In April, the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education approved a new master of science degree in explosives engineering.

In July, Ralph Flori, PetE’79, MS PetE’81, PhD PetE’87, began his term as chair of geological sciences and engineering.

On July 1, Dan Oerther, director of the Ohio Center of Excellence in Sustaining the Urban Environment and professor of environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati, became the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Civil Engineering.

Outdated freshman laboratories on campus got an upgrade over the summer thanks to a $160,000 estate gift from Jon T. Schneeberger, whose father, Fred C. Schneeberger, earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 1925. The gift upgraded nine biology, chemistry and physics laboratories on campus.

Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the 2010 Outstanding Scientist Award for Innovation from the Academy of Science in St. Louis for his efforts to develop new ways to intelligently control power grids.

Yangchuan Xing, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, received a grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve cathode performance in lithium-air batteries. The grant is part of a $106 million effort to make electric cars more affordable and to produce advanced biofuels more efficiently from renewable electricity instead of sunlight.

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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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