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Researcher seeks keys to a brighter energy future

Researcher seeks keys to a brighter energy future

Since Man forged the first plow and stuck it into the earth, rust has been an enemy. But to Ram Gupta, an assistant professor and research scientist at PSU, rust, or iron oxide, may be one of the keys to a world powered by inexpensive, abundant and environmentally friendly energy. Gupta, who came to PSU...
Student signs country music record deal

Student signs country music record deal

At 6 FEET 4 INCHES TALL with broad shoulders and an easy smile, Douglass native Brody Caster is no stranger to catching eyes. But it’s his smooth voice that has caught the attention of the country music industry and radio stations nationwide. Though he’s majoring in construction management at Pitt State, Caster’s true passion is...
For this doctor, families matter

For this doctor, families matter

When Maureen Murphy graduated from Pittsburg State University, she was well on her way to a career in journalism or public relations. Last October, however, Murphy was honored as the 2016 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Murphy is the first to say her journey into medicine was not...

Scholarship couldn’t come at a better time

When Alex Watson, a PITT STATE senior from LaCygne, Kan., received news that he’d won a major scholarship, his first instinct was to call his mom. But Watson’s mother, Ginger, died in April following a battle with breast cancer. “Moments like that are tough, but we have a great family, and I called my aunt...
Having people who believe in me has made all the difference

Having people who believe in me has made all the difference

“HAVING PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN me has made all the difference,” said David Schlee, his voice filling with emotion. In May, Schlee was one of about 1,270 students who earned degrees from PSU. In fact, Schlee walked in two different ceremonies. On Friday, Schlee joined classmates in the College of Arts and Sciences to receive...

First-generation grad fulfills a promise

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, SHONTAE COBB MADE A PROMISE TO HER grandfather. This year she kept it and in the process set an example for her four siblings and many others she may never know. “When I was in first grade, my grandfather came to my school for Grandparents Day,” Cobb said. “He always told me...
Called to serve

Called to serve

WHEN RICH HILL, MISSOURI, NATIVE ASHLEY ARWOOD first enrolled at Pitt State in 2005, she had dreams of becoming a P.E. teacher. And for two years, that’s what she was on track to do. But Arwood felt “a calling” that just wouldn’t go away. Choosing to follow that call would change Arwood’s life in ways...
Gorillas with stripes

Gorillas with stripes

ON JUST ABOUT EVERY WEEKEND THIS FALL, YOU’LL find Gorillas on the football field, but these aren’t the DII powerhouse Gorillas who play in Carnie Smith Stadium or even those Gorillas who star on Sundays for the NFL. These Gorillas wear stripes. “We do seem to have more than our share of Gorillas in the...

Student accepts professor’s challenge

For some time, researchers have known it is possible to run a gasoline engine by burning wood. This past fall, a PSU student actually did it. In the late 1980s, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency produced a 39-page report describing how to build a wood-burning gas generator. Such a generator would be vital during...
Youthful graduate

Youthful graduate

Alex Jaeger recalls that when he first arrived on campus he got some looks. “I think some of the other students were trying to figure out what I was doing in class,” Jaeger said. That reaction from classmates wasn’t surprising, given that Jaeger was just 11, making him the youngest full-time student in PSU’s history....
Professors mentor young researchers

Professors mentor young researchers

On a recent afternoon, two researchers were hard at work in a Chemistry Department computer lab. 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. Like other researchers around the world,...

Alumna’s book looks “Inside Beverly Hills PD”

In her latest book, alumna and Arma, Kan., native Helen Maxwell takes a look inside the Beverly Hills Police Department. The book, “Inside Beverly Hills PD,” contains stories about presidents, film stars and, according to Maxwell, ‘real’ police work. The book, Maxwell said, provides a more accurate picture of the complexities of American law enforcement...