Briefly

Diana Ahmad, associate professor of history and political science and campus archivist, was named 2011 Woman of the Year in April. The award is presented each year to a female faculty member in recognition of her efforts to improve the campus environment for women and minorities. The award was created by Cynthia Tang, Econ’85, founder and former chair of Insight Industries Inc. and a member of the S&T Board of Trustees.


Missouri S&T’s custodial and landscape services department received the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence for efforts to improve trees in the community. The award is from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Community Forestry Council.
Walt Eversman, Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in May for his contributions to the aeronautics field.
Joseph D. Smith became the university’s first Laufer Chair of Energy on July 1. Formerly the manager of advanced process and decision systems for Idaho National Laboratory, Smith holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University. His expertise is in the design of industrial-scale coal gasification systems. The chair was established in 2009 through a $3.4 million gift from Wayne Laufer, CE’67, retired co-founder and CEO of Bois d’Arc Energy Inc., and his wife, Gayle Laufer.
Jay W. Goff, vice provost and dean of enrollment management at Missouri S&T, recently joined the staff of Saint Louis University to lead that campus’s enrollment management efforts. Goff led the S&T enrollment management office from 2001 through August. Laura Stoll, S&T registrar, will serve as interim dean.
Lea-Ann Morton, director of career opportunities and employer relations (COER) since 2003, was named assistant vice chancellor for development on Aug. 1. Edna Grover-Bisker, associate director of COER since 2008, replaces Morton as director of COER.

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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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