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Education
3:58 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Murray State Readies New Responsive Website

Coming in January, Murray State's main website will undergo a major change to accommodate mobile users. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte learns more about this overhaul from web manager Charley Allen. She says mobile use has overtaken desktop use this year and it's time for Murray State's site to align with this trend, with a focus on making it easier for prospective students to access information and apply for admission on a mobile device.

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Education
12:42 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10 Great Books for Young Readers

The cover of "Julia's House for Lost Creatures" by Ben Hatke.
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Sometimes it's tough finding a gift for the kids in your life. Murray State University Waterfield Library's Katherine Farmer stops by Sounds Good with a list of great books to give young readers over the holidays. She says she's a fan of kids' stories, even though one might not think they appeal to older audiences. Here are her top picks, just in time for the holidays.

Arts
3:31 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Murray Composer on Writing "A Winter's Dawn" - Performance This Saturday

John Fannin says inspiration for "A Winter's Dawn" comes from a blend of understanding popular music and high velocity skiing. He conducts this piece of original work for Saturday's Community Band Concert in Murray. Kate Lochte gets a sneak listen with Fannin on Sounds Good and they talk about how his compositions are getting nationwide attention in the wind band repertoire.

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Science
10:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Understanding Depression: The Serotonin Hypothesis

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WEB MD myth busters include this observation: "Depression affects nearly one in six people at some point in their lives, so folk remedies and half-truths about this common illness abound. One such idea: throw yourself into work and you'll feel better. For a mild case of the blues, this may indeed help, but depression is a different animal. Overworking can actually be a sign of clinical depression, especially in men." On Sounds Good, we continue a conversation about understanding depression with Murray State University assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, with an exploration of the biology of depression, including the serotonin hypothesis.

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Business
4:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

MSU Alumna 'Dishes' on Global Marketing Career Ahead of Campus Lecture

Kristie Helms

A former editor of the Murray State News, Kristie Helms is now engaged in international business as Vice President and Global Head of Promotions and Social Business with the global marketing department at State Street Corporation in Boston. Helms is back in Murray tomorrow as a speaker for the 9th Annual Global Alumni Lecture. Kate Lochte speaks with Helms on Sounds Good about her career and about being a finalist in the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Debut Fiction for her book Dish it Up, Baby.

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Education
4:26 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Global Alumni Lecture Includes Retired VA Official, 30 Year Career Army Nurse

Lucretia McClenney
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US Army retired Colonel Lucretia McClenney is among speakers for the Global Alumni Lecture Series from 7 to 9 p.m. this Wednesday in Murray State's Curris Center Theatre. A self-proclaimed "Army Brat" - she was interviewed by the late Dr. Ruth Cole for a nursing scholarship at Murray State in 1968. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her career in the US Army, her work with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and her plans on inviting Murray to become a commemorative partner for honoring Vietnam veterans.

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Society
10:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Death Row Exoneree Speaks at Murray State

Kirk Bloodsworth
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Amnesty International at Murray State University hosts death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth Friday night at 6 in MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium. Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA testing. The lecture is open to all. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kirk Bloodsworth about the circumstances of his exoneration.

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Arts
4:24 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Preview of Murray State's Holiday Art Auction

Auction postcard, featuring 'Variations on Circles and Squares" by Wayne Bates

Murray State's Department of Art & Design faculty, area artists, alumni and talented students offer their works at an auction to raise money this Friday with the Annual MSU Holiday Art Auction. Kate Lochte speaks with artist, professor and chair of the auction committee, Sarah Gutwirth. 

Arts
3:58 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

MSU's New Furniture Design & Woodworking Professor Showcases Work in Clara Eagle Gallery

from the Sites exhibit, by Sarah Martin

Today is the last day of a two-artist show featuring artworks in wood and photographs in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. There's a talk by photographer Noah Doely at 4 p.m. with a show-closing reception following. So there are only a few hours left to see the exhibitions. A couple weeks ago, we met Doely on Sounds Good. Today, we meet Murray State's new assistant professor in furniture design and woodworking, Sarah Martin. She and Kate Lochte take a walk through her exhibition, titled "Sites" in the Gallery on the sixth floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

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Science
2:12 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Understanding Depression: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

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WebMD describes depression as "a serious illness - just like diabetes or heart disease. Expecting positive thinking to cure depression is like expecting a person with diabetes to lower his blood sugar level by thinking happy thoughts. Most people need treatment to beat depression." On Sounds Good, we continue our conversation about depression with Murray State University assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, with an exploration of acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT.

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