Studying the human side of medicine

Recent studies suggest that the more medical students were exposed to courses in the humanities, the more likely they were to possess empathy, wisdom and emotional intelligence. Because scientists and humanists often learn and work differently, the field of biomedical humanities examines the human side of healthcare through disciplines like literature, history and philosophy.

This past spring, two new research centers, the Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS) and the Center for Biomedical Research (CBR), co‑presented the first Biomedical Humanities Symposium at S&T.

“Through this holistic approach, students, health professionals and other researchers consider how to use ethical judgment, compassionate communication and sound decision-making along with their scientific expertise,” says Kate Drowne, CSTS director, associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, and a professor of English.

The CSTS was formed in 2018 to give S&T humanists, scientists and engineers a chance to collaborate on research that addresses how science and technology shape, and are shaped by, our society, culture, politics and the environment.

The CBR is a multidisciplinary research center with a mission to research and develop advanced biomaterials, devices and therapeutics for applications in the biomedical industry. Its research focuses on biomedical engineering.

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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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