STEM Spots 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.
STEM Spots

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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.More from STEM Spots »

Most Recent Episodes

Discover the Discovery Center

It is hard to believe, but the Discovery Center of Springfield recently turned 20. From a small seed, the children's science museum has grown a plant that enriches the lives of residents of the entire region. This week on STEM Spots , Rob Blevins, the Executive Director, stops by to chat. We talk about the why, the motivation, the plans for the future and the building of local partnerships into relationships.

Fossils, Clues from the past

Damon Bassett is a Senior Instructor at Missouri State University and teaches in the department of Geography, Geology and Planning. He is also a paleontologist; listen in as Damon chats with Dr. Cornelison about his background, professional interests and the nuts and bolts of what looking for fossils really means.

MSU Astronomer Talks About Blood Moon, Bursts of Radio Energy

In this episode of STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison speaks to an astronomy expert about two marvelous events in outer space: the lunar eclipse and mysterious bursts of radio energy.

STEM Spots: STEAM is the Word

Keri Franklin is an English professor at MSU. She also has a background in technical writing and a strong desire to infuse writing into fields where it isn't emphasized. In that context, her interest in STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology. Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, makes complete sense. Whether STEAM is a partnership grounded in necessity or one plumbing deep connections, it is clear that the language arts are essential in the STEM fields and thus can benefit all of us. Listen

STEM Spots: Dickerson Park Zoo Prepares to Celebrate its Centennial

This week on STEM Spots features Mike Crocker with the Dickerson Park Zoo here in Springfield. Mike had long been associated with the zoo, first as an animal keeper and then as the director for a number of years. As the director he has seen the zoo grow and expand. The zoo has a new master plan that will be implemented over the next several years and a centennial celebration coming in 2023. In the show, Mike discusses his favorite sights and sounds around the zoo as well as the individual

STEM Spots: How Students Approach Problem Solving

This week STEM Spots features Dr. Evan Frodermann, a faculty member of MSU's Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science. Evan's area of interest in research is in problem solving. Remember back to your high school days and solving those "wonderful" word problems you had in math? Evan and his collaborators are gathering data on how students approach the process of problem solving and how students can become more effective in the skills needed to solve problems. They have written a

STEM Spots: A Conversation with a Physics Grad Student

When Gavin Hester came to MSU, he was looking for a path. Happily he found its beginning in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science. Encouraged to work on experimental projects, he became committed to expanding his horizons. As a graduate student in physics at Colorado State University, he is now hard at work on his PhD in the study of Magnetic materials. Listen in as he talks about his journey so far.

The Compatibility of Science and Religion

In this episode of STEM Spots, Dr. David Cornelison interviews Professor John Schmalzbauer on the compatibility of religion and science, particularly in an academic context.

What is Computational Science?

This week on STEM Spots, Dr. Darlena Jones, Director of Assessment and Research for the Association of Institutional Research has some suggestions. The program starts with a discussion of what computational science is and why modeling of real-world systems is important from a scientific viewpoint. It is a growing area of science where people interested in STEM subjects are needed. The lack of math skills can scare some individuals away. Don't let that happen to you! There are a number of support

Marie Curie: An Indomitable Spirit

This week on STEM Spots Dr. Cornelison speaks briefly on the life and works of Marie Curie. Curie is well known for her work in physics, chemestry, and nuclear science. Curie has been an icon of the human spirit and the strength of women for decades and will reamin as such for the rest of time.

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