A summer at Stingray Bay and beyond

Biological sciences senior Vanessa Mahan thought she wanted to be a medical doctor. But after a semester’s coursework in cell biology, Mahan decided the profession was not for her. Further exploring her interests through a biodiversity course, Mahan found her passion — merging medicine with her love of animals.

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Leadership changes

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A milestone year for giving

Missouri S&T donors contributed $24.3 million in charitable gifts and pledges during the 2019 fiscal year — a $1.7 million increase over last year’s benchmark of $22.6 million. S&T also received nearly $20.2 million in private grants, bringing total external funding for the fiscal year to $44.5 million.

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Brooks given tryout with Cleveland Browns

Bo Brooks, PetE’19, who earned All-America honors for the Miner football team as a linebacker during the 2018 season, was given the opportunity to participate in two rookie tryout camps during May and June with teams in the National Football League.

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The battle for the brain

By Andrew Careaga, acareaga@mst.edu

Soldiers in combat encounter life-threatening perils at every turn. But even if they survive a dangerous situation like a roadside bomb detonation, that experience could result in long-term, life-threatening damage. And the cause may never be known.

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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 is both a passion and a duty.

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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 mild or harmless. Brain injury is cumulative, so treating a patient within the “golden hour” — the first 60 minutes after injury — is crucial for improved long-term recovery.

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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 you to share memories of your toughest class. Here are a few of your answers.

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