MU News Bureau, For Expert Comment FeedA MU News Bureau Feed2009-08-26T12:56:43-06:00MU News Bureautag:munews.missouri.edu,2008-12-31:/expert-comment/index.xmlClosing Prison at Guantanamo Bay is Necessary to Uphold American Values, MU Expert Says2009-05-27T01:00:00-06:002009-05-27T09:51:56-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2009-05-27:/expert-comment/2009/Greitens-Torture Policy.phpLast week, President Obama defended his decision to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, continuing the public argument about American defense practices. Eric Greitens, a University of Missouri public affairs expert and former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, says that closing the prison is necessary to uphold American values. Expert Available: MU Expert Says Presidential Candidates' Television Ads Most Negative in History2008-10-30T01:00:00-06:002008-12-31T10:49:45-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2008-10-30:/expert-comment/2008/1030-Benot-ads.phpThe 2008 presidential campaign, as reflected in candidates' television spots, has been one of the most negative campaigns in history. A University of Missouri professor analyzed this year's candidates' television spots, including last night's 30-minute ad by Sen. Barack Obama and found that only one other campaign matched this level of negativity. MU Professor Says Pakistan May Have Entered New Democratic Era, Musharraf's Resignation Would Maintain Dignity2008-02-20T01:00:00-06:002008-12-31T10:48:59-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2008-02-20:/expert-comment/2008/0220-Wallace-Pakistan.phpWith the recent defeat of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's ruling party in parliamentary elections, the face of government is changing in Pakistan. Paul Wallace, a University of Missouri expert in international terrorism and south Asia, said the election is a major change for Pakistan and its people are full of optimism.MU Cloning Expert says that Recent FDA Report on the use of Cloned Animals in the Food Supply will be No Concern to Consumers2008-01-15T01:00:00-06:002008-12-31T10:49:51-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2008-01-15:/expert-comment/2008/cloned-food.phpToday, the Food and Drug Administration posted a summary of a final report that supports the use of cloned animals for food. According to the report, cloned animals and their offspring are safe to enter the U.S. food supply. A University of Missouri cloning expert says that this decision will probably mean very little to consumers.MU Weather Expert says Rare Occurrence of Winter Thunder and Lightning Likely with Next Round of Ice and Freezing Rain 2007-12-10T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:22-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-12-10:/expert-comment/2007/1210-lupo-ice-storm.phpOver the weekend, winter storms hit much of the Midwest. Today, residents of the region are bracing for another round of snow, freezing rain and ice. Anthony Lupo, associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri, said these conditions are normal for this time of year, but hard to forecast. Holidays can be Stressful for Those with Unrealistic Expectations, MU Psychology Expert Says2007-12-05T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:22-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-12-05:/expert-comment/2007/1205-Christmas-Stress.phpFor some, Christmas is anticipated with unbridled excitement. For others, this time of year can bring stress and nervousness. A University of Missouri psychology expert says the key to a happy holiday season is realistic expectations. Surge in the Value of Copper Results in Increased Thefts for Missouri Farmers, says MU Extension Specialist and Business Professor 2007-11-01T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:20-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-11-01:/expert-comment/2007/farmer-copper-1101.phpFarmers in the Midwest, including Missouri, are increasingly falling victim to a different type of crime wave. It's not their crops or livestock being stolen; instead, thieves are taking a valuable component from their water irrigation systems - copper.As Athletes Face High Stakes Games, MU Sports Psychology Expert Says They Must Trust What They Know and Avoid the Jitters2007-09-13T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:21-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-09-13:/expert-comment/2007/high-stakes-games-07.phpThe college football season is winding down as the fans and players are in a frenzy because the most high stakes games are ahead. A sports psychology expert at the University of Missouri-Columbia says the athletes must trust what they have been taught to avoid the jitters that can lead to mistakes in the big games.Poverty Numbers Starting to Mirror Healthy Economy2007-08-28T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:10-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-08-28:/expert-comment/2007/healthy-economy-07.phpMizzou expert Colleen Heflin, an assistant professor with the Truman School of Public Affairs, thinks this recovery should have come sooner.MU Legal Expert Says Felon Status Shouldn't Prevent Michael Vick from Returning to the NFL2007-08-20T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:10-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-08-20:/expert-comment/2007/vick-endorsements-07.phpCritics of Michael Vick contend the NFL quarterback should be banned from the NFL for agreeing to plead guilty to federal dog fighting conspiracy charges. A University of Missouri-Columbia legal expert says otherwise. MU Expert says Keep an Eye on Older Adults, Infants During Heat Wave2007-08-14T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:15-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-08-14:/expert-comment/2007/eye-on-old-infants-07.phpTemperatures are expected to peak in the low 100s and higher in the Midwest and much of the South this week. Even though the country will experience a little cooler weather next weekend, one University of Missouri-Columbia expert says that it is important to watch older adults and infants as they sometimes can't, or won't, take the necessary steps to keep themselves cool.Minneapolis Bridge Collapse Will Have Nationwide Fallout 2007-08-02T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:15-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-08-02:/expert-comment/2007/minneapolis-bridge-collapse-07.phpThe collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday evening brought the structural safety of the nation's aging overpasses into tragic focus. University of Missouri-Columbia civil engineer Glenn Washer believes the catastrophe is a watershed event in the bridge industry that may spur states to revise how they prioritize the funding of bridge inspection and repair.MU Neurologist Says Seizures Can Indicate Brain Abnormalities2007-07-31T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:11-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-07-31:/expert-comment/2007/seizures-brain-abnormalities-07.phpOn Monday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts suffered a "grand mal" or generalized seizure. University of Missouri-Columbia neurologist Pradeep Sahota said that seizures such as this represent abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is like an electrical storm, Sahota said.MU Food Safety Expert Says Nearly 100 Cases of Botulism Occur Annually in U.S.2007-07-23T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:16-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-07-23:/expert-comment/2007/food-safety-botulism-07.phpA Georgia meat processing plant, Castleberry Food Co., recently recalled thousands of pounds of meat products that federal regulators said were likely undercooked and may potentially cause a botulism outbreak.MU Expert Available for Media Commentary on YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate2007-07-20T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:18-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-07-20:/expert-comment/2007/youtube-democratic-07.phpThere's a new twist to presidential debates. For the first time, candidates will be questioned by everyday citizens via video by YouTube. Mitchell S. McKinney, associate professor of communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will analyze Monday night's Democratic forum.All-Night Debate Was Publicity Stunt That Enabled Both Parties to Reach Supporters, says MU Professor2007-07-18T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:08-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-07-18:/expert-comment/2007/all-night-debate-07.phpSenate Democrats debated all night to rally support for a bill that would bring U.S. troops home from Iraq. A University of Missouri-Columbia political science professor said the events of Tuesday night provided both parties an opportunity to send strong messages to their supporters.MU Dean of Education Disagrees with Report Criticizing Teacher Training2007-07-17T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:13-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-07-17:/expert-comment/2007/teacher-training-07.phpA report issued this week by the National Council on Teacher Quality criticizes educational programs for not striking a balance between courses on subject matter and teacher training. Missouri, along with 20 other states, earned a 'D' overall. In part, the report suggested that Missouri elementary teachers are trained to be educators, but do not take enough courses in core subject matter. The dean of the University of Missouri-Columbia's College of Education disagrees with the report and says it does not reflect the way teachers are educated at Mizzou.With al Qaeda Strengthening, MU Professor Says the United States Should Exit Iraq and Focus on Afghanistan2007-07-13T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:14-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-07-13:/expert-comment/2007/al-qaeda-07.phpWith reports of a strengthened al Qaeda, a University of Missouri-Columbia professor today said the United States should now turn its attention from Iraq and, instead, focus on dealing with the terrorist organization.MU Professor Says There's No Biblical Precedent for July 7, 2007 (777)2007-07-03T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:08-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-07-03:/expert-comment/2007/777-biblical-precedent-07.phpSuperstitious people have their calendars marked July 7, 2007. For many, ¿777¿ is being interpreted as a ¿good, lucky or holy¿ day. However, a religion scholar at the University of Missouri-Columbia insists the day carries no spiritual significance.MU Professor Says Ruling Provides Glimpse of the Supreme Court's Views on Church-State2007-06-25T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:12-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-06-25:/expert-comment/2007/supreme-court-church-state-ruling-07.phpWith new two new justices on the Supreme Court, today's ruling in the Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation case provides insight as to the body's views and opinions regarding church-state affairs, said a University of Missouri-Columbia law professor.Survey Shows Most Asthma Patients Have No Treatment Plan; Critical Mistake, Says MU Respiratory Therapy Expert2007-06-20T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:09-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-06-20:/expert-comment/2007/asthma-therapy-07.phpMost people with asthma have no treatment plan and report that their disease is uncontrolled, according to a recent survey in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. According to a University of Missouri-Columbia respiratory therapy expert, this is a critical mistake.Wetlands Threatened by New EPA Guidance, MU Researcher Says2007-06-11T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:13-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-06-11:/expert-comment/2007/wetlands-threatened-07.phpLast week, a new guidance issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers dealt a blow to non-permanent streams and wetlands. The guidance said that for such waters to be protected there must be a "significant nexus" between the stream or wetland and a traditional waterway.MU Ag Economist Forecasts Higher Milk Prices for U.S. Consumers2007-06-06T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:16-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-06-06:/expert-comment/2007/milk-prices-07.phpIn the months ahead, U.S. consumers can expect to pay more for milk, according to an agriculture economist at the University of Missouri-Columbia.MU Study Examines Effectiveness of Glycerin as Cattle Feed2007-05-24T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:18-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-05-24:/expert-comment/2007/glycerin-cattle-feed-07.phpBiodiesel is in high demand. The byproduct of this alternative source of energy, glycerin, is next, according to an agriculture scientist at the University of Missouri-Columbia.MU Professor Says Republicans Will Likely Focus on Policy and Character Issues during Their First Televised Debate2007-05-03T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:17-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-05-03:/expert-comment/2007/republicans-debate07.phpToday, the 2008 Republican presidential contenders will square off at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in the first nationally televised debate of the campaign season.MU Professor Says History Could Dictate Tone of First Democratic Debate2007-04-25T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:17-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-04-25:/expert-comment/2007/history-democratic07.phpThe 2008 Democratic presidential contenders will square off Thursday night in the first nationally televised debate of the campaign season. Research by a University of Missouri-Columbia professor could provide viewers and analysts a glimpse of what to expect from the eight candidates.MU Expert Available for Media Commentary on Democratic Presidential Debate2007-04-24T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:14-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-04-24:/expert-comment/2007/democratic-debate07.phpOn Thursday, the 2008 Democratic presidential hopefuls will meet face-to-face in South Carolina for the first of several debates. For 90 minutes, the eight declared candidates will discuss a range of topics such as domestic issues, foreign policy and the war in Iraq.Study on Elementary School Teachers Affirms New Interactive Teaching Methods Are Needed 2007-04-06T01:00:00-06:002007-12-31T10:10:16-06:00tag:munews.missouri.edu,2007-04-06:/expert-comment/2007/interactive-teaching-methods-07.phpA study published today in Science shows that elementary teachers spend too much time delivering basic information and are not providing a rich, interactive learning environment.