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Rector Appointed Faculty Fellow

R. Scott Rector, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology and medicine-gastroenterology and hepatology, has been appointed as the Office of Research and Economic Development Faculty Fellow. In this role, Dr. Rector will administer the submission, assessment, and award process for the Research Council.

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University of Missouri Midwest BioAccelerator joins Department of Health and Human Services health security innovation network

The University of Missouri is among five institutions that recently joined a nationwide network established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

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Imagination Critical to Two Recent Research Council Grants

Rachel Thibodeau, an assistant professor of human development and family science and Pazia Mannella, an assistant teaching professor in Mizzou’s Fibers Program, School of Visual Studies, were awarded Mizzou Research Council grants to augment and enhance their research programs. Each, in their own way, are exploring imagination.

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Space for Hearts: The evolution of Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center

What started as the NASA-affiliated Space Sciences Research Center, is now a premier research facility focused on creating research collisions needed to advance science. Michael A. Hill, interim Director of Dalton, discusses his research, breakthroughs, shared research facilities and Cardiovascular Day.

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MU scientists use smartphones to improve dismal rating of nation’s civil infrastructure

In the United States, aging civil infrastructure systems are deteriorating on a massive scale. A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers gave these systems a D+ rating nationwide on an A – F scale. Now scientists at the University of Missouri have developed smartphone-based technologies that can monitor civil infrastructure systems such as crumbing roads and aging bridges, potentially saving millions of lives.

Free tax preparation help available at Mizzou

Changes to federal and state taxes could cause confusion for students and Missouri families. The University of Missouri will open Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to assist Missourians with their tax return preparation today through April 15.

Defending against cyberattacks by giving attackers ‘false hope’

With almost every every online purchase, a person’s personal information — name, date of birth and credit card number — is stored electronically often in the “cloud,” which is a network of internet servers. Now, as more people buy from online businesses, researchers at the University of Missouri hope to employ a new strategy in the ongoing struggle to protect digital information in the cloud from targeted cyberattacks. The strategy establishes a new artificial intelligence system to combat digital intrusions.

New precision medicine procedure fights cancer, advances treatment for pets and humans

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists at the University of Missouri have helped advance a patient-specific, precision medicine treatment for bone cancer in dogs. By creating a vaccine from a dog’s own tumor, scientists worked with ELIAS Animal Health to target specific cancer cells and avoid the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, while also opening the door for future human clinical trials.

New theory unlocks the secret behind protein-membrane interactions

Trillions of cells — all different shapes and sizes — form a human body’s structure. Surrounding each cell is a membrane, jointly acting as hostess and security — welcoming certain information into the cell while making sure its components don’t spill out into the body’s void. Much is known about how the individual pieces of a cell work, but a significant understanding of how proteins interact with the cell membrane has remained a mystery until now, following a recent study at the University of Missouri.

Just like flipping a switch – in only half a picosecond

Solar cells, quantum computing and photodynamic cancer therapy. These all involve molecules switching between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms. Previously this process, called a “spin flip,” was thought to occur slowly in most cases. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered spin flips happen in one half of one trillionth of a second, or half a picosecond in the course of a chemical reaction. To understand how fast it is — watches count in seconds, sporting games are timed in 10ths of a second, and light travels just under 12 inches in one-billionth of a second. Spin flips are faster.

New measure of equality reveals a fuller picture of male well-being

Researchers from the University of Missouri and University of Essex in the United Kingdom say a new way of measuring gender inequality is fairer to both men and women, and presents a simplified but more accurate picture of peoples’ well-being than previous calculations. The new Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) focuses on three factors – educational opportunities, healthy life expectancy and overall life satisfaction.

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