STEM Spots

Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

STEM Spots is a weekly look into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hosted by Dr. David Cornelison, professor in the department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University, STEM Spots invites local experts to discuss advances, issues and theories dealing with all matters of STEM.

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This week on STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison sits down with Missouri State University Associate Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Razib Iqbal and discusses the corsework and outcomes of a Computer Science based degree. Listen here!

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This week on STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison sits down with Missouri State University Assistant Professor, Dr. Siming Liu to discuss Artificial Intelligence and Games. Listen here!

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This week on STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison discusses how classical music stimulates the mind. Listen here!

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On this weeks episode of STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison has special guest Coby Utter, a coding professional, discussing diversity in the world of STEM. 

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This week on STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison discusses the Coders Grant given by the Missouri State Department of Education that is for computing, writing and science. 

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In this episode of STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison ponders on whether humans derive their worth from who they are being, or what they are doing.  You can listen to the episode below.

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In this week's episode of STEM Spots,  Dr. Cornelison discusses how a degree in STEM can be applied to nearly all aspects in life, such as jobs post graduation. 

Over the last few decades, it has become apparent that, although the university as a whole has become more diverse, specific disciplines such as physics have not kept pace. The reasons for this can be myriad and are grouped primarily into two bins; the system or the process. The system reflects the make-up of those coming to the university, which is determined by forces at work in public schools and society at large. University faculty can do only a little to “fix” issues that arrive at our doors.

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison discusses the role of emotions in science and the ways in which emotional connections in our youth can impact our interests later in life. Listen to the segment below. 

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison converses with Dr. Judith Martinez, an assistant professor in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Missouri State University. She has a background in literature and is also currently working on a grant called CODERS with the goal to put coding, STEM and literacy into schools. She explains that, although areas like coding and literature are different, they often intersect and have a lot more in common than one might think. Hear more about this intersection in the segment below.

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison talks to Dr. Ridwan Sakidja, a professor of physics and material science at Missouri State University. In their conversation, Sakidja goes into depth about the computational material science projects he is currently working on, the role that students play in these projects, and his project plans for the upcoming summer. Listen to the segment below. 

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When people think about scientific developments, their minds commonly drift to a Eurocentric view of the subject. But science has cultural connections that extend far and wide. Listen to Dr. Cornelison discuss the diversity of science and how different cultural backgrounds come together to influence and enrich it.

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, we talk to Dr. Babur Mirza, an assistant professor of biology at Missouri State University. Dr. Mirza is currently doing research on human pathogens in aquatic environments. Throughout this interview, he walks us through the process of conducting this research and identifying these pathogens. Listen to the segment below.  

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison discusses computational science and explains why it is a necessity. Learn about the benefits of using computational physics over pencil and paper theory, the training that is needed in order to enter this field and the opportunities that Missouri State University provides for students to get involved in this area of study. Listen to the segment below. 

Predicting the weather for next week sometimes seems like a stretch, so how do scientists hope to forecast climate in the more distant future?  It turns out there are a variety of methods and tools being applied by a host of scientists to get at the answers.  Dr. Adam Sobel, a professor at Columbia University, is one of those scientists.  He has been working on a variety of models to look at both specific details and broad trends in the evolution of our climate.

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