From the editor

Dear Alumni and Friends,

When we decided to dedicate this issue of Missouri S&T Magazine to glass, I was reminded of my arrival at Missouri S&T five years ago. I was both humbled and inspired by a student who greeted me with a vase crafted in the Hot Glass Shop. This housewarming gift was a perfect introduction to the impressive skills that Miners possess. In this issue, we’ll give you a pictorial “tour” of the Hot Glass Shop and show you some of the beauty and creativity that can be produced once you understand the science of glass.

But it goes beyond beauty. The variability and strength of the glass material that is studied and produced at Missouri S&T leads to some surprising applications. On the following pages, you will find stories that demonstrate the role glass plays in some unexpected areas — radioactive waste management, architecture, 3-D printing and even healthcare.

There are a lot of exciting things going on here in Rolla. We’ve seen record enrollment and the largest Career Fair in S&T history. We have a renewed sense of vision with the unveiling of a new campus master plan. And we anticipate the dedication of the Hasselmann Alumni House this coming March. For all of us at Missouri S&T, I think it’s safe to say that our glass is most certainly half full.

Around the Puck

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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