MBU Hosts Skype Sessions with Antarctica Scientists

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Missouri Baptist University students experienced the thrills associated with pioneering scientific research in one of the world’s most remote locations –all from their West St. Louis County classroom.

Students in the Natural Science Division visited via Skype with Dr. Mitch Cordover, medical care provider for the Palmer Research Base in Antarctica, along with other research scientists Tuesday, March 26.  This presentation was a continuation of the University’s math and science clubs’ series aimed at focusing on career opportunities that further the education of students, staff and faculty.

Cordover, a longtime West St. Louis County resident who retired as a physician from the Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s Emergency Department, is the sole medical care provider for the Palmer Research Base. Previously, Cordover spent six months training Emergency Department physicians in New Zealand. He currently treats all scientists and staff in the base’s full medical facility.

Charles Amsler, a research scientist, joined Cordover and presented on the effects of climate change, among other things. The presentation included visuals of underwater life and the landscape surrounding Palmer Station.

Presenting Scientists:
Mitch Cordover:
Cordover, a longtime West St. Louis County resident who retired as a physician from the Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s Emergency Department, is the sole medical care provider for the Palmer Research Base. Previously, Cordover spent six months training Emergency Department physicians in New Zealand. He currently treats all scientists and staff in the base’s full medical facility.

Charles Amsler
Amsler received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989. He is currently a professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since 1985, Amsler has participated in 15 research expeditions to Antarctic. Amsler’s research focuses on organisms chemically react to other organisms and their environments, now including climate change.