Missouri State University

Enjoy the Outdoors but Take Precautions Against Ticks

Jun 26, 2017
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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

Submitted by Paul Kincaid

Paul Kincaid was one of five rough-rousing, baseball hurling boys raised by the man memorialized in the book, E. Leon: A Perfectly Imperfect Dad.

E. Leon Kincaid was a traveling salesman who had grown up dirt poor during the Great Depression and raised his boys while also caring for his wife after her debilitating car accident.

Leon raised five sons in a Kansas City suburb, determined to not make the same mistakes his own father had made.

June is Camping Month and there is no better time to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends.

Research shows that leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life for camping in nature can improve one’s physical and mental well-being.

Dalton Breeding, a trip guide at Missouri State University’s Foster Recreation Center (FRC), offers his knowledge about camping and some helpful tips. 

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