Department of Biological Sciences

Missouri S&T professor surprised with first Dean’s Medal from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Posted by on March 31, 2021

Missouri S&T biology professor Dr. David Westenberg is the first recipient of the Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Commitment to Undergraduate Student Success in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB). Members of the Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Excellence Committee surprised Westenberg with the award while he was teaching class this morning (Wednesday, March 31).

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Newly named ant species has a Missouri S&T connection

Posted by on March 12, 2021

Until recently, Syscia sumnichti was just one of 10,000 to 30,000 nameless species of ants. Today, this inconspicuous little ant, native to Central America, has not only a name, but also a connection to Missouri S&T. Syscia sumnichti made its debut in a research paper published this month by Dr. John Longino, a professor of […]

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Replacing your furnace filter could help protect from COVID-19

Posted by on February 24, 2021

Until a vaccine is readily available, a high-efficiency furnace filter used along with other precautions could help protect people from COVID-19 while they spend time together indoors. Dr. Yue-Wern Huang, director of S&T’s Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and a professor of biological sciences, is studying bioaerosols – the particles people release when they speak, sing […]

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Missouri S&T biosciences fighting COVID-19

Posted by on February 24, 2021

Missouri S&T students who studied biosciences have been on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the last year and others are seeing secondary patient effects every day in their health care fields. They discuss some of the toughest and most rewarding parts of their jobs and offer their best advice for the public.

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Notes from the Ozark Research Field Station

Posted by on February 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges for the Ozark Research Field Station’s scheduled programming, so in spring 2020, we opened our grounds to faculty and staff as a socially distanced respite with hiking, canoeing, kayaking or just getting some space outdoors to relax and refresh.  We also successfully hosted the first courses that allowed students to […]

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Outside-the-box STEM tutoring

Posted by on January 13, 2021

When COVID-19 forced K-12 students across the country to move to online or hybrid schoolwork, STEM advocates with ties to Missouri S&T like Grace Dietzler, BSci’16, helped sequestered kids manage their education during the pandemic. Deitzler, who is now working on a Ph.D. in microbiology at Oregon State University, reached out to Facebook friends who […]

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Entrepreneurial STEM students wanted for new Ph.D. program

Posted by on January 13, 2021

Powered by a $300 million gift to strengthen entrepreneurship and innovation in the STEM fields, Missouri University of Science and Technology has established a new Ph.D. fellowship program for innovation-minded students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The new Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Doctoral Fellows Program provides 12-month […]

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20 significant research stories of 2020

Posted by on December 9, 2020

There’s a lot about 2020 that many of us would rather forget. Despite the challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, Missouri S&T researchers advanced the frontiers of technical, scientific and scholarly discovery in many ways in 2020. Here are 20 examples. Combating COVID-19 The global pandemic led researchers everywhere to seek ways to detect the […]

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First-year scholars undeterred by unusual beginning

Posted by on November 24, 2020

First-year students Garrett Blum and Hannah Tillery, Missouri S&T’s inaugural Evans Dean’s Scholars, have chosen different academic paths, but their life histories and achievements are noticeably parallel.

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Missouri S&T faculty members win UM System President’s Awards

Posted by on July 9, 2020

The University of Missouri System announced that seven members of the Missouri S&T faculty earned President’s Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the system, for excellence in the areas of teaching, research, service and economic development. In all, 20 awards will be presented this year.

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