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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.