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A super Saturday for science

Whose dream it’s always been to watch a live explosion, touch a giant snake or announce the weather in front of a green screen was able to do exactly that last Saturday. “Super Science Saturday,” an annual event held by St. Joseph Museums and Missouri Western, sets out to introduce children in the various sciences. But also the ones young... Read More

Community gathers for a forum on Keystone

The more than 60 Missouri Western students and community members gathered in the downstairs theater of Rolling Hills Library erupted into applause at the conclusion of a politics forum sponsored by the Tri-Beta Biology Fraternity and the Politics Club. The event, which took place just before Spring Break, was designed as a way to engage the community in discussion about... Read More

Western student invents microscope adapter for smart phones

Sophomore Justin Turner presented his homemade invention to a classroom of genetics students on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The “Just In Time” Adapter is an adapter for microscopes that allows students to take pictures of specimens on a slide using their smart phones. Turner described the inventing process as “extremely independent.” “I saw a need and I figured out an invention... Read More

Western, Davidson College receive $1 million grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded just over $1 million to Missouri Western and Davidson College for collaborative undergraduate synthetic biology research.  This is the largest grant Western has ever received. At the Sep. 19 press conference in the Remington Hall atrium, President Vartabedian said the synthetic biology, team received three previous grants equaling $640,000 worth of research. “Well, we’ve got the topper... Read More

Ashley pushes students with inspiration, ‘batty’ attitude

Dr. David Ashley, a Missouri Western biology professor, has a quote from one of his past college professors, Francis C. Rabalais, taped up in his office: “The biggest burden of all is potential.” Ashely sure doesn’t want his students to believe they are doing anything less than their best. Ashley was a typical student once, wandering from class to class... Read More