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‘Miners in Space’ teams prepare for zero gravity
Two teams of Missouri S&T students will get to experience zero gravity in June as part of a NASA outreach program. One team will conduct welding experiments aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” C-9 aircraft, while the other will test a refrigerant-based propulsion system in the microgravity environment.


Margaret Cline named CIO
Margaret Cline was appointed as the university’s second chief information officer (CIO) in December. Cline has worked as a national IT consultant, as the CIO at Eastern Michigan University and as an adjunct computer science professor in Arkansas, Michigan and Kentucky.
Curators honor professors
K. Chandrashekhara, director of Missouri S&T’s Composite Manufacturing Laboratory, was recently named Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The professorship is awarded to outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study.
Yinfa Ma was recently named Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry. The Curators’ Teaching Professorship was established in 1990 to honor outstanding professors, call attention to teaching excellence, and foster improvements in teaching and learning.
Giglio named Maxwell C. Weiner Professor
James N. Giglio, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Missouri State University, has been named the 2008 Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Missouri S&T. While at Missouri S&T, Giglio will teach a history course, “Recent U.S. History.”
New director, new degree
Bonnie Bachman, former senior director at Flextronics International, became the ­­new chair of interdisciplinary engineering in December, taking over for Ralph Flori, PetE’79, MS PetE’81, PhD PetE’87, associate professor of interdisciplinary engineering, who had served as interim chair.
Also in December, Jeremy Schueler and Kerry Poppa became the first two students to be awarded bachelor’s degrees in interdisciplinary engineering.
The program was started during the fall 2005 semester to attract students interested in non-traditional engineering. The program allows students to create their own seven- to nine-course elective program based on two engineering fields or one engineering field and one science field.

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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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