Grant builds bridge between humanities and engineering at S&T

S&T students and faculty work with locals on a water well in Guatemala.

S&T students and faculty work with locals on a water well in Guatemala.

Missouri S&T students traveling to Latin America for study abroad trips and service projects will soon have the opportunity to learn more about the cultures of the countries they are visiting and earn course credit. [Read more…]

Not so lost in space

S&T teacher education students Frances Manahan (from left) and Marisa Tompkins and Rolla Middle School teacher Jessika Zink will attend the Space Foundation’s Space Symposium in April in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

S&T teacher education students Frances Manahan (from left) and Marisa Tompkins and Rolla Middle School teacher Jessika Zink will attend the Space Foundation’s Space Symposium in April in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

A pair of teacher education students at Missouri S&T will blast off for the Space Foundation’s Space Symposium on April 3 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and plan to return to campus with new ideas for their future classrooms. [Read more…]

Research leads to a golden discovery for wearable technology

An example of a gold foil peeled from single crystal silicon. Reprinted with permission from Naveen Mahenderkar et al., Science [355]:[1203] (2017)

An example of a gold foil peeled from single crystal silicon. Reprinted with permission from Naveen Mahenderkar et al., Science [355]:[1203] (2017)

Some day, your smartphone might completely conform to your wrist, and when it does, it might be covered in pure gold, thanks to researchers at Missouri S&T.

Writing in the March 17 issue of the journal Science, the S&T researchers say they have developed a way to “grow” thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon, remove the gold foils, and use them as substrates on which to grow other electronic materials. [Read more…]

Department of Education grant prioritizes Latin American studies

S&T students pose on a volcano in Guatemala during a class trip.

S&T students pose on a volcano in Guatemala during a class trip.

Missouri S&T students soon will have even more incentive to study abroad in Central and South America.

A team of S&T faculty has received a $93,229 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help fund a new minor in Latin American studies. [Read more…]

Art of one

Derek Carpenter poses with a piece of his artwork.

Derek Carpenter poses with a piece of his artwork.

Derek Carpenter’s life came to a standstill in December 2012.

Fresh out of college with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T, he was ready to move home to Colorado to start his career as a lab manager.

Then the diagnosis came. On a routine checkup, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He went through eight months of treatment that kept him often bedridden, and often in debilitating pain. [Read more…]

Alumna draws, talks ‘trash’

S&T alumna Lara Edwards poses with her first illustrated book. Greg Katski/Missouri S&T

S&T alumna Lara Edwards poses with her first illustrated book. Greg Katski/Missouri S&T

A Missouri S&T biological sciences graduate and aspiring artist has illustrated her first book, and it has a decidedly Rolla and mid-Missouri flair to it. [Read more…]

S&T researchers suggest ants need work-life balance to survive

fire_ants02As humans, we constantly strive for a good work-life balance. New findings by researchers at Missouri S&T suggest that ants, long perceived as the workaholics of the insect world, do the same.

In fact, according to these researchers, it is imperative that some ants rest while others work to conserve food, energy and resources for the colony. And the larger the colony, the more important this work-rest balance becomes. [Read more…]

Miner hero

A portrait of Lt. George Allison Whiteman hangs in Whiteman Air Force Base's visitor center.

A portrait of Lt. George Allison Whiteman hangs in Whiteman Air Force Base’s visitor center.

One of the first heroes of World War II was a Miner. He was also one of the first U.S. casualties of the war during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T researcher wants to electronically pick your brain

Nikhil Dusane, a graduate student in information science and technology, puts one of the business and information technology department's EEG headsets on Samuel Smith, a senior in information science and technology, in the university's Laboratory for Information Technology and Evaluation.

Nikhil Dusane, a graduate student in information science and technology, puts one of the business and information technology department’s EEG headsets on Samuel Smith, a senior in information science and technology, in the university’s Laboratory for Information Technology and Evaluation.

A researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology wants to scrap the traditional electronic and paper survey approach to gathering marketing and information systems data in favor of scanning your brainwaves. Dr. Keng Siau, professor and chair of the business and information technology department, is looking at using an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset to pick your brain.

An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns. Small metal discs with thin wires (electrodes) are placed on the scalp, and then send signals to a computer to record the results. [Read more…]

Merfeld-Langston named chair of arts, languages, and philosophy at S&T

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Dr. Audra Merfeld-Langston. Photo by Marie-Hélène Le Ny

Dr. Audra Merfeld-Langston, associate professor of French at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named chair of the department of arts, languages, and philosophy. She served as interim chair of the department from Jan. 1-Oct. 31.

“In the nearly one year that she has spent as interim department chair, Dr. Merfeld-Langston has advocated tirelessly for her faculty, and has worked hard to connect them with meaningful opportunities for professional development,” says Dr. Stephen Roberts, vice provost and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business at Missouri S&T. [Read more…]