College of Natural and Applied Sciences

For one week each summer, a group of conservation-minded high school students from southwest Missouri gets a chance to be part of the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems or (GLADE) program.

Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Some things just go together. But geology and cooking? Cheryl McClease says they do, too. She is an instructor in the geology department at Missouri State who has published a cookbook combining her two loves, "Earth Changing Recipes."

 

The book, which is available at Amazon, is not a book of science experiments in the kitchen. The end result is always something edible, and a deeper understanding of the science lesson.

Aug. 21, 2017 – this is the day when the skies across North America will darken in the afternoon as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun.

This Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years.

In Springfield, Missouri, there will be 96 percent coverage, with the maximum being at 1:13 p.m. 

Missouri State University (MSU) will help to share this rare and momentous occasion with the public at a free family-friendly event on campus.

Ligon with alligator snapping turtle
Submitted by Dr. Day Ligon

Conducting research to aid the conservation of a species whose numbers have declined is often challenging precisely because they are scarce. For animals that are naturally secretive, they are even more difficult to detect and therefore study. One such species is the alligator snapping turtle which after decades of population decline has been petitioned for federal listing as an endangered species three times. These large turtles are of particular interest to Dr.

In February of 2016, the U.S. struck a deal with the Cuban government to resume scheduled flights between the two countries. Now, for the first time in Missouri State University's history, a group of students took a winter intercession course in the long banned island.  I'm Nicki Donnelson and today my guests are Dr. Alexander Wait, professor of biology at Missouri State, and Ericka Fetner, microbiology student. They are here to share about the experience of visiting Cuba in the course, The History, Culture and Ecology of Cuba: Past, Present and Future. 

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