Briefly

Engineer and author Henry Petroski says engineers play a crucial role in the success of many of the world’s greatest achievements. He spoke on “Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship” on campus in April as part of the Neil, CE’43, and Maurita Stueck Distinguished Lecture Series.
Joan M. Nesbitt, former vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Tulsa, became vice chancellor for university advancement at Missouri S&T on April 11.
Mohamed Rahaman, professor of materials science and engineering, received the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Inter-Campus Collaboration for his work with B. Sonny Bal, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Rahaman is also director of S&T’s Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration.
Rick Stephenson, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering and assistant department chair for graduate affairs, received the UM System President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement for his work with Engineers Without Borders.
Klaus Woelk, associate professor and assistant chair of chemistry, received the UM System President’s Award for Innovative Teaching for redesigning introductory chemistry courses to include discussion boards, student response devices, online testing and homework, and the ability to communicate with the instructor through text messaging during class.

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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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