61 } Brilliant ideas
A custom fit and design bra business, an implantable wireless monitoring service for dog owners, and a web service for businesses to create, share and complete forms are just a few of the brilliant ideas to come out of the Venture Creation Challenge hosted by The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Bloch School of Management. The competition encourages students to think big and present new venture concepts to local investors, entrepreneurs and venture professionals.
62 } Facebook
We love our 16,000 Facebook followers. What, you’re not following UMKC on Facebook? Check us out at facebook.com/umkansascity.
63 } Humans in motion
One relatively modest grant might not seem like enough to change the world. But in the hands of researchers at the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE), it can help build a better knee, a better bicycle, better concrete, help prevent osteoarthritis, help the elderly recover from falls and even identify who’s telling the truth and who’s hiding something. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), SCE’s Human Motion Lab is being put to work. With lots of cool tools to help uncover answers, like motion-capture cameras that emit near infrared light, force plates in the floor—like really expensive bathroom scales, but much more accurate—and an EMG, or Electromyography system, new discoveries are not too far out of reach.
64 } Wood signs
Designed to be rustic looking, the kitschy wooden signs around campus were updated to reflect the change in the school’s name in 1963. But by then, the wooden signs were so much a part of the campus that the new signs were designed to resemble the old ones.
65 } Power couple
One of the most prominent couples in music composition is Chen Yi and Zhou Long. Zhou won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music, and Chen composed a piece for the Kansas City Symphony to perform at the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts—a piece she composed in one month. The two music composition professors teamed up earlier this year to compose a symphonic work commissioned by Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, which won the first prize at the 16th Annual China National Composition Competition.
66 } Home sweet home
Nothing signals the start of fall semester quite like move-in day.
67 } City slickers
Mention the term “college town” to people and they envision a quaint little burg built around a campus and surrounded by farmland. But Roos don’t do quaint and quiet. In our college town, the campus is minutes away from paintings by the masters and gallery shows by amazing local artists. It’s where you can take in Roos athletics action during the day and a Royals game that same night. It’s five-star restaurants on the same block as fantastic dive bars. And our college town is a city full of career opportunities that can take students straight to the top of almost any field.
68 } Jolly Green Giant
Elmer “Len” Dresslar Jr. (B.A., ’49) was a voice actor and vocalist, best known as the deep bass voice of the Jolly Green Giant in commercials for General Mills.
69 } Child’s play
The Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center is part of the School of Education and serves a learning laboratory for early childhood students. Berkley enrolls children of UMKC employees, students and the community.
70 } Rx for success
The campus’ model pharmacy gives students hands-on experience.