Math on film

Movies like A Beautiful Mind notwithstanding, mathematics rarely gets top billing, or even a cameo appearance, in Hollywood movies. But students in Robert Roe’s Foundations of Mathematics class at Missouri S&T starred in a film of their own hoping to better understand a learning method with roots almost as old as mathematics itself.

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The world needs S&T grads, says Olin Brass CEO

Joseph Rupp, MetE’72, chair, president and CEO of Olin Corp., challenged graduates to think critically, but be ethical in their decisions during commencement ceremonies May 15-16.

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I’d like to thank the academy

This year, 32 Missouri S&T alumni and former faculty were inducted into Missouri S&T academies. Academy membership recognizes a career of distinction and invites members to share their wisdom, influence and resources with faculty and students.

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S&T awards honorary professional degrees

Eleven Missouri S&T alumni received honorary professional degrees during Spring Commencement. The degrees recognize these graduates for professional achievement:

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Fueling the nation’s energy research

Missouri S&T researchers believe the power grid of the future will operate much like the Internet, except it will transmit energy and not data, speeding renewable electric-energy technology into every home and business in the country. This National Science Foundation-funded study is just one of a number of energy-related research projects at Missouri S&T that distinguishes the university as a leader in energy research.

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Hey, bartender

It may look like a plain wooden box, but this computer-controlled bartender could give restaurants of the future a smarter way to serve sodas and mixed drinks.

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Improving explosives and materials, nanoscopically

Recent experiments to create a fast-reacting explosive by concocting it at the nano level could mean more spectacular firework displays. But even more impressive to the Missouri S&T professor who led the research, the method used to mix chemicals at that tiny scale could lead to new strong porous materials for high-temperature applications, from thermal insulation in jet engines to industrial chemical reactors.

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Ethanol production: a ‘drink-or-drive’ issue

Federal requirements to increase the production of ethanol have developed into a “drink-or-drive” issue in the Midwest as a result of biofuel production’s impact on water supplies and water quality, says Joel Burken, professor of environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, in the May 1 issue of the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Another band of brothers

Despite the stirring portrayal in Band of Brothers, Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division was not the first to enter Adolf Hitler’s Berchtesgaden mountain retreat near the end of World War II, says military historian John C. McManus in his latest book.

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Country music, city roots

A fan of country music since childhood, Patrick Huber, associate professor of history and political science, asserts in his latest book that the origins of the genre in the South lie not in rural communities as previously believed, but in cities and towns. His book, Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2008. The book also documents the role of textile mill workers in early country music.

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