Dr. David Cornelison

Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 25 years.  Since 2010, he has been the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University.  His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system.   Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.

Each year new and exciting things happen in the world of science and 2017 was no exception.  From stars to genes, we talk about the big events of the past year. 

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Recently, news was released that the scientists of the CDC were given a list of phrases not to be used in documents related to the upcoming budget proposal.  At first it seemed that the list came from someone connected to the current administration but that scenario may not be correct.  Instead, the admonition may have originated within the CDC itself in an attempt to ease concern among people who might read the recommendations based on the reports.  In either case, the outcome does not bode well for scientists or science.


It would seem that a STEM-related show would not typically bring on a guest from a religious studies department.  But John Schmalzbauer, the Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies at Missouri State University, might beg to differ.  For many years there has been a strong link between spiritual ideas and the health care field, exemplified by the strong presence of religious groups in early hospital development.  In addition, several early practitioners of formerly alternative but now mainstream medical techniques used their spirituality to inform their health care practices.  In t


This week on STEM Spots Dr. Cornelison recounts an experience he had in the last week. During the past week Dr. Cornelison spoke at a local high school regarding physics and other sciences. At the end there was a question and answer segment. One student asked, "Is being a professor stressful?" Listen in to hear Dr. Cornelison give the answer to that question.

Missouri State University

No one can say there isn’t a problem with drug use in our country; this fact has always been true.  From the copious consumption of alcohol in colonial days to the inclusion of cigarettes in WWI soldiers’ rations, our country has, throughout its history, used various substances for both good and ill.  However, sometimes a particular drug becomes a focus in our national conversation as is currently happening with opioids, in both their illicit and prescription form.  Determining when drug use of a particular kind merits a national response requires the acquisition of data and the analysis o