Missouri S&T researchers model ‘smart’ decision making

How people make decisions when interacting with technology in “smart” environments is the subject of new research at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Building better homes, one origami fold at a time

One day, origami curtains may be a feature of many homes. The nature of the paper craft’s complex folding and cutting presents an almost limitless amount of shapes, textures and mechanical properties. Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are exploring the potential of origami to control the amount of incoming light in a room and studying how the resulting light patterns could affect homeowners.

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Susan Murray named chair of psychological science at Missouri S&T

Dr. Susan Murray

Dr. Susan Murray

Dr. Susan L. Murray has been named chair of psychological science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Murray had served as interim chair since July 2015. Her appointment takes effect July 1.

“Dr. Susan Murray brings a great deal of leadership experience to this position, as well as a deep commitment to student and faculty success,” says Dr. Stephen Roberts, vice provost and dean of the Missouri S&T College of Arts, Sciences, and Business. “The department of psychological science is in good hands, and I look forward to working with Dr. Murray in the future.” [Read more…]

How World of Warcraft can get you a job

Elizabeth Short, a graduate student in industrial-organizational psychology, poses in front of her World of Warcraft character. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Elizabeth Short, a graduate student in industrial-organizational psychology, poses in front of her World of Warcraft character. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

“Stop playing that stupid video game and get a job.”

It’s a sentiment expressed by generations of parents since Pong began invading unsuspecting households in 1975. But what if that “stupid game” could help you get a job, and what if that same game could make you a valuable team member once you had the job?

A new study by researchers at Missouri S&T found that World of Warcraft (WoW) gamers who were successful working as a team in “raids” had qualities that psychological studies have shown to translate to success on virtual workplace teams. [Read more…]

Research by Missouri S&T faculty could prevent next major human-related disaster

Human Factors book cover no copyrightHeadline-grabbing disasters like the Chernobyl nuclear incident and the Exxon Valdez oil spill could have been prevented through better labor practices, like shorter shifts and more structured shift rotations, say two Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers in a new book on risk management. [Read more…]

S&T awards first master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology

Cheyenne Kovach

Cheyenne Kovach. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology will award its first master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology on Saturday, May 14. [Read more…]

S&T College of Arts, Sciences, and Business to host open house

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Business at Missouri University of Science and Technology is hosting an open house for prospective students and their families.

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New signature areas focus on materials for extreme environments, smart living

Smart grids like the one depicted here are among the areas addressed by the new "smart living" signature area.

Smart grids like the one depicted here are among the areas addressed by the new Smart Living signature area.

Two new best-in-class or signature areas at Missouri University of Science and Technology were announced Tuesday (May 6) by Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader. [Read more…]

S&T offers master’s in industrial-organizational psychology

To help meet the growing need for human resources and talent management professionals, Missouri University of Science and Technology is offering a new master of science degree program in industrial-organizational psychology beginning spring 2014. The program was approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in December. [Read more…]

Alumna and Woman Student of the Year winners announced at S&T

The Missouri University of Science and Technology Alumna and Woman Student of the Year Committee announced its 2013 award winners during a ceremony held on campus Oct. 17. The awards are given to alumnae and women students who are dedicated to advancing the lives of women and committed to diversity. [Read more…]