MU officials have a healthy opinion of the quality of the research, innovation and economic development the university generates.
But it’s still nice to hear someone else say it.
In October, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named MU to its inaugural list of the country’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities. Only 16 universities received the designation.
“We’re all a little biased,” said Steve Wyatt, vice provost for economic development. “We know we do great work, but it is great to be recognized by your peers.”
More than just a pat on the back, however, the recognition raises MU’s stature and helps its researchers and faculty do their jobs, Wyatt said. He also pointed to MU’s membership in the Association of American Universities and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2009 classification of MU as a Community Engagement Campus, meaning that its teaching, learning and scholarship engages faculty, students and the community.
“As you build on those recognitions, they build the stature of the university,” Wyatt said. “Collaborators and funding agencies look at these designations, and it builds credibility about your abilities.”
Wyatt said the APLU review process required a rigorous self-evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses.
In its application, MU cited areas of success — licensing products to companies, as in the production method of Beyond Meat’s Chicken-free Strips; developing homegrown companies through faculty collaboration, such as the biotech firm EternoGen; and focused collaboration on strength areas through Mizzou Advantage.
MU also identified areas to improve, such as streamlining engagement with startup companies, and increasing outreach and collaboration with industries where MU has expertise.
An accomplishment in collaboration came Nov. 6 with a letter of intent between the MU Research Reactor team and Global PET Imaging LLC to produce rubidium-82 (Rb-82). The radiopharmaceutical is used after a heart attack to assess whether tissue has been damaged and if there is sufficient blood flow. Healthy tissue with poor blood flow suggests that the patient would benefit from bypass surgery.
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