The Cherng Summer Scholars Program is one of the University of Missouri’s most prestigious and ambitious summer research and artistry programs. Julia will use this award to assess the role of polyploidy in amino acid composition of Brassica rapa and Brassica napus. Congratulations Julia!
Dr. Abraham Eisenstark served as Director of the Division of Biological Sciences from 1971 to 1980. During his tenure at MU, he received both the Byler Distinguished Professor Award and the Thomas Jefferson Award in recognition of his scientific and teaching excellence. He currently is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences as well as Research Director for Columbia’s Cancer Research Center. Dr. Hartman established this endowment in recognition of the positive impact Dr. Eisenstark has had (and continues to have) on multitudes of students and the contributions he has made to the Division. In addition to honoring Dr. Eisenstark, Dr. Hartman wished for the endowment to enhance and strengthen MU’s position among its peers in the American Association of Universities (AAU) by recognizing and rewarding outstanding faculty who, like his mentor, excel in teaching, research, and service. AAU universities are key players that set higher education and research agendas for the nation, and MU’s membership enables significant impacts in Missouri and beyond.
Nationally, over 1000 students from 470 colleges and universities competed for the prestigious Goldwater scholarship. Of those students, just 240 were named as Goldwater Scholars and 307 identified as Honorable Mentions. We are so proud of Julia to have earned honorable mention and to be only one of two at MIZZOU to achieve such an accolade!
Our own undergraduate Sarah Gebken has just accepted a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at John Hopkins for the summer! Sarah hopes that by working with graduate students and facility who study human health that she will gain clarity for her emphasis within the field of Bioengineering. Congrats Sarah!
At this month’s Life Science Social, the Pires lab discussed their research at an informal setting. Although the research had great feedback, it was Dr. Pires juggling with Daniel Westfall that was the highlight of the event!
In August, we welcomed visiting scholar Dr. Ruma Devi! Ruma is an assistant professor from the Department of Vegetable Science at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India. While visiting the Pires lab Ruma will be working to make double haploid (DH) lines in Cauliflower. We are having a great time learning how to take better care of the plants, her methods for making DH lines, and all about the wonderful celebrations in India!