From left, Todd Swanstrom, Beth Huebner and Patricia Parker are part of the initial class of University of Missouri System Presidential Fellows. (Photos by August Jennewein)
University of Missouri–St. Louis Professors Beth Huebner, Patricia Parker and Todd Swanstrom are among 15 faculty members across the University of Missouri System chosen as Presidential Engagement Fellows.
UM System President Mun Choi announced the new initiative last Friday and introduced the first class at a meeting of the Board of Curators.
The initiative, led by Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor of extension and engagement at MU, is designed to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by sharing research discoveries with Missouri citizens in every county.
“The University of Missouri is dedicated to the people of this state, and we are proud of the excellent teaching, breakthrough research and creative achievement, and meaningful engagement by our faculty,” Choi said. “We are here to serve the state by providing Missouri citizens with information about the life-changing discoveries that we uncover in our laboratories. This new program will encourage all of our faculty members to engage directly with Missouri citizens and help them improve communities across the state.”
As part of this program, selected faculty members will represent the UM System at a number of speaking events throughout the state, where they will discuss their research and share how that knowledge can help Missouri citizens.
“We have fantastic faculty on every campus who want to help improve the lives of Missouri citizens, whether that is through better agriculture practices, new treatments in health care, technological discoveries or providing world-class artistic performances,” Choi said. “This new program will help us fulfill our mission as a land-grant university. We are Missouri’s university, and we owe it to every Missouri citizen to share with them what we have discovered that can improve their lives.”
Huebner is a professor in …