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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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.


  Dr. Allison Nugent has been looking inside our brains for many years now.  An alumna of Missouri State, she proceeded to Duke University, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2000.  She took her expertise to the National Institutes of Mental Health and has been working on medical imaging ever since. 

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 As anyone can see, even in this day and age, it is not uncommon for a group of a scientists or academicians to be discounted in order for an agenda to be advanced.  On this show, we talk about two examples of the subjugation of those with real expertise by those with a goal that justified any means.  The examples come from the most dominant forms of the communist ideology in the last century, China and the Soviet Union.


 Galaxies are always out there.  And astronomers are always looking.  Sometimes they observe odd phenomena and, when they do it means one thing, more observations.  This week Dr. Peter Plavchan stops in to share some information on new things out there, in the galaxies beyond.