Missouri State University

Breakups: Everybody has been through one, or multiple ones, and each split is a little different. Michael Czyzniejewski, an assistant professor of creative writing at Missouri State University, recently wrote “I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories.”

In a world that is constantly connected to the Internet, an increasingly large number of cyberattacks happen daily. These hacks can cause great damage, from personal identity theft to shutting down a nation’s Internet for an extended period of time. According to Dr. Shannon McMurtrey, professor of computer information systems and director of the cybersecurity graduate program at Missouri State University, these cyberattacks will be the future of warfare.  

Missouri State University, Carrington Hall
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From issues on the budget, bonding, and specific bills related to higher education, it’s the job of the Council on Public Higher Education for Missouri to represent those interests.

The organization is comprised of the presidents or chancellors of all four-year public universities in Missouri, making 13 members. It is tasked with supporting and advancing the mission of Missouri’s public four-year universities, and increasing the understanding and appreciation of public higher education by state leaders and the public at-large.

Art can be described by endless adjectives: beautiful, poignant, unique, surprising… grotesque? According to Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, associate professor of art and design at Missouri State University, pre-modern European art was rarely produced with the primary intention of being beautiful. She recently co-edited a book, “Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300-1650,” that explores the function of torture in art of the early modern or late medieval period.

Mental stress can cause physical reactions in the body - for example, a nervous stomach. Currently, researchers at Missouri State University's Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences (CBLS) within Jordan Valley Innovation Center are taking a close look at how the central nervous system and digestive system communicate. Rhy Norton, research microbiologist at CBLS and biology faculty for Missouri State, is joined by Dr. Paul Durham, director of CBLS and biology professor, to discuss the research of the gut brain axis.

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