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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Dave has an in-depth historical discussion with Dr. Etta Madden, an English professor at Missouri State University, about the link between science and literature.

The Thinker
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In this episode Dave talks with Dr. Ralph Shain, a professor of philosophy at MSU, about time, measurement, and philosophical questions in physics.

This week, Dave interviews Loring Bullard of the James River Basin partnership, about water conservation efforts. Loring Bullard served 23 years as director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.

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In this episode of STEM Spots, Dave muses about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and diversity in STEM, particularly in physics.

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Dave interviews Dr. Paul Deal, an associate professor and department head of Psychology at Missouri State University, about the role of IQ tests in psychology, research, and culture.

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Dr. David Cornelison muses about technology in this week's episode.

Cheek Hall
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As many people know, Computer Science is a burgeoning field, with students flocking to it in their search for a suitable major.  But what really does the major entail and what will students do with their degrees after they graduate?  To answer that question, we turned to Dr. Ajay Katangur, a professor and the head of the CSC department at Missouri State University.  He stops by to talk about the field, students’ expectations and the goals of the department this week on STEM Spots.

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In this edition of STEM Spots, Dave Cornelison talks with Rhonda Lesley, director of the Missouri State University Counseling Center, about counseling services and issues faced by college students.

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Physics plays a large role in the field of medicine.  Just think about the techniques used to identify illness, with X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear imaging.  They all spring directly from research done in physics labs.  But less obvious is the use of physics in the treatment of disease, especially cancer, where high energy X-rays are the most common tool.  The specialized training required for this field is given by graduate programs in Medical Physics, like the one at the Medical School of  Washington University St. Louis.  Dr.

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In this episode, Dave Cornelison muses on the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and what it could mean for science and life here on Earth.

Dave Cornelison interviews Abdullah Al Shafe, a material sciences student at Missouri State University, discussing his background in Bangladesh and his metallurgical engineering studies.

Phone Bank
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Dave Cornelison speaks with MSU alumnus Steve Nunn, a formal naval scientist, about his work with speech recognition and his projects at MSU.