UM students showcase research at the Capitol
Students from all four University of Missouri campuses shared their research with state legislators during the annual Undergraduate Research Day, Tuesday, April 17. The event, held at the Missouri State Capitol, demonstrates the unique opportunities undergraduate students from the University of Missouri have to participate in research with world-class faculty. This year 52 students from all four UM campuses worked with faculty mentors from departments including political science, biology, psychology, engineering, anthropology and many others. Research topics ranged from “Improving chemotherapy: Targeting proteins involved in drug resistance” to “Hydrogen cars from cornfields” and the “Ozone affects Missouri’s urban residents and rural crops.” Many of the students also present their research at campus, regional and national symposia and conferences.
Students showcased their research projects in poster sessions in the Capitol rotunda and shared information about their educational experiences with elected officials. The students also were introduced on both the House and Senate floors.
Senate passes omnibus higher education bill with MOHELA projects
On Thursday, April 19, the Senate gave initial approval to SB389, the omnibus higher education bill sponsored by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin), by a vote of 21-12. The bill includes the mechanism for MOHELA to provide funds for higher education capital projects across the state. During debate, lawmakers approved an amendment that expands and increases the Bright Flight scholarship program and requires institutions that receive MOHELA funds to ensure they are not employing any instructors or faculty who are required to register as sex offenders. After hours of debate and discussion of many amendments, Republicans forced a vote on the bill by using a maneuver known as moving the previous question to end debate. [Read more…]
Senate Appropriations Committee approves UM budget
UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey speaks at a press conference on campus security as Gov. Matt Blunt looks on.
The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Chuck Gross (R-St. Charles), approved a core budget appropriation of $430 million, or about a 4.2 percent increase, for the University of Missouri. The committee will next send their recommendations to the Senate floor for consideration, and then differences between the Senate and the House will be resolved in a Conference Committee. The state budget must be completed by Friday, May 11.
Governor Blunt calls for task force on campus security
Gov. Matt Blunt announced a campus security task force on Tuesday, April 17, following the tragic events that occurred at Virginia Tech. The task force will examine the safety and security at Missouri’s higher education institutions, ensure a partnership between school administrators and the public safety community, and focus on initiatives to improve safety standards and heighten security within buildings and facilities on campus. The group will provide the governor with a comprehensive report detailing the findings. Mark James, director of public safety, and Dr. Robert Stein, commissioner of higher education, will serve as the task force’s co-chairs. The governor visited UMKC on Thursday, April 19, to discuss security with campus officials and to name law enforcement agent Michael Boxler as a task force member. Other members to be appointed will include two- and four-year public and private higher education leaders, student representatives, and members from law enforcement and public safety associations.
Members of the MU wrestling team, Coach Brian Smith and Sen. Chuck Graham pose with their resolution and NCAA trophy on the Senate floor.
MU wrestling team recognized in Senate
The University of Missouri-Columbia wrestling team was recognized on both the House and Senate floor this week and honored with a reception in the Senate alcove. The team, led by Head Coach Brian Smith, took third place – the team’s highest finish ever – in the 2007 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. It is the first NCAA team trophy for MU since 1965, when the Indoor Track & Field team took home the title. Senior Ben Askren, of Wisconsin, also earned his second NCAA National Champion title. Sen. Chuck Graham (D-Columbia) introduced the team on the floor and presented them with a resolution in honor of their achievements. Rep. Judy Baker (D-Columbia) also introduced the team on the House floor.
Rep. Tony George
Rep. Tony George
Rep. Tony George (D-Florissant) represents part of St. Louis County, District 74, in the Missouri House of Representatives. “The University of Missouri is a key player in providing Missouri with an educated workforce,” George said. “With good jobs and a trained workforce, the state can move forward economically, and families can enjoy increased income and a higher standard of living.” [Read more…]