Emily Yeap

Host, Missouri State Journal

A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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Many people choose to follow a diet plan to lose weight and eat healthier.

But with so many diet plans available, from the DASH diet to the Keto diet to the Mediterranean diet and more, it can be a challenge to find one that’s effective and sustainable in the long term.

The middle school years are often tough for many children and bullying incidents peak in middle school.

Last week on the Missouri State Journal, psychologist Dr. Leslie Echols highlighted her current research focus on bullying and victimization, particularly among middle school students. She also talked about Powering Up, her joint research project with Dr. Sandra Graham from University of California – Los Angeles. It’s made possible by a grant of about half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation.

How do kids build friendships and navigate bullying in schools? Dr. Leslie Echols, Missouri State University associate professor of psychology, is trying to find out with her latest research project.

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Despite some gains, men still dominate in every part of news, entertainment and digital media, according to “The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2019” by Women’s Media Center.

Women – particularly women of color – continue to be underrepresented in media. This unequal representation is worrisome as it can reinforce and perpetuate harmful gender stereotypes.

Across North America, including Missouri, bats of certain species are dying in worrisome numbers from a disease called white nose syndrome, a fungal disease. This disease kills the bats while they are in hibernation.

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Tax season is here. If you haven’t already, now’s a good time to get started on your taxes. What are a few key things to be aware of?

Dr. Kerri Tassin, associate professor in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, explains.

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In 2017, Missouri State University received a three-year grant for Project HEAL (Help, Educate, Advocate, Listen) from the Office on Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice.

Project HEAL is a coordinated community approach to reduce sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking on the campuses of Missouri State and Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC).

Last year, the program was one of only 15 programs across the country to receive a continuation grant for another three years.

To find out the role religion plays on American college campuses today, Missouri State University’s Dr. John Schmalzbauer and his team of co-researchers are exploring the landscape of campus ministries across the country.

A three-year grant of more than $981,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. has made this project possible.

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Many of us would like to eat healthier and shed some pounds.

But making those things happen can prove to be a huge challenge – even when we’re motivated by a New Year’s resolution.

Natalie Allen, registered dietitian and clinical assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Missouri State University, offers some tips and advice on how you can succeed at eating healthier in the new year.

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While some stress is good for you, too much of it for too long will harm your physical, mental and emotional health.

There are several helpful ways to relieve stress, such as yoga and meditation. 

Dr. Stephen Berkwitz is the department head of religious studies at Missouri State University, with expertise in South Asian religions and culture. He offers some insights about yoga and meditation, as well as tips and advice for practicing them.

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Spring is here and for many, that means it’s time to spend more time outdoors and start gardening again. 

Jennifer Morganthaler, clinical instructor in the department of environmental plant science and natural resources at Missouri State University, offers some helpful gardening tips and advice.

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Tax season is upon us. It’s time to gather the documents, be aware of any changes that affect you and decide how you’ll file. 

Dr. Kerri Tassin, assistant professor in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, offers taxpayers some helpful tips and advice.

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Natalie Powers, National Endowment for the Arts and The American Theatre Wing

At age 10, Emalee Flatness became interested in music. It soon grew into a passion for the native of Willard, Missouri, who’s now a freshman history major at Missouri State University.

Last summer, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and its partner, the American Theatre Wing, announced that Flatness was one of only six winners—out of almost 200 applicants nationwide—of the 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for her original song “Carolina.”

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When we think of a healthy relationship, words like commitment, honesty, respect and trust come to mind. Keeping a romantic relationship strong takes a lot of time, effort and patience. 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a good time to evaluate the state of your relationship with your partner to see what’s working well and what can be done to make it better.

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Every year in February, people all across the country observe Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. This month grew out of Negro History Week in the mid-1920s.

Missouri State University will host several events and activities on campus to highlight the accomplishments and culture of the Black community. 

Wes Pratt, MSU’s chief diversity officer, shares more about Black History Month and its significance.