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2017 Winter Commencement Challenges Graduates to Better the World

UMKC students at graduationApproximately 1,000 University of Missouri-Kansas City graduates, friends and families filled Swinney Auditorium to celebrate the culmination of years of late nights and hard work as graduates claimed their diplomas. The university held three ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16 and presented two honorary doctorate degrees. Continue reading

$300,000 NSF Grant for Climate Research

Prof. SunAssistant Professor of Geosciences Fengpeng Sun Ph.D. was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. As the principal investigator, Sun will work as an independent researcher on a three-year project, “High-resolution Climate Change Projections in Missouri.”

Sun’s funded project is part of NSF’s Missouri Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, “Missouri Transect: Plants, Climate and Community”, headed by Prof. John Walker at MU in Columbia. Missouri Transect is a five-year effort to build infrastructure, knowledge and collaborations in research and education across Missouri. As an established climate scientist, Sun brings to the Missouri Transect added expertise in the design of high-resolution regional climate modeling. Continue reading

365 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Spring 2018 Semester

A total of 365 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.
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A Bridge to the Stars

An innovative pipeline to improve STEM diversity

Inner-city high school students in Kansas City now have a unique opportunity to learn in a college classroom with a professional astronomer through A Bridge to the Stars Scholarship and Mentoring Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The man behind the program is Daniel H. McIntosh, Ph.D., an award-winning professor of physics and astronomy, and a scientist researching the birth and growth of galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope. As a teacher, McIntosh shares his knowledge, and his enthusiasm, to inspire others. Continue reading

Addressing the Cost of Higher Education: Open Educational Resources reduce costs for students, enhance learning

Male student wearing UMKC shirt with laptopThe cost of higher education is an issue, and one the University of Missouri-Kansas City is addressing.

As part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, UMKC has had one of the lowest rates of tuition increase in the U.S. during the past decade. And despite this year’s tuition increase of 1 percent, efforts to keep the overall cost of education are continuing, and are working.

For example, in June 2017, the University of Missouri-Kansas City joined UM System in the Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) program to save students money on textbooks and other course materials. Continue reading

ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy…

Phoenix Cluster impression by B. SaxtonTeam used ALMA telescope to unlock mysteries of giant galaxy at the center of Phoenix Cluster

A team of astronomers including Mark Brodwin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy in which it resides.

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Astronomer shares pro tip for finding the best place to watch the eclipse

From astronomers to outdoor enthusiasts, astrophysicists to laymen — many are giddy about the coming totality of a solar eclipse.

2017 Solar eclipse path in MissouriBut where to watch it unfold is a question facing eclipse hunters as the Aug. 21 event approaches.

Daniel McIntosh, a distinguished professor of astronomy and physics at UMKC, has diligently plotted out where he’ll observe the eclipse, and he shared a pro tip that he himself is using to pick out a location: find a hill with a view to the west.

“So you can see the western horizon,” he said. “You’ll see the shadow as it comes toward you.” Continue reading

CAS presents inaugural Royall Professorships

Normal Royall Distinguished Professor AwardThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented the inaugural Norman Royall Professorships to four faculty members during the College’s 2017 Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Royall Professorship is the highest honor bestowed by the College.

“As the highest recognition in the College, the Royall Professorship will reward faculty committed to research and/or teaching excellence, creativity and interdisciplinarity,” said Dean Wayne Vaught during the presentation.

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Chemistry Department Celebrates First Phase of Renovated Lab Space

Beakers and Chemistry equipmentOfficials from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and McCarthy Building Companies recently gathered to commemorate the completion of the first phase of a $21.5 million project to renovate and modernize 75,000 square feet of laboratory space in the Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings on the UMKC Volker Campus.

“Renovating and expanding UMKC’s primary biology and chemistry teaching laboratories enhances our ability to offer outstanding research and academic degree programs in modern sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Robert Simmons, UMKC associate vice chancellor of administration. “Modernizing outdated buildings benefits students, faculty and the community, while addressing functionality, enrollment capacity and deferred maintenance needs.” Continue reading

Chemistry professor publishes book on black titanium dioxide

Xiaobo ChenBlack TiO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Applications. The book, published through World Scientific Publishing, aims to present the recent progress on the research of black TiO2 nanomaterials and how they can be used in a number of clean energy applications.

The book includes a theoretical analysis of TiO2 research, and provides a comprehensive review of the subject for students, researchers and practitioners in catalytic science, materials science, nanotechnology, green technology and chemistry. Continue reading

Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold, Silver and Platinum

A conversation with Mark Brodwin, assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy

Scientists recently witnessed the spectacle of colliding neutron stars. What are they?

Brodwin: When a very massive star runs out of fuel to burn, it explodes in a huge supernova leaving behind a neutron star or, if the star is very massive, a black hole. A neutron star is a very compact ball of neutrons with the extreme density of an atomic nucleus. A typical neutron star has a mass twice that of our sun, but a size about that of Overland Park. It’s so dense that a teaspoon would weigh about as much as Mount Everest! Continue reading

Colorado cartoonist responds to Paris attack

Colorado Cartoonist Mike Keefe, KUSA-TV 9 news reportDENVER – Longtime cartoonist Mike Keefe is responding to the terrorist attacks against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in the only way he knows how: by drawing.

After 36 years at The Denver Post, Keefe now draws for the website Colorado Independent, which published his latest cartoon on the attacks.

“This is exactly what cartoonists do. They see some injustice in the world and they either use humor, irony or drama to make a statement about it,” he said. Continue reading

Dark? Cold? Here’s what to expect with Monday’s solar eclipse

Sky already looks different

We all know Monday’s eclipse [August 21, 2017] will be a rare sight, and one you should view with safety-approved glasses.

But if you want to be the smartest person at your eclipse watch party, there’s more you should know.

Professor Mark Brodwin“It gets dark, and it gets cold, and the wind picks up, and the birds freak out, and you can see stars,” said Mark Brodwin, a UMKC astronomy and astrophysics professor.

“It’s a very surreal and emotional experience, I’ve read. I can’t wait to experience it myself,” Brodwin said. Continue reading

Over 500 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Spring 2020 semester

Congratulations to the 511 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

 

Chale Abad – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Sarah Abney – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Erika Adams – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Joseph Adams – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

Maggie Agee – Psychology BA

Chaehyun Ahn – Pre-Pharm

Jennifer Aktar – Political Science BA

Mohammed Alabdullah – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Farqad Alaboodi – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Adin Alem – Political Science BA

Nichole Alexander – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Nida Ali – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

Amanda Allen – Psychology BA

Alexis Allen – Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology

Sara Alley – Psychology BA

Ahmed Al-Makhazoom – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Abdullah Alrasheed – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Chetanna Amazu – Psychology BA

Melina Ambriz – Psychology BA

Quinton Anderson – Psychology BA

Mahreen Ansari – Political Science BA

Melissa Appelquist – Psychology BA

Cemile Arabaci – Physics BS

Bosten Arcand – English BA: Language and Rhetoric

Cristian Arechiga – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Carter Ascher – Political Science BA

Yusof Asefi – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Kellie Askew – Pre-Dentistry, A&S

Gregory Attard – Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS

Cristina Aurich – Urban Planning and Design BA

Charlene Badami – Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology

Romeo Bagunu – Political Science BA

Catherine Bailey – English BA: Creative Writing

Zachary Bailey – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Hayden Baker – English BA: Creative Writing

Jayme Balachowski – Liberal Arts BLA

Sindhu Balakumar – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Alex Barbour – History BA

Zoey Barnes – Art History BA

Rilie Barnes – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Reagan Barr – Environmental Science BS

Mahryn Barron – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA

Brayden Basch – English: Language and Rhetoric & Philosophy BA

Kennedy Bauer – Pre-Dentistry, A&S

Bailey Beauchamp – Psychology BA

Saris Bedard – English & Psychology BA

Steven Beers – Sociology BA

Katelyn Beilsmith – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Catherine Belcher – Psychology BA

Austin Belcher – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Samuel Bellefy – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA

J’aime Bellingham – Psychology BA

Robert Bennett – Political Science BA

Paige Benton – Studio Art BA

Danait Berhe – Sociology BA

Megan Bilkey – Environmental Science BS

Natasha Bills – Psychology BA

Abigail Birkner – Psychology & Chemistry BA

Mallory Bittner – History BA

Madison Bittner – Studio Art BA

Hailey Black – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Dalton Blackwell – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Margaret Boggs – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

Makayla Booker – Studio Art BA

Tristyn Bowling – History BA

Christopher Bown – Studio Art BA

Jane Boyd – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

Drew Boyet – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Adair Bright – Urban Planning and Design BA

Kelsey Brinkman – Psychology BA

Kyle Broley – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Physical Geography

Zachary Brooks – Environmental Science BS

April Brown – English BA: Creative Writing

Jocelyn Brown – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA

Brendon Brown – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

Sierra Browne-Jenkins – Psychology BA

Renee Bruch – Communication Studies BA

Camrin Buchholz – Political Science & Economics BA

Alexus Buckert – Political Science BA

Mason Bur – Psychology BA

Hayden Burnett – Psychology BA

William Burns – Psychology BA

William Burrus – Economics & Languages and Literatures BA

Joel Busch – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Kevin Buzzie – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Sydney Caldwell – Psychology BA

Beulah Calixte – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Enza Cangelosi – Psychology BA

Jose Cantu – Urban Planning and Design BA

Samantha Capkovic – Political Science & Communication Studies BA

Cody Carmack – Psychology BA

Chase Cassil – Psychology BA

Madelynn Caster – Psychology BA

Abigail Castle – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Brianna Catching – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Sophia Caudillo – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Nick Cavazos – Philosophy BA

Alejandro Cervantes – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Adam Chanliongco – Pre-Pharm

Adeta Chareunsab – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Latisha Cheatam – Liberal Arts BLA

Zanab Cheema – Pre-Pharm

Hunyee Choi – Psychology BA

Clara Christenson – Liberal Arts BLA

Lacey Clark – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Mackenzie Clark – Liberal Arts BLA

Sarah Clough – English BA

Cassandra Coffey-Murray – English BA: Creative Writing

George Coggins – English BA

Kiley Collier – Environmental Science BS

Julia Concannon – Psychology BA

Brandon Cooper – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Yarely Corral – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

Lindsay Cox – Art History BA

Kyra Crabtree – English BA: Creative Writing

Rachel Crazybear – Psychology BA

Jessica Crets – English BA: Creative Writing

Evelyn Cross – Art History BA

Skylar Crowley – Psychology BA

Lucas Cuni-Mertz – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communications & Political Science BA

Isabelle Curry – Sociology & English BA

Madisen Curtin – Pre-Medicine, A&S

Emily Daggett – Liberal Arts BLA

Amina Dalton – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Victoria Davidson – History & Languages and Literatures BA

Nathan Davis – Political Science BA

Sarah Davis – Urban Planning and Design BA

Shiona Deliozar – Economics BA: Political Economy

Shelby Dennis – Psychology & Environmental Studies BA

Devon Dewey – Art History BA

Elisabeth DeWitte – Political Science BA

Carly Dexter – Sociology BA

Gisselle Diaz Carrillo – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Monica Diaz-Serrano – Psychology BA

Sarah Dirks – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

Malak Dkhili – Political Science BA

Abigail Doss – Psychology BA

Domonique Downton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Mason Dredge – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Paige Dunard – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Gina Dwyer – Psychology BA

Rachel Dwyer – Liberal Arts BLA

Sean Eagan – Economics BA

Natalie Earl – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

Alexa Easley – Psychology BA

Caitlin Easter – Psychology BA

Vera-Clair Eaton – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Jacob Eisenhauer – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Audra Elford – English BA: Creative Writing

Elizabeth Elmendorf – Physics BS: Astronomy

Alma Estrada – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Aubrie Evans – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Cyra Evans – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

Ciera Farrens – Psychology BA

Savannah Farrens – Philosophy BA

Adriana Feener – Physics BS: Astronomy

Isabela Felipe dos Guimaraes – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Lisa Fenn – History BA

Jeanelle Finley – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

Shannon Finneran – Liberal Arts BLA

Aliah Fisher – Studio Art BA

Lauren Fitzpatrick – Environmental Studies BA

Cole Flackmiller – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Jade Flanders – Psychology BA

Calvin Flemons – Pre-Pharm

Madison Flynn – Psychology BA

Randell Folden – Environmental Science BS

Chase Ford – Political Science & Environmental Studies BA

Jodi Fortino – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Alexandra Foster – Film and Media Arts & Studio Art BA

Regan Frederick – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

Alejandra Frias Fraire – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

Michael Friedrich – Economics BA

Rachael Fritz – Psychology BA

Miranda Fritz – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

Olivia Funston – Pre-Pharm

Olivia Gallo – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Jordan Galvan – Environmental Studies BA

Cory Gamblin – Architectural Studies

Daisy Garcia Montoya – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communications & Political Science BA

Nurquewen Garciano – Sociology BA

Jackson Gasho – Economics BA

Jake Gesling – Sociology BA

Wajeeha Gilani – English BA

Conner Giles – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Physical Geography

Anthony Giordano – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Alexander Gleason – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Samantha Goepfert – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Kylee Gomez – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA

Ruth Gonzalez – Psychology BA

Bethany Graham – English BA: Creative Writing

Bryce Graskemper – Political Science BA

Hannah Green – Psychology BA

Jada Green – Psychology BA

Hillary Green – Political Science BA

Emera Greenwood – Psychology BA

Carter Groves – English BA

Dominic Guillen – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Garrett Gunderson – Film and Media Arts

Sadho Habib – Economics BA

Sally Hakenewerth – Environmental Studies BA

Ashton Hall – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA

Garam Han – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Katherine Hanners – History BA

Estelle Hansen – Film and Media Arts

Morgan Hartwig – Geology BS

Jefferson Harwood – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Michael Hauschildt – Political Science BA

Jonathan Hawley – Psychology & Philosophy BA

Rachael Headrick – Psychology BA

Jesse Heller – Sociology BA

Lauren Hendrickson – Languages and Literatures BA: French

Kendra Henson – Liberal Arts BLA

Griselda Hernandez – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

Abigail Higginbotham – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Thy’Tira Hill – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Duong Hoang – Physics BS

Tess Hogan – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Dalton Holloway-Rasmus – Political Science BA

Valeczia Hooks – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Cassandra Hoover – Pre-Pharm

Taylor Hough – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

Brigid Hough – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Madeline Houx – Psychology BA

Jacob Howard – Languages and Literatures BA: Classical Languages and Culture

Ryan Howell – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Seth Hudson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Tessa Huffman – Psychology BA

Ali Hufft – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Jonavan Hunley – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Jesse Hunter – Urban Planning and Design BA

Tasneem Huq – English BA

Nursyuhada Huq – Pre-Dentistry, A&S

Marissa Iden – Political Science BA

Madison Ilseman – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Iqra Iqbal – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Bria Irvin – Psychology BA

Emily Ivory – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Anna Jackson – Psychology BA

Nicholas Jakubowski – Economics BA

Mahrukh Jamal – Political Science BA

Samuel Jeffers – History BA

Michael Jenkins – Political Science & Philosophy BA

Allyson Jenkins – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Emily Jensen – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

Essence Jewel – Urban Planning and Design BA

Sarah Johnson – Studio Art BA

X Zavyon Johnson – English BA: Creative Writing

Morgan Johnson – Psychology BA

Kate Johnston – English BA

Jasmine Jones – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Makaylah Jones – Political Science BA

Nikita Joshi – History & English BA

Natalie Juno – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Seth Kacich – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Celia Kaine – Liberal Arts BLA

Brandon Kanoy – Political Science BA

Olivia Kays – Physics BS: Astronomy

Kelsey Keith – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Alison Kendall – Psychology BA

Emily Kennedy – Film and Media Arts

Lukas Kenney – English BA: Creative Writing

Jahan Khavari – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Tracy Khiew – Studio Art BA

Brenna Killen – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Brittni Kilton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Hyo Kim – Political Science BA

David Kirk – Studio Art BA

Daniel Kirk – Studio Art BA

Makenzie Kleist – Sociology & Psychology BA

Daniel Kohl – Liberal Arts BLA

Summer Koogler – Psychology BA

Kaitlyn Korah – Pre-Pharm

Molly Kordonowy – History BA

Madison Kovarik – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Rhyan Kubik – Psychology BA

Anabeth Laaker – History BA

Jacob Lackey – Economics BA

Bao Lam – Studio Art BA

Brandon Landaverry – Environmental Science BS: Geosciences

Alexander Langston – Political Science BA

Hannah Lassen – Liberal Arts BLA

Nguyen Hoai Nhi Le – Psychology BA

Sammie Jo Leach – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Chae Lim Lee – Psychology BA

Sean Lefler – Psychology BA

Shairry Lene – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

Kendrick Lintecum – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Amy Liu – Psychology BA

Katrina Logal – English BA: Creative Writing

Danielle Lonero – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA

Darlene Lopez – Psychology BA

Grace Lorey – Art History BA

Vincent Lowry – Studio Art BA

Mia Lukic – Philosophy BA

Jakob Lund – Sociology BA

Christina Mackenzie – Architectural Studies

Jackson MacLellan – Political Science BA

Brett Madsen – Studio Art BA

Harrison Maksimik – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Reyna Mallory – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Studio Art BA

Amanda Malone – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Julio Mares – Psychology BA

Soldenise Martinez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Kori Martiny – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Karissa May – Pre-Pharm

Matthew Mazza – Urban Planning and Design BA

Caleb McCain – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Keegan McCarthy – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Hunter McDowell – Economics BA

Jared McGee – Geography BS

Michael Mead – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Eduardo Mendez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Samuel Menner – Pre-Pharm

Carlos Mercado – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Amanda Mercier – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

Caroline Meyers – Psychology BA

Merna Michael – Political Science BA

Amelia Milldyke Gifford – Film and Media Arts

Emily Moore – Political Science BA

Caroline Moriarty – Political Science BA

Shani Mor-Solomon – Environmental Studies BA

Haley Mwaura – Studio Art BA

Megan Myers – Environmental Studies BA

Lauren Myers – Studio Art BA

Jessica Neely – Liberal Arts BLA

Vi Tuong Ngo – Studio Art BA

Viet Nguyen – Pre-Pharm

Quynh Nguyen – Pre-Pharm

Alex Niner – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Ryley Nolin – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S

Blake O’Dell – Psychology BA

Slater Oden – Physics BS: Astronomy

Thomas O’Halloran – Philosophy BA

Mariana Oliveira Dalsin – Liberal Arts BLA

Jacob O’Neill – Psychology BA

Silvestre Ortiz-Romo – Environmental Science BS

Kenechukwu Osude – Pre-Medicine, A&S

Loubna Ouaret – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Abbey Outain – English BA: Creative Writing

Randi Owens – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

Saketh Pachalla – History BA

Deborah Parracervantes – Physics BS: Astronomy

Shivani Patel – Psychology BA

Ahmad Pazhoohi – Pre-Pharm

Josie Pennington – History BA

Enrique Perez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Cailyn Persinger – Pre-Pharm

Hannah Pham – English & Languages and Literatures BA

Vy Pham – Pre-Pharm

Kenny Phan – Earth and Environmental Sciences BS: Environmental Sciences

Linh Phan – Architectural Studies

Hannah Phillips – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Kacper Piekarek – Economics BA

Maggie Pool – Film and Media Arts

Ashley Popp – Psychology BA

Philip Potter – History BA

Alison Potter – Sociology BA

Kaitlyn Powell – Film and Media Arts

Lydia Powers – Languages and Literatures BA: French

Noah Price – Psychology BA

Gabrielle Probert – Languages and Literatures BA: French

Halena Procopio Ross – Environmental Science BS

Monica Propst – Urban Studies BA

Gina Ptacek – Studio Art BA

Stephen Quackenbush – Architectural Studies

Caitlin Quirk – English BA: American Literature and Cultural Studies

Alexa Radley – Architectural Studies

Angela Ramirez – Art History BA

Tamara Raso – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Carson Rau – Sociology BA

Darius Rawlings – Pre-Medicine, A&S

Isabel Recker – Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Psychology BA

Madeline Reddy – English BA

Julia Reece – Liberal Arts BLA

Grace Reesman – Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS

Austin Renfrow – Philosophy BA

Timothy Rinker – Liberal Arts BLA

JeNaya Robbs – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Gabrielle Robinson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

William Rodelo – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Guillermo Rubio – Philosophy BA

Samantha Rucker – English BA

Sagi Rudnick – Political Science & Communication Studies BA

Anna Ryan – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Lauren Ryan – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

Rebekah Ryan – Studio Art BA

Jessica Sabio – Liberal Arts BLA

Mykal Sadler – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Gabhriel Saffier – Studio Art BA

Esra Sahsuvaroglu – Psychology BA

Madeline Sammons – Psychology BA

Patrick Sanders – English BA

Mia Santora – Political Science BA

Jared Schild – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Madison Schmitt – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Kaia Schott – Psychology BA

Weston Schroeder – History BA

Summer Scott – Psychology BA

Nicole Scott – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Jeffery Scully – Physics BS

Julie Seaton – Studio Art BA

Alexandra Serafin – History BA

Gary Sharp – History BA

Mariah Shipley – Psychology BA

Trevor Short – Economics BA

Madison Sieger – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Dawson Sims – Environmental Studies BA

Kimberly Sims – Studio Art BA

Adam Sisk – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

Samuel Sketers – Economics BA

Julia Smith – Studio Art & English BA

Kathryn Smith – Psychology BA

Katherine Smith – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Hunter Smith – Psychology BA

Regan Smith – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Abigail Sobczak – Psychology BA

Joshua Sola – Geography BS

Grace Solomon – Political Science BA

Lajuan Solomon – Environmental Science BS

Paul Sorensen – English BA: Language and Rhetoric

Clayton Speidel – Political Science BA

Annie Spencer – English: Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Literature & History BA

Carrine Spinks – Psychology BA

Samantha Sprouse – Psychology BA

Madyson St John – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Mollie Stanek – Studio Art BA

Gabrielle Stansell – Political Science BA

Shea Staples – Liberal Arts BLA

Reagan Stark – Communication Studies: Interpersonal and Public Communication & English BA

Lane Starks – Psychology BA

Lanisha Stevens – Psychology BA

Taylor Stewart – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Connor Stewart – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Ronnea Stiles – English BA

McKenna Still – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Serena Stoetzer – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Sophia Straight – English BA

Chloe Stripling – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish

Erica Sullivan – Psychology BA

Julianna Swickard – Film and Media Arts

Enoch Taddese – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Samir Taheri – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Chandler Tarrant – Physics BS

Lillian Taylor – Psychology BA

Ezekiel Taylor – Studio Art BA

Avery Taylor – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication

Jesifer Tejada – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Lauren Textor – English BA

Jasmine Thai – Pre-Pharm

Tyler Thario – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Lauren Thomas – Psychology BA

Haleigh Thomas – Sociology BA

Aleena Tofanelli – Psychology BA

Lillian Tollison – Psychology BA

Fatima Towakoli – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Uyen Tran – Studio Art BA

Hanh Tran – English BA

MaryAnn Trapp – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communications & Languages and Literatures BA

Lucy Trask – Pre-Pharm

Chloe Tremain – English BA

Dashiell Tucker – Political Science BA

Alexandra Umbach – Psychology BA

Izabella Vadovicky – Political Science BA

Kelsey Van Buskirk – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Cole Van Tassel – Psychology BA

Jennifer Vanderslice – Physics BS: Astronomy

Eva Vega – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Leidy Venegas – Political Science BA

Sophia Vietze – Studio Art BA

Cozette Viles – Liberal Arts BLA

Ashley Vogel – English BA

Sierra Voorhies – Psychology BA

John Waggoner – Psychology BA

Mark Walters – Pre-Medicine, A&S

Kara Walters – English BA: Creative Writing

Jack Walton – English BA

Jasmine Walton – Political Science BA

Rebekah Ward – Sociology BA

Khalia Watson – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies

Angelique Webb – Psychology BA

Abigail Wendlandt – Studio Art BA

Nathaniel Wendt – Psychology BA

Bailey West – Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology

Brayan Westergaard – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Samuel Westlake – Psychology BA

Alexandra Whitlow – Philosophy BA

Alexandra Wilcoxon – Psychology BA

Rowan Wiley – Political Science BA

Kelly Williams – Psychology BA

Candace Williamson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA

Caleb Wilson – History & Political Science BA

Jacob Wingert – Mathematics and Statistics BS

Madison Worley – Psychology BA

Sophie Woycheese – Psychology BA

Emily Wunder – Environmental Science BS

Dontavious Young – Psychology BA

Abdulrehman Yousaf – Pre-Medicine, A&S

Ayat Youssef – Psychology BA

Taylor Yuhas – Pre-Pharm

Zackary Zeller – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communications

Kendra Zemenye – Economics BA: Urban Economic Development

Samantha Zoellner – Pre-Pharm

Do Supermassive Black Holes have a Super Effect on Galaxy Shape?

Prof. Dan McIntosh has followed Astronomy Magazine since the early 1980s when his Grandpa Bill and Grandma Tressie McIntosh gave him an annual subscription. Just recently, Prof. McIntosh published the answer to an “Ask Astro” question. Ask Astro answers reader questions about the science and hobby of astronomy in every issue of the magazine so it is especially gratifying for Prof. McIntosh to have the opportunity to provide an answer as a professional astronomer.

The reader asked, “Since a great number of galaxies are spiral in shape and there is a black hole in the middle of them, is the shape of the galaxy influenced by the “sucking” power of the black hole, like water spiraling into the drain of the bathtub?” Prof. McIntosh provides the answer.

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Dr. Syed E. Hasan attends MEDGEO 2019

Dr. Hasan SyedDr. Syed E. Hasan, professor emeritus of geology, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City, attended the 8th international conference–MEDGEO 2019–held at Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China, August 12-15, 2019. The conference was hosted by the Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the International Medical Geology Association. Dr. Hasan gave a keynote lecture titled “Health impacts of waste management and medical geology”. He also conducted a one-day short course on Medical Geology that was attended by over 50 people representing several countries

Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA ’08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, “Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature,” a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC’s History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, “The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science,” looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

Over 360 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2019 semester

Congratulations to the 361 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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Joseph Adams – Earth and Environmental Science BS
Maggie Agee – Psychology BA
Chaehyun Ahn – Pre-Pharm
Jennifer Aktar – Pre-Law, A&S
Kamariah Al-Amin – Languages and Literatures BA: French
Adin Alem – Political Science BA
Nida Ali – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Ahmed Al-Makhazoom – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Naomie Alnatas – Liberal Arts BLA
Mahreen Ansari – Political Science BA
Kathryn Antrainer – History BA
Melissa Appelquist – Psychology BA
Cemile Arabaci – Physics BS
Bosten Arcand – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
Liam Arciga – History BA
Cristian Arechiga – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Brent Arnold – Psychology BA
Yusof Asefi – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Lucy Bahner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
Hayden Baker – English BA: Creative Writing
Alex Barbour – History BA
Reagan Barr – Environmental Science BS
Mahryn Barron – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
Brayden Basch – English & Philosophy BA
Brianna Bauer – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Kennedy Bauer – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
Abigail Bavuso – Pre-Pharm
Alexander Bearden – Geology BS
Bailey Beauchamp – Psychology BA
Catherine Belcher – Psychology BA
Jillian Bell – Psychology BA
Michelle Bell – English BA
Samuel Bellefy – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
J’aime Bellingham – Psychology BA
Jerrah Biggerstaff – Physics BS: Astronomy
Abigail Birkner – Psychology & Chemistry BA
Margaret Boggs – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA
Christopher Bown – Studio Art BA
Jane Boyd – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Thomas Branson – Architectural Studies
Jeb Brantner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
Grace Brewer – History BA
Kyle Broley – Earth and Environmental Science BS: Physical Geography
Jameson Brown – Economics BA
April Brown – English BA: Creative Writing
Renee Bruch – Communication Studies BA
Camrin Buchholz – Political Science & Economics BA
Alexus Buckert – Political Science BA
Mason Bur – Psychology BA
Hayden Burnett – Psychology BA
Kayla Burns – English BA
William Burrus – Economics & Languages and Literatures BA: French
Isabella Burton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Joel Busch – Mathematics and Statistics BS
Austin Butler – Art History BA
Kevin Buzzie – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Bailey Cairns – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
Beulah Calixte – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Sociology BA
Tessa Campbell – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Crystyn Campbell – Psychology BA
Samantha Capkovic – Political Science & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Marin Carey – Environmental Studies BA
Cody Carmack – Psychology BA
Rebecca Caro – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Abigail Castle – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Brianna Catching – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Adam Chanliongco – Pre-Pharm
Sarah Chapman – English BA: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature
Gabrielle Chappelle – Psychology BA
Hunyee Choi – Psychology BA
Lacey Clark – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Jordan Clarkin – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Sarah Clough – English BA
Cassandra Coffey-Murray – English BA: Creative Writing
Jacob Cooley – Psychology BA
Cameron Cooper – Pre-Pharm
Matthew Corcoran – Liberal Arts BLA
Brooklyn Cornett – Psychology BA
Emily Costelow – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Lindsay Cox – Art History BA
Kyra Crabtree – English BA: Creative Writing
Haley Crawford – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Rachel Crazybear – Psychology BA
J Robert Crowley – Mathematics and Statistics BS
Skylar Crowley – Psychology BA
Lucas Cuni-Mertz – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
Madisen Curtin – Pre-Medicine, A&S
Emily Daggett – Liberal Arts BLA
Victoria Davidson – History & Languages and Literatures BA: German
Kyler Davis – Economics BA
Hallie Dawson – English BA
Katie Denny – Physics BS: Astronomy
Devon Dewey – Art History BA
Sarah Dirks – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Shaleana Disorbo – History BA
Abigail Doss – Psychology BA
Mairaed Dunda – Environmental Science BS
Rachel Dwyer – Liberal Arts BLA
Gina Dwyer – Psychology BA
Jacob Eisenhauer – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Audra Elford – English BA: Creative Writing
Elizabeth Elmendorf – Physics BS: Astronomy
Tomas Escarpita – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Gretchen Fiebig – Psychology BA
Matia Finley – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Shannon Finneran – Liberal Arts BLA
Ashlee Fish – Architectural Studies
Lauren Fitzpatrick – Environmental Studies BA
Jade Flanders – Psychology BA
Madison Flynn – Psychology BA
Victor Folk – Economics & Mathematics and Statistics BA
Alexandra Foster – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
Kayla Fox – Psychology BA
Cori Fricke – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Makayla Friedrich – Economics BA
Rachael Fritz – Psychology BA
Miranda Fritz – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Sarah Fuentes – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Olivia Gallo – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Prae Gamel – Pre-Medicine, A&S
Daisy Garcia Montoya – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
Daniel Garcia-Roman – Studio Art BA
Shea Geran – Environmental Science BS
Alexander Gleason – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Kylee Gomez – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA
Allanis Gordon – Liberal Arts BLA
Bethany Graham – English BA: Creative Writing
Hannah Green – Psychology BA
Hillary Green – Political Science BA
Emera Greenwood – Psychology BA
Brittany Grindle – Political Science BA
Kyle Grogan – Psychology BA
Dominic Guillen – Mathematics and Statistics BS
Garrett Gunderson – Film and Media Arts
Hannah Haake – Urban Planning and Design BA
Sadho Habib – Economics BA
Madelene Hajer – English BA
Andrew Hall – Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology
Ashton Hall – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Garam Han – Mathematics and Statistics BS
Katherine Hanners – History BA
Estelle Hansen – Film and Media Arts
Alicia Harrington – Psychology BA
Jonathan Hawley – Psychology & Philosophy BA
Naomi Henry – Geology BS
Griselda Hernandez – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Jonathan Hernandez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Amelia Hess – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Lauren Higgins – Physics BS: Astronomy
Valeczia Hooks – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Marika Houser – Political Science BA
Madeline Houx – Psychology BA
Cierra Howe – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Colton Hrabe – Film and Media Arts
Seth Hudson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Ali Hufft – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Aleister Hughes – History BA
Tasneem Huq – English BA
Nursyuhada Huq – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
Alyx Hutchins – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Marissa Iden – Political Science BA
Jared Islas – Urban Planning & Design- BA
Michael Jenkins – Political Science & Philosophy BA
Cheryse Johnson – Psychology BA
Kate Johnston – English BA
Nikita Joshi – History & English BA: Creative Writing
Natalie Juno – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Medina Kajtazovic – English BA
Franck Kamgain – Communication Studies BA
Kara Kanatzar – English BA: Creative Writing
Brandon Kanoy – Political Science BA
Alexander Keith – Psychology BA
Hannah Kempker – Pre-Pharm
Lukas Kenney – English BA: Creative Writing
Zaal Khazraeinazmpour – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Tracy Khiew – Studio Art BA
Brenna Killen – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Brittni Kilton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
David Kirk – Studio Art BA
Daniel Kirk – Studio Art BA
Brenna Kiu – Urban Planning & Design- BA
Makenzie Kleist – Sociology & Psychology BA
Melissa Klotz – Psychology BA
Luke Knapp – Political Science BA
Kaitlyn Korah – Pre-Pharm
Molly Kordonowy – History BA
Michaela Koval – History BA
Carolyn Kovar – History BA
Rhyan Kubik – Psychology BA
Anabeth Laaker – History BA
Gabriella Lavenbarg – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Shairry Lene – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
Maria Leno – Film and Media Arts
Emma Leonard – History BA
Lia Lombardini – Liberal Arts BLA
Tyler Lott – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Vincent Lowry – Studio Art BA
Mia Lukic – Philosophy BA
Jennifer Lyons – Liberal Arts BLA
Leah Maass – Psychology BA
Christina Mackenzie – Architectural Studies
Jackson MacLellan – Political Science BA
Brett Madsen – Studio Art BA
Reyna Mallory – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Studio Art BA
Abbie Malm – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Julio Mares – Psychology BA
Caroline Matz – Psychology BA
Emily Maupin – Psychology BA
Caleb McCain – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Keegan McCarthy – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
Olivia McCune – Psychology BA
Michael Mead – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
William Meeds – Psychology BA
Samuel Menner – Pre-Pharm
Amelia Milldyke Gifford – Film and Media Arts
Kesi Milligan – Urban Studies BA: Community Development and Housing
Caroline Moriarty – Political Science BA
Madison Murphy – Sociology BA
Lauren Myers – Studio Art BA
Jason Nalley – History BA
Alex Niner – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Ryley Nolin – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
Slater Oden – Physics BS: Astronomy
Jacob O’Neill – Psychology BA
Odindo Opole – Film and Media Arts
Silvestre Ortiz-Romo – Environmental Science BS
Kenechukwu Osude – Pre-Medicine, A&S
Abbey Outain – English BA: Creative Writing
Randi Owens – Earth and Environmental Science BS
Saketh Pachalla – History BA
Christine Park – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Shivani Patel – Psychology BA
Ahmad Pazhoohi – Pre-Pharm
Riley Peek – English BA
Josie Pennington – History BA
Enrique Perez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Cailyn Persinger – Pre-Pharm
Kenny Phan – Earth and Environmental Science BS
Kacper Piekarek – Economics BA
Josilinia Plyman – Political Science BA
Maggie Pool – Film and Media Arts
Philip Potter – History BA
Kaitlyn Powell – Film and Media Arts
Lydia Powers – Languages and Literatures BA: French
Aaron Price – Urban Studies BA: Urban Policy and Management
Noah Price – Psychology BA
Bayleigh Priddy – Psychology BA
Bethany Pritchard – History BA
Halena Procopio Ross – Environmental Science BS
Monica Propst – Urban Studies BA
Stephen Quackenbush – Architectural Studies
Jordan Railsback – Film and Media Arts
Angela Ramirez – Art History BA
Carson Rau – Sociology BA
Isabel Recker – Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Psychology BA
Grace Reesman – Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS
Mary Reust – Studio Art BA
Zoe Rickman – Film and Media Arts
Jayla Riggins – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Karla Rincon – Psychology BA
Erin Roth – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Ryan Rowland – History BA
Michaela Roxas – Psychology & English BA: Creative Writing
Guillermo Rubio – Philosophy BA
Sagi Rudnick – Political Science & Communication Studies BA
Anna Ryan – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Jacob Salas – Mathematics and Statistics BS
Jared Schild – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Jessica Scott – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Philosophy BA
Audrey Seider – Art History BA
Teah Sensenich – Psychology BA
Alexandra Serafin – History BA
Sydney Serrano – Psychology BA
Gary Sharp – History BA
Destinee Shehan – Psychology BA
Mariah Shipley – Psychology BA
Madison Sieger – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
Sophie Simes – English BA
Dawson Sims – Environmental Studies BA
Kimberly Sims – Studio Art BA
Adam Sisk – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
Helene Slinker – Political Science BA
Regan Smith – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Katrena Smith – Psychology BA
Justin Smith – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Hunter Smith – Psychology BA
Joshua Sola – Geography BS
Grace Solomon – Political Science BA
Paul Sorensen – English: Language and Rhetoric
Annie Spencer – English: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature & History BA
Carrine Spinks – Psychology BA
Samantha Sprouse – Psychology BA
Nichole Stahly – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Mollie Stanek – Studio Art BA
Gabrielle Stansell – Political Science BA
Shea Staples – Liberal Arts BLA
Maria Starns – History BA
Kyleigh Steenrod – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
Lanisha Stevens – Psychology BA
Ronnea Stiles – English BA
McKenna Still – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Sophia Straight – English BA
Abby Strawn – Political Science BA
Robyn Sullins – Psychology BA
Erica Sullivan – Psychology BA
Julianna Swickard – Film and Media Arts
Chandler Tarrant – Physics BS
Ezekiel Taylor – Studio Art BA
Lillian Taylor – Psychology BA
Lauren Textor – English BA
Myo Thai – Mathematics and Statistics BS
Jasmine Thai – Pre-Pharm
Maeghan Thomas – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Scott Thompson – Physics BS: Astronomy
Kristina Thomson – Earth and Environmental Science BS
Aleena Tofanelli – Psychology BA
Fatima Towakoli – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Jessica Tran – Pre-Pharm
Uyen Tran – Studio Art BA
Lucy Trask – Pre-Pharm
Chloe Tremain – English BA
Gregory Troiani – Physics BS: Astronomy
Dashiell Tucker – Political Science BA
Nathan Underwood – Mathematics and Statistics BS
Kelsey Van Buskirk – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
Cheeia Vang – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
Eisa Vasquez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Cozette Viles – Liberal Arts BLA
Ashley Vogel – English BA
Sierra Voorhies – Psychology BA
John Waggoner – Psychology BA
Kara Walters – English BA: Creative Writing
Jack Walton – English BA
Jasmine Walton – Political Science BA
Julia Weber – Psychology BA
Madison Wellman – Studio Art BA
Brayan Westergaard – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Samuel Westlake – Psychology BA
Emily White – Art History BA
Madison White – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Alexandra Whitlow – Philosophy BA
Rowan Wiley – Political Science BA
Jermeha Williams – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Kelly Williams – Psychology BA
Alexa Williams – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
Abby Williams – Sociology BA
Candace Williamson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
Justin Wills – Environmental Science BS
Jacob Wingert – Mathematics and Statistics BA
Sophie Woycheese – Psychology BA
Abdulrehman Yousaf – Pre-Medicine, A&S
Ayat Youssef – Psychology BA
Taylor Yuhas – Pre-Pharm
Mariya-Tereza Zelenchuk – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
Zackary Zeller – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
Samantha Zoellner – Pre-Pharm

Honeywell and UMKC Expand Science and Innovation Collaboration

Physics Honeywell collaborators Wrobel and LambtonStudents and faculty gain improved access to new technology

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has signed a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), creating closer collaboration on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

“UMKC is proud to partner with Honeywell,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “The collaboration will allow us to bring UMKC and Honeywell’s research expertise together, which will not only benefit our students and faculty, but also our national security.”

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UMKC geosciences graduate student researches accuracy of weather forecasts for NASA

UMKC Geosciences graduate student Forrest Black poses for a photo with a sign welcoming people to NASA's Langley Research Center.Forrest Black isn’t a pilot, but he’s helping to make air travel safer and more efficient.

Black, a UMKC geosciences graduate student, has been interning as a research assistant at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, since the fall of 2016.

Black is researching how major weather events impact the National Airspace System (airports, navigation facilities and airspaces of the United States). He wants to develop a tool that will reconstruct the evolution of those events using weather and flight data. Continue reading

Infusing Confidence in Undergraduate Researchers

UMKC PR ClassroomEUReka Math Course Researched Kansas City Water Cutoffs

Experiences in Undergraduate Research, or EUReka classes, play a critical role in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The university takes advantage of its urban location to offer numerous opportunities for students at all levels to gain hands-on research experience that also benefits neighboring communities. Continue reading

Kansas City Philanthropist and Children’s Health Advocate Receives Honorary Doctorate, Gives Commencement Address

David Westbrook gives the commencement address during Spring 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Commencement CeremoniesUnhindered by juvenile glaucoma that took his sight at age 17, David Westbrook (B.A. ’71) has proven that vision has nothing to do with one’s ability to see. He founded Corporate Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm he sold before taking his talent and dedication to longtime client Children’s Mercy.

Westbrook attributes his lifetime of success to his parents and to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His alma mater awarded him with an honorary doctorate at the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony, and he gave the address to the graduating class at Swinney Recreation Center on campus.

“This is not a defining moment, this is a moment of celebration,” said Westbrook, who holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from UMKC. “Defining moments are with your professors and your friends.” Continue reading

Kathleen Kilway to Receive STEMMy Award

Dr. Kathleen Kilway shows students objects in a chemistry lab.Kathleen Kilway, Ph.D., Curator’s teaching professor and chair, UMKC Chemistry Department, will be recognized for her professional and technical excellence by the Kansas City Central Exchange with a STEMMy Award.

The award will be presented by Central Exchange on Sept. 21 at the 4th Annual Stemmy Awards Luncheon at the Arvest Bank Theatre in downtown Kansas City. Continue reading

Leaders in Learning: a celebration of faculty achievement

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

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UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Mark Brodwin, is a Consultant on the Stars

KCREP Constellations imageHow can actors become knowledgeable on complex subjects for their plays? They consult with a college professor, of course.

Mark Brodwin, Ph.D., professor in the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy, recently collaborated with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre on their current play, Constellations.

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Over 360 students named to CAS Dean’s List for Fall 2017

CAS Dean's List Fall 2017A total of 369 students in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term. Continue reading

Physics Graduate Student Excels: Kameswara Mantha is a researcher, mentor, scientist extraordinaire

Kameswara ManthaExceptional is just one word to describe Kameswara Mantha, doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Physics and Astronomy.

He is one of five individuals who are vying to be the first physics doctoral graduate at UMKC specializing in astrophysics. He’s making a name for himself through his dedication to physics research, scholarship and mentorship.

Pure determination and talent brought Mantha to where he is. While physics is Mantha’s passion, the path to a career in the field hasn’t been easy. Owing to the very limited opportunities to pursue physics degrees in his native India, Mantha earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering instead. In order to apply for graduate schools, “I self-taught to take the physics GRE,” Mantha said, and applied to top graduate schools in the United States. However, he was denied admissions by several institutes due to a lack of the right undergraduate degree.

So, armed with an engineering degree, Mantha joined the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering as a master’s student in August 2014. One day before the scheduled UMKC engineering student orientation, he learned about the UMKC Physics and Astronomy program, which stoked his hopes to pursue astrophysics. In a desperate search for an opportunity, Mantha pondered, “I’m going to try one last time” before approaching Professor Daniel McIntosh in the UMKC Physics and Astronomy Department.

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Syed E. Hasan Receives Fulbright Award

Syed E. Hasan, Ph.D., UMKC geosciences professor emeritus, has been awarded a Fulbright award to Qatar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Hasan will teach courses in waste management and environmental geology at Qatar University, and offer seminars at other Middle East universities, during the 2016 spring semester

“Qatar, with its unique marine and desert ecosystems, needs to implement a waste management strategy that is compatible with its natural environment,” Hasan said. “I am looking forward to sharing my expertise in the field of waste management with students and faculty at Qatar University to help them develop a sound waste management plan for their country.” Continue reading

Two College Faculty Receive President’s Awards

The College is proud to congratulate two of our outstanding faculty members on their recent awards from the President of the University of Missouri System.

Dr. Richard Delaware, Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, received the President’s Award for Innovative Teaching. This honor “recognizes faculty who are outstanding teachers and who employ novel and innovative teaching methods to achieve success in student learning” (UM System). Dr. Delaware has been teaching at UMKC since 1984, and the Innovative Teaching Award is the latest addition to the many honors he has received during his time here. Students praise his techniques which foster collaboration and communication, enabling students to do hands-on work in class and communicate their approach with peers. Dr. Delaware’s writing intensive course, History of Mathematics, has generated award-winning student research papers and publications since 2004. You can read more about this innovative course here. In addition to the courses he teaches at UMKC, Dr. Delaware has also recorded and uploaded full course videos for College Algebra and Calculus I to YouTube, which have reached thousands of students world-wide.

Dr. Sarah Pilgrim was awarded the President’s Award for Intercampus Collaboration, which “recognizes faculty who engage in activities that foster collaboration across two or more campuses of the University of Missouri System” (UM System). The collaborative project, Fostering Well Being, was established by Dr. Pilgrim and Dr. Virginia Ramseyer-Winter at the University of Missouri in Columbia, with contributions from faculty in Columbia’s School of Engineering and other faculty across both campuses. Drs. Pilgrim and Ramseyer-Winter also work with organizations such as Kansas City-based Youth Ambassadors and with graduate students serving as research associates at UMKC and MU. With the goal of supporting underserved youth in Missouri, the project aims to develop a phone-based app to provide critical public health information to foster families and vulnerable youth. Dr. Pilgrim joined the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Her work with the Fostering Well Being project closely aligns with her research interests in adolescent trauma especially as related to foster placement.

Congratulations to these two professors for this remarkable recognition of their important work with our students and our community.

UMKC Galaxy Evolution Group Assists with Planned Observations with Next Great Space Observatory

UMKC Galaxy Evolution GroupThe James Webb Space Telescope, the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2020. It is expected to make history as the largest astronomical observatory ever sent into space, and University of Missouri-Kansas City scientists and students will be among those getting the earliest access to it. Continue reading

UMKC Geosciences Graduate Student Interns at NASA

Forrest Black, a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Geosciences, spent this past fall semester interning at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

As an intern, Black helped develop a tool that can ingest standard weather data and flight trajectory data for analyzing the impact of weather on aviation operations. He will stay in Virginia to work on this project throughout the spring 2017 semester. Continue reading

UMKC professor recognized by NASA for work on galaxies

Mark Brodwin, UMKC Physics and Astronomy Professor A UMKC professor has been recognized for his work studying galaxies.

Mark Brodwin, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, won a NASA Group Achievement Award from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Brodwin was one of six recognized for groundbreaking research as part of the Massive and Distant Clusters of WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) Survey team, called MaDCoWS, for short. Continue reading

UMKC research team receives award for device that may help prevent a nuclear attack

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new tool may soon help the U.S. military stop a nuclear attack, and it was made in Kansas City.

For the past 8 years, UMKC physics professor, Anthony Caruso, has led a research team of students and professors from UMKC, K-State and University of Missouri – Columbia to develop a new way to find radiation.

“There’s just not that many options available because there are so many containers and it’s so easy to hide special nuclear material on one of these container ships,” said Caruso. Continue reading

VFW puts more “ease” into UMKC’s At Ease Zone

Lynn Roth, III, Nick Lopez and Ethan Alexander pose for a photo on the new couch in the UMKC At Ease ZoneThe National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has put a little more “ease” into the UMKC At Ease Zone. The VFW recently presented student veterans with a much-desired couch for the space, along with a new coffee maker and a networked printer.

The UMKC At Ease Zone, located on the second floor of Cherry Hall on UMKC’s Volker Campus, supports UMKC student veterans as they transition into community and campus life. The At Ease Zone is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Social Work and the UMKC Dean of Students.

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