Pulling pork – The BBQ Club story

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The Missouri S&T BBQ Club serves pulled pork sandwiches to campus. Photos by B.A. Rupert

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The Missouri S&T BBQ Club recognizes all styles of barbecue, but their specialty is pulled pork. “There are as many styles and opinions about good barbecue as there are people,” says Kevin Brady, the club’s advisor. “Pulled pork is made from shoulder roasts, sauced with tangy southern sauce, and served on the bun with slaw.”

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Helping Joplin

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Sean Brady, Missouri S&T student. Photo by B.A. Rupert

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Brady clears debris in Joplin. Photo provided

A father and son from Camdenton made three trips to twister-torn Joplin in the wake of the deadly EF-5 tornado that struck on May 22, 2011. Ric Brady and son Sean reached out to victims one at a time and used heavy equipment to touch the lives of dozens.
Sean Brady, a Camdenton High School grad who just finished his freshman year at Missouri S&T, couldn’t prepare himself for what he saw when he arrived in Joplin on the Monday morning after the Sunday night tornado plowed through the city. Brady noticed significant damage as his truck and trailer drew closer to the tornado touchdown site, but he was blown away by the indescribable damage along Rangeline Street.

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Like an aquatic canary in a coal mine?

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Dr. Yue-Wern Huang, Missouri S&T associate professor of biology, works with students to conduct hellbender research. Photos by B.A. Rupert

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An Ozark Hellbender housed at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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Yue-Wern Huang, an associate professor of biology at Missouri S&T, is trying to figure out where all of the hellbenders went. The hellbender is one of the largest salamanders in the world. They once thrived in the pristine streams of the Ozarks and Appalachia. Now they’re almost extinct.

It’s increasingly hard to find them and catch them, but Huang has been taking blood samples from hellbenders for nine years to see if their chemistry is changing over time. His research is funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Saint Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Water Resources Center.

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Inside the beltway

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Katy Bloomberg, Missouri S&T 2006 history grad. Photo by Mary Kate Cunningham

Working as an intern in the Missouri S&T Archives proved to be good preparation for Katy Bloomberg, a 2006 history graduate who now works in Washington, D.C., in the Defense Department as a program analyst at the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

It’s a long way from the basement of Curtis Laws Wilson Library to the Pentagon. But Bloomberg says her experience working in S&T’s archives, where she dug into the history of the campus’s St. Pat’s tradition, prepared her for her work in the federal government.

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