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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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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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison discusses the collaborators, goals, and other various components of a project he is currently working on entitled Experimental Studies of Volatile Fractionation in the Early Solar System. The project's emphasis is on finding out how the evolution of the early solar system provided opportunities for there to be mismatches between the various kinds of elemental abundances over a wide range of elements. Listen to the segment below:

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Today on STEM Spots, we revisit a conversation about granular systems with Dr. Surajit Sen. Dr. Sen is a professor of physics from the University at Buffalo. Listen to the segment below.

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Vaccines have been part and parcel of our lives for hundreds of years. But what types are there and how do they really work? To get some of the inside information, we went to the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development and its director, Dr. Daniel Hoft. He stops by (virtually) to talk about the history and inner workings of vaccines this week on STEM Spots. Listen to the segment below.

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In this week's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison speaks with Becky Baker, the director of operations at Missouri Institute of Natural Science, about some of the projects she is working on for MINS. Listen to the segment below.

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In this week's STEM Spots, host Dr. David Cornelison talks about the importance of facts in science and in everyday society. Listen to the segment below.

  

This week on STEM Spots, Dave speaks with Dr. Keri Franklin about her new initiative through the department of education for the $4mil Coders grant.

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In this week's STEM Spots, host Dr. David Cornelison talks with three physics students at Missouri State Unviersity on their plans for the future.

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In this week's episode of STEM Spots on KSMU, host Dr. David Cornelison reflects on Thanksgiving, with a special look at the reasons to be grateful for science. 

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In this week's episode of STEM Spots, host Dr. David Cornelison talks with Dr. Kevin Mickus, a professor of geology at Missouri State University, about gravity and how it can help us learn about the earth.

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