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.
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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

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.

Challenges And Successes Of Women In STEM: A Student Perspective

This week on STEM Spot Dr. Corenlison speaks with Lydia Lang and Merideth Vogel. Both Lang and Vogel are female physics students at Missouri State University. Listen in as they discuss Donna Strickland, the recent Nobel Prize winner, and what that means for women in science. They also discuss what challenges come from being a women in a STEM field.

Growing Topilogical Crystals

This week on STEM Spots Dr. Dave Cornelison speaks with Jin Hu, Assistant professor at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Professor Hu works with experimental physics within the department of Physics at the university. Listen in as they discuss creating topilogical crystals and what we can learn from them.

A Conversation With Dr Surajit Sen

On this episode of STEM Spots Dr. Cornelison speaks with Dr. Surajit Sen. Dr. Sen is a profesor of physics from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Sen studies Nonlinear dynamics of many particle systems, Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, and Sociophysics. Listen in as they discuss how a granular system applies to our lives.

Overcoming Roadblocks For Women In The Sciences

Today on STEM Spots Dr. Dave Cornelison speaks with Dr. Korana Burke. Dr. Burke is a lecturer in the department of Mathematics at UC Davis in Davis, CA. Today the two discuss women in the sciences and where roadblocks are encountered.

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