Authors among us

America’s war on drugs examined in 19th century
Today’s war on drugs is not the first battle America has fought against addiction. In her new book, The Opium Debate and Chinese Exclusion Laws, UMR historian Diana Ahmad examines the opium-smoking epidemic of the mid-19th century and finds that Chinese immigrants weren’t the problem, as is commonly believed.


Published in March by the University of Nevada Press, the book explains that while China faced its own epidemic of opium addiction in the 19th century, only a very small minority of Chinese immigrants in America were actually involved in the opium business.
Kohser co-authors engineering textbook
Ronald Kohser, professor of metallurgical engineering, is co-author of the recently published 10th edition of Materials and Processes in Manufacturing. This marks the 50th anniversary of the textbook, originally written by a University of California-Berkeley professor in 1957.
Kohser became a contributing author during the writing of the fifth edition and has been a full co-author since the publication of the sixth edition. UMR students use the text for core courses in mechanical and metallurgical engineering.

Neural networking explained in new book
Jagannathan Sarangapani, professor of electrical and computer engineering since 2001, is the author of Neural Network Control of Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems, recently published by Taylor and Francis (or CRC Press).
Loosely based on the inner workings of the human brain, a neural network is used in computational science to study and analyze complex phenomena. Sarangapani’s book presents modern control techniques, which he bases on the parallelism and adaptive capabilities of biological nervous systems.
Sarangapani has invented several neural network-based techniques to diagnose engine problems.

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Generous partners complete ACML fundraising

Thanks to an investment from the University of Missouri System, major gifts from industry partners and alumni support, S&T will break ground on the Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML) on Oct. 12, during Homecoming weekend.

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Alumni help with sesquicentennial planning

Seven alumni, including three Miner Alumni Association board members, have been named to Missouri S&T’s sesquicentennial advisory committee. The group is made up of graduates, students, faculty, staff and community members who are involved in planning the university’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration.

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Using big data to reduce childbirth risks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, complications during pregnancy or childbirth affect more than 50,000 women annually, and about 700 of them die every year. Steve Corns, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, is working with researchers from Phelps County Regional Medical Center through the Ozarks Biomedical Initiative to reduce […]

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Bogan solves Benton mural mystery

Missouri State Capitol muralist Thomas Hart Benton wrote in his memoir about being called into then-Gov. Guy Park’s office and told that a prominent St. Louis politician objected to Benton’s portrayal of black people, especially depictions of slavery.

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Breaking bias

According to Jessica Cundiff, assistant professor of psychological science at S&T, women who consider careers in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are deterred by stereotypes that impose barriers on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM.

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