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New MU Metagenomics Center to Make Important Research Process Cheaper, Faster

University of Missouri officials celebrate the opening of the MU Metagenomics Center, located at Discovery Ridge Research Park. The new center will serve as a comprehensive resource for microbiological research performed at Mizzou, other universities and private entities around the country.

Contemporary indigenous activism reveals the role of ‘place’ in environmental sustainability and justice, MU scholar finds

“Place-based identity” is the idea that people form a sense of place and establish connections to a geographical area. Often, place-based struggles arise when that sense of home is threatened by development or undermined by non-local actors. In a new book that focuses on place-based activism led by indigenous people in the United States, Canada and New Zealand, Soren Larsen suggests that today’s place-based battles are transforming the way native and non-native people are understanding and relating to place itself.

Online consumers want emotional reviews—just not too emotional

Online reviews play an increasingly important role in consumer behavior as more Americans opt to purchase items online. Previously, studies examining the influence of reviews focused on the length of the reviews and whether they were positive or negative. New research from the University of Missouri is among the first to examine how expressions of emotion impact the helpfulness of a review. Among the findings, researchers observed that although some emotion was important to be persuasive, reviews perceived as being overly emotional often were ignored.

Specialized communication narratives help couples deal with miscarriage, MU study finds

Anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of clinically recognized pregnancies end in loss, according to the American Pregnancy Association, making miscarriage a socially significant health issue. Often, women experience profound grief, guilt and depression straining a committed relationship. A recent University of Missouri study examined how men also have to cope with their partner’s miscarriage and how married couples can use “communicated perspective-taking” to cope. The findings could help couples cope with miscarriage while also informing practitioners who treat anxiety and stress.

CALENDAR ITEM: MU Cyberinfrastructure Day

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Life Differences Make Women Less Risk Tolerant When Investing

Prior research has long shown that women are, on average, less risk tolerant in their financial decisions than men. This is a concern as investors with low levels of risk tolerance might have greater difficulty reaching their financial goals and building adequate retirement wealth because they are unlikely to invest in stocks. Now, a researcher from the University of Missouri has found that men and women do not think about investment risks differently. Instead, income uncertainty affects men and women differently, which leads to differences in risk tolerance.

CALENDAR ITEM: Grand Opening for the Thompson Center Research and Training Facility

WHAT: The University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders will open a new research and training facility in Columbia. This facility will provide space for Thompson Center experts to instruct parents, teachers, health care providers and those in the general community who interact with individuals on the autism spectrum. The new building also will provide valuable space for innovative research on the causes and treatment of autism. The grand opening will feature:

Differences Between Military, Civilian Life Contribute to Veterans in the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Military veterans currently account for 8 percent of the national prison and jail population, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. However, it is unclear how many veterans are under community supervision or involved community-intervention programs, and little data exist that illustrates how veterans enter the criminal justice system. Now, new research from the University of Missouri establishes that alcohol and drug use, difficulty adjusting to civilian life, and economic disadvantages are main contributors to criminal justice involvement for veterans. Information from this research could help policymakers reduce arrests and prevent incarcerations.

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