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‘Miners in Space’ teams prepare for zero gravity
Two teams of Missouri S&T students will get to experience zero gravity in June as part of a NASA outreach program. One team will conduct welding experiments aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” C-9 aircraft, while the other will test a refrigerant-based propulsion system in the microgravity environment.


Margaret Cline named CIO
Margaret Cline was appointed as the university’s second chief information officer (CIO) in December. Cline has worked as a national IT consultant, as the CIO at Eastern Michigan University and as an adjunct computer science professor in Arkansas, Michigan and Kentucky.
Curators honor professors
K. Chandrashekhara, director of Missouri S&T’s Composite Manufacturing Laboratory, was recently named Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. The professorship is awarded to outstanding scholars with established reputations in their field of study.
Yinfa Ma was recently named Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry. The Curators’ Teaching Professorship was established in 1990 to honor outstanding professors, call attention to teaching excellence, and foster improvements in teaching and learning.
Giglio named Maxwell C. Weiner Professor
James N. Giglio, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Missouri State University, has been named the 2008 Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Missouri S&T. While at Missouri S&T, Giglio will teach a history course, “Recent U.S. History.”
New director, new degree
Bonnie Bachman, former senior director at Flextronics International, became the ­­new chair of interdisciplinary engineering in December, taking over for Ralph Flori, PetE’79, MS PetE’81, PhD PetE’87, associate professor of interdisciplinary engineering, who had served as interim chair.
Also in December, Jeremy Schueler and Kerry Poppa became the first two students to be awarded bachelor’s degrees in interdisciplinary engineering.
The program was started during the fall 2005 semester to attract students interested in non-traditional engineering. The program allows students to create their own seven- to nine-course elective program based on two engineering fields or one engineering field and one science field.

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Seeking TBI therapies

By Delia Croessmann, croessmannd@mst.edu Complications from TBI can be life altering. They include post-traumatic seizures and hydrocephalus, as well as serious cognitive and psychological impairments, and the search for treatments to mitigate these neurodegenerative processes is on.

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Understanding the invisible injury

Students advance traumatic brain injury research By Sarah Potter, sarah.potter@mst.edu “Research is creating new knowledge.”–Neil Armstrong  Research keeps professors on the vanguard of knowledge in their fields and allows students to gain a deeper understanding of their area of study. For students and recent graduates researching traumatic brain injury (TBI) at Missouri S&T, the work […]

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Analyzing small molecules for big results

By Delia Croessmann, croessmannd@mst.edu At only 28 years old, Casey Burton, Chem’13, PhD Chem’17, director of medical research at Phelps Health in Rolla and an adjunct professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T, is poised to become a prodigious bioanalytical researcher.

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To prevent and protect

By Peter Ehrhard, ehrhardp@mst.edu Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are an unfortunate but all too common occurrence during military training and deployment. Because mild TBIs often present no obvious signs of head trauma or facial lacerations, they are the most difficult to diagnose at the time of the injury, and patients often perceive the impact as […]

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Q&A

Toughest class … ever Some of your classes may have been a breeze, but others kept you up at all hours studying, and some of you struggled just to pass. As part of his research for the S&T 150th anniversary history book, Larry Gragg , Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked […]

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