Melanie Mormile: Woman of the Year

Described by her students and colleagues as someone they admire and adore, Melanie Mormile became the newest member of an elite group of female faculty at Missouri S&T: the Woman of the Year recipients.
This is the 12th year for the Woman of the Year award, which is funded by Cindy Tang, Econ’85, founder of Insight Industries Inc., one of the largest software engineering companies in Wisconsin. The award is given to an outstanding female faculty member who has helped to improve the campus climate for women and has served as a role model for other faculty and students through her research, scholarship and service.

A leader you can lean on

Elizabeth Cudney’s leadership in quality and lean manufacturing has earned her one of the American Society for Quality’s top awards. Cudney, PhD EMgt’06, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering, received the Armand V. Feigenbaum Medal during ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement, held in May in Houston.

Good chemistry

Two Missouri S&T chemistry professors recently received a faculty award from the John W. Claypool Fund for Medical Research.
Nuran Ercal, professor of chemistry and adjunct associate professor of internal medicine at St. Louis University, and Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry, have earned the $1,000 award to help fund their research on a treatment for HIV-1 associated dementia and a method for non-invasive pre-cancer screening, respectively. The annual award, established by Claypool, MS ME’60, recognizes excellence in medical research.

The tradition continues…

Eight days. Three thousand kilometers. Cars powered by the sun. October 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of the Panasonic World Solar Challenge (PWSC), a solar car race through the Australian Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. While the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team did not make the journey this year, two alumni did. Brian Call, ME’97, MS EMch’99, and Gail Lueck, EMgt’02, MS EMgt’03, both served in volunteer staff positions for the event, helping with inspections of the vehicles in Darwin and working at the control stops along the race.

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St. Pat’s by the numbers

350
Mops on hand for 2008 street painting.
175
Mops needed on a usual St. Pat’s weekend.
218
MSM students who skipped school for the first celebration.
570
Approximate number of St. Pat’s Board alumni attending the 100th celebration, nearly half the living total.
630
Gallons of paint used to turn Pine Street green.

400/300/25

Hot dogs/Pizzas/Kegs of Beer at the Miner Alumni Association’s post-parade celebration.

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Water warriors: Miner swimmers make S&T history

While the women’s basketball team was making history with its first-ever NCAA Tournament victories, another Missouri S&T team was making history of its own in another part of the state.

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How sweet it is

The best women’s basketball season in Missouri S&T history ended in the championship game of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional as Northern Kentucky handed the Lady Miners a 60-52 defeat in Springfield, Mo. The loss, which came after victories over Michigan Tech (75-66) and Quincy (79-73) in the first two rounds, brought the 2007-08 season to a close with a final record of 24-7. The 24 wins is a new team record.

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M-Club annual awards given out

The M-Club at Missouri S&T held its annual awards banquet and two of the school’s most celebrated student-athletes received the Gale Bullman Awards: Ashton Gronewold, who set numerous records during his four-year, All-America career on the football team, and Kandi Wieberg, who did likewise for the softball team for the past four
seasons.
"Coach of the Year" awards were given to two head coaches who led their respective teams to unprecedented heights in the 2007-08 season. Alan Eads led the Lady Miner basketball team to a school record 24 wins and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament, while Doug Grooms led the S&T swimming team to a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II Championships in March and was named national coach of the year by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

Miners represented at national meet

Missouri S&T had three representatives at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in Walnut, Calif., May 22-24, led by All-American Jordan Henry, who entered the meet as the fifth-ranked pole vaulter in the nation with a top mark of 17 feet.
Henry, the national runner-up in the indoor season, was joined by fellow pole vaulter Peter Hollenbeck, while Tamara McCaskill represented the women’s team in California. Hollenbeck cleared 16-3 1⁄2 this season and McCaskill had a top mark of 5-7 in the high jump. At the time the magazine went to press, results were not available.

A No. 1 tool for early cancer detection

If Yinfa Ma’s res­earch holds up, pregnant women and those on probation won’t be the only ones asked to pee in a cup. Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry, has developed a non-invasive instrument for pre-cancer screening that uses urine samples to detect cancer in the body and predict the cancer’s type and severity using a group of biomarkers.

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