MU's engineers will soon benefit from a $7.5 million gift provided by Tom and Nell Lafferre -- a donation that will be used for planning and construction of engineering facilities upgrades on the red campus and elsewhere.

At their November 2004 meeting, the Curators of the University of Missouri announced that, in recognition of the Lafferre's generosity, the Engineering Building East will be renamed "Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall." Engineering Building East complex, parts of which date to 1893, houses the majority of the college's classes.

Tom Lafferre earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from MU, as well as an MS from Washington University and an advanced management degree from Harvard University. He later joined Monsanto Corp. in St. Louis, where he eventually became vice president of operations. His wife, Nell, attended MU's College of Education for one year.

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