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Matter over mind

Researcher Vicki Conn says knowing the benefits of exercise isn't enough to change behaviors.

That’s evolution for you

Steven Pinker, a Harvard psychology professor, author and one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, visited campus March 19 to speak at MU’s annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium.

Tigers, tees and top tens

The second annual John Anderson Celebrity Golf Invitational will raise money for Columbia's food bank and public schools July 10 and 11.

Conducting and composing

By winning the 2011 Sinquefield Composition Prize, graduate student Patrick Clark got the rare opportunity to conduct a University Philharmonic performance of his own score.

Hitting books and baseballs

Jenna Marston has found success on the softball and baseball fields and in the classroom as an industrial engineering honors student.

Serious award in comedy

Matt Fotis, a doctoral student in Mizzou’s Department of Theatre won the 2010-11 Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting for his recent work.

Honoring past veterans, helping new ones

On Veterans Day 2010, the MU Veterans Center opened the doors in a more central location in Memorial Union with increased space and resources. The expanded office helps students throughout mid-Missouri, whether they plan to enroll at Mizzou or elsewhere.

Enrollment bolsters budget

State support for higher education will decrease again in FY 2012. But administrators are optimistic that projected fall enrollment will ease MU's budget situation.

One Mizzou campaign focuses on unity, respect

A student-led campaign called One Mizzou aims to help students, staff and faculty acknowledge their differences while maintaining respect.

Bond gifts keep on giving

The newly established Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Distinguished Lecture Series will provide a forum for national and international experts to discuss economics, politics, science and national security at venues across Missouri.

Honorary degrees given

The university has given 386 honorary degrees since 1892. Meet this year's honorees.

'Bobmatic' teaching

Bob Flanagan, assistant teaching professor of religious studies, raises thought-provoking questions using his philosophy of "Bobma."

Bringing 19th-century England to life

Elizabeth Chang, an assistant professor of English, was one of five MU faculty members to receive a 2011 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in April.

Boning up

Carol Ward, professor of pathology and anatomical science in the MU School of Medicine, is studying an ancient hominid's fossilized foot bone that is changing what we know about our ancestors.

The Big ‘M’ gets new duds

To kick off the 2011 football season, Marching Mizzou will unveil a new uniform after about 20 years of a relatively unchanged look.

Frankenstein goes to court

Law students and alumni used storylines from a literary classic to put Dr. Frankenstein on trial.

A sweet challenge

Mizzou Cake Challenge drew 55 professional and amateur cake decorators, whose creations were judged by Food Network star Duff Goldman.

Preserving African elephants

Amanda Prasuhn, 2011 Goldwater Scholar and biological sciences senior, hopes her research can save African elephants from extinction.

In the not-too-distant future

Somewhere in time and space — from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. every Sunday on Columbia's KOPN — Tony Layson and Kyle Cook host the wacky program Mystery Science Radio 3000.

Forensic accounting series focuses on fraud

Dawdy Speaker Series, started by Jay Dawdy, BS Acc ’89, introduces students to the forensic accounting field.

Plush doggy dens

A student-designed dwelling for canines makes being “in the doghouse” a good thing.

Rhea life

Rhea Taylor was nearly overlooked by every major softball program in the country. As the Tigers head into 2011 postseason play, head Coach Ehrin Earleywine and the Big 12 champions are glad they found their leadoff star.

Letter jackets warm hearts

Varsity M, the Mizzou Alumni Association’s affinity group for athletes who have earned letters, is handing out letter jackets in style.