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Bond Life Sciences Center

The mission of the Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri is to discover, integrate and disseminate knowledge necessary to solve problems in areas impacted by life sciences such food, fiber and energy production and quality; human and animal health; natural resources and environmental quality. Consistent with the Land Grant University mission, our ultimate goal is to improve the economic, social, and environmental well-being of people in Missouri, the nation, and the world.

Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center

The mission of the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center (DCRC) is to advance knowledge of the causes and cures for cardiovascular disease through research and teaching that merges disciplines and technologies

Economics and Policy Analysis Research

The Economics and Policy Analysis Research Center works closely with state government to inform decision-making. Through an agreement between the state’s assistant budget director and the president of the University of Missouri, EPARC prepares forecasts and analyses used by the state legislature and administrative units of state government. In addition, EPARC staff are the only non-governmental contributors to the state’s consensus revenue forecast. EPARC also prepares fiscal notes that must accompany proposed tax legislation, providing a statement of the likely fiscal impact of the legislation. EPARC is often contacted by legislators for advice about the fiscal or economic impact of some initiative, and sometimes conducts formal economic impact studies. Finally, EPARC prepares an annual tax-expenditure report that estimates overall impact of changes in tax laws on the state’s revenues, and serves as the repository for all individual and corporate income tax data for the state.

Family Policy and Research, Center for

With a focus on the integration of research, policy, and practice, the Center for Family Policy & Research conducts research and disseminates evidence-based findings to inform public policy and program development; facilitates collaboration and provides leadership for systems-building efforts at the local, state, and national levels; and, provides education and support services to programs serving children, youth, and families.

Gender Physiology, National Center for

The National Center for Gender Physiology and the core research facilities work to improve the understanding of both the similarities and differences in male and female physiological responses. The primary mission is to continue serving as a catalyst for the development of multidisciplinary, integrated collaborations in basic and clinical research in the arena of gender-based biology and medicine.

Geographic Resources Center

The mission of the GRC is to conduct interdisciplinary applied research in GIS and remote sensing in support of University faculty and extension personnel; provide expertise and support to the state during the development, implementation, and use of GIS, digital data bases and data base management systems; educate the people of the state through courses, workshops and extension activities to realize the potential and utility of this GISrelated technology; and, provide instruction and training in GIS strategies for graduate and advanced undergraduate students at MU.

Geospatial Intelligence, Center for

An interdisciplinary center that involves faculty and researchers in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Geography, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Geological Sciences. The center leverages significant ongoing R&D activities at UMC in the areas of satellite and airborne remote sensing, advanced geospatial data processing, automated feature extraction and target recognition, large dataset visualization, computer vision, intelligent databases, and information retrieval. By leveraging these multidisciplinary research skills, the center conducts leading-edge research focused on geospatial intelligence needs critical for national security, homeland defense, and military combat support.

Health Activity Center

The Health Activity Center’s mission is to promote the study of physical inactivity (sedentary living) [physical inactivity has been defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an actual cause of the leading chronic diseases].

Nano & Molecular Medicine

I²NM² is a new campus wide research center dedicated to the discovery and application of fundamental and translational medical science based upon previously unexplored chemistry combined with nanotechnology and the biosciences. I²NM² will shortly become the international leader in the reinvigorated field of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), a cell-selective binary radiation method for cancer, arthritis and evolving non-invasive surgical protocols. The BNCT program will be conducted with the dedicated neutron source now under construction at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR; the most powerful university-based research reactor in the world) and the use of the life sciences laboratory of the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, including small animal facilities. I²NM² will be housed in its own 30,000 ft² laboratory building now nearing completion in Reactor Park adjacent to the MURR and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center.

Public Policy Institute

The Institute of Public Policy seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of public policy issues relevant to policymakers and Missouri citizens by conducting objective research and facilitating public dialogue. It pursues these objectives by hosting public forums, seeking grants and contracts from state, local, and non-profit organizations, and producing and distributing policy-related articles and reports.

Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Institute

The mission of the RSI is to promote, facilitate and support a wide range of radiopharmaceutical sciences research and educational programs.

Research Reactor Center

The mission of the Research Reactor Center is how we achieve our purpose and that is - Providing Quality Nuclear Research, Education and Services to the Global Community.

Water Resources Center

The center seeks advanced technology solutions to water and other environmental problems. Two federally funded programs that we house in the center—the United States Geological Survey Resources Research Institute program and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Technology Assistance Center—are part of a national network of universities targeting water use and treatment. A third federally supported program, called the Institute for Environmental and Energy Technologies, is designed to showcase American environmental and energy industries as well as provide technical training in China. Under this Department of Commerce-backed program, the CoE will operate the first U.S. training office in China to focus on environmental and energy technologies.

4-H Center for Youth Development

A multidisciplinary center for the century old 4-H program, serving as a locus for teaching, research and extension in the area of youth development. Since that time, the Center has carried out a plan of work that is consistent with MU’s historic land-grant mission. The Center’s work has helped bolster the areas of teaching and research and the continuation of a dynamic youth development extension program.

Agroforestry, Center for

To initiate, coordinate and enhance agroforestry activities to meet the environmental, social and economic needs of land management within the state of Missouri, North America and the temperate zone worldwide.

Financial Research Institute

Under the academic leadership of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, the Financial Research Institute, through its Public Utilities Division, serves as a neutral environment for the comprehensive examination of sound regulatory policy. The FRI provides interactive forums for consumers, regulators, industry and educators to facilitate innovation, understanding, and education in public utility policy issues.

Fire & Rescue Training Institute

The University of Missouri Extension’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) is charged with the responsibility of providing comprehensive continuing professional education and training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel. MU FRTI is the sole enfranchised Institute within the State of Missouri to conduct the United States Fire Administration/National Fire Academy in-state training, as well as being the recognized state fire training entity by the Missouri Department of Public Safety – Division of Fire Safety.

Herbarium of the University of Missouri

The Herbarium is one of the oldest public institutional herbaria west of the Mississippi River. Its holdings include more than 170,000 vascular plants, plus several thousand mosses, fungi and algae. Special collections include more than 13,000 Lupinus specimens, collected mainly in the U.S., Mexico and Central America by David Baxter Dunn (1917- 1994). Other large collections include those of Ernest Jesse Palmer (approximately 35,000 sheets), Julian A. Steyermark, Benjamin F. Bush, and Francis Potter Daniels.

Assessment Resource Center

The Assessment Resource Center (ARC) promotes the practice, enhances the understanding, and advances the use of assessment in education, business, and the professions. ARC is dedicated to providing accurate information to individuals and institutions through the development and application of appropriate measurement instruments and research and evaluation services. ARC provides practical assessment and evaluation resources for clients in education, non-profit organizations, government, and business including: Services for K-12 testing, surveys, and other assessments in the state of Missouri; College BASE, a general education assessment used for entry into teacher education programs and for campus-wide assessment at over 135 colleges and universities nationwide; MU faculty services including classroom testing and course evaluations; Survey, evaluation, and research services for university faculty, businesses, government, and research institutions’ projects; Performance assessment scoring for exams using openended items.

Aging, Interdisciplinary Center on

The MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging brings together University of Missouri (MU) health providers, researchers and educators who are focused on the needs of our rapidly growing older adult population. Its mission includes discovery, teaching, and caring with values of integration, collaboration, innovation, and comprehensiveness. Our goals include optimizing function and health, enhancing quality of life, and improving quality of care for older adults.

Health Care Quality, Center of

The tripartite mission of the Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ) is to advance the University of Missouri’s academic health center’s ability to: 1) provide exemplary patient centered care; 2) conduct innovative educational programs that result in health care professionals prepared to assess and improve the quality, safety and value of patient care; and, 3) advance patient care quality, safety and value through research and scholarship.

Religion and the Professions , Center on

The Center on Religion & the Professions is an interdisciplinary center that works to improve religious literacy among professionals—including journalists —so they can better serve, cover and communicate with a diverse public. The Center serves as a campus-wide clearinghouse for information on religion, serving as an important resource for local media. It conducts training in religion for other disciplines and cooperates in curriculum development. The Center also reaches professionals among the public via events that increase the visibility and understanding of religion in the public sphere.

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The Thompson Center will become a national leader in confronting the challenges of autism and other developmental conditions through its collaborative research, training and service programs. The Center strives to make new discoveries about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and to identify new models of care. Researchers from across the University of Missouri campus are engaged in over 30 research projects that seek to answer urgent questions about ASD and to address the pressing needs of individuals with ASD and their families.

Afro-Romance Institute for Languages

The Institute's primary focus is the literature and language of selected areas of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States, and the interrelations among these three poles of the African dispersion. It coordinates a number of both internal and external programs designed to bring the literature of black writers of French, Portuguese, and Spanish expression into the academic mainstream.

Dispute Resolution, Center for the Study of

The mission of the CSDR is to develop and promote appropriate methods for understanding, managing and resolving domestic and international conflict and the use of dispute resolution techniques to enhance informed decision-making.

Oral Tradition, Center for Studies in

The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition is a national and international focus for interdisciplinary research and scholarship on the world’s oral traditions. Its long-term mission is to facilitate communication across disciplinary boundaries by creating linkages among specialists in different fields. Through its various activities the center fosters conversations and exchanges about oral tradition that would not otherwise take place.

Asian Affairs Center

The University of Missouri's Asian Affairs Center (AAC), created in 1998 by the Office of the Provost, reflects the university's formal recognition of the cultural, strategic and economic importance of the nations of the Pacific Rim. The AAC has a mandate to build upon MU's substantial Asian programs, university and alumni linkages, and teaching and research connections in the region to benefit citizens, government entities, and businesses in Missouri and in the region.

International Center

The mission of the International Center is to coordinate, support and promote the internationalization of the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. It is dedicated to promoting international awareness, fostering an appreciation for diversity, and helping students understand their roles and responsibilities as world citizens. The Center must oversee and support health and safety standards related to study abroad, and maintain MU compliance with all federal regulations related to international students and scholars.


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