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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.

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.

Addressing Domestic Violence Should be Part of Recovery Plan During Natural Disasters

Hurricane Harvey is the most recent natural disaster that has caused damage and destruction across many communities. When disasters strike an entire community, they do not affect all community members equally, and victims of domestic violence are often particularly vulnerable. Researchers at the University of Missouri have now identified a framework that can help victims of domestic violence before, during and after disaster events.

EXPERTS AVAILABLE: Tips, Advice as Students Head Back to School From MU Researchers

As the days grow shorter, families are preparing for another year of school while enjoying the last few days of summer. For many parents, the return to school can be stressful with concerns about how to ensure their children’s academic and personal success. Children may also have concerns about fitting in with a new group of people and whether they “fell behind” in their academic progress from the year before.

EXPERTS AVAILABLE: Tips, Advice as Students Head Back to School From MU Researchers

The views and opinions expressed in this “for expert comment” release are based on research and/or opinions of the researcher(s) and/or faculty member(s) and do not reflect the University’s official stance.

Understanding Salamander Breeding Patterns May Lead to Better Forest Management, Conservation Strategies

With changing environments, pond-breeding salamanders face increasingly hazardous treks as the space between breeding ponds and their non-breeding habitat widens or is degraded. A study from the University of Missouri suggests that a salamander’s success may depend more on when it breeds than on the landscape obstacles it might face. Scientists believe that knowing the patterns in which salamanders move back and forth could lead to better forest management and conservation strategies.

To Restore Trust in Online Transactions, Retailers Need to Develop a Virtual Handshake

At one time, transactions between merchants and consumers were often sealed with a handshake. This handshake was more than a kind gesture—it helped reassure both parties that the other was committed to the deal and would correct any problems. As more transactions occur online, finding fair and efficient resolution of problems that arise can be challenging. In a new book, a University of Missouri legal expert says it’s in the best interest of both retailers and consumers to establish a new virtual handshake to bring trust back into such interactions.

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