Volcanoes are mysterious. Many questions remain about how and why they erupt. Dr. Gary Michelfelder, associate professor of geology, leads research at five active volcanoes in the Central Andes of Chile and Bolivia that just might provide some answers. These volcanoes have one important thing in common: a large reservoir of magma, the molten rock material of Earth’s … [Read more...] about Answering some of volcanoes’ burning questions
With the presidential election less than 30 days away, the age-old debate on the Electoral College has surfaced once again in an already divisive election season. How does the Electoral College work? What are its pros and cons? Dr. Kevin Pybas, associate professor of political science at Missouri State University, answers these questions and more on TODAY. … [Read more...] about What’s the Electoral College all about?
Some regions are known for their ability to grow the most flavorful agricultural products. Ancient farmers, through trial and error, determined the best fit between a crop, the soil and weather conditions. They had plenty of land to choose from to find the perfect fields for their crops. But today, our ability to grow food is becoming limited as the availability of … [Read more...] about Getting to the root to grow understanding
Congenital heart defects affect nearly 40,000 births every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Ryan Udan, associate professor of biology at Missouri State University, leads studies in his lab to understand how blood-vessel-related birth defects form. “We want to learn how the smooth muscle tissue grows to surround … [Read more...] about Vascular research as a path toward a cure
When going on a camping trip, you want to pack food that’s not only portable, but healthy. Natalie Allen, a registered dietitian and clinical assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Missouri State University, explains to Everyday Health why you should bring along protein-packed items. … [Read more...] about What types of food are good for a camping trip?