University of Missouri DASS Division of Applied Social Sciences College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
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2014 Gold Chalk Awards presented to Mary Grigsby of rural sociology Retiring Professor Jan Dauve honored at the Missouri State Capitol for his years of dedicated service to students Read the blog: Science & Ag J professors, Nina Furstenau and Bill Allen, lead students on a field reporting experience March 24-28, Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Abner Womack receives AFBR Distinguished Service Award

Division of Applied Social Sciences


DASS News

Little Kids, Big Impact
Informal rural child care is a surprisingly large industry

CAFNR Chalks Up Another Victory
2014 Gold Chalk Awards presented to Mary Grigsby of rural sociology and Mike Smith of animal sciences

Moving Beyond the Classroom
CAFNR's NAMA team takes lessons learned in the classroom into a real-world setting

Projection 2014
Good for cattle, not so good for crop producers, FAPRI estimates

Energy Harvest
Small biomass power plants could boost rural economies

Devoted to Agriculture
Abner Womack receives AFBR Distinguished Service Award

Developing Recognition
Rural sociology grad student receives Community Development Program Award

Unkind Cut?
Tax reductions don't always produce economic gains

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The Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) is one of six academic units within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). DASS is home to the following academic program areas:

In addition, DASS houses several centers, institutes and programs:

Our division's purpose is to develop and empower decision makers who can manage the global food and natural resource systems and lead rural communities. Our mission is to be the leading institution in outreach-driven education and research that integrates science-based information into public and private decision making.

While much of our focus is on issues of concern to Missouri, we do work that directly affects national policy. We also are involved internationally on a significant scale.