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The Missouri State Journal is a weekly program keeping you in touch with Missouri State University

The term robotics may bring fantastic imagery to the mind, but it has begun to play a major role in many industries. Dr. Martin Jones, assistant professor in the department of technology and construction management at Missouri State University, discusses robotics' role in the world. He is joined by Chad Pepmiller, a senior who participated on the winning Missouri State team that won "Best Design/Innovation" at the ATMAE National Conference Robotics Manipulator Competition.

Thinking back to childhood and school days, it's a definite mixture of good days and bad. Mayber there was a bully in the class - or maybe there was a teacher that you didn't like - or maybe you just didn't get it - but sometimes, school was not your favorite place. Dr. Lorene Stone, professor of sociology at Missouri State University, disscusses her research into negative school experiences and the repercussions.

At the beginning of each new year, piles of tax forms become available. There are endless stories of procrastinators struggling to get their income taxes filed each spring as the April 15 deadline approaches, but Dr. Sandra Byrd, professor in the school of accountancy at Missouri State University, says there are complications with doing taxes too early as well.

For more information, visit www.irs.gov. To contact the Missouri State Low Income Tax Clinic, call 417-836-3007 or to learn more about free tax preparation in southwest Missouri, call 1-800-427-4626 (or 211 by cell phone).

The holidays are not always filled with glad tidings for retailers - not if the economy is keeping shoppers in a Scrooge or Grinch state of mind. Dr. David Mitchell, assistant professor of economics and director for the Bureau of Economic Research at Missouri State University, discusses the economy in light of this holiday season.

The holidays are not always filled with glad tidings for retailers - not if the economy is keeping shoppers in a Scrooge or Grinch state of mind. Dr. David Mitchell, associate professor of economics and director for the Bureau of Economic Research at Missouri State University, discusses the economy in light of this holiday season.

Technology changes the way we all do so many different tasks. iTunes has been a driving force in bringing technology to the general public for many years. Lora Hobbs, senior instructor of religious studies at Missouri State University, discusses using iTunes U in the classroom.

The annual WinterFest Visual and Performing Arts Festival will be December 4–6 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall, on the campus of Missouri State University. WinterFest combines the performing arts with the talents of the region’s best visual artists – in a three-day festival that provides a unique opportunity for all of the arts to “take center stage.” Artists are selected by jurors to participate in this show, held in the spectacular multi-level lobby of Hammons Hall.

Traditions are a big part of the holiday season - family meals, deocrations and music. At Missouri State University, and among those in the community, the Elizabethan Christmas Dinners have been part of the season's best for the past 44 years. Dr. Guy Webb, director of choral studies at Missouri State, discusses this tradition.

For tickets and more information, visit www.missouristate.edu/music.

Sustainability is one of the primary focuses of Missouri State University's commitment to public affairs, and part of that is related to water and conservation. Derek Martin, research specialist from the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute at Missouri State University, disusses the Southwest Missouri Water Quality Data Gap Analysis Project. Findings are available at www.oewri.missouristate.edu.