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Professors mentor young researchers

December 03, 2014

On a recent afternoon, two researchers were hard at work in a Chemistry Department computer lab at Pittsburg State University. One of the scientists concentrated on the effects of common pesticides on human DNA. Nearby, the other was focused on finding a way to block the Ebola virus from docking with human cells. view more

Interior design student repeats at Design Wars

November 19, 2014

Repeating as champion in any team competition is difficult. Repeating as champion with a completely different team is even harder. Just don't tell that to Cassandra Stanley. The Columbus native and Pittsburg State University senior was, for the second consecutive year, on the winning team at the International Interior Design Association’s Design Wars competition in Kansas City. She was the only student in this year’s competition that also competed in 2013. Stanley, an interior design major, was joined on the winning team by two students from Kansas State University. view more

JHS students win national honor for statistics poster

November 17, 2014

As legislatures and policymakers have increased the stakes associated with assessment tests, teachers in many states are left wondering how to encourage students to take the exams seriously. Adam Bennett, a Pittsburg State University alumnus and math teacher at Joplin High School, said research conducted by two student in his statistics class may offer clues to ways to encourage at least some students to do their best on state assessments. view more

Student-led survey helps lure new restaurants

November 17, 2014

In the fall of 2012, the Pittsburg State MBA Association conducted a survey to find out what stores and restaurants PSU students wanted in Pittsburg. One of the most popular responses was Buffalo Wild Wings.
Fast forward two years.
Buffalo Wild Wings is just two days from opening its doors in north Pittsburg. view more

Astrophysicist excited about comet rendezvous

November 13, 2014

Christmas came early for David Kuehn.
Kuehn, chair of the Department of Physics at Pittsburg State University, waited excitedly with other scientists around the world Wednesday until the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe Philae finally tweeted, "Touchdown! My new address: 67P!"
"I cannot tell you how exciting this even is!" Kuehn said from his office, Thursday. view more

Planetarium show examines the fall sky

November 05, 2014

Four-state residents will have an opportunity to learn about the current night sky, including Mars and Jupiter, the two bright planets currently visible, during an special program at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, in Pittsburg State University's L. Russell Kelce Planetarium. David Kuehn, interim chair of PSU’s Department of Physics, will take participants on a tour of the portion of the universe they can see from their back yards this time of year and will also discuss the latest news from NASA. He’ll also share some of the interesting results from the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn. A question-and-answer session will follow. view more

Chemist shares nano research with PSU faculty

October 29, 2014

Bradley Fahlman, a professor in the College of Science and Technology at Central Michigan University, will deliver a presentation to faculty at Pittsburg State University on Friday, Nov. 31, about his work with graphene nanostructures. Fahlman's talk, at 3 p.m. in 102 Yates Hall, is part of PSU's Distinguished Polymer Lecture Series. view more

Breaking things in the name of science

October 27, 2014

A group of Pittsburg State University students spent last Friday afternoon breaking things -- all in the name of science.

The plastics engineering technology students were working on a project, directed by a manufacturer in search of a more durable gas tank for lawn mowers. Assistant Professor Jeanne Norton explained that the students used traditional rotational molding to manufacture a variety of plastic cubes. They then tested the cubes by filling them with water and dropping them on concrete from a height of 20 feet. view more

Green chemistry pioneer to speak at PSU

September 17, 2014

Richard A. Gross, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at the Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and internationally known scientist and pioneer in the field of "green" chemistry will speak on "Green Polymer Chemistry and Biocatalysis" in a public lecture at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept 26, at Pittsburg State University 102 Yates Hall. view more

Sha earns research award for e-commerce paper

September 10, 2014

Every day, billions of dollars are spent in stores with no operating hours, no long checkout lines and seemingly endless supply. And it's all done with just a credit card number and a few keyboard clicks. Online shopping has become a way of life all around the world, but how do shoppers know which websites they can trust? view more

Fighting cancer with nanotechnology

September 08, 2014

The next big thing in the battle against cancer and other diseases is very, very small.

In his lab at PSU, Santimukul Santra is conducting research on the use of polymeric and iron oxide nanotheranostics as potential delivery methods for life-saving anti-cancer drugs. As he works, Santra imagines a time in the not-too-distant future when treatments for cancer and a host of other diseases will be personalized, targeted and free of the debilitating and often dangerous side effects of some current therapies, thanks to the use of these tiny structures and nanobiotechnologies. view more

Grant funds solar energy system for PSU’s Plaster Center

August 1, 2014

Thanks to a major grant from Westar Energy, solar panels will provide both energy and education at the Robert W. Plaster Center, now under construction at Pittsburg State University. Westar announced Thursday that PSU was one of 15 Kansas entities selected for its Solar Photovoltaic Project, done in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. view more

Student design earns top advertising honor

June 12, 2014

It started with local awards. Then came regional honors. And now Matt Heflin has received the highest honor awarded in the 2014 American Advertising Awards (AAA). Heflin, a Pittsburg State graphic design major who graduated in May, recently received a Gold Award for his design of Brew Chew, a product he describes as “an after-beverage gum.” He said the product is meant to help combat "bad breath after drinking." view more

PSU launches major new polymer chemistry initiative

June 11, 2014

“With polymers, you can make this table,” Petar Dvornic said, slapping the hard surface for emphasis. “You can make the window. You can make the walls. Polymers taken away from our daily lives would be a catastrophe. Buildings would fall. There would be no cars or airplanes, no clothing, no computers, no food industry, no quality drinking water, no today’s medicine, no nothing as we know it. view more

STEM education focus of tech workshop

June 11, 2014

A hands-on workshop at the Kansas Technology Center this week helped K-12 educators learn how to implement STEM concepts into their classrooms. The two-day STEM Activities for Educators workshop was taught by Mike Neden, associate professor of Technology and Workforce Learning. view more

NIH grant benefits PSU student research

June 4, 2014

Pittsburg State students will benefit from a five-year, $19 million NIH grant to the KU Medical Center, PSU officials said this week. The grant, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, will continue a Kansas cell and developmental biology research program that has brought $64 million into the state since it was first funded in 2001. view more

Company uses student research in learning system development

May 22, 2014

Psychology students at Pittsburg State University need opportunities to use their applied research skills. At the same time, Pitsco Education relies on solid research to guide the development and improvement of its STEM learning systems. The resulting partnership benefits both. Recently, PSU students have been or are involved in multiple research projects for the company, according to Jamie Wood, professor in the Psychology and Counseling Department. view more

Female students prove engineering not just 'man's world'

May 5, 2014

For a young Jennifer Bradley, watching the popular TV show MacGyver wasn’t quite enough. “I needed to understand MacGyver,” she said. “I couldn’t just sit there and enjoy the show. It was more than that. I was obsessed with MacGyver. I wanted to be MacGyver.” view more

Research inspires student

May 2, 2014

Scientific research can be hard and tedious. Samantha Young, a graduate student in biology at Pittsburg State University, knows how maddeningly frustrating field research can be. It’s often dirty work and the results frequently raise more questions than they answer. These are just some of the reasons she loves it. view more

Researcher, subject meet for the first time

April 19, 2012

For the past 15 years, Dr. Virginia Rider has known the subject only as “B.H.” As she worked in her lab to help unlock some of the mysteries of Lupus, Rider soon came to prize the blood samples she received from “B.H.” for her research. Rider, a professor in the PSU Department of Biology and a passionate researcher, finally met “B.H.” this week when Brenda Hedrick, of Newton, Kan., her mother, Carol Swint, and a brother, Kevin Swint, arrived on campus with a donation to help support Rider’s research.  View more


New director begins at KPRC

January 30, 2012 

Dr. Andy Myers, executive director of the Business and Technology Institute at Pittsburg State University, has announced the appointment of Dr. Jin Song as the research director for the Kansas Polymer Research Center. Song began his new role in January. Song holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, and a Ph.D. in polymer engineering from the University of Akron. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Song to PSU,” Myers said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience both in research and commercialization of polymers and bio-polymers. Dr. Song will provide excellent leadership for our strong scientific team.

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Business professor examines sports fraud

January 19, 2012 

Dr. David O’Bryan, a professor in the Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems at PSU, co-wrote the article “One-Way Ticket to Jail: When Major League Money Meets Little League Controls,” published in the January/February 2012 edition of Fraud Magazine, a publication of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).  The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization, and Fraud Magazine is distributed to all of its nearly 60,000 members in 125 countries around the world. The study examined the ticket scandal that came to light last year at the University of Kansas.

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Research: Keys to helping ‘at-risk’ children succeed

January 09, 2012 9:11AM

Educators have known for a long time that a strong predictor of a young child’s early development is a combination of economic and social factors that put children “at risk.” The good news, according to research conducted by graduate students in Pittsburg State University’s Department of Psychology and Counseling, is that given the proper support, so called “at-risk” students perform as well as their peers.View more

New foundation supports PSU research

November 18, 2011

Although Pittsburg State University may not be the first to come to mind when one thinks of research institutions in Kansas, the fact is that Pittsburg State is home to dynamic faculty-led research, as well as the Kansas Polymer Research Center. University officials believe the creation of a new foundation will help PSU strengthen its already impressive research credentials. View more

Professor uncovers manuscript for philosopher's book

November 02, 2011

A philosophy professor and member of the faculty in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences at Pittsburg State University, Viney not only discovered, but ultimately edited an unpublished book by prominent American philosopher Charles Hartshorne.

It was a labor of love, Viney said, because Hartshorne was not only a major figure in his academic research, but also a mentor who helped shape his career. The road that led to the discovery of the manuscript began in the summer of 2001 with a call to Viney from Hartshorne's daughter, Emily Schwartz.

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Construction professors achieve home inspection certification, plan for new course

August 26, 2011 

A grant awarded to the Department of Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies is not only bolstering the residential construction program at Pittsburg State University, but also better preparing the professors who teach it.  This summer, CMCET professors Justin Honey, Shannon Nicklaus, and Seth O'Brien completed a home inspection certification program through the National Association of Home Builders. View more

Panel examines PSU's undergraduate science research program

April 14, 2011

Four research scientists from the American Association for the Advancement of Science will take a critical look at undergraduate science research at Pittsburg State University on Thursday, April 14, 2011. View more

Kansas Polymer Research Center - Research Director Zoran Petrovic

It's no secret to the Pittsburg State University community - or to bioscience organizations and researchers across the world - that the Kansas Polymer Research Center is home to some pretty incredible science. With patents, awards, and new discoveries happening consistently, the KPRC, with its team of researchers and scientists from across the world, is on the forefront of polymer research. View more


Auto Tech lands grant for hybrid training

As consumers embrace cleaner, greener ways of living and hybrid vehicles become more commonplace on the roadways, Pittsburg State University is preparing its professors to be leaders in hybrid technology education. Recently, the Department of Automotive Technology at PSU was awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to bolster faculty education in the area of hybrid technology. The grant will provide more training to professors, who will then pass along those tools to students. View more

Manufacturing students create prototype casting for NASA

The leader of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Team at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center approached PSU Manufacturing Engineering Technology Professor Russ Rosmait this fall, requesting assistance with the manufacture of a fuel mixer assembly prototype. Rosmait and the NASA employee had worked together in the past, and Rosmait said his colleague was aware of PSU's capabilities in Rapid Prototyping and the Investment Casting Process. View more

KPRC wins patent for polymer concrete

Ten years ago, researchers at the Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) at Pittsburg State University developed a sustainable form of concrete that is based on soybean oil, a renewable source with a big economic imprint on the agriculture of the region. When the Tyler Research Center was built in 2007, they even used it to make tiles for an entryway to help demonstrate a practical use for the new material. View more

 Spirit AeroSystems Visits Campus

On February 7th and  8th representatives  from Spirit AeroSystems visited the PSU campus to discuss future research collaboration between PSU and Spirit. Spirit is the world's largest supplier of commercial airplane assemblies and components. Spirit offers a diverse line of products and services for aerospace design, build, support and spares/repair needs. View more

Residential Construction Program Receives Grant

Pittsburg State University students pursuing an education in residential construction will benefit from significant program improvements thanks to a grant of nearly $100,000 from the National Association of Homebuilders. The HELP (Homebuilder Education and Leadership Program) grant was officially awarded to Pitt State's department of construction management and construction engineering technologies (CMCET) at the International Builders Show Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 14. View more.

 The Universe is home to various exotic and fascinating phenomena, such as black holes, merging stars, supernovae explosions etc. Many of these astrophysical objects can generate almost inconceivable amounts of energy, which is more than billions of times the energy of light visible to our eyes. View more.


 The PSU Research Colloquium, held April 8-9, included 10 graduate and undergraduate students who made presentations about research they have been conducting. Research projects included independent research conducted as well as research conducted in collaboration with faculty at Pittsburg State University and other universities.
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  KPRC awarded allocation to pursue ground-breaking algae research

The Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University has been awarded its largest-ever federal allocation to become one of the first research groups to develop materials from oil produced by algae. View more.


Science students land competitive K-INBRE grants

 Eleven students studying science at PSU have been awarded highly competitive research grants through the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE).  View more.


 KPRC to aid in medical research

Scientists with the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University have joined forces with other Kansas groups for pioneering research in the medical field. View more.


Grant provides education for nurses headed to "underserved" areas

A federal grant that will provide scholarships to graduate nursing students has been secured once again by Pittsburg State University's Department of Nursing. View more.


Kansas Polymer Research Center to receive $1.3 million for research, jobs

The Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University has announced the nod for nearly $1.3 million in federal money from the 2009 omnibus bill, providing the award-winning center with funding that will support additional research and jobs in agriculture and bio-based product technology.  View more.


Application deadline nears for big NSF scholarships

 In an economy where some potential college students are foregoing the dream of a four-year degree while watching their parents struggle to make ends meet, Randy Winzer wants them to know some valuable things in life really can be free - or at least very close to it. Read more.


College of Technology granted $285,000 for equipment

The College of Technology at Pittsburg State University will soon receive $285,000 for new equipment and technology through a Congressionally directed grant. Read more.