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Pitt State Faculty present research in Netherlands

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


Researcher attracts ticks - on purpose

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


PSU hosts American Chemical Society meeting

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


STEM Education focus of Great Gorilla Games

April 08, 2015

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Four teams advance in Shocker business challenge

April 08, 2015

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


Exhibit features work of senior art students

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


PSU, city grow economic development partnership

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


Senior projects have lasting impact

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


Construction students prepare for shelter competitions

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


Young alum, RED inventor launches second company

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


Materials scientist to deliver polymer lecture

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


Students win top awards for research

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


PSU wins numerous ADDY awards

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


PSU to compete in WSU business plan contest

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


KCOB faculty earn research award

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


Professors mentor young researchers

December 03, 3014

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


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