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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.97 / 12.00 Michael Burden
Sustainability Coordinator
MU Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
173

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
846

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
34

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
138

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

When entering a proposal into our grants module, our researchers have the option of selecting key words that relate to their proposal. We used these same key words to search titles of projects. Key words searched include: sustainability, climate, environment, renewable, habitat, ecology, geology, geography, plant, soil, meteorology and weather. Additionally, any awards from EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service and Forest Service are included.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

*Ray Semlitsch, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences:
Salamanders Are a More Abundant Food Source in Forest Ecosystems Than Previously Thought: Advanced statistical methods used in study increase previous population estimates

*Charles Nilon, professor of fisheries and wildlife: Businesses Can Help Preserve Endangered Species, Improve Employee Morale With Small Landscape Changes

* Jae W. Kwon, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and nuclear engineering: First Water-Based Nuclear Battery Developed by MU Researcher Can Be Used to Generate Electrical Energy. Long-lasting batteries could be used for emergency equipment and in spaceflight.

*John Walker, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Division of Biological Sciences: Missouri Research Consortium Receives $20 Million Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Impacts of Climate Variability.

*Scott Peck, associate professor of biochemistry and a researcher in the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU: Plants Send Out Signals Attracting Harmful Bacteria, MU Study Finds. Findings could lead to natural bacterial anti-infectives in food-producing plants

* Chris Wikle, professor of statistics in the MU College of Arts and Science: New Statistical Models Could Lead to Better Predictions of Ocean Patterns and the Impacts on Weather, Climate and Ecosystem

*Tom Johnson, the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the MU College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources and professor in the MU Truman School of Public Affairs: Small Biomass Power Plants Could Help Rural Economies, Stabilize National Power Grid, MU Study Finds.

*Frederick vom Saal, Curators Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at MU: Bisphenol A (BPA) at Very Low Levels Can Adversely Affect Developing Organs in Primates, MU Researcher Finds.

*Ray Semlitsch, Curators’ Professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Science at MU: Salamander Population Size Helps Predict Health of Forest Ecosystems and Inform Forest Management Decisions, MU Study Finds. Researchers suggest a balance between timber harvest and conservation biology.

*Jae Kwon, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at MU: MU Researcher Develops Virtual Wall Which Could Stop the Spread of Oil and Could Help Build Invisible Barrier for Oil Spills.


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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.