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Joel Burken was elected vice president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and is on track to lead the organization in 2011. Burken, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is also interim director of the Environmental Research Center.
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Christine L. Laughlin, a major in the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department, began work as chief of university police at Missouri S&T on March 22. She replaced William C. Bleckman, who retired in January after a 37-year career at S&T.
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Sahra Sedigh was one of an elite group of young engineering faculty members chosen to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s first Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in Herndon, Va. Sedigh, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, developed the Flood Frog, a wireless, battery-powered device for monitoring infrastructure that could help engineers gauge wear and tear on bridges and catch problems earlier.
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W. Eric Showalter is lecturing about sustainable construction at the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia through a grant from the Fulbright Scholar Program. A lecturer in civil, architectural and environmental engineering and faculty advisor for S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Showalter is blogging about his experience at www.fulbrightestonia.blogspot.com.
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Missouri S&T’s Army ROTC program received the Best Battalion Award for the 3rd Brigade, which includes 42 programs from 10 states. This is the first time S&T’s program has received the honor. The program also received the Most Improved Battalion and First Place Commissioning awards.
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Missouri S&T received 20 awards for excellence in alumni relations, video production, fundraising, media relations, institutional relations, graphic design and institutional identity from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during the CASE District VI conference held Jan. 10-12 in St. Louis. The advancement team earned the sweepstakes award for the fourth year in a row for best overall institutional advancement program in the enrollment category of 5,000-7,499 students.

John F. Carney III: Chief Executive Leader of the Year

Chancellor John F. Carney III received the Chief Executive Leader of the Year Award in January from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s District VI. He was recognized for leading the university through its name change and academic reorganization, emphasizing energy and environmental research, and bolstering alumni support through the campus’s $200 million Advancing Excellence Campaign.

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Dorf: Passion = success

True success in life requires more than mere talent and intelligence. It also takes passion and hard work. That was the message Roger Dorf, ME’65, shared with Missouri S&T’s newest graduates during the campus’s Dec. 19 commencement ceremonies.

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Curators’ titles conferred

Also during December commencement, Nicholas Leventis was named Curators’ Professor of chemistry and James Drallmeier was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Leventis has been with the chemistry faculty since 1994 and Drallmeier has been a member of the mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty since 1989.

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How many daze? There’s an app for that

Wondering how long it is until the next St. Pat’s Celebration? There’s an app for that.

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Your house on drugs

When authorities discover a “meth house,” they decontaminate it by removing chemicals, ripping out carpeting, cleaning walls, and airing the place out for a few days. But Glenn Morrison, an associate professor of environmental engineering, wonders if the decontamination methods are sufficient to protect future occupants from exposure to methamphetamine and other chemicals.

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A new kind of farmer’s market

While Congress ponders the merits of cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, companies nationwide are scrambling to figure out how to cash in on the process. But smaller family farms could become lost in the convoluted maze of carbon credit markets. That’s where the work of Sarah Seigfreid, EnvE’09, can help.

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Going viral for good health

Working with atomic-scale particles known as quantum dots, Missouri S&T biologist Yue-Wern Huang hopes to develop a new and better way to deliver and monitor proteins, medicine, DNA and other molecules at the cellular level. The approach would work much like a virus, but would deliver healing instead of sickness.

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Many Miners named to All-GLVC teams

Several Missouri S&T student-athletes landed all-conference honors from the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the 2009 fall season.

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Miners well-represented on All-GLFC football squad

Twelve S&T Miners were named to the 2009 Great Lakes Football Conference’s all-league team. Five were first-team selections.

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