Top diversity scholar to speak at Missouri S&T April 11

Diversity scholar Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

Diversity scholar Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

Internationally recognized diversity scholar Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor of higher education and director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University, will speak at Missouri University of Science and Technology this April as part of the university’s diversity lecture series.

Strayhorn will present an open lecture titled “Inalienable Rights: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Belonging” 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in St. Pat’s Ballroom A of the Havener Center at Missouri S&T. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will feature a discussion of research on the sense of belonging and why colleges and universities should care. [Read more…]

David Duvernell named chair of biological sciences at Missouri S&T

Dr. David Duvernell

Dr. David Duvernell

Dr. David Duvernell, chair and professor of biological sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named chair of biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His appointment begins Aug. 1.

Duvernell takes over from Dr. David J. Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences, who has served as interim chair since Sept. 1, 2016. Prior to Westenberg’s appointment, Dr. Yue-wern Huang, professor of biological sciences, served as interim chair following the July 2015 retirement of former chair Dr. Robert Aronstam. [Read more…]

S&T students to serve at four locations during spring break

For many college students, spring break is a week to take it easy. But 47 students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will instead spend an eye-opening week learning how others struggle and discovering ways they can help.

The students are involved in Missouri S&T’s Miner Challenge, a week-long alternative break program that gives them a chance to help individuals and communities affected by issues like poverty, homelessness, a lack of access to education and natural disasters, while developing their own leadership skills. This is the 10th year of the program. [Read more…]

2017 Queen of Love and Beauty crowned at Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology student Tegan Brand, a senior in geology and geophysics from Watauga, Texas, has been crowned the 2017 Queen of Love and Beauty for the 109th St. Pat’s celebration in Rolla. She was nominated by General Delegation of Independents.

Forty-four candidates for queen were nominated by various student organizations at Missouri S&T. A committee of students elected Brand after a series of interviews. [Read more…]

Engineering a rescue

The night Brian Hunt died, volunteer firefighter Cody McKellips vowed to find a better way for fire and rescue teams to speed up water rescues, particularly as flood waters rise.

McKellips, a junior in aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, was working with the Walnut Grove Volunteer Fire Department when storms caused massive flooding in the Springfield, Missouri, area. Hunt became the 14th victim of the flood when his truck was swept off of a Route H bridge into the Pomme de Terre River the day after Christmas in 2016. [Read more…]

S&T faculty honored for outstanding teaching in distance education

Missouri University of Science and Technology presented outstanding teaching awards to Missouri S&T faculty engaged in distance education during an awards dinner on March 8, 2017. Faculty were recognized for their outstanding teaching, which is reflected in the quality of instruction, interaction with students and availability.  [Read more…]

Missouri S&T wins grant to help women, minority scientists become entrepreneurs

Missouri University of Science and Technology, in partnership with the University of Louisville and Indiana University, will be helping women and minority faculty, staff and student innovators improve their success in securing money to commercialize their inventions.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant for a pilot program, called AWARE: ACCESS: Building Innovation Capacity through Diversity. The University of Louisville is the lead institution for the grant. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T chapter of Engineers Without Borders receives $750,000 in funding

From clean drinking water to flood control, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Engineers Without Borders projects are changing lives in Central and South America. Now two major donors have stepped forward to provide $750,000 in funding for EWB – a $500,000 challenge grant from the Houston-based Montana Cahill Foundation and a $250,000 gift from Missouri S&T graduate David Heikkinen and his wife, Ann.

“EWB students are a different breed and we are lucky to have them,” says Duane Montana, a Montana Cahill Foundation director and retired executive with Brown & Root who earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T. “EWB students represent something of our higher nature and better selves. They make a commitment, often over multiple years, that goes beyond the classroom. It is a commitment to a community to provide its people with a basic life necessity: clean water.” [Read more…]

Missouri S&T faculty honored for excellence

Twenty four faculty members from Missouri University of Science and Technology were honored for excellence and achievement in research, service and teaching during an awards ceremony held on the Missouri S&T campus on Feb. 21.

Each award winner received a monetary stipend funded by industry and alumni contributions. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T golf course to close Feb. 28

The Miner Golf Course at Missouri University of Science and Technology will close at the end of the current season, which concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The closure will result in a cost savings for the university and allow student activity fees currently dedicated for golf course operations to be redirected to recreational facilities that are of greater interest to students – something Missouri S&T students have requested. [Read more…]