Antibiotics at work

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James Knox with a background image of penicillinase, the bacterial enzyme he and his lab mapped from X-ray data. Photo by Kim Bova.

Society’s widespread use of antibiotics often causes bacteria to genetically mutate to survive, creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can be deadly. But decades of research by James Knox, Chem’63, has given pharmaceutical companies vital tools to help them design new antibiotics or re-engineer old ones these resistant bacteria can’t elude.

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Once a Miner, always a Miner

People love Rolla. At least most Miners do.
They were transformed during their time at the university, and they want to remember it, share it, bring others into the fold. These alumni have their own ways of continuing the Miner tradition — by spreading the word to schools, opening their homes to incoming freshmen, reconnecting on familiar turf close to their alma mater, or making new connections out West.

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One campus. One community. One world.

Lions, dragons and camels paraded through downtown Rolla last fall, illustrating that everyone loves a parade, regardless of their native country.

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The highs and lows of Adventure Clubs

From the depths of the Earth to the wild blue yonder, study-weary S&T students in need of a break find some pretty unusual places to burn off steam.

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Stephanie (Buffa) Vogt

Real job: Stephanie (Buffa) Vogt, EE’03, MS EMgt’05, is the senior manager of operations for Express Scripts in St. Louis.

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Donald W. “Donny” Cone Jr.

Job: Donald W. “Donny” Cone Jr., AE’02, Econ’02, is an air traffic controller and trainer at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

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Jane Theresa Diecker

Once a shy teenager, Jane Theresa Diecker, NucE’03, today argues the case for increased nuclear energy in the United States.

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Rachel Grodsky

Why she does it: Rachel Grodsky, CerE’06, wants more girls to get involved in math and science because it’s a great career for her. She’s an engineering process supervisor for Honeywell FM&T in Kansas City, Mo., managing a team of 25.

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Jeremy Schnurbusch

Early vision: Jeremy Schnurbusch, EE’05, knew early on what he wanted to do when he grew up. “My dad owns St. Louis Avionics. It was ingrained in me since I was a little kid — I always wanted to work in aviation.”

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Sondra (Terry) Rotty

The level of testosterone is high on a construction site. Women are scarce, but Sondra (Terry) Rotty, ArchE’04, MS EMgt’08, feels right at home. Tarlton Corp.’s senior project engineer would rather work out of a construction trailer any day than in an office.

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