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.

Missouri State University

The dominant portrayal of science and scientists today is that disseminated by the television show :The BIg Bang Theory”.  Is it accurate?  Are the situations funny or is the laughter primarily at and not with the characters.  On the show, I discuss what I see as the actual motivations behind the show and its generally negative look at the quirky, lovable and completely dysfunctional denizens of the “typical” physics department.

Missouri State University

Tony Clark has his feet in more than one camp.  After obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering, he entered a graduate program at Michigan State University that forged ties between his own Computer Science department and Biology, as well as engineering.  As part of this team, he built robots and used a computational simulation of an evolutionary algorithm to optimize their performance.  

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When discussing science, the general public typically thinks of a process described in many elementary school classrooms, that of  a well ordered and established sequence of events.  A question, hypothesis, experiment and conclusion all done according to a recipe almost. 


In this segment of KSMU's weekly series STEM Spots, offered in conjunction with the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University, Dr. David Cornelison looks at gender diversity in the technology field.