Dr. David Cornelison

Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 25 years.  Since 2010, he has been the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University.  His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system.   Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.

When people hear about the newest breakthroughs in physics, their imaginations can sometimes get the best of them.  So it goes when you talk about the strange world of quantum behavior.  Over the last decade and a half, experimental work has developed a theoretical idea which sprang from the fertile mind of Albert Einstein; that of quantum teleportation.  Even though Einstein didn’t use that term and, in fact, wasn’t even a supporter of the theoretical postulate, the public loves the idea and sometimes leaps to the conclusion that soon we will be able to move matter from one place to anoth


As you may know, the path of the next solar eclipse is passing over our state, and we at Missouri State University are planning a celebration. 

This week, Rebecca "Becky" A.  Baker stops by to talk with us about the events planned for the day, and some other outreach she has recently done.  We also discuss why an event like an eclipse resonates with people in ways that many scientific topics do not. 

As we get closer to the date of August 21st, we will be revisiting the subject to get the best turnout we can have, all in the name of science.

Missouri State University

Dr. Paul Durham, a Distinguished Professor of Biology at MSU, has been studying headaches for many years.  Becoming interested while still a postdoc, he brought that passion with him to MSU and has sought to better understand both the mechanisms and treatments that might mitigate their effects, especially for migraines.  He stops by Stemspots today to chat about his background and the work currently being done in his lab to find novel ways to alleviate pain.


    Science has had a good run, establishing a reputation of progress and fact-finding ever since the enlightenment.  However, it sometimes seems that some may pick some parts of science to respect and others which can be cast aside with little more than cursory analysis.  It turns out that how one characterizes  their own identity can impact the credence they give to science. 


Sitting in a session at the American Astronomical Society's summer meeting in Austin, I am struck by the great measures humans take to satisfy our innate curiosity.  The particular session is detailing the science likely to emerge once the James Webb Space Telescope is deployed and operational.  That new infrared telescope promises to open up vistas in fields from the formation of galaxies to the elucidation of exoplanetary atmospheres.  That particular topic is what drew me to Texas, as our group at MSU works on lab investigations linked to the astronomers' quest for the understanding of