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Agriculture and Missouri State: Growing the Product

Dr. Anson Elliott

As Dr. Anson Elliott can tell you, Missouri State University has a long-standing role in the agricultural world of southwest Missouri.  The William H. Darr School of Agriculture, of which Anson is the Director, has extensive programs for students in such diverse areas as animal science, agribusiness and environmental plant studies. 

The school aims to bring the academic world into close connection with the methods and goals of the agricultural workforce, from beef producers to seed companies to crop growers.  The school has extensive facilities and programs which enable them to expose students to a wide array of techniques, but also has a student-centered attitude which speaks to the mission of the university as a whole.

Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 32 years. From 2010-2018, he was the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system. Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.