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.

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Meleah Spencer

Meleah Spencer is the Executive Director of the Discovery Center of Springfield.

Her job is to ensure success for their broad mission. That mission encompasses science education and outreach to the local Ozarks community. The types of programs range widely from in-school workshops to visits to the downtown center itself.

Meleah visits with us and discusses many of the activities currently in progress and how the center hopes to move forward in the future.

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Well, our new show is now twelve weeks old and boy, have we learned a lot.The most important thing is how much work it is to put on a show- and Mickey Rooney made it look so easy. So, we do not have a webcast this week, but as the radio show stated we have a lot of interesting guests coming in the future.

Dr. Matt Pierson
Missouri State University

Dr. Matt Pierson is an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at Missouri State University.

Besides building things, he is passionate about educational opportunities for students. In that vein, he has submitted funding proposals to the National Science Foundation on several occasions and recently was awarded a substantial grant from the S-STEM initiative.

This grant will enable Pierson and his team to fund a scholarship-based retention enhancement program, designed to assist students in Computer Science, Math, Engineering and Physics.

Dr. Alicia Mathis / Missouri State University

Alicia Mathis knows her salamanders, and why shouldn’t she? She and her group in the Biology department at Missouri State University have been studying the creatures for over two decades.

In her visit with us, she talks about the place of aquatic fauna in our ecosystem and how they can be an important indicator of ecological health. In addition, she discusses specific aspects of the Hellbenders physiology and how we can work to preserve its place in our Ozark streams and waterways.

Wayne Mitchell
Missouri State University

At the start of our lives, watching the world around us is usually the beginning of a lifetime of learning.

Wayne Mitchell, an associate professor of psychology at Missouri State University, has spent the better part of his career watching infants look at things. He does this to better understand the ways they gather information and learn.

As he explains, a better understanding of visual learning can be used to design intervention strategies that might benefit infants during the critical early months of life.