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As an aspiring photographer, Pitt State senior Hope Joyner has long been a fan of and loyal user of Canon products.
So when a Canon representative brought to campus more than $100,000 worth of new Canon equipment for students to observe and use, Joyner was in photography paradise. view more
October 12, 2015
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One doesn't have to be an astronomy buff to appreciate the lunar eclipse on tap for Sunday night.
"The lunar eclipse this Sunday is notable because it occurs when the Moon is near perigee, its closest point to Earth," said David Kuehn, a University Professor and interim chair of the Department of Physics at Pittsburg State University. "The so-called 'supermoon' looks bigger because it is closer to Earth." view more
September 11, 2015
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Bill Strenth remembers full well how the construction industry operated before the advent of iPlan tables, simulators and laser levels.
"I did it the hard way," said Strenth, assistant professor in Pittsburg State's School of Construction. "I came up through the industry when the only real way to get anything done was getting your hands dirty. We didn't have all of the gadgets and tools that we do today." view more
August 21, 2015
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May 28, 2015
Pittsburg State's Kansas Center for Career and Technical Education was represented this spring in the Netherlands at the annual Association for International Agricultural Extension and Education research conference. view more
April 30, 2015
Most folks in the Four-State region go to great lengths to repel ticks and other summer pests. Ali Hroobi works even harder to attract them. Hroobi, a graduate student at Pittsburg State University, has been doing research on ticks in southeast Kansas and, it turns out, this is a pretty good place to find them. Hroobi, who came to PSU from Saudi Arabia, began his research on ticks under the direction of David Gordon, an associate professor of entomology in PSU’s Department of Biology. view more
April 09, 2015
Some of the region's top scientists will gather at Pittsburg State University this week for a discussion of recent research findings. The 2015 American Chemical Society's 60th Pentasectional Meeting will take place April 10 and 11 at the PSU Kansas Technology Center. The Pentasectional meeting brings together scientists from Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, who meet to share their research findings. view more
April 08, 2015
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Four teams of Pittsburg State University students have advanced to the second round of the Shocker New Venture Competition. Hosted annually by Wichita State University, the contest challenges students to create a business plan that could potentially receive start-up capital in the form of prize money. view more
April 06, 2015
"Home Grown," an exhibit featuring the work of Pittsburg State University senior art students will open in the porter Hall Second Floor Gallery on Tuesday, April 7. The student artists will talk about their work from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in 103 Porter Hall. According to Rhona McBain, chair of the Department of Art, said the title for the show reflects the way that the seven unique artists represented in the exhibit have shared an intimate connection to the lands and communities of the Four-State area. view more
March 27, 2015
Pittsburg State University and the City of Pittsburg are taking their economic development partnership to new levels. Daron Hall, Pittsburg city manager, said the city has agreed to invest $20,000 into the production of two regional economic reports that are developed by Pittsburg State business faculty. The two reports are the quarterly Pittsburg Micropolitan Area Economic Report an the annual Pittsburg Micropolitan Area Economic Profile. view more
March 20, 2015
Two senior projects by Pittsburg state engineering technology students have turned out to be more than just a demonstration of what the students have learned in class. They will have a lasting practical effect in two different programs. A group of six students created a mold for a hacksaw handle, improving upon and replacing the mold that has been used by Pitt State students for more than 40 years. view more
March 06, 2015
Students in Pittsburg State's School of Construction are gearing up for their second trip to the John Brown University shelter design competition. The 2015 contest, which challenges teams to design and build a prototype of a disaster shelter for rapid deployment and set-up, is sponsored by JBU and Samaritan's Purse. It will take place April 23-25 at JBU in Siloam Spring, Ak. The Pittsburg State team finished second in the competition last year, and they have set their sights on winning the contest this year. view more
February 27, 2015
Patrick Stoddart loathes problems. But rather than complain about the world's proverbial road blocks, the 22-year old Pittsburg State alum devotes his time, energy and intellect into solving them. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to solve problems,” he said. “If there is something that isn’t right or is causing issues, let’s fix it. Don’t ask questions. Don’t ask permission. Find out what you need to do to make it better. That’s always been my philosophy.” view more
February 24, 2015
Christopher Kemper Ober, Francis Norwood Bard Professor of Materials Engineering int he Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, will give a public talk on polymers in nanotechnolgy at Pittsburg State University on Friday, Feb. 27. Ober will discuss "Making Structures the Length Scale of molecules" at 3 p.m. in 102 Yates hall. His presentation is part of PSU's Distinguished Polymer Lecturer Series. view more
February 18, 2015
Two Pittsburg State University undergraduate have won top awards for their research. Blaze Heckert, a senior in biology from Pittsburg, Kan., and Kalee Woody, a senior in Biology from Bronaugh, Mo., were singled out for recognition with the Best Poster Award at the annual Kansas Institution Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) symposium in January in Topeka. The event showcases the work of students from 10 campuses in Kansas and northern Oklahoma. view more
February 09, 2015
Pittsburg State University and PSU students were big winners in the American Advertising Federation - Joplin Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 7. At the end of the ceremony, PSU's Office of Marketing and Communication collected six silver and two gold ADDYs, the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies earned one gold and the students had 15 silver and eight gold. view more
January 28, 2015
Kelce College of Business students will soon have a unique opportunity to develop and potentially launch their own business ventures. Pittsburg State is again participation in the Shocker New Venture Competition, an annual competition hosted by Wichita State University. The contest challenges students to create a business plan that could potentially receive start-up capital in the form of prize money. view more
January 22, 2015
Research conducted by Kelce College of Business faculty has been singled out for its contribution to the field of economic study. The paper "Growth and Volatility of Micropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S.," written by KCOB faculty Bienvenido (Dean) Cortes, Michael Davidsson and Michael McKinnis, recently earned an Outstanding Research Award at the Global Conference on Business and Finance in Las Vegas. The paper was also accepted as a journal submission in the International Journal of Business and Finance Research. view more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. View more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.