In the news: Animals extinct in 2018, pioneering bacteriologist, student start-up, word origins
- Dr. Robin Verble, associate professor of biological sciences and director of S&T’s Ozark Research Field Station, shared her expertise on dwindling insect populations with mashable.com, a global go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for an audience of 28 million followers. Mark Kaufman’s article, “These are the Animals that Went Extinct in 2018,” was posted Dec. 28.
- Dr. Kathleen Sheppard, associate professor of history and political science, sheds light on a pioneering bacteriologist in her Dec. 20 blog post for Lady Science, titled “Selective Blindness: Ida Bengtson and the Treatment of Trachoma. Dr. Ida Bengston worked in Rolla, which became the chief U.S. battle front for the war on “trachoma,” and her leadership slowed the progression of the disease. While here, she was a bacteriology lecturer at S&T, then named the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.
- S&T students and alumni who are applying their robotics knowledge to form a start-up company in Rolla are featured in article, “Local Start-up Hopes to Leverage Security Solutions for Future in Robotics,” published Jan. 1 in the Phelps County Focus. Business owners are Garrett Finley, who earned bachelor degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering in 2018; John Rodhouse, a senior in aerospace engineering; and Michael Saxton, a senior in mechanical engineering.
- Dr. Gerald Cohen, expert etymologist and professor of arts, languages, and philosophy, challenges recent suggestions that certain European words originated in Hebrew in an article published Jan. 1 in the Jewish News Syndicate.