Archives for July 2011

From doll shoes to rabbit bones …


Kevin Wu works with tiny scaffolds made from bioactive glass powder. Photos by B.A. Rupert

This summer, eight undergraduate students from across the country have come to S&T for a solid research experience in additive manufacturing, a technique that constructs components in layers. The method can create complex 3-D shapes and produces far less scrap than conventional methods.
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Grad student cleans contaminated water in Rolla


Erica Collins, a grad student at Missouri S&T. Photos by B.A. Rupert


Dr. Curt Elmore, associate professor of geological engineering, joins Collins at Busy Bee Cleaners.

For decades, it was routine for dry-cleaning operations to pour chemicals down the drain. Unfortunately, some of those chemicals ended up contaminating groundwater.

And that’s what happened years ago at the Busy Bee laundry facility in Rolla. But, thanks to the efforts of Erica Collins and others, a comprehensive clean-up is under way.

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Behind the scenes


Cory Brennan (right) and Andrew Herbert (left) on the scaffolds at Ozark Actors Theatre. Photo by B.A. Rupert


Ryan Rader as “Chip&quot in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Miners are spending their summer “vacation” working hard behind the scenes, and on stage, at Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT). All three have prior theatrical experience here at Missouri S&T, but this is their first season with OAT, a charming little playhouse that brings live theater to Rolla, with local and professional talent. It is one of only two professional theaters located outside of Missouri’s metropolitan areas.

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Magnus’ opus


Sandra Magnus, Missouri S&T alumna, suits up for space. Photo credit: NASA

UPDATE: Dr. Magnus and crew glided to a landing at the Kennedy Space Center early the morning of Thursday, July 21, safely back to Earth from the International Space Station, ending the U.S. shuttle program.

The last space shuttle flight launched July 8, and a Missouri S&T grad is an important part of the mission. “It only takes about 8.5 minutes to get into our initial orbit,” says NASA Astronaut Sandra Magnus. “But it’s an exciting 8.5 minutes!”
Magnus and three other astronauts are aboard Atlantis for the historic flight. They are the final four astronauts to orbit in a space shuttle.

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