STEM Spots

Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

STEM Spots is a weekly look into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hosted by Dr. David Cornelison, professor in the department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University, STEM Spots invites local experts to discuss advances, issues and theories dealing with all matters of STEM.

Eric Wells

Eric Wells has always been passionate about science.  Although not employed in the field, he supports the aims and goals of the scientific community and was excited to find that there would be a National March for Science taking place in April.  It didn’t take long for him to hatch the idea of Springfield taking part and so a local organizing committee was born.  Eric stops by STEM Spots  to chat about the motivations, process and the actual day of marching that took place on April 22.

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    One would think that issues related to science are somehow unique from place to place within the world.  Instead, when talking with scientists from other environs,  one is struck by the commonality of the problems facing us.  Dr. Pervez Hoodhboy certainly has experienced the negative view of science that springs up from a wealth of influences within a country. 

Missouri State University

Mark Ihimoyan has been seeking knowledge all his life.   From the age of nine, when his family purchased its first computer, until the present he has pursued education and a path where he could use technical knowledge to impact the lives of others.   After coming to the US for college he begin a career with Microsoft, which has now come full circle as he is back in Africa as Microsoft’s Head of Business Development in that continent.  Mark stops by to discuss his own background, the paths he took and how he sees technology opening up amazing new opportunities for a continent that he believ

Missouri State University

This week on STEM Spots, host Dr. David Cornelison speaks with Dr. Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi. Dr. Obafemi-Ajayi is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Missouri State University. 

Listen in as they discuss machine learning and how it applies to autism, using bio markers and genetic analysis.

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.