Briefly

Creighton University prof named psychology chair
 

Nancy J. Stone, former professor of psychology at Creighton
University in Omaha, Neb., took over as chair of psychology at Missouri
S&T on July 1. Stone focuses her research on group dynamics,
specifically team work behaviors; environmental design, studying how
things like color or windows can impact performance, motivation, mood
or satisfaction; student learning and training; and the interview
process, studying the interview as an assessment of organizational fit.


Burken named interim director

Joel Burken, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, became interim director of the university’s Environmental Research Center for Emerging Contaminants in July. He takes over for Craig Adams, the former John and Susan Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering, who left Missouri S&T to chair the civil, environmental and architectural engineering department at the University of Kansas. Burken is also leading a search committee to fill the Mathes Chair.

Bayless honored by Chi Epsilon

Jerry Bayless
, CE’59, MS CE’62, associate professor of civil engineering, is the first recipient of the National Arthur N.L. Chiu Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society. The award is presented to faculty who have shown a dedication to advising and supporting chapter activities and encouraging chapter members. Bayless has served as faculty advisor to the Missouri S&T chapter for 40 years and was nominated for the award by chapter officers and members.

‘Alamo in the Ardennes’ nabs book award

John C. McManus
, associate professor of history, received the 2008 Missouri Conference on History Book Award for his book Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible. The award is given to the best book on any historical topic written by a Missouri resident published in 2007.

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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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