Open for business


Brad Stout | The Chart

James B. Fleischaker (left), chairman of the Board of Governors, and Rob O’Brian (right), executive of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon for the new DNA lab Oct. 21 in Reynolds Hall.

DNA lab open for student, business use

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Missouri Southern’s new DNA lab was held Oct. 21.

Housed in Reynolds Hall room 249, the lab seeks to provide students with a hands-on learning environment that allows them to operate proper DNA testing equipment, prepare test samples and analyze results.

After being approved by the Board of Governor’s in August, a partnership was made with the Joseph Newman Innovation Center that ultimately made the furnishing of the lab possible. Just before the ribbon cutting took place, Rob O’Brian, executive of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and representative of the Innovation Center, presented a check for $1,000 to board chair James B. Fleischaker to be used for the lab.

In addtion to student use, the lab will offer training to food manufacturers in the business community. According to Steve Russell, director of the Innovation Center, there are a dozen food manufacturers in Joplin alone. The presence of the new DNA lab will allow these businesses to train on the equipment.