Dr. Catherine Johnson, associate professor of mining and explosives engineering at Missouri S&T, has been named the Robert H. Quenon Associate Professor of Mining Engineering. She will begin serving in this role Thursday, Sept. 1.
“I am honored to receive this title and to be recognized for my work in the field of mining engineering” says Johnson. “Being a leader in the field has always been my goal. The Quenon award enables me to continue this path while working in new research directions.”
Johnson says the award will fund new students and assist them in reaching their academic and professional goals. The award is named for the late Robert H. Quenon, who was president and board chair of Peabody Holding Co. of St. Louis. It was established to attract experienced mining engineers to Missouri S&T.
Johnson joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2015. Her research focuses on the advancement of blasting practices and technologies, coal-dust explosion suppression, shock physics and blast-induced traumatic brain injury. The University of Missouri System named her a Presidential Engagement Fellow in 2019, and she received an Outstanding Faculty Research Award from Missouri S&T in 2021. Johnson also received a Dean’s Scholar Award from Missouri S&T’s College of Engineering and Computing in 2021.
Johnson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mining engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers; the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
About Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of approximately 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.
How often do you meet a person with a truly unique name?
Most Indian parents prefer to name their children after gods, sports icons, film stars or even famous cartoons. But some get inspiration from entirely different sources.
As India marks 75 years since independence, the BBC met six people across the country whose parents named them after a historical event that unfolded during their birth.
AZAD Kapoor, 75 years
Azad Kapoor was born on 15 August 1947 – the day India got freedom from British rule.
“When I was born my family celebrated, saying Mother India has come home and brought us freedom,” she says.
Azad – which means free – was not very happy with her name as a child since it sounded like a boy’s name. But as time passed, she came around to it.
“No-one ever forgets my birthday. Everyone who knows me remembers me on 15 August. My friends joke that the whole country celebrates my birthday,”she says.
EMERGENCY Yadav, 47 years
Emergency Yadav was born on 26 June 1975, a day after a state of Emergency was declared in India.
“My father told me that he gave me this name so that people would not forget about this sad, dark period in India’s history,” he says.
In a radio announcement to the country, then prime minister Indira Gandhi said she was declaring a state of emergency, citing a threat to national security from “internal disturbances”. Constitutional rights were suspended, press freedom was curtailed and many opposition leaders were jailed.
Emergency Yadav’s father Ram Tej Yadav – who was an opposition politician – was arrested hours before his son was born. He spent 22 months in jail and met his son only after the emergency was lifted in 1977.
“If there is emergency in any country, it means that the country is regressing. I really hope that we never have to see another instance like this again,”he says.
KARGIL Prabhu, 23 years
Kargil Prabhu – born during the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir – didn’t know the significance of his name for a long time.
“Even though I was named after this conflict, I didn’t know much about it until I grew up and Googled it. My father passed away when I was young so he couldn’t tell me what my name meant,” he says.
Kargil works as a video editor in the southern city of Chennai and has never visited the town he was named after. But it is on top of his bucket list of places to visit.
More than 500 Indian soldiers died during the conflict, which began after India retaliated against infiltration from Pakistan – though Islamabad has long denied this. The conflict lasted three months before India declared victory.
“I don’t believe in war, but I think India had to defend itself during the Kargil war, and that was the right decision,”Mr Prabhu says.
TSUNAMI Roy, 17 years
Tsunami’s mother’s eyes well up when she remembers the day her son was born.
Mounitha Roy was heavily pregnant when she took refuge on top of a small hill in one of the islands in the Andaman archipelago, which was struck by a devastating tsunami in 2004.
“I told my husband to escape with my elder son. I had no hope for myself and the baby in my womb. At around 11pm, I delivered my son in the dark on top of a rock, without any assistance or medication. My health never recovered after that,” she says.
At school, Tsunami was mocked for being named after a disaster. But for his mother, the name means hope and survival.
“My son came as a ray of hope to all of us, in the midst of everyone mourning the deaths of their family members. My son was the only good thing that happened that day,” Mrs Roy says.
More than 200,000 people, including 10,000 Indians, were killed in the 26 December tsunami, which was triggered by an underwater earthquake in the Indian Ocean.
KHAZANCHI Nath, 5 years
Khazanchi was born in a branch of Punjab National Bank in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a few weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement withdrawing high-value banknotes from circulation.
“Since he was born in a bank, everyone said he should be named Khazanchi (cashier),” she says.
Mr Modi gave only four hours’ notice on 8 November 2016 while declaring that 1,000 and 500 rupee notes would no longer be valid, wiping out more than 85% of Indian currency. Authorities said it was done to target bribery, tax evasion and terror financing, but experts said it severely impacted common people and small businesses across the country.
But to Khazanchi’s family, his name brought luck. The main opposition leader in Uttar Pradesh made Khazanchi one of the stars in his campaign ahead of state elections held earlier this year.
“He’s brought us money and wealth, everyone is helping us. I have a proper house and enough cash because of his name,” says Sarvesha Devi.
LOCKDOWN Kakkandi, 2 years
Lockdown Kakkandi – born one week after a Covid-led shutdown was announced in India in 2020 – is a celebrity in the small village of Khukhundu in Uttar Pradesh.
“My son was born at the peak of the lockdown. It was very hard to find a vehicle to take my wife for delivery. Many doctors were even unwilling to attend to patients. Thankfully my son was born without any complications,” says Lockdown’s father Pawan Kumar.
In Lockdown’s village and surrounding areas, everybody knows his address and many visit his house to meet him.
“People may make fun of him for some time, but everyone will remember him too. I want his name to be a reminder of what people were going through at that time,” says father Pawan Kumar.
The nationwide lockdown, announced by Mr Modi on 24 March 2020, came as a shock to many Indians as they were given just a few hours’ notice. The weeks after it were marked by a shortage of necessities and massive job losses, especially in the informal sector.
India, the world’s largest democracy, is celebrating 75 years of independence from British rule. This is the second story in the BBC’s special series on this milestone.
A trio of Calgary businessmen have been selected as the third party to help determine whether Calgary Flames ownership is interested in re-entering negotiations to resurrect an agreement to build a new event centre with the City of Calgary.
City officials announced on Wednesday that the third party is made up of three men with commercial real estate experience: CBRE executive vice president John Fisher, NAIOP Calgary director of strategic initiatives Guy Huntingford, and Phil Swift, executive chairman at Ayrshire Group.
According to Stuart Dalgleish, the City of Calgary’s general manager of planning and development, the group brings “considerable expertise” in commercial real estate as well as large developments.
“The third party is having discussions with both the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) and the City of Calgary with a view to determining whether there is interest in discussions towards a new event centre,” Dalgleish told reporters following Wednesday’s event centre committee meeting.
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The update from administration came after the committee went into closed session for nearly two hours.
The third party has also been tasked with finding other parties interested in partnering on the event centre project. But administration said the group has only engaged with the city and Flames ownership so far.
City officials also said that there is no formal timeline or commitment in place to “establish interest in re-entering discussions to construct an event centre and what conditions might be required to do so.”
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Construction was set to begin back in January on the more than $600 million event centre, but the agreement between the City of Calgary and CSEC to replace the aging Saddledome officially came to an end on Dec. 31, 2021.
Days earlier, Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said she was informed by CSEC that it would not be going forward with the project.
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At the time, CSEC said that there was no viable path to complete the project due to rising costs, as well as concerns with infrastructure and climate costs attached to the development permit by the Calgary Planning Commission.
According to city administration, the third party will bring forward recommendations on a possible path forward after clarifying the “items and interests behind the terminated agreement and the current landscape” of the event centre project, following meetings with the city and CSEC.
“We had a hurdle that was building a relationship. So we’ve done that and we’re on our way,” event centre committee chair Sonya Sharp said. “Everybody wants an event centre built, so now we’re going to move forward with administration and with the third party — the event centre committee is working towards that goal.”
City officials said the third party is under a confidentiality agreement and will report back to city administration on progress, which will be brought to the committee for updates.
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Calgary city council creates committee to oversee work on event centre project – Mar 8, 2022
Sharp said her hope is to maintain transparency with the public throughout the process.
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“With anything that comes publicly, we are going to make sure we can say what we can publicly,” the Ward 1 councillor said. “We also have to respect business and business owners that a lot that confidentiality has to remain.
“So we have to make sure that what we can say in the public is for the best interest of everybody, including Calgarians.”
The original deal to build a replacement for the aging Saddledome was struck in 2019 with a total cost of $550 million, but CSEC said costs had ballooned to around $640 million by December 2021.
Now that the Beijing Winter Olympics are over, I, a humble viewer, have a plea to the International Olympic Committee, which reviews applications for new events, for the next one: In 2026, give us the knuckle huck—please!
Before even knowing what happens in the sport, everyone will want to tune in to see what this “knuckle huck” is all about. “Are you watching the new knuckle huck event at the Olympics?” fans worldwide will ask. “Yes, and I am loving the knuckle huck!” their friends and family will soon reply. Think of the ratings that curious D2: The Mighty Ducksfans alone will provide, just because the name reminds them of the movie. Even a fusty European sporteaucrat must admit that it’s a more fun name than “Nordic combined.”
What’s even better is that the event lives up to its fabulous name. It’s an event under the freestyle ski and snowboard umbrella that was competed for the first time at the Winter X Games in 2019. It’s kind of like the creative, scrappy little sister to big air. You may have caught big air during the 2022 Olympics. It’s the ski and snowboard event where the skiers and snowboarders fly down one straight hill, take off into the sky from one very, very large ramp, and perform high-flying tricks off that single jump. The goal is to perform the hardest tricks, and to land on their feet. I am a wimp, and watching big air makes me think it would still be scary even if they were able to land on one of those inflatable airbags like stunt people use. But no—they just get not-so-cushiony snow. And, man, is it fun to watch.
Similar to big air, in knuckle huck, athletes go down a hill and try to throw their best trick off one jump. Only this time, they aren’t using big ramps to launch themselves. Instead, they are using the knuckle of the hill—the curved bit before a steeper slope. You don’t need a ramp to have a knuckle. But, in competition, you’ll most often see a knuckle as the crest right after the ramp and before the steep landing. Almost every mountain or resort in the world has a knuckle, and riders use it to get a little air and do tricks without going off a big jump.
And many do; the knuckle’s ubiquity on slopes makes it way more accessible to normal skiers and snowboarders than big air. But in competition, it was pretty much overlooked for a long time. It was a consolation prize for freestylers who fell earlier in a slopestyle run or as a last-minute bail by unprepared athletes—a lower leap to escape to, so you don’t have to actually throw yourself many, many feet into the air off a ramp.
Attention finally came to the knuckle when Norwegian snowboarder Marcus Kleveland started throwing fun tricks off of knuckles. Fellow riders took note and started to bring their creativity to the unsung hero of the hill.
Though Kleveland is well known within the competitive community, his tricks found an even wider audience on Instagram. The art form got even more official when the Winter X Games ran a snowboard knuckle huck competition as a bonus event in 2019. Commentators Brandon Graham and Craig McMorris credited Kleveland as the direct inspiration for the competition.
To the delight of pros and viewers alike, the competition has become an annual occurrence at the Winter X Games. Over the years, one thing has remained constant: Pretty much the only rule is that any trick is allowed. The first year’s competition was thrilling.
Unfortunately, injury kept Kleveland from competing in the event created in his honor. But it was no less exciting. Legends like Sage Kotsenburg returned to competition just to compete in the event. Røisland chucked a turtle roll where he crouched and did a full spin before leaving the knuckle. Jake Canter threw a backside 1080 just eking out rotation even when you expected him to have landed. Nik Baden had another rider jump in tandem with him. Judd Henkes slid down on the hill like a penguin. The winner of the inaugural competition was Fridtjof Tischendorf, nicknamed “Fridge” and easily identified by the backpack he wears when competing. He wowed everyone with his superhero looking backflip where he put a hand down to graze the crest of the hill.
In 2020, the X Games expanded the competition by adding ski knuckle huck in 2020. It’s still largely male though. In fact, the only woman who has ever competed knuckle huck is legendary snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who participated in 2019. But as the field of competitors grows, so too does the scale of tricks. This past Winter X Games, snowboarder Zeb Powell launched himself off of another athlete’s snowboard that was propped up like a ramp:
The event is unpredictable—even moreso than other freestyle events. McMorris even noted during the broadcast of the inaugural competition that he and Graham “had never called an event like this. A lot of these tricks don’t have names. We’re just kind of describing what we see.” The progression seen in knuckle huck may be due in part to the judging. Instead of awarding each trick a score, the gold is given based on subjective overall impression. While that allows creative freedom, the lack of transparency could get, well, murky as the stakes get higher and the incentives for corruption become more tempting.
Thankfully that hasn’t been an issue yet. In a sport that’s already lauded for its camaraderie and all-around good vibes, the knuckle huck also radiates fun in a way that’s even palpable to viewers sitting hundreds of miles away watching from their couches. The competitors seem genuinely stoked to see what everyone is throwing; it’s the closest we come to seeing a group of friends hanging out on the hill egging each other to just do it. Go on, throw the wildest thing you can think of! This group of friends just happens to be insanely talented.
You can see that camaraderie in other freestyle events. It’s one of the things I love most about the sport. Often there are cheers coming from the landing, copious hugs, and post-competition interviews lauding fellow riders for their contributions to the progression of the sport. But as the stakes get higher, the desire for glory grows and riders can get cutthroat. In some ways, you can’t fault athletes who are doing this for a living. There are tangible benefits to winning: prize money, sponsorships, followers, etc. Shaun White, America’s most famous freestyle snowboarder, wasn’t liked by his fellow competitors because of his competitive streak. He has a win-no-matter-what mentality that manifested in him isolating in a private halfpipe—the opposite of fun with friends.
So maybe bringing the knuckle huck to the biggest international stage would ultimately ruin this perfect little bubble of community and creativity. However, the benefits of widening knuckle huck’s audience may outweigh the potential diminishment of impeccable vibes.
Since knuckles are so common, elevating the knuckle huck competition means viewers would be watching tricks that they could perhaps attempt one day. They wouldn’t need a big ramp, which are hard to come by, because they most likely have what they need at the closest hill. There aren’t many Winter Olympic events that could boast the same.
The Winter Olympics are known for their inaccessibility. Not only are the sports geographically inaccessible to athletes who don’t live in the cold-weather regions of the world; the sports are often very expensive to participate in and overwhelmingly white. All of these obstacles affect who gets to be a Winter Olympian and who gets to see themselves represented at the Games. You still need snow for a knuckle huck. And you still need to buy enough gear to get a board or skis under your feet. But unlike big air, slopestyle, or halfpipe, you don’t need much else. It’d instantly be the most accessible freestyle sport at the Winter Games, and it would expand their appeal.
But the best reasons to add the event are simpler: The knuckle huck is incredibly fun to do and to watch, it’s an extremely popular activity across the snowy world, and the people who do it best are dynamic, world-class athletes who deserve the stage and recognition that only the Olympics can provide. So I ask again, International Olympic Committee: What are you waiting for?