Letters: Fall/Winter 2012

On Nov. 23, 1965, I took possession of a 1966 Pontiac GTO hardtop in Rolla, Mo. I was a college graduating senior. I had no job. I had, as yet, no firm job offer. Nonetheless, the dealer offered a financing deal:  my old 1958 Hillman Minx, no payments for 30 days, the first year’s insurance was included in the purchase price and the first three payments were $25.00. The deal was closed in less than 30 minutes. The dealer gave me the keys and told me to drive it off of the show room floor, which I did. I bought the car with every intention of keeping it forever. So far so good.

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Steven Frey: Locked in on S&T

A true champion of S&T, Steven Frey, MS Phys’86, is director of applied research for Lockheed Martin Corp. in Orlando, Fla. He has been with the company since he finished graduate school.

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Nikia Chapman: Queen of speed

Female rider Nikia Chapman helped lead the Human-Powered Vehicle Team to victory … in Elmo Socks. (Photo by Bob Phelan)

Stats: sophomore in geological engineering from Columbia, Mo.

Member of: Spelunking Club and Human-Powered Vehicle Team.

Claim to fame: Led the Human-Powered Vehicle team to a first-place win in ASME’s Human-Powered Vehicle Competition in Tooele, Utah, by winning first place in the women’s drag race and riding the four required “female laps” of the endurance race.

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An oil against obesity

By affecting microorganisms in our bellies, an oil made from wild almond tree seeds could help our bodies fight obesity and diabetes, says Daniel Oerther, the John and Susan Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering.

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A rare view of Venus

Photo by Terry Barner / Missouri S&T

Wyatt Aegan, 8, of Vichy, Mo., views the transit of Venus across the sun through the filtered 80-milimeter telescope at Missouri S&T’s observatory near sunset on June 5. Below Aegan is an iPad showing a view of the sun through a telescope in Hawaii. Venus is the black dot silhouetted against the orange solar disc. The observatory was busy for the entire transit time between 5:05 p.m. and sunset with hundreds of area residents lining up to see the rare sight. The next chance to see Venus transit the sun will occur in December 2117. (Photo by Terry Barner/ Missouri S&T)

Peabody Energy gift

Peabody Energy recently contributed $250,000 to a rock mechanics laboratory at Missouri S&T.

The facility gives students a place to prepare and test rock samples, characterize rock formations, check safety and stability, and model and analyze ground control.

Virtual mining

Mining engineering students can now get simulated training in surface mining techniques, heavy machinery and materials handling systems, all without leaving the comfort of McNutt Hall.
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Prehistoric rocks offer clues about climate change

Wan Yang examines rock samples that predate dinosaurs by millions of years in an effort to better understand the history of the Earth’s climate. (Photo by B.A. Rupert)

For most of the past decade, Wan Yang has spent his summers camping and hiking in the Bogda Mountains in northwest China, collecting rock samples that predate dinosaurs by millions of years. His goal? To better understand the Earth’s climate history and gain clues about future climate change.

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High-tech grave hunting

Using modern technology, a group of geological science and engineering researchers from S&T helped a Phelps County cemetery locate old grave sites dating back before the Civil War.
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Miner Road Trip recap

The Miner Alumni Association celebrated Homecoming 2012: Miner Road Trip in style on Oct. 13 with a Cruise-In for alumni and friends to show off their hot rods and vintage cars, and a tailgate party before the football game.
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