Health and Society

Spring Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

Migrant workers

Challenging Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Exploring Perspectives of Latino Migrant Adolescents in U.S. Agriculture

The foundational motivations of physiological and safety needs remain pertinent to the Latino farmworker adolescent population. We suggest a revision of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to account for cultural differences and family upbringings that can be inclusive of ethnic minority adolescents.

Fall Research Forum Abstract Award Winner

Xray image of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Relationships among Degradation-Related Biomarkers released by Subchondral bone from Osteoarthritic Knees

This study was designed to characterize non-linear relationships among degradation-related biomarkers produced by subchondral bone recovered from patients with knee osteoarthritis.

2020 Artifacts Award Winner

Image of Sperm Tail Lengths from Grace's Poster

Beef Cattle Fertility

The objective of this study was to determine factors of sperm structure that influence fertility within bulls. We hypothesized that as the mitochondrial sheath on the tail lengthens, the increased energy production of the sperm cell would impact bull fertility. In the results of this study, we found a positive correlation between the mitochondrial sheath length and the fertility rates of bulls, indicating that mitochondrial sheath structure influences fertility.

2019 Mizzou Advantage Writing Contest: 1st Place

A mother cow with newborn calf

Antibiotic Use in the Agricultural Industry and the Rise in Resistant Strains

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics has become a controversial issue over the years, ultimately leading to regulations on their use in the agricultural industry. Improper management of antibiotic utilization can result in the development of resistant strains. Furthermore, in the present…

2019 Mizzou Advantage Writing Contest: 2nd Place

Original artwork by Ashley Hollis of plastic bag with sad face and text

A Plan for Plastics

Consumption of plastic and efforts to reduce plastic waste have been a popular topic of the past year. When a video showcasing plastic straw litter went viral, many businesses, such as restaurants and dining chains, stopped providing plastic straws unless…

2019 Mizzou Advantage Writing Contest: 3rd Place

Ivy Mike Mushroom cloud from nuclear blast

Science of Environmental Effects of Nuclear War

The only atomic bombs to ever be used outside of testing were those used by the United States in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the Second World War. These blasts exploded with the force of about 15 kilotons and 21…

Cows in a field

Breakthrough Biotechnology in Animal Agriculture

A recent article published by the Washington Post articulates that new gene-editing practices in farm animals may be one of the largest research breakthroughs, though society may not be prepared for such a change (Johnson, 2018). Biotechnology, the genetic…

holding hands photo

Hold Me

You’ve been anticipating this appointment all week. Since your last appointment, when the woman with the bobby, curly hair held you gently and changed your mind— convinced you that you weren’t crazy. Or like your mom said, hormonal. Or like…

Improving Computerized Charting in an Intensive Care Unit

Abstract The purpose of this study is to look deeper into an electronic medical record (EMR) system to find inefficiencies within the overall charting process. Along with collecting observation data on nurses within the University of Missouri Hospital Intensive Care…

Meating Expectations: Challenges of Meat Production and a Growing Population

As the human population grows, the task of producing enough food for everyone becomes increasingly difficult; by 2050 we will need to produce enough food for 2 million more people. To meet current food demands, an industrialized agricultural system has…