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The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the University of Missouri plan to deepen their relationship with the addition of four new researchers who will hold joint appointments at both institutions.
The appointments, announced Tuesday, are years in the making and aim to give Danforth and MU more fluid access to each other's staff and research capabilities.
Danforth President Jim Carrington said officials from Danforth have been talking with deans and department chairs at MU for several years about opportunities for "doing something jointly." Those talks accelerated with the appointment of MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and soon developed into a framework for hiring four faculty members with joint appointments.
"The reasons to do this as a formal partnership with Mizzou — very briefly, we can do much more together," Carrington said.
The two institutions will recruit mid-career and senior-level plant scientists with established reputations and research programs, Carrington said. Two will be housed at MU and two will be housed at Danforth, with the costs for salaries and benefits being split roughly between the two institutions. All will have joint appointments at both Danforth and MU and tenure at MU. Both institutions will agree to each of the hires.
Carrington would not say what the cost of the partnership would be, only that each institution has its own criteria and resources in setting salaries. The advantage of the dual appointments will be to "double the impact of the hires" for each institution, Carrington said. For example, the partnership will make it easier for MU graduate students to work at Danforth as well as make it easier for Danforth to access MU's research technology and facilities, and vice versa.