Archive for June, 2009

If you work at a nursery, landscaping business or just do a lot of gardening at home, you’re certain to have to deal with bugs and weeds that can harm your plants. But what can you do about those annoying little critters?

On July 14, MU is hosting a field day of workshops dealing with landscaping issues at its South Farms Center complex.  The day will include discussions about annual flower selections, turfgrass diseases affecting golf courses and the best products for getting rid of weeds and crabgrass.

Exotic creepy crawlies, including the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorn beetle, gypsy moth and ambrosia beetle, will also be the topic of discussion.

MU horticulturists David Trinklein and Chris Starbuck will lead the afternoon session, which, according to an MU news release, includes “a tour of the state Capitol complex in Jefferson City to discuss plant selection, use and design.”

Registration is $40 for the morning session, including lunch, and $10 for the afternoon session.

South Farms Center is at 3600 E. New Haven Road, a quarter-mile east of the Route AC/Grindstone Parkway exit off Highway 63 in southeast Columbia.

For additional information, contact Tonya Mueller at 356-6955 or Brad Fresenburg at 442-4893.


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This week, I talked to MU students who received financial aid so they had a chance at going to college. Without that support, college life would remain a dream with a slim chance to become a reality.

The recession is making the lives of students and their families even harder. MU has seen a 16 percent increase in the number of students seeking federal financial aid this year, meaning that 2,859 more students are having trouble paying for college.

Read more about this in my story Wednesday.

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Working in Starbucks at the Memorial Union at the crack of dawn everyday provides very “interesting” experiences. One experience I did not expect however, was to hear a small group of doctoral students singing a song about community to the tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas.” From this jolly harmony echoing off walls, I gathered the students had a successful week.

I covered a story about 23 doctorate students who met with nine mentors from around the world at MU this week to discuss science teaching and learning. They met and held a series of discussions and workshops to help the students with their research.

Since I’ve been a barista for several years, I’ve been taught to keep the “coffee shop talk” alive. Daily, when the doctorate students would make their appearances during breaks between sessions for a tall cup of Pike Place or an iced grande non-fat hazelnut latte, I found myself asking about how everything was going.

The students I spoke with, such as Smith, who I mentioned in my article, said the conference was a “positive learning experience.”

Overall, the smiles and excitement that “sang” from their voices led me to observe the success of the week.

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MU is hosting an international conference on bioelectrics with speakers from MU as well as Japan, France, Germany, and Thailand today and Friday.

According to a University news release, bioelectrics is an emerging science that studies short electrical pulses and the effect these pulses have on biological cells and tissue. The study of bioelectrics could advance solutions in medicine, forestry, and renewable energy.

Bioelectrics could be used to target and kill specific cells such as cancer cells or warts, decontaminate foods, or deliver drugs into specific cells according to research published by Old Dominion University.

The event will take place in the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus.

For more information: http://engineering.missouri.edu/bioelectric/about/

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MU’s Division of IT sent out an e-mail yesterday to update users about the ongoing crossover to Microsoft’s Outlook Live e-mail service.

According to the e-mail, about 5,000 students have made the switch so far.

The e-mail also points out that although students’ e-mail address names will change, they don’t need to update or recreate distribution lists.

A previously sent e-mail said messages sent to the old addresses will be automatically forwarded to the new ones. However, students must transfer any old messages they wish to keep themselves.

IT expects all student e-mail accounts to be transitioned to Outlook Live by the fall semester.

Read more about the crossover here.

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