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Researcher identifies ways to break the bias of STEM stereotypes

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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Women who consider careers in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are deterred by stereotypes that impose barriers on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM, according to a researcher at Missouri S&T.

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Missouri S&T explosives researcher studies blast-induced brain injuries

Posted by on February 15, 2018

The Experimental Mine at Missouri S&T is known to many as the site of a popular summer Explosives Camp for high school students, and for its designation by Popular Science magazine as the country’s “coolest lab.” For Dr. Catherine Johnson, assistant professor of explosives engineering, the Missouri S&T mine is also an invaluable testing ground to study a life-altering ailment that can impact athletes, car accident victims, members of the military and others: traumatic brain injury (TBI). In partnership with neuroscientists from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and researchers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the native Briton uses the outdoor lab to mimic battlefield conditions and explore how carefully calibrated explosions affect the brain’s wiring.

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Petroleum engineering researchers at Missouri S&T renew industry collaboration on gel to reduce excess water during oil production

Posted by on February 5, 2018

Dr. Baojun Bai has spent more than 20 years working to refine a particle gel he hopes could significantly reduce the amount of wasted water generated in oil production. But when it comes to describing the super-absorbent polymer, he reverts to an analogy that instantly resonates with anyone who’s had to wrangle a fussy newborn. The Missouri S&T researcher’s quest for a superior preformed particle gel that can be injected into oil reservoirs has the financial support of industry heavyweights such as ConocoPhillips, Occidental Petroleum and Daqing Wantong Chemical (DQWT) in China.

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New MXene materials could capture wasted frictional energy from smartphones, and more

Posted by on January 31, 2018

Imagine that every time you tapped out a message on your smartphone, it would create electric power instead of sapping your phone’s battery. That scenario could one day be a reality, according to a researcher at Missouri S&T.

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Missouri S&T to participate in $9.7M oil, gas exploration project in southeastern U.S.

Posted by on January 25, 2018

A Missouri S&T geologist is part of a four-campus research team that will receive nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and several energy companies in a bid to boost unconventional oil and gas recovery in the interior southeastern United States. The project is part of a $30 million investment by the federal agency’s Office of Fossil Energy to boost production in reservoirs with less than 50,000 barrels per day of current production.

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Missouri S&T doctoral student enlists drones to detect unexploded landmines through changes in plant health

Posted by on January 9, 2018

From U.S. Navy laboratories to battlefields in Afghanistan, researchers are lining up to explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to detect unexploded landmines. At Missouri University of Science and Technology, civil engineering doctoral student Paul Manley is enlisting a third variable —plant health — to see if drones can be used to more safely […]

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17 innovations of 2017

Posted by on December 19, 2017

A cotton candy-like glass fiber that speeds healing of open wounds. Lightweight materials that retain their shape after being twisted or bent. Insights into work-life balance — from the industrious ant. How gaming can help you get a good job. These are among the many notable innovations and discoveries made by Missouri University of Science and Technology professors and students in 2017. Here are 17 that were publicized during the year – but are well worth talking about again.

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Research offers insight into poetry’s aesthetic appeal

Posted by on December 1, 2017

New psychology research points to the factors that explain why we find particular poems aesthetically pleasing—results that enhance our understanding of “why we like what we like.”

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Missouri S&T geologist named AAAS Fellow

Posted by on November 20, 2017

Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe of Missouri University of Science and Technology has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her contributions to the advancement of palynology ─ the study of organic-walled microfossils such as pollen and spores ─ and her outstanding efforts in educating the next generation of Earth scientists. This year’s nearly 400 AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24. New fellows will be also be recognized during the organization’s 2018 annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in February.

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Missouri S&T students clean up water through plant biology

Posted by on November 6, 2017

By designing a new protein for a common plant, Missouri University of Science and Technology students can identify contaminated groundwater in the environment and assure homeowners that their drinking water is clean from pollutants like industrial solvents.

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