Archives for April 2017

Missouri S&T orchestras to perform spring concert

The Missouri University of Science and Technology Symphony Orchestra will hold its spring concert in Leach Theatre on the Missouri S&T campus this month.

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Hidden gems

Halite from Searles Lake in Trona, California.

Head down the hall in McNutt’s first floor and you will stumble upon a hallway dedicated to minerals. First opened in 1904, geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering’s Mineral Museum is an exhibit of gems, gold, fossils and meteor fragments totaling over 3,500 samples from 92 countries.

Pyrite Octahedron from Huanuco, Peru. Donated by Jose E. Arce.

One of the largest collections of minerals in the state, Missouri S&T’s Mineral Museum dates back to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. After the fair, exhibitors did not want to face the costs of shipping a large collection of minerals back to their original homes. The collection was donated to the care of Dr. George E. Ladd, director of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy between 1897 and 1907.

Cryloite from Ivigtut S.W. Greenland. Donated by Dr. Hans Pauly.

The collection is laid out in the same way students would learn about the minerals in class. It begins with native elements, moves on to sulfides and then calcites.

Calcite from Cumberland, England. Donated by Edward Lyons.

Visitors can see minerals provided by Charles Laurence Dake, geology instructor at Missouri S&T from 1912-21; Col. John Kingston, a Civil War colonel and later surveyor and geologist; and John Wesley Powell, one of the first USGS surveyors and possibly the first person to travel down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Malachite from an unknown location. Donated by donor number 3470.

“The display is a great teaching tool and living lab; each week I send Mineralogy and Crystallography course students here to review,” says Dr. David Wronkiewicz, associate professor of geology and geophysics at S&T. “And it is not just for geologists; nuclear engineering students come down here with Geiger counters to find which minerals are radioactive, ceramic engineers visit to study raw materials and even history students could visit and write a paper about some of the donations we have received.”

Szenicsite from #1 Mine, Inca De Oro in Chile. Donated by Terry Szenics.

Over the decades, the collection has grown thanks to generous donations. The sample of Szenicsite (above), was donated to Missouri S&T by the founder it is named after, Terry Szenics, who discovered it in Inca De Oro’s Mine No.1 in northern Chile.

Artinite Acic Xls from San Benito, California. Donated by Raymond J. Marlotte.

“We do not sell any specimens and very rarely have we traded for a piece that is not currently in the museum,” says Wronkiewicz, who has been curator and “keeper of the keys” for 20 years.

Wulfenite and Quartz from Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine in Arizona. Donated by E.A. Stone.

The display has a black-light display stand that allows students to see minerals glow, a compass pointing to a “false North” due to a meteorite’s magnetic pull, and a mysterious Buddha-like statue with unknown origins.

Amphibole from an unknown location. Donated by donor number 2535.

“My favorite specimen has to be the mud deposit with a preserved yellow jacket in it,” says Wronkiewicz. “It is 30-40 million years old, but the preservation of that stinging insect is clearly displayed.”

Calamine Stalactite from Granby, Missouri. Donated by Col. J. Kingston.

The Mineral Museum is open daily during regular business hours when classes are in session at Missouri S&T. Special guided tours can be arranged by contacting the GGPE department at

S&T faculty members receive UM System President’s Awards

Three members of the Missouri University of Science and Technology faculty have been chosen to receive President’s Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Missouri System, for excellence in advancing the mission of the university. In all 10 awards were presented to UM System faculty this year. They will be formally honored at an awards celebration in June. [Read more…]

S&T Academy of Mines and Metallurgy inducts new members

Eleven graduates of Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Mines and Metallurgy on April 20.

The academy is an advisory group that was founded in 1954. The group includes graduates and others who have made outstanding contributions to their professions. [Read more…]

History professor publishes sourcebook on Reformation

Dr. Michael Bruening

Dr. Michael Bruening

A Missouri University of Science and Technology history professor recently published a book intended for college-level classes on the Reformation period.

Dr. Michael Bruening, associate professor of history and political science at Missouri S&T, edited A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate. The University of Toronto Press published the 273-page reader in April 2017, during the year of the 500th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous periods in European history. [Read more…]

CAREER Award funds research on scaling up metasurface manufacturing

Missouri S&T professor Ed Kinzel received a CAREER Award to research scaling metasurface manufacturing to make it cost-effective for multiple applications.
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Dr. Edward Kinzel, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his work on metasurfaces, composite structures whose geometry allows properties to be engineered far beyond natural materials. [Read more…]

AI and e-commerce: a perfect storm for retail jobs

If you work in retail sales, it might be time to explore a new career, according to a Missouri S&T researcher.

Dr. Keng Siau, chair and professor of business and information technology, writes in a new research paper that the problem for retail salespeople is two-fold. [Read more…]

S&T physicist improves particle interaction modeling

The cover of Dr. Jentschura’s new book on electrodynamics.

Quantum electrodynamics is a lot like baking a cake, and then trying to take apart the individual ingredients. At least, that is what physicist Dr. Ulrich Jentschura equates to the process of creating an equation that can couple particles’ and antiparticles’ predicted masses at the same time.

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CE Academy inducts seven new members

Seven professionals with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Civil Engineers at a dinner and induction ceremony held on Friday, April 21 at Hasselmann Alumni House in Rolla, Missouri. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T Observatory to host double header Visitors’ Night this month

The public is invited to view Messier 13 and Messier 57 through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s telescope on Thursday, April 27.

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