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Creighton University prof named psychology chair
 

Nancy J. Stone, former professor of psychology at Creighton
University in Omaha, Neb., took over as chair of psychology at Missouri
S&T on July 1. Stone focuses her research on group dynamics,
specifically team work behaviors; environmental design, studying how
things like color or windows can impact performance, motivation, mood
or satisfaction; student learning and training; and the interview
process, studying the interview as an assessment of organizational fit.


Burken named interim director

Joel Burken, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, became interim director of the university’s Environmental Research Center for Emerging Contaminants in July. He takes over for Craig Adams, the former John and Susan Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering, who left Missouri S&T to chair the civil, environmental and architectural engineering department at the University of Kansas. Burken is also leading a search committee to fill the Mathes Chair.

Bayless honored by Chi Epsilon

Jerry Bayless
, CE’59, MS CE’62, associate professor of civil engineering, is the first recipient of the National Arthur N.L. Chiu Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society. The award is presented to faculty who have shown a dedication to advising and supporting chapter activities and encouraging chapter members. Bayless has served as faculty advisor to the Missouri S&T chapter for 40 years and was nominated for the award by chapter officers and members.

‘Alamo in the Ardennes’ nabs book award

John C. McManus
, associate professor of history, received the 2008 Missouri Conference on History Book Award for his book Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible. The award is given to the best book on any historical topic written by a Missouri resident published in 2007.

Around the Puck

Q&A: Miners got game

What was the most memorable sports team during your time on campus? As part of his research for the S&T 150th history book, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share your memories. Here are a few of your answers.

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Honoring new academy members

In October, 12 alumni and friends were inducted into Missouri S&T academies. Academy membership recognizes careers of distinction and invites members to share their wisdom, influence and resources with faculty and students. Some academies hold induction ceremonies in the fall, others in the spring.

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Boosting cyber-physical security

A wide array of complex systems that rely on computers — from public water supply systems and electric grids to chemical plants and self-driving vehicles — increasingly come under not just digital but physical attacks. Bruce McMillin, professor and interim chair of computer science at Missouri S&T, is looking to change that by developing stronger safeguards […]

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MXene discovery could improve energy storage

In spite of their diminutive size, 2-D titanium carbide materials known as MXenes are “quite reactive” to water, a discovery S&T researchers say could have implications for energy storage and harvesting applications such as batteries, supercapacitors and beyond. Their findings were published in 2018 in the American Chemical Society journal Inorganic Chemistry.

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A faster charge for electric vehicles

One drawback of electric vehicles (EVs) is the time it takes to charge them. But what if you could plug in your EV and fully charge it as quickly as it takes to fill up a conventional car with gasoline? Missouri S&T researchers, in collaboration with three private companies, are working to make speedy charging […]

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