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Watch the Solar Eclipse at MSU

Aug. 21, 2017 – this is the day when the skies across North America will darken in the afternoon as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. This Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. In Springfield, Missouri, there will be 96 percent coverage, with the maximum being at 1:13 p.m. Missouri State University (MSU) will help to share this rare and momentous occasion with the public at a free family-friendly event on campus. Becky Baker, senior instructor in the department of physics, astronomy and materials science at MSU, sheds more light on the solar eclipse and the upcoming event. Read the full transcript For more information, contact Baker at 417-836-5131 or visit the Solar Eclipse 2017 page.

Ozarks Native Finds Success in Publishing World

It's tough for an author to get published by one of the Big Five publishers, but Ozarks native Nancy Allen has done it. Allen, who practiced law in Missouri for 15 years, is not only the author of the Ozarks Mystery Series published by HarperCollins, but she's also teaming up with best-selling author James Patterson on a new book. A College of Business instructor at Missouri State University, Allen talks about the collaboration and her journey as an author. Read the full transcript To find out more about Allen and her books, visit her website .

Springfield, Missouri State Continue to be Welcoming to International Visitors

For the last few decades, organizations in the United States have begun placing greater priority on globalization efforts, whether it is through establishing partnerships worldwide, increasing e-commerce or offering enrichment activities for employees. Missouri State University has certainly pushed forward in this area, as well. Brad Bodenhausen, associate vice president of international education and training, and director of international programs at Missouri State, discusses how globalization fits into the mission of the university. At this time in history, though, greater engagement internationally has bubbled to the top of some debates. With this controversy in the news, Bodenhausen says it is incredibly important for the Springfield and Missouri State community to stay open and welcoming. For more information, visit international.missouristate.edu.

Springfield, Missouri State Continue to be Welcoming to International Visitors

Healing Power of Art

All types of art can represent life and emotion. It is also often said that this art can help process feelings and express the deepest set of sentiments. Missouri State University student Jennifer Rose Wolken exhibited a piece of work in May 2017 that showcased her talent in book binding and inspirational architectural vision. It also exposed her grief and helped her heal. "The book that was exhibited at the art museum the first two weeks of May, it is a sculptural form that is based in book binding," said Wolken. "Based in book arts, and it started as a bit of a memorial to my dad. The first idea for it was to make a book that has either a page or a leaf for every day that he lived, and so I calculated that up, and he would have loved the math involved in that. I'm not as into math as he was, but it was a fun process to calculate and taking into account leap years and all that kind of thing. He lived 22,672 days. So he died of cancer December 26th, 2015, and that's embossed on the

'A Perfectly Imperfect Dad' Shares Stories that Span Generations

W hen you think back to childhood, what do you remember? Some of it may be sweet, funny, poignant – glimpses of places and people – and other memories may be words you live by. Paul Kincaid, staff emeritus of Missouri State University, recently released a biography about his father, "E. Leon: A Perfectly Imperfect Dad." It is a compilation of vignettes about the life lessons and memories shared over a lifetime. Buy the book at Kincaid Communications Read the full transcript

Training Future Conservation Leaders

For one week each summer, a group of conservation-minded high school students from southwest Missouri gets a chance to be part of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems or (GLADE) program. The free camp, hosted by Missouri State University and the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society , exposes students to Ozarks ecosystems and develops their leadership skills. It is held at Bull Shoals Field Station . Fourteen students participated in the ninth annual GLADE camp held last month. GLADE Co-Directors Tammy Trantham and Andrew Kinslow give more insight about the program. Sponsors for this year's program include the Delta Foundation, L-A-D Foundation , Ozarks Water Watch , White River Valley Electric Cooperative and National Audubon Society . For more information, visit GLADE .

Cookbook Deepens Interest in Science through Mouth-Watering Recipes

Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Some things just go together. But geology and cooking? Cheryl McClease says they do, too. She is an instructor in the geology department at Missouri State who has published a cookbook combining her two loves, "Earth Changing Recipes." The book, which is available at Amazon, is not a book of science experiments in the kitchen. The end result is always something edible, and a deeper understanding of the science lesson.

Save the Date to Watch the Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21, 2017 – this is the day when the skies across North America will darken in the afternoon as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. This Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. In Springfield, Missouri, there will be 96 percent coverage, with the maximum being at 1:13 p.m. Missouri State University (MSU) will help to share this rare and momentous occasion with the public at a free family-friendly event on campus. Becky Baker, senior instructor in the department of physics, astronomy and materials science at MSU, sheds more light on the solar eclipse and the upcoming event. Read the full transcript Donations can be made at this Crowdfunding site. For more information, contact Baker at 417-836-5131 or visit the Solar Eclipse 2017 page.

Reflecting on Your Sub-Conscious Prejudices

Bullying and diversity are two hot topics, and they relate directly to the research of Dr. Adena Young-Jones, associate professor of psychology at Missouri State. She developed curriculum for a Psychology of Diverse Populations course, which allows students to discover subconscious preferences, evaluating these subtle prejudices so that they may grow past them. Read the full Mind's Eye story on her research Read full transcript

Go Camping to Unwind in Mother Nature

June is Camping Month and there is no better time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. Research shows that leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life for camping in nature can improve one's physical and mental well-being. Dalton Breeding, a trip guide at Missouri State University's Foster Recreation Center (FRC), offers his knowledge about camping and some helpful tips. Read the full transcript The FRC's Outdoor Adventures organizes a variety of trips that provide hands-on learning and training. They are open to the public. To find out more, visit the FRC's website or call 417-836-5334.

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