Katie Payne – future M.D.

Katie Payne, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Missouri S&T in 2014, is a medical student at UMKC. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Katie Payne, the daughter of a logger and a school teacher, knew she wanted to make a big impact on the world, but it took an anatomy class at Cuba (Mo.) High School to guide her decision to go into medicine.

“When I started telling people I wanted to be a doctor, because I come from a small town with no family background in healthcare, their first reaction was to tell me how unpractical this was,” says Payne, a 2014 biological science graduate of Missouri S&T.

Her choice to attend Missouri S&T started out as an economical one, but when she saw how caring the faculty were, and started on her first research project, she knew she was in the right place. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T pre-med student to shadow doctors in Spain

medical-563427_960_720A Missouri University of Science and Technology student has been accepted into the Atlantis Project, a premedical studies exchange program that allows college students to witness medical practices in a different country.

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Westenberg named interim chair of biological sciences

Dr. David J. Westenberg

Dr. David J. Westenberg

Dr. David J. Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named interim chair of biological sciences. The appointment took effect Sept. 1.

Westenberg took over for Dr. Yue-wern Huang, professor of biological sciences, who had served as interim chair since July 2015 following the retirement of former chair Dr. Robert Aronstam. Huang will remain on the faculty and return to his active research program. [Read more…]

Learn more about biology at Missouri S&T’s BioBuilder workshops

BioBuilder_previewThe local community and Missouri K-12 teachers can learn about the importance of synthetic biology and its role in our everyday lives by attending one of a series of hands-on, interactive summer workshop this July at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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New mathematical model illustrates link between energy use and aging

Big_and_little_dogWhy does a Great Dane have a shorter lifespan than a pug? The answer lies in a complex relationship between energy usage and lifespan. That relationship is quickly being unraveled through the use of numerical modeling by a researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Missouri S&T to renovate Schrenk Hall

Schrenk HallMissouri University of Science and Technology plans to renovate a portion of Schrenk Hall, the building that houses Missouri S&T’s biological sciences and chemistry departments, in part through state capital improvement funding. [Read more…]

Huang named interim chair of biological sciences

Dr. Yue-Wern Huang

Dr. Yue-Wern Huang

Dr. Yue-Wern Huang, professor of biological sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named interim chair of biological sciences. The appointment takes effect July 1. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T students to host Fitness Fun Day for area kids

A group of biological sciences seniors at Missouri University of Science and Technology will host Fitness Fun Day to offer area children an opportunity to get active and learn about the importance of nutrition and exercise.

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Lungs may suffer when certain elements go nano

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Yue-Wern Huang, professor of biological sciences at Missouri S&T.

Nanoparticles are used in all kinds of applications — electronics, medicine, cosmetics, even environmental clean-ups. More than 2,800 commercially available applications are now based on nanoparticles, and by 2017, the field is expected to bring in nearly $50 billion worldwide.

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Frank receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Pictured left to right are Warren K. Wray, Missouri S&T Provost; Dr. Ronald Frank, associate professor of biological sciences; David Russell, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education; and University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe.

Dr. Ronald L. Frank, associate professor of biological sciences at Missouri S&T, has won the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Each year, the Governor’s Award is presented to one faculty member at each institution of higher education in Missouri. This year’s recipients were honored by Gov. Jay Nixon during an April 3 luncheon at the Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia, Mo. [Read more…]