Month: December 2015

CP commentary: In the eye of the storm

The Columbia Missourian staff knew something was going to happen. They didn’t know exactly what that was, but editors, reporters, photographers and designers lined up in the newsroom with their laptops and cameras on standby. I arrived at Lee Hills…

Technology can be an effective teaching tool … or not

The effectiveness of various technologies in educational settings is often debated. For years, learning was done the same way: pen, paper and textbooks. Then in the early 1980s, personal computers, known as PCs, gained popularity, and education has never been the…

Path to professorship for Mantrala began in India

There are many different paths to becoming a professor, but some are longer than others. For Murali Mantrala, chair of the department of marketing at MU, the journey began in India. “I came to pursue research,” Mantrala said. “I had…

Oak mites made for an itchy fall for some

This fall, many mid-Missouri residents found that raking the colorful abundance of leaves that flooded their yards left them with more than just a clean lawn. In fact, some were surprised to find dozens of itchy chigger-like bites around their…

Soledad O’Brien speaks on diversity in the media

Just weeks following widespread racial turmoil on the University of Missouri campus, MSA and GPC were proud to present former CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien to speak on her views of diversity in the media. O’Brien, who is known as a social…

Desire to help led Shannon to career in extension

Pictures drawn by her children, family photographs and images of pigs surround Marcia Shannon in her small office in the Animal Science Research Center on the east side of the MU campus. Shannon, the state extension swine nutrition specialist, is…

Simonsen embodies leadership traits he teaches students

It is not an overstatement to say Jon Simonsen loves his students. Whether it is his dedication to the Litton Leadership Scholars program or how open and willing he is to sit down and talk through problems with any students…

Valerie Duever, an unconventional life for a woman with heart

Valerie Duever, is more than just your average bee queen. While a substantial part of her life revolves around her beehive farm and honeybee education, there is more to Duever, president of the Missouri Bee Keepers Association, than honey and…

CP Editorial: Consider the benefits of a plant-based diet

The terms “vegetarianism” or “veganism” often are followed by cringes or comments of extremism. Plant-based diets are put to shame almost upon mention, but the reasons are somewhat unclear. Generally, diets are clumped with many other categories of fads, but…

Conflicting consumer demands create need for both conventional and organic agriculture

Organic agriculture is a growing niche market that has farmers and consumers racing to defend their points of view. The agriculture industry continues its struggle to feed a hungry world with limited resources and almost unlimited human wants and needs.…