Contributions across the globe: Missouri's graduate alumni 2011

This state's graduate alumni have become leading entrepreneurs, scientists, health care professionals, engineers, artists, journalists, humanitarians and educators. Some examples:

Tony Giglio, M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies

2001, Missouri State University

Giglio is a physician assistant currently working in endocrinology at St. John’s Health System in Springfield, Missouri. He is a contributing author to the upcoming American College of Sports Medicine’s (ASCM) Complete Guide to Fitness and Health, to be released in May 2011. Active in the American Diabetes Association, he frequently returns to Missouri State to conduct lectures on diabetes for the physician assistant program.

David Vinyard, M.S. in Chemistry

2008, Missouri State University

Vinyard, the University’s first Rhodes Scholar finalist, is a doctoral candidate in biophysical chemistry at Princeton University (NJ). His research focuses on the physical chemistry of photosynthesis and its implications in the development of alternative energy sources.

Jeffrey Brown, M.S. in Psychology

1994, University of Central Missouri

Brown is a clinical associate and instructor with the Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard University Medical School. He is also a sports psychologist for the Boston Marathon Medical Team and author of The Competitive Edge (2007).

Tracy Rogers, M.S. in Rural Family Nursing

2007, University of Central Missouri

Rogers is an instructor at Avila University in their nursing program. She is active in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and works as needed in the telemetry unit of Saint Luke's Hospital.

Dale Klein, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

1971, University of Missouri

Klein is the chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is a noted public speaker and prolific author on energy issues.

Ann Looby, Ph.D. in Ed, School and Counseling Psychology

1983, University of Missouri

Looby is the Director of Funding African Children's Education, a nonprofit organization that works with orphaned and needy students.

Mark Funkhouse, Ph.D. in Public Administration and Sociology

2000, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Governing magazine named Funkhouse one of the Public Officials of the Year in 2003. He is engaged with the Brookings Institution's national initiative to address the economic, environmental and social needs of metropolitan areas.

Joseph Seabrooks, Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies

2001, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Seabrooks is President of Metropolitan Community College, Blue River campus. He has been recognized for his leadership as the founder of the Diversity Action Initiative in Kansas City.

Muneer Al-Maskery, Ph.D. Political Science

1992, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Al-Maskery is founder of the first private college in the Sultanate of Oman, the Modern College of Business and Science. He conducts research on his country's economic issues.

Katharine T. Corbett, M.A. in History

1977, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Corbett is a public historian and served as the Director of Interpretation for the Missouri Historical Society. She has authored several articles and a frequently cited book, In Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women's History (2003).

Source: Council of Graduate Schools (2008). Making a difference: A selection of graduate degree holders and their contributions to the public good. Available from CGGS publications.