July 22, 2016

STATE UPDATE:

Lackluster revenue numbers cause Governor to withhold $115 million

Citing sluggish revenue at the end of the fiscal year which resulted in overall year-to-date growth of less than 1 percent, Governor Jay Nixon announced $115 million in FY17 restrictions earlier this month that include several UM-related items. The Governor has the authority to withhold or restrict appropriated dollars in the event that revenues do not appear to be keeping pace with anticipated amounts that were used when building the budget.  The funds can be released at any point if sufficient revenues come in.

For UM, the restrictions totaled more than $15 million in operating and capital funds. To see a full list of the UM related restrictions, go here.

To see the Governor’s news release and the full list of withholdings, go here.

UM System Review Commission organizes in its first meeting

The University of Missouri Review Commission, created by the Missouri General Assembly through SCR66, will look at UM policies and procedures and prepare a report for the General Assembly by the end of the calendar year. The members have been named and the Commission held its first organizational meeting in Jefferson City on July 15. Missouri Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) named Neil Bredehoeft, Dave Spence, Michael Williams and Renee Hulshof to the panel while Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) named Pamela Washington, Jeanne Sinquefield, Gary Forsee and Robert Duncan.

At the inaugural meeting, Sinquefield was elected chair of the commission and Forsee was elected vice chair. They organized four working groups of two members that will each review specific areas. They include degree completion, workforce readiness and program performance; governance and accountability; diversity and Title IX programs; and research, Extension, distance learning and auxiliary services. The group will gather initial information and report back to the full commission at an August 24 meeting in Columbia.

Springfield Clinical Campus for MU School of Medicine opens

The University of Missouri School of Medicine, along with CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield, officially opened the new clinical campus in Springfield on June 13.  This partnership was designed to address the shortage of physicians in southern Missouri. The new clinical campus will allow a cohort of MU medical students to complete their last two years of training in Springfield.  The expansion, made possible by a $10 million recurring appropriation from the state, is expected to have a significant impact in Missouri by adding more than 300 physicians, 3500 new health care jobs and $390 million annually to the state’s economy.

MOBIO legislative tour visits MU

On July 12, a group of legislators visited MU as part of a Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO)  benchmarking tour across the state to learn more about  life sciences initiatives. Highlights of the tour included a stop at the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center to hear from researchers from several disciplines; the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) where they learned about the role of the reactor in radiopharmaceutical development and production; and the Missouri Innovation Center incubator to see how new companies are started in Missouri. A key goal of the tour is to broaden awareness among legislators of biotechnology’s economic impact and future potential for Missouri.

Representative Arthur viewing research presented at the Bond Life Sciences Building.

Representative Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) viewing research presented at the Bond Life Sciences Building.

FEDERAL UPDATE:

President Obama signs the Global Food Security Act in to law

On July 20th, the President signed the Global Food Security Act of 2016, S.1252, in to law. This law, which is supported by the University of Missouri System, will require the Obama Administration (and future Administrations) to develop a global food strategy and include within that strategy research conducted through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future Innovation Labs as well as USAID funded university partnerships with developing countries. The University of Missouri-Columbia campus is partnered with the University of Illinois on a current Feed the Future Innovation Lab in Soybean Value Chain Research.

While House announces next steps in PMI

The White House recently announced next steps in support of the Administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), including $55 million in new awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the recruitment of participants into the PMI cohort program; a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to streamline its oversight of genomic tests; and the development of tools and technology to make data accessible and usable for researchers and participants.  The NIH funding was directed to the creation of a Data and Research Support Center, to be established at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; the creation of Participant Technologies Centers, which will support direct enrollment of patients into the cohort; and funding to Healthcare Provider Organizations, including Columbia University Medical Center, Northwestern University, University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh, to engage their patients in the PMI Cohort Program.

Federal Campus and DC Visitors

MU Extension visits Washington, D.C.; UMSL professor participates in roundtable on crime

Last week, Tammy Roberts, associate extension professional nutrition specialist, and Jim Crawford, associate extension professional and natural resource engineer for MU Extension visited Washington, D.C. For the National Extension Leadership Development conference and to attend meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss the different leadership styles of Members of the Missouri delegation. While in D.C., they met with staff from Senator McCaskill, Senator Blunt, Rep. Hartzler and Rep. Graves’ offices.

Dr. Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) spoke at the first in a series of “Ask a Criminologist” congressional roundtables hosted by the Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJR) and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) on July 7th. The roundtable focused on the rising homicide rates in the U.S. and prominently featured Dr. Rosenfeld’s research on the topic. His study, which was commissioned by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), found that homicide rates in 2015 increased by 17 percent compared to the previous year. It also examined possible explanations for this increase, including expanding drug markets, returning prisoners, and the so-called “Ferguson Effect.” Ultimately, Dr. Rosenfeld called for a monthly release of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) so that changes in crime rates can be studied as they occur. Under the current system, the final UCR for 2015 will not be released until September or October 2016.

UMSL Professor Rick Rosenfeld participating in congressional roundtable.

Pictured:  UMSL Professor Rick Rosenfeld participating in congressional roundtable.

Source: CJR Alliance twitter

 

Senator Blunt visits UMSL

Senator Roy Blunt visited the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on July 1st. Senator Blunt spoke with MIMH Director Dr. Robert Paul and other researchers about how the work done at MIMH is advancing mental health care. Additionally, they discussed the importance of research and expanding access to care.

Senator Blunt visits UMSL

Pictured: William Lemon, Director of Scientific & Computing Services, ITE Facility Management; David Tate, Associate Professor, Research and Director of the Brain Imaging and Behavior Laboratory; Chris Spilling, interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research; Felix Vincenz, Associate Director of MIMH; Senator Roy Blunt; UMSL Chancellor Tom George; and Rob Paul, Director of MIMH

Source:  Office of Senator Roy Blunt twitter

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT DATES:

July 18-September 6 – US House and Senate Summer Recess

August 2 – Missouri Primary Election

September 14 – State Legislative Veto Session

November 8 – Election Day

December 19 – Target adjournment for the 114th US Congress