Fruit flies could unlock Alzheimer’s sleep secrets

Courtney Fiebelman is conducting research about Alzheimer's disease through sleep patterns by studying fruit flies on Wednesday April 29, 2015.     Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Courtney Fiebelman is conducting research about Alzheimer’s disease through sleep patterns by studying fruit flies on Wednesday April 29, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, people with Alzheimer’s Disease often have sleep pattern changes, and sleep changes somehow result from the disease’s impact on the brain.
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Classroom roll call? There’s an app for that

A team of Missouri S&T researchers has developed an app that tracks classroom attendance using a smartphone camera.

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Hollow concrete is stronger concrete

Concrete columns used as the support structures of a bridge would be stronger if they were hollow, says Mohamed ElGawady, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T. He says these hollow columns, the first of their kind in the United States, could extend the lifespan of a bridge beyond the current 50-years.

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In print

Larry Gragg, Curators’ Teaching Professor of history and political science, is the author of Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel: The Gangster, the Flamingo, and the Making of Modern Las Vegas. Published in January by Praeger, the book examines Siegel’s image in popular culture and dispels myths about his contribution to the founding of Las Vegas.

Tseggai Isaac, an associate professor of history and political science, co-edited and authored chapters in a book titled African Civilization in the 20th Century. Published in January by Nova Science Publishers, the book examines African civilization, analyzes the formidable roadblocks to its modernization and provides suggestions for African rejuvenation.

Open the window, clean the air

Glenn Morrison received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study air quality in homes         Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Glenn Morrison received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study air quality in homes. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Some people open the windows in their homes whether it’s snowing or raining, in stifling heat or frigid cold. A Missouri S&T environmental engineering professor says that can have a positive effect on the air quality in your home.

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Bugs on a diet clean up wastewater

Jianmin Wang at Fort Leonard Wood with his waste water cleaning unit on April 15, 2015.         Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Jianmin Wang at Fort Leonard Wood with his waste water cleaning unit on April 15, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

To clean wastewater, most municipal treatment plants try to maintain an oxygen concentration of 2 milligrams per liter in their aerated tanks. That seems ideal for the microorganisms that consume the waste; it’s a level that “makes them happy” and well fed, says Jianmin Wang, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T.

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Social networks can strengthen knowledge-sharing

Some people think social networks waste time. But three engineering management and systems engineering researchers at Missouri S&T think those networks could improve project management and help spread specialized knowledge in the health care sector and other large organizations.

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Building a better battery

Tyler Fears, Chem’10, Phys’10, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, is using nanomaterials that act as cathodes to expand the capacity of lithium-ion batteries through an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His project is funded by a five-year, $3 million grant awarded to MU by the National Science Foundation. [Read more…]

Improving rural drinking water

Disinfectants used in water treatment operations could generate harmful byproducts that are unregulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [Read more…]

Nuclear fusion: achieved

In May, three Missouri S&T physics seniors achieved nuclear fusion of deuterium into helium as part of the final project in their senior research laboratory class. This nuclear fusion reaction is the same process as the one that powers the sun. [Read more…]