Uncovering a mobster’s human side

He was a notorious mobster and killer, but Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was also an affectionate father and a charming ladies’ man, says Amanda Kamps, a senior in history at Missouri S&T.

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel

Under the guidance of Larry Gragg, chair and Curators’ Teaching Professor of history and political science, Kamps has been studying recently declassified FBI documents about Siegel. She says he was generally liked by people in Las Vegas in the 1940s.
“People were willing to ignore things about him – like being a murderer,” Kamps says. “Women were charmed by him and people just tried to avoid angering him.”
Through her research, Kamps hopes to demonstrate that Siegel moved to Vegas to become legitimate. Among the documents she studied are transcripts from bugged telephone calls and FBI agents’ notes.

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By the numbers: Fall/Winter 2018

8,607 Students enrolled for the fall semester at Missouri S&T. Classes started Aug. 20. 91 Percentage of first-year freshmen who receive scholarships and financial aid.

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Making tornado alley safer

Growing up in northeast China, Guirong “Grace” Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States. But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of […]

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Living laboratory houses lead battery research

This past November, Missouri S&T installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the EcoVillage, a “living laboratory” that is home to S&T’s solar-powered homes.

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Partners for progress

An expansion of the partnership between Missouri S&T and Missouri State University will allow students to pursue a mechanical engineering degree on the Missouri State campus with courses taught by faculty from both institutions. Students began applying this fall. The program will begin in fall 2019.

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Chancellor search is underway

This past August, University of Missouri President Mun Choi announced the formation of a 23-member committee to lead a nationwide search for a chancellor at Missouri S&T.

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