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

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Dinosaur DNA and Other Fossil Secrets

In this episode, Dave talks with Damon Bassett, professor of geology at Missouri State University, about the process of fossilization and DNA extraction research.

The Fight to Cure Colorectal Cancer

To commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Maja Kotlaja and Anna Cohen come on STEM Spots to talk about the importance of health screening before the age of 50.

Springfield Contemporary Theatre Head on 'Oppenheimer'

Dr. Bob Bradley, professor emeritus of theatre at Missouri State, and director at Springfield Contemporary Theatre. SCT has put on the play Oppenheimer. Dave discusses the play with Dr. Bradley and how it came to Springfield.

The Life Of J.R. Oppenheimer

This episode, Dave talks about the play Oppenheimer , and the man who inspired the story. Take a dive into Dave's retelling of the life of the juggernaut of nuclear physics, J. Robert Oppenheimer.

A Literature Professor's Take On The History Of Science

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.

How Do Philosophy, Time, and Physics Intersect?

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

Local Conservationist Talks Water

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the STEM Field

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

The Value of IQ Tests

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.

Technology as a Solution to Technology? Dave's Thoughts

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

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