Engineering a Big Donation
The college received the money from MU graduates Paul and Diane Shumaker, who donated it to help support the new engineering bioinformatics program.
The gift is a part of MU's "For All We Call Mizzou" campaign. The college will distribute the money to several of its programs.
The head of the bioinformatics program, Professor Chi-Ren Shyu, plans to use some money to expand his research database. He said the availability of the information is crucial to the medical field.
"We use complex computer algarithyms to solve very fundamental basic, but very time-consuming, biological problems," Shyu explained, "from large-scale, geonomic databases."
Shyu has two worldwide databases that can diagnose patients and find vital information within minutes. His graduate students will work on this technology while earning their master's or doctoral degrees.
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton also is excited about the gift.
"A million-dollar gift like this is very, very critical," he said, "particularly when you're initiating a new program area and a new thrust that's been in the planning stages here on campus for several years. And we were very much in need of a gift like this to kick the program forward."