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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Physics grad receives NSF graduate research fellowship

Cameron Lerch, Phys’19, was awarded a place in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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Deep learning to escape deep water

Artificial intelligence (AI) may soon help transportation agencies and first responders determine the best evacuation routes during floods, thanks to the work of Missouri S&T researchers.

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At the forefront of astrophysics research

Using two 4-kilometer-long laser interferometers located in Washington and Louisiana, scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a weak 1.3 billion-year-old signal from the collision of two black holes. The discovery proved the existence of the gravitational waves Albert Einstein predicted in his general theory of relativity.

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Groundwater mapping, managed flooding may help stop sinking

Parts of California’s Central Valley, the state’s most productive farm region, sunk as much as 28 feet during the first half of the 20th century, and if modeling is accurate, the ground will sink another 13 feet or more over the next 20 years.

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True grit

Grit, or strength of character, can predict the academic success of college students more accurately than standardized test scores or demographic indicators, according to current psychological studies.

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