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What makes someone a chronic victim of bullying? That’s what a Missouri State University professor is studying through the concept of victimization, or the victim’s point of view.

Dr. Leslie Echols, an assistant psychology professor, gathered first-hand accounts of aggression for her research in New York’s Harlem neighborhood and the cities of Los Angeles and Springfield. She found the likelihood of being bullied could depend on the characteristics of a person and those they associate with.

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.

Enjoy the Outdoors but Take Precautions Against Ticks

Jun 26, 2017
Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri is home to at least six different human tick-borne diseases, according to the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services. It’s why officials are urging individuals to take extra precautions while outdoors this summer season.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center Assistant Manager Rudy Martinez says, “in rural areas where you are walking through an open field, or a wooded area, more of your natural ecosystems, you are going to be more prone to ticks or chiggers. Those are the areas where I would take those extra precautions.”

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.

Bullying and diversity are two hot topics, and they relate directly to the research of Dr. Adena Young-Jones, associate professor of psychology at Missouri State. She developed curriculum for a Psychology of Diverse Populations course, which allows students to discover subconscious preferences, evaluating these subtle prejudices so that they may grow past them.

Read the full Mind's Eye story on her research