Science & Tech

Robin Verble: In the right place at the right time

Posted by on May 22, 2019

Tracking the state of the ecosystem by studying its forests, fires and insect population makes Robin Verble tick, and she uses her findings to help advance healthy and sustainable management of natural areas. Verble joined Missouri S&T in summer 2018 as founding director of its Ozark Research Field Station and associate professor of biological sciences. […]

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Students use a driving simulator to test roadway design before construction

Posted by on May 14, 2019

Two undergraduate students at Missouri S&T used a driving simulator to help a civil engineering firm evaluate a new roadway design for the $18.6 million Route 160 widening project from Springfield to Willard, Missouri. David Doell, a senior from Eureka, Missouri, who graduates this week with a degree in engineering management, and Matt DeMoss, an […]

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Missouri S&T joins LIGO and Virgo’s newest research on neutron star smash-ups

Posted by on May 2, 2019

This spring semester, Missouri S&T became the state’s only institution to join the worldwide LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration (LSC) of researchers committed to detecting cosmic gravitational waves. This research explores the fundamental physics of gravity using the emerging field of gravitational wave science as a tool for astronomical discovery.

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Missouri S&T grad helps capture first-ever image of a black hole

Posted by on April 11, 2019

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For the first time ever, scientists have captured an image of a black hole, and a Missouri S&T graduate played an important role. Dr. Frederick K. Baganoff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, is among the collaborators on the international Event Horizon Telescope project to produce the first direct images of a black hole. Baganoff earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from Missouri S&T in 1985.

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Researchers discover an economical way to produce high-performance thin films for electronics

Posted by on April 11, 2019

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Researchers at Missouri S&T have found an unprecedented, economical method for creating high-performance inorganic thin films, or “epitaxial” films, used in the manufacture of semiconductors for flexible electronics, LEDs and solar cells.

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Physics researchers discover new approach to control the spread of light

Posted by on March 4, 2019

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Physics researchers have discovered a new way to control light — one that produces a concentrated, optically energetic laser beam when transmitted through diffuse media such as fog, biological tissue or white paint — rather than the typical weaker light with a lateral spread.

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MXene researchers find 2-D transition metal carbides react with water, opening a door to their unknown chemistry

Posted by on January 16, 2019

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Researchers at Missouri S&T have discovered that two-dimensional (2-D) titanium carbide materials, or MXenes, can react with water with no other oxidizers involved. Their finding may lead to new insights into the unusual chemistry of MXenes and consequently have impacts on MXenes’ storage and device manufacturing.

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Plant detective: Missouri S&T professor studies plants as “bio-sentinels” of indoor pollution

Posted by on November 8, 2018

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Behold the common house plant, the front-yard shrub, the rhododendron around back that’s seen better days since the next-door neighbors put their home on the market. They brighten our lawns, increase our property values, even boost our mental and physical health by reducing carbon dioxide levels.
For Dr. Joel Burken, such plants are far more valuable than as mere window dressing. The Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology is an expert in phytoforensics, the process of using plants to study human exposure to pollutants.

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FYRE program advances freshman’s STEM passion

Posted by on October 23, 2018

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Kaysi Lee came to Missouri S&T last fall with a passion for science that had been nurtured through the years by her female high school science teachers and by her parents. But when she arrived at S&T, she was surprised at how difficult she initially found her STEM coursework.

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Chemistry undergraduate completes summer fellowship with gratitude and a published, peer-reviewed paper

Posted by on August 29, 2018

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Rachel Nixon, a junior in chemistry at Missouri S&T and recipient of the new Carey and Christine Bottom Endowed Scholarship in Undergraduate Chemistry Research, is thankful for the 10-week program she completed this summer. Working in Dr. Risheng Wang’s bionanotechnology lab eight hours a day, Nixon finished her peer-reviewed, published paper for a DNA-origami project already underway, then began a new project.

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