Tara Selly

For Tara Selly, a childhood dream becomes reality

BY HANNAH LAZO COLUMBIA – Not many people can say they uncovered their life’s passion in their own backyard, but for Tara Selly, that’s exactly what happened. Selly said she can remember burying plastic dinosaurs in her sandbox and using a spoon to unearth them when she was just 4 years old. Fast-forward a couple of…

Sean Ross helps a client pack her car on March 24, 2016 at Central Food Pantry.

Sean Ross shares food, brings hope to Mid-Missouri

Central Pantry in Columbia, Missouri doesn’t look like a typical food pantry. The food isn’t rationed out or held in a church basement. Instead, it looks a lot like grocery store with aisles and shopping carts, a produce section, and even walk-in freezers for meat and frozen food. It’s set up this way because of…

Jeff Ferguson sits in his office at the MU Research Reactor

Jeff Ferguson looks at objects’ origins to learn about history

Columbia — Jeff Ferguson can’t sit still for long. He emanates energy, always searching for something to occupy his mind or his hands. That energy often funnels into his longtime interest in handcrafted things and human technologies. As an archaeologist, he analyzes artifacts crafted a long time ago in the hopes of finding out more about the people…

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Carol Lorenzen sheds light on prolonging meat color

In the United States, over a billion dollars is lost annually due to unsold and “spoiled” meat in delis and supermarkets. These meats are not “spoiled” in the traditional sense, but their color appears a bit more brown, green or gray than red, making them look less than appealing for purchase. Researchers at MU’s meat science…