S&T researchers suggest ants need work-life balance to survive

fire_ants02As humans, we constantly strive for a good work-life balance. New findings by researchers at Missouri S&T suggest that ants, long perceived as the workaholics of the insect world, do the same.

In fact, according to these researchers, it is imperative that some ants rest while others work to conserve food, energy and resources for the colony. And the larger the colony, the more important this work-rest balance becomes. [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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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…]

Reinventing biology lab with $10 and a smartphone

Daniel Miller, a recent biological sciences M.S. graduate, built this do-it-yourself microscope with a smartphone and less than $10 in materials. (Photo by Sam O'Keefe.)

Daniel Miller, a recent biological sciences M.S. graduate, built this do-it-yourself microscope with a smartphone and less than $10 in materials. (Photo by Sam O’Keefe.)

With nothing more than a smartphone and less than $10 of trinkets and hardware supplies, students at Missouri University of Science and Technology can build their own microscopes this fall as part of a biology lab. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T students learn nanobiotechnology in Taiwan

Pairing quantum dots with a protein transporter, a group of students from
Missouri University of Science and Technology hopes to develop a more effective
and efficient drug delivery method.

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UMR biologist named national microbiology scholar-in- residence

Dr. David J. Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences at the
University of Missouri-Rolla, has been selected for the American Society for
Microbiology Scholars-in-Residence Program. He is one of 13 biology educators
in the nation to be selected.

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UMR student group sponsors walk for cystic fibrosis

This month, a group of University of Missouri-Rolla students will sponsor a five-kilometer run/walk to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.

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UMR students to present research at regional microbiology conference

Five students from the University of Missouri-Rolla are among 28 undergraduate and graduate students who will present their research at a regional microbiology conference in April.

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UMR researcher studying lead levels in St. Louis kids

Roughly 200,000 houses in St. Louis might as well have the cross-stitched phrase "Home, sweet (and toxic), home" hanging in a frame on their living room wall, according to a University of Missouri-Rolla researcher.

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