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.

Growing up in Bangladesh, Sujash Purna was inspired by British literature, reading works by J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen and George Orwell. A love of language drew him to creative writing and brought him to America to further his studies.

To say that this past year and a half have been tough is an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every facet of our lives and put a strain on our mental health.

One simple way to destress and rejuvenate yourself is to explore the outdoors. With summer here, now’s a great time to go outside.

How did early American Protestants respond to disease and suffering? What role did religion play in their response to sickness?

In her new book, “The Course of God’s Providence: Religion, Health, and the Body in Early America, author Dr. Pippa Koch explores the doctrine of providence – a belief in a divine plan for the world – and its manifestations in 18th century America. 

Last year, Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, it’s back with its 59th season, featuring three shows – two live and one virtual. 

There will be a major change this year – the live shows will take place in Craig Hall Coger Theatre. This is due to the construction of Tent Theatre’s new permanent structure, the John Goodman Amphitheatre, scheduled to open in summer 2022.

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Summer is just around the corner. With easing of restrictions and increased vaccination rates, many people around the country are ready to travel again.

What will summer travel look like? How can people enjoy taking trips safely? 

Dr. Stephanie Hein, department head of hospitality leadership at Missouri State University, answers these questions and more.

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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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