Collaboration unites S&T engineering, Winthrop University fine arts

Parker Freudenberger, a Ph.D. student in ceramic engineering at Missouri S&T, works on glass artwork developed in collaboration with her sister, Chandlee Freudenberger, a student at Winthrop University. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

When it comes to materials science and engineering, there’s more than a bit of artistry involved. At any given time, its practitioners may tame glass, shape steel or push the boundaries of biomedicine.

And those rigid lines dividing creative spontaneity from analytical discipline? They’re often downright blurry, if not overlapping. [Read more…]

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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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…]

New Mass Effect game could make or break franchise, researchers say

Screenshot taken from the official Mass Effect 3 website.

The fallout from the poorly received ending of the third video game in the popular series Mass Effect could doom the upcoming release of “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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World War II historian’s latest book looks at the realities of aerial combat

5120u3OCDnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“Deadly Sky: The American Combat Airman in World War II,” released in a new paperback edition on Tuesday, Aug. 2, takes an in-depth look at the dog fights that took place in the clouds above the European and the Pacific theaters of World War II. The book shares many personal accounts of American combat airmen between 1941 and 1945.

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New book looks at the role of animals during westward expansion

51eqfMP5llL--largerversionThe relationship between animal companions and humans changed during the period of westward expansion in America, says Missouri University of Science and Technology historian Dr. Diana Ahmad. Ahmad’s new book, “Success Depends on the Animals,” examines the changing role of animals between 1840 and 1869.

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Elvis’ first venture to Las Vegas flopped, writes historian

Elvis Presley may have wowed teens during his concerts, but his first visit to Las Vegas nearly 60 years ago was disastrous and left the young singer all shook up, writes Missouri S&T's Larry Gragg (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Elvis Presley may have wowed teens during his concerts, but his first visit to Las Vegas nearly 60 years ago was disastrous and left the young singer all shook up, writes Missouri S&T’s Larry Gragg (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Beginning with “one electrifying night” in 1969 and continuing through the mid-1970s, Elvis Presley reigned as Las Vegas’ top nightclub act. But his first attempt to win over fans in that city 60 years ago was “a painful setback” for the young performer, writes a Missouri S&T historian. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T researcher’s new book is a reflective look at moral development

0761866647A new book written by a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher examines the development of personal conduct in relation to new technological, scientific and social changes that occur every day. Jonathan Finch, a lecturer in philosophy at Missouri S&T, recently published “A Crisis of Belief, Ethics and Faith.” The book was published by the University Press of America.

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Food safety examined in new book by S&T researcher

111827427XA new book edited by a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher discusses the ways communication and developing technologies can improve global food and water safety. In-depth interviews with food industry experts reveal the slow acceptance of new technology and the subconscious ways that people judge food when making purchases.

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New book tells the stories of U.S. soldiers who liberated concentration camps

51PVKf5ZtvL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_On April 4, 1945, American soldiers from the 89th Infantry Division and the 4th Armored Division seized Ohrdruf, the first Nazi concentration camp liberated in Germany during World War II. Military historian Dr. John C. McManus sheds new light on the experiences of the American soldiers who liberated and witnessed Ohrdruf, Buchenwald and Dachau in his new book, “Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps in Germany, April 1945.”

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