Nicki Donnelson

Co-host of "Missouri State Journal"

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work as the public relations specialist in the office of university communications. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State. 

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Missouri State Journal
9:45 am
Tue December 2, 2014

New Moon City Press Book, 'Teeth of the Souls,' Bares Picture of Reconstruction Era

Teeth of the Souls by Steve Yates

 

 After the Civil War, Springfield, Missouri, was in shambles. Inhabitants came back to a war torn city. This is the setting for "Teeth of the Souls" - the latest publication by Missouri State's Moon City Press. Dr. James Baumlin, distinguished professor of English at Missouri State, discusses this piece of historical fiction.

According to Baumlin, the book, by Steve Yates, introduces readers to a man before his time: The protagonist hired African Americans in his family's rock quarries when it was unpopular to affiliate, and he was in love with an ex-slave. 

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Missouri State Journal
9:30 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Research Provides Hope for Those with Chronic Illness

Humans have 20,000 genes in every cell within the  body, yet we only express about 6,00 of them. So where are the rest of them? Do you have any control over them? And what does it matter? Dr. Paul Durham, director of the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences at Jordan Valley Innovation Center and professor of biology at Missouri State University, discusses interesting facts about predisposition for disease and how we can - to some degree - control our long-term health. This is something he's been focusing on in his research of epigenetics.

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Missouri State Journal
9:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

How to Keep Illness Away: Consider Epigenetics

Dr. Paul Durham

 On average, each person is walking around with 10 gene mutations that predisposes them to certain diseases. You can thank your family tree for those. Recently, Dr. Paul Durham, director of the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences in the Jordan Valley Innovation Center and professor of biology for Missouri State University, has begun researching epigenetics.

This is the study of gene expression that doesn't involve mutation of DNA. Instead, environment can greatly influence which genes are turned on or off during someone's lifetime.

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Missouri State Journal
9:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Babies Teach Psychology Researchers about Perception, Learning

What can a four-month-old teach college students and faculty about learning? According to Dr. Wayne Mitchell, associate professor of psychology at Missouri State University, there is much to learn from these infants.

For example: You’re driving on the Interstate with traffic all around you. In tiny increments of time, you are cognitively aware: That’s a red Accord. That’s a blue Camry. That’s a semi. That's a DeLorean with a flux capacitor.

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Missouri State Journal
11:31 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Training the next Olympians

In the health and athletics world, the word train means to practice in order to improve. But in the world of Special Olympics athletes, it means so much more, thanks to a group of students and faculty from Missouri State University. This interdisciplinary group from kinesiology, special education, dietetics, graphic design and computer science developed TRAIN, Testing Recreation Activities and Improving Nutrition, in 2009 and 2010.

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