From the editor

Dear Alumni and Friends,

When we decided to dedicate this issue of Missouri S&T Magazine to glass, I was reminded of my arrival at Missouri S&T five years ago. I was both humbled and inspired by a student who greeted me with a vase crafted in the Hot Glass Shop. This housewarming gift was a perfect introduction to the impressive skills that Miners possess. In this issue, we’ll give you a pictorial “tour” of the Hot Glass Shop and show you some of the beauty and creativity that can be produced once you understand the science of glass.

But it goes beyond beauty. The variability and strength of the glass material that is studied and produced at Missouri S&T leads to some surprising applications. On the following pages, you will find stories that demonstrate the role glass plays in some unexpected areas — radioactive waste management, architecture, 3-D printing and even healthcare.

There are a lot of exciting things going on here in Rolla. We’ve seen record enrollment and the largest Career Fair in S&T history. We have a renewed sense of vision with the unveiling of a new campus master plan. And we anticipate the dedication of the Hasselmann Alumni House this coming March. For all of us at Missouri S&T, I think it’s safe to say that our glass is most certainly half full.

Around the Puck

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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