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Maroon Minute honors NIH grant recipients

The National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute recently renewed a three-year grant for anti-cancer research to four Missouri State University faculty.

The four researchers are:

  • Dr. Robert Delong, associate professor of biomedical sciences
  • Dr. Richard Garrad, professor of biomedical sciences
  • Dr. Kartik Ghosh, professor of physics, astronomy and materials science and
  • Dr. Adam Wanekaya, associate professor of chemistry

Maroon Minutes highlight Missouri State University’s points of pride: the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and supporters. Each Maroon Minute first airs during a home football or basketball game.

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What makes fireworks go boom?

Every year Americans empty their wallets buying fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday. According to the American Pyrotechnic Association, in the year 2010 alone Americans spent more than $600 million on fireworks. But how exactly do these creations work?

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The Scientific Sherlock Holmes

Dr. James O'Brien
Dr. James O’Brien

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Dr. James O’Brien, has written the book, The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics, which was recently published by Oxford University Press.  The book examines the science and forensics used by Holmes to solve the cases.  Read more about the book in Dr. O’Brien’s blog he wrote for the Huffington Post.

The College of Natural and Applied Sciencs and the Department of Chemistry will host a book signing and reception on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in the Plaster Student Union, room 308 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

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Students Travel to Ecuador

A group of Missouri State students accompanied Dr. Janice Greene of the Biology Department and Dr. Diann Thomas of the Chemistry Department to Quito, Ecuador for a one-week intersession course—“Making the Connections” on August 6, 2012.  The course was designed to increase awareness of global connections, specifically between North and South America.  The students were exposed to different cultures and discovered threads of commonality, from food to resource consumption.  While the main focus of the course was the environmental connection, students also experienced the customs and beliefs of the Ecuadorian society, in particular those of the Quichua tribe.  Chemistry Students making the trip were Kari Lea Burgess, Jason Davis, Brett Huntley, Samantha Marshall, Michael Nothnagel, Alyxandria Shibley, and Eric Tague.

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