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Is Biodiesel the Wave of the Future?

The sustainability movement continues to grow and evolve. Individuals are more concerned than ever about the source of their foods, materials and products they purchase. This focus has caused many industries to look closely at their processes, products and byproducts – ultimately to improve themselves and improve the reputation of the organization as a whole. Dr. Matt Siebert, associate professor of chemistry at Missouri State University, is my guest. This is the second in a two-part series

Building Blocks to Cure Parkinson's

There's an ancient saying that says "We're standing on the shoulders of giants." It means that each discovery or truth builds on previous discoveries. Dr. Matt Siebert, associate professor of chemistry at Missouri State University, talks about how his foundational research works toward the goal of ending disease. This is the first in a two-part series with Siebert. The chemical compound that drew Siebert's interest will be unfamiliar to many: rotenone. It's commonly found with the South American

Using Literature as a Lens into the Past

Literature uniquely reflects society. Without trying to be a historical document, novels can reflect the author's worldview, values and beliefs - either overtly or in between the lines. Dr. Erin Kappeler, assistant professor of English at Missouri State University, tells us about how we can use literature as a lens into the past, present and future. "Literature is such a great way to understand more about history, more about culture, more about just the experiences of living in the world that

Discovering the Link between Food and Genes

We've all heard the phrase, "It's in my genes." Can your diet affect how your genes behave? Yes, it can, according to a field of science known as nutrigenomics. Dr. Amanda Brodeur , Missouri State University associate professor of biomedical sciences , and Natalie Allen , registered dietitian and Missouri State University clinical instructor of biomedical sciences, shed light on nutrigenomics and how it can help people better choose what to eat. Read the full transcript

Do you control your health?

Your health can be affected by so many things. Genetics, diet, stress, the people around you - just to name a few. Dr. Kyler Sherman Wilkins, assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University, is a social demographer who is interested in the distribution of health in Americans. "Health outcomes are not randomly distributed across the population. We know that people of color, women and sexual minorities are at greater risk for variety of different health problems than their white

Preventing sexual crimes on campuses

In November 2017, Missouri State University was awarded a grant from the office of violence against women in the department of justice. That project, which supports programming on MSU and OTC's campuses, is Project HEAL (Help, Educate, Advocate and Listen). Kunti Bentley, project coordinator, shares about the program. "What we're doing with the grant is to really focus on prevention and counseling and then victim advocacy," said Bentley. "What we want to do is move on from that heightened

Native American art shows powerful women

Each November, Native American Heritage Month is recognized with the goal of affirming and celebrating the identities of individuals who are often erased from history. Dr. Billie Follensbee, museum studies program coordinator in the art and design department at Missouri State University, has had a lifelong fascination with Native American history, art and archaeology. Follensbee studies sculpture, remnants and artwork to illuminate more about the unwritten history of Native American culture. Her

Reverence, Gratitude Key to Veteran's Day

Every day we ought to be thankful for our freedom, but one day every year, we publicly say thank you to the men and women in the military that served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veteran's Day is Nov. 11, but Missouri State University will be hosting several public events leading up to this special day. Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement, serves on the Veteran's Day committee and shares the schedule of events . Dunn notes that MSU's public affairs mission really goes hand in hand

Getting to Know the Real Ozarks

Spreading across roughly 40,000-45,000 square miles, the Ozarks covers much of the southern half of Missouri and a large part of northern Arkansas. It also extends into northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. There are many stereotypes about the Ozarks and Ozarkers. They range from frontiersmen to hillbillies to moonshiners and banjo players. With his research on Ozarks history, Dr. Brooks Blevins tries to dispel those misconceptions and present the most complete portrait of the region. Blevins

Clinic helps people communicate

Not being able to communicate effectively or understand people can be so discouraging and frustrating. It leaves you out – in the dark. Lauren Jones, director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at Missouri State University, says parents usually become concerned around age 2 that their toddler isn't talking as much as other children they know. Jones says that signs can be evident before that as well. The clarity or intelligibility of speech for a young child is another common concern, she

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