Briefly


Waddill to chair physics
Dan Waddill, professor of physics and senior investigator in UMR’s Graduate Center for Materials Research, became chair of physics Aug. 1. He took over from Paul Parris, who remains on the physics faculty.
Murray receives Baker award
Susan Murray, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering and the department’s associate chair for graduate studies, received the Merl Baker Award from the American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering Management Division. The award, named for a former UMR chancellor, recognizes exemplary service to the engineering management discipline.
They are jolly good fellows
James Drewniak, Curators’ Professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a Fellow Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at the group’s International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility in July.
In August, Donald Wunsch, the Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was elected fellow of the International Neural Networks Society (INNS). He also accepted the senior fellow position and will serve as INNS College of Fellows’ chair.
Donald D. Myers, ME’61, MS ME’64, professor of engineering management, was elected a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for distinguished service and contributions to the society.
Madria hits the lecture circuit
This spring, IEEE invited Sanjay Madria, associate professor of computer science at UMR, to serve as a speaker in the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitors Program. He will serve a three-year term conducting research seminars on web and mobile data management for local IEEE chapters throughout North America.
KUMR is now KMST
UMR’s public radio station is now known to listeners as KMST. The station changed its call letters in July in preparation for UMR’s Jan. 1 change to Missouri University of Science and Technology, or Missouri S&T.
The station is still available locally at 88.5 FM in Rolla and 96.3 FM in Lebanon, Mo. KMST also streams its broadcast online at www.kmst.org.

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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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