The eyes have it

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Left to right: Graduate student Sneha Pochinapeddi and professors Hong Sheng and Nick Lockwood with a gaze plot depicting eye-tracking data on a website. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Eyes may be the “windows to the soul,” as the adage states. But Missouri S&T researchers are finding that how the eye moves around a website — and how long it lingers on a particular section — can also reveal a lot about the importance of web design as a means of holding attention.

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Michael Sumpter

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Michael Sumpter (right) listens as Dr. William Stoecker, assistant adjunct professor of computer science and local dermatologist, discusses the research. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Michael Sumpter, senior in electrical engineering

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Some cool kids get a kick out of robots

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Miriah Anderson in the lab with one of the S&T Robotics Team robots. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Miriah Anderson likes robots.

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A bright idea: DNA glucose sensors

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Biological sciences students Erica Shannon, left, and Amanda Foster are among the members of Missouri S&T’s iGEM chapter. The group developed a biological system to detect glucose levels, a process that could one day help people with diabetes. Shannon served as president of the iGEM chapter this past semester, and Foster is the group’s newly elected president. Photos by B.A. Rupert

For people with diabetes, monitoring blood-sugar levels several times a day can be painful to the pocketbook as well as the flesh. But thanks to the work of a group of Missouri S&T students, the process may cost less in the future.

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Students build hybrid go-kart

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Andrew Jabrani drives the vehicle. Photos by B.A. Rupert

While General Motors recently came out with its Chevrolet Volt, four electrical engineering students at Missouri University of Science and Technology recently completed their own vehicle, a hybrid go-kart.

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S&T researcher takes on Fight Club

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Olivia Burgess studies utopian and dystopian themes in Chuck Palahniuk’s novel. Photo by B. A. Rupert

The first rule of Fight Club, according to Olivia Burgess, is that we are driven by our own personal utopian ideas, regardless if they end up creating dystopia.

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Rolla students collect water samples

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Yinfa Ma shows Danielle Insall and a group of Rolla High School students how water is tested in an S&T lab. Photo by B.A. Rupert

This fall, 63 students from Rolla High School collected local water samples from ponds, streams and faucets as part of a project to analyze water in conjunction with representatives from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Lots of space junk is circling our planet at high speeds

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As an enthusiast for space travel, William Schonberg studies high-speed impacts that might occur in low-Earth orbit. Photo by B.A. Rupert

William Schonberg says academia is cool because you usually get to research what you’re really curious about. As chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, Schonberg, when he has time, likes to study high-speed impacts — specifically, those that could be caused by space debris.

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Where rice may not be so nice

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Eric Farrow (left) and Dr. Jianmin Wang take grain samples from rice plants in S&T’s greenhouse. Photos by B.A. Rupert

Eric Farrow wants to make sure the rice that ends up on your plate is toxin-free. Farrow, a Missouri S&T graduate student in environmental engineering, is working with Dr. Jianmin Wang, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, to find ways to reduce the arsenic content in rice.
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Sign of the times: S&T researcher studies work zone safety

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Schools are back in session, and if there’s one lesson that transportation engineers want drivers to learn, it’s to pay attention while driving in construction zones. That’s why Dr. Ghulam Bham, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, and his students are studying the effectiveness of dynamic variable message signs that are often used in highway work zones.

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Healing glasses

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Dr. Delbert Day (right) and Dr. Steve Jung with borate glass nanofibers (inset). Photo by B.A. Rupert

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What if all a battlefield medic had to do to treat a serious or lingering wound was to stuff it with a material that looks and feels like cotton candy? Sounds unlikely, but that is pretty close to what is happening in a clinical trial at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo.

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