Modern. Refractive. Complex. Glass.

Broken-PiecesDespite its nearly ubiquitous presence in our daily lives, glass has maintained a reputation for fragility for centuries. Typically composed of a mixture of fine powders like limestone, sand and sodium borate, the material — so commonplace as to be nearly invisible — is probably noticed most when it’s broken. Think of the large, jagged shards that are created when a baseball is thrown through a windowpane or of the pebbles that litter the ground when a car window is shattered.

<a href=”https://magazine.mst.edu/files/2014/07/Broken-Pieces.jpg”><img style=”margin: 10px;” alt=”Broken-Pieces” src=”https://magazine.mst.edu/files/2014/07/Broken-Pieces.jpg” width=”300″ height=”361″ /></a>The use of glass in everyday life can be attributed, at least in part, to its characteristics — hardness, chemical resistance, durability and optical properties. These properties, and its ever-growing combination of compositions, make glass such a perfect substance. They’re also what allows glass to move beyond its brittle persona.

Today’s modern glasses look very different from the blown glass or lead-crystal glass created centuries ago, and even the sheet glass developed in the early 20th century. No longer restrained by archaic fabrication techniques, today’s glasses are shattering stereotypes and causing people to rethink glass. It bends. It heals wounds. It strengthens steel. There’s seemingly no limit to what glass can do.

The following stories are just a few examples of how Missouri S&T students and faculty are reshaping the future of glass.

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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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