MU experts on all things Fourth of July

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July 1, 2024
Contact: Courtney Perrett,


Millions of Americans are preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July. Whether you’re writing about the logistics of hosting a lakeside party, setting off fireworks safely or protecting the family pets, the University of Missouri has the experts you need to tell your Independence Day story.

Please contact Courtney Perrett at 573-882-6217 or to arrange an interview with any of these experts.

Scott Brown
  • Agricultural Economist, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Expertise in the cost of food prices and commodities, inflation
Joshua Stilley
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Expertise in firework injuries, first aid, 911 use, and emergency department care

Note: MU Health Care will host a Firework Safety Q&A with hand surgeon Daniel London at 1 p.m. on July 1. Join the Zoom link here:

Elizabeth Easley
  • Clinical instructor of small animal emergency and critical care, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Expertise in pet safety and heat stroke
Tim Glass
  • Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Chemistry,  College of Arts and Science
  • Expertise in the chemistry of colors and dyes and how those might reproduce / showcase in fireworks
Joe Haslag
  • Executive Director of the Economic and Policy Analysis Research Center, College of Arts and Science
  • Expertise in monetary policy and macroeconomics
Cortney Fish
  • Director of the Thompson Center Training Core
  • Expertise in helping children with autism and differently abled people with overstimulation from fireworks and parties

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