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.

Within the sciences, there has typically been a delineation between two broad camps; theoreticians and experimentalists.  Over the last two decades, a third branch has sprung up to fill a void that remained.  These are the computational scientists.  Using theoretical formulations as inputs into computer-based algorithms, these researchers attempt to couple pure theory and experiment in ways that guide efforts and minimize unnecessary work. 

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Amazingly, this show is the hundredth for Stem Spots, and that makes me think about the powers of 10, in this case 2.  From the nucleus, the smallest thing we might consider, to the universe itself, we have a size differential of 10 to the power of 41.  The difference in scale that number represents is truly staggering.  So too is the power of science itself.  On the journey to 100, I have seen how science impacts us, not only by the day to day activities of scientists in the Ozarks, but also in the ways it frames the most pressing issues of our times.  And finally, I see in science the et

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It seems certain that the presence of computing in our everyday lives will only increase in the coming years.  The need for students well versed in the field is also showing dramatic growth.  In response to that demand, the Computer Science Department at Missouri State is modifying its programs, expecting that the changes will improve the training provided to their students.  This week Dr.

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Listen in as Dr. Cornelison talks on the subject of working in the sciences and giving students an idea of what's to come in their future. 

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Mathematics is certainly an essential tool in the study of the physical universe.  And yet, why is that so?  Is it obvious that it should be true?  And, if it is true, why is math the stumbling block that stops many students from advancing in a scientific discipline?  This week, we’ll chat about math, its beauty, its utility and its place as the foundation of the sciences.

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