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NASA funding brings student research opportunities

The Baker Observatory is one of the facilities associated with the astronomy program at Missouri State University, and it often hosts public observation nights. Recently, researchers were able to see a Jupiter-like planet passing in front of its star at the Baker Observatory. Dr. Michael Reed, professor in the program, explains this exoplanet phenomenon. Two […]

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New horizons: Research, outreach expands world view

Looking into the sky, you can appreciate a particularly starry night or a full moon (a full moon is scheduled for Feb. 14) while understanding very little about this natural phenomenon. Missouri State is working to expand understanding of natural phenomenon through research and outreach. Expanding our view of the world For the past year, […]

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Maroon Minute highlights National Science Foundation grant

Dr. Steven Younger, applied science and engineering research professor, and Dr. Emmett Redd, physics, astronomy and materials science professor, have received a grant of $140,000 from the National Science Foundation. The funding is for their project on super computing and brain-like intelligence.

In the 1990s, a theoretical model was developed illustrating the possibility of a computer capable of unprecedented dynamic, flexible and interactive behaviors. Younger and Redd’s research consolidates experimental and theoretical research. They hope the result will be a machine that can perform well beyond the capabilities of present-day computers.

Younger and Redd’s research could contribute to the development of an advanced machine with a knack for common sense and the ability to learn well beyond the parameters of its programming.

Maroon Minutes highlight Missouri State University’s points of pride: the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and supporters. Each Maroon Minute first airs during a home football or basketball game.

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Maroon Minute highlights partnership with NASA

Hands-on experience with research is essential in the sciences. That is why the Missouri State University department of physics, astronomy and materials science has forged a relationship with NASA through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCOR.

The goal of this partnership is to establish long-term research collaborations between the university, the students, NASA and the state of Missouri. Already, students and faculty are reaping the benefits of this partnership as they’ve been given the opportunity to participate in research projects at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Michael Reed and Dr. David Cornelison also received a grant from NASA through EPSCOR for approximately $740,000 to examine atmospheres to determine the origin and composition of hot, Earth-type planets.

Grant money for the project will fund research, student aid and the building of a new lab at Missouri State. This partnership and these new facilities and resources are a point of pride for Missouri State.

Maroon Minutes highlight Missouri State University’s points of pride: the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and supporters. Each Maroon Minute first airs during a home football or basketball game.

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Faculty, students article published in science journal

Dr. Lifeng Dong, associate professor of physics, astronomy and materials science at Missouri State University, and graduate students Bo Ma and Jincheng Bai were recently published in SpringerLink Journal for their article titled “Electrochemical Impedance Analysis of Methanol Oxidation on Carbon Nanotube-Supported Pt and Pt-Ru Nanoparticles.”

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New video showcases department’s students, research and atmosphere

A new video encapsulates students’ favorite aspects of the physics, astronomy and materials science department at Missouri State. For example, Hayley Osman says she chose Missouri State because “it felt like home in the department.” Steven Harrellson points out that “all your professors know you.”

Just a few other points of pride students mentioned:

  • Favorable student-to-professor ratio
  • Camaraderie and team-oriented environment
  • Numerous research opportunities

You’ll enjoy hearing our students in their own words!

If you are interested in having the office of Web and new media produce a video for your University unit or department, please visit the video services page for more information.
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Maroon Minute honors NIH grant recipients

The National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute recently renewed a three-year grant for anti-cancer research to four Missouri State University faculty.

The four researchers are:

  • Dr. Robert Delong, associate professor of biomedical sciences
  • Dr. Richard Garrad, professor of biomedical sciences
  • Dr. Kartik Ghosh, professor of physics, astronomy and materials science and
  • Dr. Adam Wanekaya, associate professor of chemistry
 

Maroon Minutes highlight Missouri State University’s points of pride: the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and supporters. Each Maroon Minute first airs during a home football or basketball game.

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Research team explores skin cancer treatment

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 76,690 new cases of melanoma have been diagnosed in the United States in 2013. Dr. Robert Delong, associate professor of biomedical sciences at Missouri State University, is committed to finding a better treatment solution.

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