Faculty

Eco-investigator

Posted by on December 5, 2019

Tracking the state of the ecosystem by studying its forests, fires and insect population is what makes Robin Verble tick, and she uses her findings to help advance healthy and sustainable management of natural areas.

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The beginning of life as we know it

Posted by on December 5, 2019

Approximately 2.4 billion years ago, the Great Oxidation Event dramatically increased the oxygen content in Earth’s atmosphere and paved the way for the rise of all lifeforms that use oxygen to break down nutrients for energy. Scientists agree about when the event happened, but they are less certain about exactly how.

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At the forefront of astrophysics research

Posted by on August 2, 2019

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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Making tornado alley safer

Posted by on November 29, 2018

Growing up in northeast China, Guirong “Grace” Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States. But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of […]

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Safer water and medications thanks to nanoparticles

Posted by on November 29, 2018

Over 200,000 people die each year in the U.S. from sepsis, and an estimated 18 million worldwide. Endotoxins, which are fragments of bacterial outer membranes, trigger the septic reaction.

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How many blasts can a mine seal take?

Posted by on November 29, 2018

Kyle Perry (right) is building a cannon to blast things like concrete blocks, hard hats and roof bolts at concrete seals in coal mine tunnels, all to test how well those seals withstand high-speed projectiles.

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‘Mr. S&T’ hangs up his slide rule

Posted by on March 29, 2017

No matter whether you call it MSM, UMR or Missouri S&T, Jerry Bayless has called it home.

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Rolla Miner, Redux: Braden Lusk returns to S&T to lead his home department

Posted by on November 21, 2016

Braden Lusk first came to Rolla in 1996 as a walk-on wide receiver from central Kansas who excelled at math and science in high school but admittedly “had no idea what an engineer was.”

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Max Tohline: film for thought

Posted by on April 2, 2015

Max Tohline came to Missouri S&T from Madeira, Ohio, in 2002 with a plan to study aerospace engineering. But an elective course in film caused his true passion to take flight. “I always had an interest in film,” says Tohline, Engl’07. So he enrolled in Study of Film, a course taught at that time by […]

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Matt O’Keefe: memorable mentor

Posted by on March 9, 2013

Walk into Straumanis-James Hall and the building’s relaxed atmosphere may be the first thing you notice. The building is home to the Materials Research Center and its director, Matt O’Keefe, MetE’85. O’Keefe, who is known for his friendliness and accessibility, will tell you he didn’t set the building’s tone — that he’s just trying to […]

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