Missouri State University

Under rocks and logs, in burrows and underwater, Dr. Alicia Mathis finds fascinating creatures to study. Mathis, head of the biology department at Missouri State University, focuses her research on the behaviors of tiny amphibians and fish. 

One of the most common things these animals need to communicate about is predation risk. It’s been understood for awhile that alarm cues are received and understood by animals of the same species and of different species – imagine a minnow and a stickleback – but her lab has uncovered some surprising results.


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Enrollment growth at colleges and universities can be attributed to an institution’s advancements across a variety of platforms. While this boost is generally welcome by school administrators, more students on campus may require changes to accommodate everyone.

  Education is an area of concern for citizens in Missouri. More specifically, locally, early childhood education and poverty have remained red flag areas for years.  Dr. David Hough, dean of the College of Education at Missouri State University, talks about the intersection of poverty and education. He also brings to light current trends and ways that the system can be reformed to give more individualized attention to the students who many not have as much – or any – support at home.

Meditation Course Returns to Missouri State

Sep 11, 2016
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Back by popular demand, a course on mindfulness and meditation is being offered to both staff and students this fall semester.  The course begins on September 22nd and lasts for four weeks. Pat Campbell leads the course drawing on 36 years of meditation experience and her studies with meditation master Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center for Meditation.

This course encourages you to join the “Mindful Revolution”, quoting the cover of the February 2014 edition of Time Magazine.

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This weekend marks the first of four scheduled conversations about mental illness on the Missouri State University campus and in the community.

The free events are called "Project Semicolon: Start the Conversation, End the Stigma.” It’s a joint effort of Project Semicolon, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and MSU’s Center for Community Engagement.