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.

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.

Missouri State University

Tony Clark has his feet in more than one camp.  After obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering, he entered a graduate program at Michigan State University that forged ties between his own Computer Science department and Biology, as well as engineering.  As part of this team, he built robots and used a computational simulation of an evolutionary algorithm to optimize their performance.  

The Library of Congress

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.