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The University of Southern Mississippi to Implement Plan for Academic Reorganization

August 18, 2017
Article | Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:12am | By Jim Coll Implementation of the academic reorganization plan at USM is expected to begin this fall and occur over the next two academic years. The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s Plan for Academic Reorganization: Vision 2020 on Thursday, a plan the University expects will be a catalyst toward realization of its vision to become the model for public higher education across the country.   “Our ability to evolve will determine our level of success in today’s competitive landscape of higher education,”

Bauhaus Furniture helps contribute to Mississippi’s Gold Shovel win

August 18, 2017
Bauhaus Furniture helps contribute to Mississippi’s Gold Shovel win By Tina Campbell Meadows Production Manager Tina Campbell Aug 2, 2017 RIPLEY – Mississippi is one of five states to win the 2017 Gold Shovel award from Area Development Magazine for its economic development efforts. The annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize states for their achievements in attracting high-value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities. Area Development magazine collected information from all 50 states about their top 10, job creation and investment projects initiated in 2016. In selecting the Gold Shovel awards, the

Southern Miss Honors 12 Graduates in Hydrographic Science Ceremony

August 16, 2017
Article | Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:56am | By James Skrmetta Students who completed the Master of Science program in hydrographic science. The University of Southern Mississippi recently honored 12 students in a graduation ceremony held Aug. 3, upon completion of the rigorous Master of Science in hydrographic science program. Surrounded by their friends and family in the Fleming Education Center (FEC) on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, graduates received Master of Science degrees in hydrographic science and an International Board Category A Certificate for competency in hydrographic surveying.   “Each graduate here has an unbelievably important opportunity

MSU-Meridian’s Riley Campus Courtyard opens in downtown Meridian

August 16, 2017
  August 4, 2017 Contact: Lisa Sollie Celebrating a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Riley Campus Courtyard in downtown Meridian Aug. 4 are (l-r) MSU Vice President for Campus Services Amy Tuck; President of The Riley Foundation Marty Davidson; Meridian Mayor Percy Bland; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner; MSU Vice President for Development and Alumni John Rush; and MSU-Meridian Administrative Director and Head of Campus Terry Dale Cruse. (Photo by Russ Houston) MERIDIAN, Miss.—An entire city block restoration that has transformed part of downtown Meridian into a Mississippi State University campus was

MSU cybersecurity scholarship program receives $3.11 million grant, supports EMCC students

August 16, 2017
  August 16, 2017 Mississippi State University will receive $3.11 million from the National Science Foundation to continue and expand its role in the CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service program, which trains students for public service careers in cybersecurity. As part of the grant, East Mississippi Community College students planning to attend MSU are eligible to receive scholarships and support. (Photo by Russ Houston) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University and East Mississippi Community College are working together to prepare students for public service careers in cybersecurity. MSU will receive $3.11 million through a National Science Foundation grant to continue

Mississippi Undergraduate Students Get Hands-On Research Experience

August 15, 2017
  Article | Fri, 08/11/2017 - 8:53am | By Jamie Lott More than 60 undergraduate students from across the state participated in the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program this summer. (Submitted photo) This summer, 61 of the best and brightest undergraduate students from across the state of Mississippi were able to experience hands-on biomedical research through the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program. The Mississippi INBRE Scholars program is divided into two tracks: research and service. These programs allow students to train under some of the most highly qualified mentors in the state. The Research Scholars program places students into labs to gain

MSU astronomer discusses ‘Chasing Shadows’ prior to historic solar eclipse this month

August 15, 2017
  August 11, 2017 Contact: Allison Matthews Donna M. Pierce (Photo by Beth Wynn) STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State planetary astronomer will give a public presentation in advance of the upcoming solar eclipse. Donna M. Pierce, MSU associate professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss “Chasing Shadows: Understanding the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.” Free to all, her presentation takes place Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. in Rogers Auditorium (Room 100) of McCool Hall.   A significant solar eclipse can be seen across America on August 21. The Starkville area will experience an 89 percent partial eclipse, while a 70-mile-wide

Fulbright taps Shaw for U.S.-France International Education Administrators Program

August 14, 2017
  August 14, 2017 Contact: Jim Laird MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw will participate in the prestigious U.S.-France International Education Administrators Program, a part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. (Photo by Russ Houston) STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s chief research officer will be taking on a new role this fall: student. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has selected David Shaw for its prestigious U.S.-France International Education Administrators Program. “I’m honored to have been chosen for this Fulbright exchange program, and look forward to the many opportunities it presents. I’m also proud to represent Mississippi State and

NCNPR Signs Collaboration Agreement with Australian University

August 14, 2017
Research center has partnerships on all inhabited continents August 10, 2017 by Anna Herd Researchers work in a lab at the UM National Center for Natural Products Research, which has signed a collaboration agreement with the National Institute of Complementary Medicine in Australia. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – The National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Complementary Medicine in Australia, making the NCNPR part of research collaborations on every inhabited continent. The agreement will allow the two entities

Walden takes wheel at CAVS; Dennis to lead CAVS Extension

August 09, 2017
  August 9, 2017 Contact: Jim Laird STARKVILLE, Miss.—A major research center at Mississippi State University has a new leader. Bagley College of Engineering alumnus Clay Walden is the new executive director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at MSU. He succeeds Roger King, who retired in June after a distinguished career with the university. “Roger is an outstanding colleague and friend, and all of us wish him the best in retirement,” said David Shaw, Mississippi State’s vice president for research and economic development.   “We believe Clay is the perfect choice to lead CAVS into the future, and

McLean Institute ELC Program Helps Students Improve Communities

August 08, 2017
Entrepreneurial leadership classes taught in three Mississippi counties August 7, 2017 by Edwin Smith Charleston middle school students got information on starting a business and healthy living, mentoring and even free book bags as part of the Entrepreneurial Learning Center program this summer. The traveling program was sponsored by the UM McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – Nearly 60 elementary and middle school students in Mississippi have been exposed to entrepreneurial leadership skills this summer, thanks to a traveling program sponsored by the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the

Summer research symposium highlights MSU undergraduate, faculty collaborations

August 08, 2017
August 7, 2017 Hosted by the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, Mississippi State’s annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium received more than 70 project submissions in biological sciences and engineering, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. A dozen were honored with first-, second- and third place awards by a team of 19 faculty members of varying academic disciplines. (Photo by Russ Houston) Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.—Twelve students at Mississippi State recently were honored for faculty-guided research efforts during the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College. For the annual competition, more

Clay to lead Office of Technology Management at MSU

August 07, 2017
  August 1, 2017 Contact: Jim Laird Jeremy Clay (Photo by Russ Houston) STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State alumnus is now leading the land-grant institution’s efforts to work with faculty and staff to move inventions, new products and processes developed at the university into the marketplace. In early July, Jeremy Clay was named director of MSU’s Office of Technology Management — the campus unit charged with efficiently capturing, protecting, managing and accelerating the commercialization of university-owned and -generated intellectual property. “Jeremy has a thorough understanding of the complex issues associated with successful IP management. We believe that he and the OTM

MSU genetics and evolution study receives $1.2 million NSF grant

August 07, 2017
  August 2, 2017 Contact: Sarah Nicholas Brian Counterman, MSU associate professor of biological sciences, is leading a collaborative research team examining genotype-phenotype relationships using color patterns of the Heliconius butterfly. (Photo by Megan Bean) STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is part of a new research collaboration sponsored by the National Science Foundation in which a colorful tropical butterfly is helping researchers investigate genetics and evolution. Scientists at the Starkville land-grant university and the University of Puerto Rico—Rio Piedras will be studying the relationship in organisms between genetic material, or genotype, and physical characteristics due to gene expression and environmental influences, or

UM Accountancy School Joins Expanded KPMG Master of Accounting Program

August 07, 2017
Initiative provides full tuition and job offers for students August 3, 2017 by Staff Report The KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program will offer students in the UM Patterson School of Accountancy access to full scholarships, specialized training and job offers upon graduation. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications NEW YORK and OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy is joining the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program, a one-of-a-kind initiative that audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP developed to prepare accounting students for the digital marketplace. The expansion of

UMMC’s sophisticated lab identifies most baffling opioids, street drugs

August 01, 2017
Published on Monday, July 24, 2017 Media Contact: Ruth Cummins   When a Mississippi law enforcement agency is stumped about what deadly substances are laced into a street drug they've confiscated, there's only one hospital laboratory in the state that has the tools to figure out the most puzzling cases. The University of Mississippi Medical Center's analytical toxicology laboratory uses sophisticated equipment and testing methods to scrutinize blood and urine samples in addition to samples of illegal "designer" drugs and prescription medicines. Their work helps identify what dangerous street drugs are making the rounds in the state and what trends

USM Hosts Community-Engaged Research Summer Institute

August 01, 2017
Article | Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:09pm | By Ashley Smith The MCCTR’s Community-Engaged Research Summer Institute included participants from four institutions of higher learning in Mississippi. (Submitted photo) The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research’s Community-Engaged Research Summer Institute July 9-14 2017 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. Funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medicine Sciences, the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (MCCTR) is a collaboration between The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Tougaloo College and The University of Southern Mississippi that seeks

With new simulator, the digital sky is the limit

August 01, 2017
With a final check of his instrument panel, Mississippi State aerospace engineering graduate student Zachary Doucet gently pulled back on the control stick to lift his aircraft off the ground. As the airplane sailed through the air, he spent a few minutes getting used to the controls before banking left to see how the plane would react. Chris Neal (left) points out some of the features of the Merlin SP 500-1 to Bagley instructor Calvin Walker (back) and aerospace engineering graduate student Zachary Doucet. After a few moments of flying, he circled back and prepared to land. As he approached

August 01, 2017
Published on July 19, 2017 by Debra Flax  Mississippi Power’s Economic Development department recently announced the addition of two Project Ready industrial sites within a designated 1,100-acre development at John C. Stennis Space Center. The two sites are added to the nine other Project Ready sites that underwent certification in 2016. The designated space includes two locations for industrial development for a 250-acre industrial park and a 150-acre large industrial site option. “Mississippi Power is committed to partnering with companies that are interested in the many economic advantages offered by locating their operations in our state,” Economic Development Director Brian

Unpaid internships damage long-term graduate pay prospects

July 31, 2017
Study shows working for free leads to salary disadvantage The Essex University study found that those going straight into employment without taking unpaid work experience are likely to earn more at a later stage. Photograph: Fizkes/Getty/iStockphoto Graduate careers The Observer Unpaid internships damage long-term graduate pay prospects Study shows working for free leads to salary disadvantage Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email 519 Jamie Doward Saturday 29 July 2017 17.01 EDT Last modified on Saturday 29 July 2017 19.05 EDT Almost every graduate taking an unpaid internship can expect to be worse off three years later than if they

Mississippi Manufacturers Association Announces Addition of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Division

July 31, 2017
  Attending the announcement were (from left) American Small Manufacturers Coalition President & CEO Carrie Hines, MMA President & CEO Jay Moon, Gov. Phil Bryant, MMA Chairman Jim McIngvale of Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Congressman Gregg Harper. The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA), along with Congressman Gregg Harper, Governor Phil Bryant, American Small Manufacturers Coalition President & CEO Carrie Hines, and MMA Chairman Jim McIngvale recently announced at Nissan in Canton a multi-year grant was awarded to the MMA to host the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, formerly InnovateMEP Mississippi, for the state of Mississippi.   This grant, from the National Institute

CSI Camp Creates Forensic Summer Fun

July 31, 2017
Students use real-life tools, techniques on imaginary case for learning experience July 28, 2017 by Edwin Smith High school students (from left) Blake Howard, Caroline Sturgis, Peyton Jolley and Annija Westfall conduct a gunshot residue test during the third annual CSI Camp. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – A dead body, blood spatter, guns, bullets and DNA samples – all fake – offered plenty of opportunities for gifted middle and high school students to test their forensic skills recently at the University of Mississippi. Thirty-five seventh- through 12th-graders visited Ole Miss as part of a weeklong camp

Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

July 31, 2017
  July 27, 2017 Contact: Sammy McDavid Loren W. “Wes” Burger (Photo by Russ Houston) STARKVILLE, Miss.—A much-honored Mississippi State faculty member is receiving yet another recognition for significant contributions to quail science. Loren W. “Wes” Burger is among three selections for a 2017 National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence, a career tribute from the Tennessee-based National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and Bobwhite Technical Committee. Associate director of the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Burger is a John Grisham Master Teacher who holds the Dale H. Arner Professorship of Wildlife Ecology and Management.

Fukushima officials visit Starkville to learn about MSU’s testing of filters to contain radioactive materials

July 31, 2017
  July 28, 2017 MSU Institute for Clean Energy Technology Director Charles Waggoner (right) explains ICET’s filter testing capabilities to visitors from Japan. (Photo by Beth Wynn) Contact: James Carskadon   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Officials and engineers tasked with preventing the release of radioactive material during debris removal from the Fukushima nuclear site in Japan are visiting Mississippi State University this week to learn about the university’s expertise in evaluating components of radioactive containment systems.   MSU’s Institute for Clean Energy Technology is the international leader in evaluating the performance of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems used in nuclear power plants.

UM Professor and Student Collaborate to Shed Light on Disorder

July 28, 2017
Team studied disruptions in sense of smell in schizophrenia patients July 27, 2017 by Edwin Smith This figure from Ikuta and Kiparizoska’s paper shows parts of the brain that exhibit less symphony with the anterior piriform cortex, the region of the brain associated with the sense of smell. The main region, seen in the three larger images, is the nucleus accumbens, which has been indicated in previous studies to be associated with auditory hallucinations. Submitted photo   OXFORD, Miss. – A study conducted by a University of Mississippi professor and one of his former students may lead to a better

Perinatal center to boost basic, clinical research

July 28, 2017
Perinatal center to boost basic, clinical research Published on Monday, July 24, 2017 Media Contact: Karen Bascom   A new award to the University of Mississippi Medical Center will help create the Mississippi Center for Excellence in Perinatal Research. Dr. Jane Reckelhoff, professor and chair of biochemistry, will direct the CEPR. Funded by a five-year, $11 million award from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, the CEPR will study disease states that arise during gestation or early post-natal development that result in persistent health conditions in either mother or offspring, or both, Reckelhoff said.   Perinatal research includes a

In 2 separate books, JSU author-deanAzevedo explores health in Mississippi, Africa

July 27, 2017
by Jackson State University July 27, 2017 Dr. Mario J. Azevedo, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University, is an established author with two additional releases – one on health disparities in Mississippi and a more recent publication about failed strategies to curb preventable diseases in Africa. Dr. Mario Azevedo, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University, said, “Health is a right of all people of the world.” ‘Iwant people to understand that health affects all facets of life through what the World Health Organization calls social determinants of health,” said Azevedo.

JSU’s online healthcare administration program ranks among top 20 in the country

July 27, 2017
by Jackson State University July 26, 2017 Jackson State University’s Healthcare Administration Online Degree Program was recently ranked No. 11 out of the top 20 best online bachelor’s programs offered in the country, based on the latest standings posted by College Choice – a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources.   College Choice developed its list by looking at academic quality, institutional reputation, program accreditation, along with “return on investment” or the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings.   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 17 percent employment growth through 2022 is projected for

Nominations Sought for University’s Next TEDx Event

July 25, 2017
Professors, alumni and students wanted for lineup of third forum with theme 'MOMENTUM' July 24, 2017 by Edwin Smith Josh Mabus discusses ‘Quitting Versus Failing’ during the 2017 TEDxUniversityofMississippi event in the Ford Center. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Faculty, staff, alumni and students are encouraged to submit speaker nominations for the 2018 TEDxUniversity of Mississippi. The theme this year is ‘MOMENTUM.’ Nominations are being accepted online through Aug. 28. The event will be Feb. 2 or 3, 2018. “Anyone can nominate anyone and submit as many nominations as they like,” said Marvin King, associate professor

JSU Downtown Campus programs improve quality of life for students, community

July 24, 2017
JSU Downtown Campus programs improve quality of life for students, community by Jackson State University July 21, 2017 Dr. Sam Mozee, associate director of the Mississippi Urban Research Center at Jackson State University, touts the importance of showcasing the people, programs, partnerships and projects inside the JSU Downtown Campus, 101 Capitol Street. Dozens of JSU constituents and stakeholders joined JSU administrators, faculty and staff Wednesday to celebrate the facility’s excellence. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)   By: LA Warren Supporters who gathered inside the Jackson State University Downtown Campus during a showcase of excellence Wednesday now fully understand why one

As I See It- The Economic Development Ecosystem, and a Focus on the Role of Regional EDOs

July 24, 2017
As I See It | The Economic Development Ecosystem, and a Focus on the Role of Utility ED Partners Janet Ady FollowFollowingUnfollowJanet Ady Marketing & Growth Strategist for EDOs & Manufacturers | Author | Speaker This is the third article in a series about economic development ecosystems. The first two focused on the roles of local and regional EDOs.   Utility ED partners are always at the table, even if they are not often front and center. Their role in the economic development ecosystem is critical.   Utilities know best which sites they have the capacity and readiness to serve. Period.

As I See It- The Economic Development Ecosystem, and a Focus on the Role of Regional EDOs

July 24, 2017
As I See It | The Economic Development Ecosystem, and a Focus on the Role of Regional EDOs 6 Janet Ady FollowFollowingUnfollowJanet Ady Marketing & Growth Strategist for EDOs & Manufacturers | Author | Speaker This is my second of five columns on the topic of the ED ecosystem. My first column focused on local EDOs and subsequent columns will focus on the role of state EDOs and utility ED.   Regionalism is here to stay. Why? Because regional EDOs add value to the economic development ecosystem. Regional EDOs provide a number of key benefits to site selectors and the

As I See It-The Economic Development Ecosystem, and a Focus on the Role of Local EDO’s

July 24, 2017
As I See It | The Economic Development Ecosystem, and a Focus on the Role of Local EDOs Published on April 25, 2017 Janet Ady FollowFollowingUnfollowJanet Ady Marketing & Growth Strategist for EDOs & Manufacturers | Author | Speaker In our work with hundreds of EDOs across North America, we have found more than a couple of truisms. One that I’d like to expand on here is that every part of the economic development ecosystem has a role, and every ecosystem is most effective when each member is strong. I’m defining the members of the ecosystem as local EDOs, regional

MSU reorganized Franklin Furniture Institute continues to support industry, continue research and drive innovation

July 17, 2017
Contact: Sid Salter The Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University is continuing core activities in support of the furniture industry, including: furniture testing, fundamental and applied furniture-related research, technical assistance, graduate and undergraduate education and training, and industry-driven specialized programming and activities. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is reaffirming its strong commitment to the state’s furniture manufacturing industry by continuing to provide testing and research while broadening its focus to enhance innovation and technology.   MSU vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine Gregory A. Bohach said “The university and

NSPARC contributions facilitate internship opportunities for MSU honors students

July 17, 2017
  July 13, 2017 Mississippi State senior Sean McCarthy (back row, third from left) is pictured with a group of current and former MSU students at “Mississippi on the Mall,” a June event annually hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based Mississippi State Society. With financial support from the university’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center and Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, McCarthy is pursuing an organizational and development internship this summer with a D.C.-based nonprofit. (Submitted photo/courtesy of Sean McCarthy) Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.— Financial support from Mississippi State’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center is enabling

JSU SUCCESS: STEM project gets $300,000 funding support from NSF

July 11, 2017
by Jackson State University July 10, 2017 Dr. Timothy Turner A Jackson State University project targeting at-risk and underrepresented students in STEM skills will receive a $300,000 boost from the National Science Foundation to support its work. According to JSU alumnus, Dr. Tim Turner, professor and chair of the Biology Department, “This funding will assist in our ongoing efforts to ensure that our students are fully prepared for flourishing careers in STEM fields. Their success is critical to America’s ability to compete on the world stage in the sciences.”   The grant, announced by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, was awarded to fund

MBJ ‘Top in Tech’ list includes MSU engineering professor, entrepreneurship leader

July 11, 2017
  July 10, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon Lakiesha Williams (Photo by Russ Houston) Eric Hill (Photo by Russ Houston) STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State University faculty member and a staff member are among those named by the Mississippi Business Journal to the 2017 “Top in Tech” list.   Lakiesha Williams, an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was named to the list, which recognizes individuals and companies that innovate and create jobs, contributing to Mississippi’s economy. Williams, who received her doctorate in biomedical engineering from MSU in 2006, is part of a group of mechanical and biomedical

UMMC Chief’s Clout Extends to Nation’s, Canada’s Medical Schools

July 10, 2017
UMMC Chief’s Clout Extends to Nation’s, Canada’s Medical Schools Dr. LouAnn Woodward start one-year term as chair of accrediting body July 1, 2017 by Gary Pettus Dr. LouAnn Woodward JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. LouAnn Woodward, University of Mississippi vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the UM Medical Center, will help set the course for medical education in this country and beyond as chair of a powerful accrediting body.   For a one-year term that begins July 1, Woodward chairs the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which sets standards for U.S.- and Canadian-chartered medical

Oxford Medical Waste Disposal Company to be Featured on Program

July 10, 2017
Segment on GreenServ Inc. to air July 10 on 'World's Greatest' July 7, 2017 by Christina Steube Greenserv, a medical waste company, and its employees will be featured on “World’s Greatest” July 10. Submitted photo                     OXFORD, Miss. – An Oxford startup that provides a vital service to hospitals and medical clinics in the Southeast is getting national exposure through an episode of a television program focusing on innovative companies and products. GreenServ Inc., a medical waste and compliance firm, spent the month of May filming for “World’s Greatest,” a television

Whaling Research Leads UM Professor to Japan on Fulbright Award

July 10, 2017
Whaling Research Leads UM Professor to Japan on Fulbright Award Noell Wilson also plans to sail 40-foot vessel from Massachusetts to Japan July 7, 2017 by Michael Newsom Noell Wilson, University of Mississippi chair of the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History and Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies. Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor of history and international studies is headed to Japan on a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to work on a book about American whalers in the North Pacific in the 1800s. Noell Wilson, chair of the Arch Dalrymple

UM Alumnus Develops Apps for College Students

July 10, 2017
First offerings help users locate peer tutors and develop campus marketplaces July 6, 2017 by Christina Steube Kenneth Akpati, 2011 Ole Miss graduate, has developed mobile apps to assist students with tutoring and selling items. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – Mobile apps to enhance students’ college experience through tutoring and a marketplace are available at the University of Mississippi.   My Campus Concierge was founded in March 2016 as a tech startup by Ole Miss alumnus Kenneth Akpati. His goal was to help students improve their grades through peer-to-peer tutoring and make money through a campus marketplace for goods and

JSU, Verizon STEM program encourages minority males to take path less traveled

July 10, 2017
by Jackson State University June 30, 2017 Drones, Robots and 3D? ‘Oh, my’   Ephraim Hill, an eighth-grade student at Blackburn Middle School, plans a flight path for a drone competition with instruction from Dr. Kamal S. Ali, chair of JSU’s Department of Industrial Systems and Technology. (Photo by Kentrice S. Rush/JSU) Agent Double OO7 from the James Bond film franchise was the catalyst for eighth-grader Ephraim Hill joining Jackson State University’s Verizon Innovative Learning Minority Male program. Funded by a two-year grant from the Verizon Foundation, the program exposes young men, from Grades 6-8, to Science, Technology, Engineering and

New Partnership Pathways agreement to benefit Jones County Junior College, MSU-Meridian students

June 29, 2017
  June 28, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner, left, and Jones County Junior College President Jesse Smith sign a Partnership Pathways agreement that will make it easier for students to complete baccalaureate programs. (Photo by Lisa Sollie) ELLISVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University and Jones County Junior College leaders are making it easier for students to complete baccalaureate programs.   Officials from both institutions signed an agreement Wednesday [June 28] creating a Partnership Pathways program that will ease the transition to a bachelor’s degree for JCJC students. The partnership allows students to enroll

Nonnative beetle threatens an entire family of U.S. trees

June 28, 2017
The tiny redbay ambrosia beetle was first found in the U.S. in 2002. It carries a fungus that is devastating to any tree or shrub species in the laurel family. (Photo by Mississippi Entomological Museum/Joe A. MacGown) Nonnative beetle threatens an entire family of U.S. trees By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz MSU Extension Service STARKVILLE, Miss. -- It may have taken only one beetle and the fungus it carried to kill one-third of the nation’s redbay trees, according to scientists at Mississippi State University and the University of Florida. Laurel wilt is a devastating disease of any tree or shrub

CapWay launches financial health app in Mississippi

June 28, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   FinTech Startup Hosts Summer Internship Program CapWay launches financial health app in Mississippi ​ Key facts: Over two billion people worldwide do not use traditional banking Mississippi has one of the highest financial underserved populations in the U.S. CapWay is a minority owned, financial technology company created by two Mississippi natives   Jackson, MS – June 28, 2017, Four interns were selected based on their majors and interest in working with a financial technology company. Each student received a stipend and travel reimbursement for their participation. CapWay used social media and worked with Tonya Neely from

Governor touts importance of state’s forest products

June 27, 2017
  June 26, 2017 Contact: Karen Brasher Gov. Phil Bryant welcomed participants to the 71st International Convention of the Forest Products Society, hosted by Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center, on Monday [June 26]. Bryant spoke about the magnitude of the forest products industry, including the availability of the resource with 19.8 million acres of forestland throughout the state. (Photo by Megan Bean) STARKVILLE, Miss.—Forest products are part of the DNA of Mississippi. That is how Gov. Phil Bryant welcomed participants Monday [June 26] to the 71st International Convention of the Forest Products

Chemistry Professor Lands National Science Foundation CAREER Award

June 27, 2017
Davita Watkins is department's fifth honoree and university's first African-American winner June 26, 2017 by Edwin Smith Davita Watkins (right), assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, works with students Briana Simms and Duong Ngo in her lab in Coulter Hall. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications   OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi faculty member has won a prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award for her functional materials research.   Davita L. Watkins, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received the grant to investigate the role of sigma-hole interactions in advanced functional materials that she develops in her

Jackson State and Ole Miss unite to advance pharmacy education

June 26, 2017
by Jackson State University June 23, 2017 Jackson State University’s Department of Biology and the University of Mississippi (UM) School of Pharmacy have started work on a new collaboration to give qualified JSU pre-pharmacy students preferred admission status to the UM School of Pharmacy. Dr. Timothy Turner Timothy Turner, Chair of the JSU Department of Biology, called the collaborative venture a “win-win” and said, “It is a tremendous opportunity for our students to enter directly into one of the numerous career choices within the field of pharmacy.  While at the same time, this collaboration will also increase the cultural diversity

American Farm Bureau tours MSU Research Centers

June 23, 2017
AFBF Group: Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum, center, met with American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, second from right, June 21 in Starkville, Mississippi. Duvall visited MSU for meetings with university leaders and tours of campus facilities. The meeting also included, left to right, MSU Associate Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Bill Herndon; AFBF Director of Executive Communications and Projects Lynne Finnerty; MSU Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Gregory Bohach; Mississippi Farm Bureau Vice President for Central Mississippi Ted Kendall IV; and AFBF National Affairs

Mississippi National Baptist State Convention presents $15,000 to JSU at its annual meeting

June 23, 2017
by Jackson State University June 22, 2017   The education arm of the Mississippi National Baptist State Convention (MNBSC) presented Jackson State University with a $15,000 check during its 5th Annual Session earlier this month to assist students with financial aid.Dr. Kenneth Hollins, education board chair of the MNBSC, presented the gift during the annual event at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Pascagoula. He said, “We are a young convention, but our state president believes we should help students who fall in a gap situation when money runs out during their post-secondary educational studies.” The donation, which recognizes the

MSU fashion design, merchandising programs again in U.S. Top 50

June 23, 2017
(Photo by Megan Bean /MSU) Posted by: MBJ Staff in Education, Newsmakers June 23, 2017 For the second consecutive year, a popular fashion website is ranking Mississippi State among the nation’s Top 50 fashion design and merchandising programs. According to a report from www.fashion-schools.org, the university’s fashion design program is 34th overall and fifth in the South. For fashion merchandising, MSU is 37th nationally; 9th in the South. Pictured in the university’s Moore Hall studio classroom are Charles Freeman (center), MSU assistant professor of fashion design and merchandising, and former students Jesse Newton and Laura Richardson.

MSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach continues to grow, impact Mississippi

June 22, 2017
  June 21, 2017 MSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach Director Eric Hill outlines the center’s VentureCatalyst program during a presentation to university leaders on Tuesday [June 20]. (Photo by Megan Bean) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach has continued to grow since moving into a new 2,000-square-foot facility in 2016. The center now works with 99 entrepreneurship teams representing students from every academic college in the university, up from approximately 30 teams in 2014. In fiscal year 2017, the center has received $5.52 million in grants to spur innovation among students, U.S. armed

Small chips, big impact: MSU researcher studies cardiovascular, sickle cell disease

June 22, 2017
  June 22, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State University researcher is developing new miniature models to better understand the factors that lead to heart disease and sickle cell anemia. Renita Horton, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is using clear polymer “chips” to create cellularized microtissue models, which she then uses to study the mechanisms that lead to cardiovascular related diseases. She hopes this work can aid in improving patient outcomes by identifying novel targets that can be exploited to mitigate some of the organ damage caused by sickle cell disease. “In Mississippi, cardiovascular disease is

SBA grant awards MSU funds for Boots to Business online training

June 21, 2017
June 20, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University continues to foster entrepreneurship among U.S. veterans with a five-year, approximately $4 million grant from the Small Business Administration.   The cooperative agreement funding opportunity, offered by the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, is awarded based on an initial 12-month $824,100 project period plus four option years, subject to fund availability. The funding allows MSU, in partnership with the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD), to deliver Boots to Business instruction through a new online training course that will help transitioning military service members and their spouses develop

University of MS to Provide STEM Experience for Young Women

June 21, 2017
$20,000 grant will support environmental education in the Oxford community June 20, 2017 by Christina Steube OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will offer an opportunity for young women in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community to experience hands-on science technology, engineering and math research while exploring their local environment. Ellen Shelton, director of pre-college programs for the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, has been awarded a $20,000 grant to support a project to reimagine traditional education, specifically for young women interested in STEM fields.   Shelton’s proposal, titled “Green is the New Pink: Young Women Environmentalists in Action,” will focus

Mississippi Manufacturers Association Announces Addition of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Division

June 21, 2017
Mississippi Manufacturers Association Announces Addition of Manufacturing Extension Partnership Division  JACKSON, Miss. (June 19, 2017) - The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA), along with Congressman Gregg Harper, Governor Phil Bryant, American Small Manufacturers Coalition President & CEO Carrie Hines, and MMA Chairman Jim McIngvale today announced at Nissan in Canton, Mississippi, a multi-year grant was awarded to the MMA to host the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, formerly InnovateMEP Mississippi, for the state of Mississippi. This grant, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, provides $1 million per year for the next

Eagle Maker Hub Represents USM’s First Publicly Available Makerspace

June 20, 2017
  Article | Fri, 06/16/2017 - 9:47am | By Meghan Burk Mathematics Professor Dr. Anna Wan created Eagle Maker Hub. Digital fabrication tools have become increasingly available to the average consumer interested in designing prototypes for medical, education, engineering, and more.   Dr. Anna Wan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Southern Mississippi, has created Southern Miss’s first publicly available makerspace -- Eagle Maker Hub. Eagle Maker Hub’s mission is to provide accessibility to digital fabrication, rapid prototyping, and coding. A Makerspace brings together people who want to learn, people with the knowledge, and the

USM School of Construction to Hold Inaugural Summer Camp

June 20, 2017
 Article | Fri, 06/16/2017 - 1:44pm | By Van Arnold The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Construction will conduct its inaugural USM-MCEF (Mississippi Construction Education Foundation) Building Futures Summer Camp June 25-29 for students in grades 8-10. The camp provides students an opportunity to explore the architectural and construction industry, as well as life as a USM student. Over the course of a week, students will build a small structure from start to finish with the help of construction professionals. Campers will be divided into groups of four to build the structure. Each group will be assigned one current

Psychologist, neurologist offer states only multidisciplinary Tourette’s clinic

June 20, 2017
Dr. Monica Sutton. child psychologist, and Dr. Tarif Bakdash, pediatric neurologist, offer care for Tourette's patients at the Center for the Advancement of Youth. Psychologist, neurologist offer state’s only multidisciplinary Tourette’s clinic Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122 or aoeth@umc.edu. Parents of children who have Tourette's Syndrome may have gone the route of choosing between seeing a pediatric neurologist or seeking behavioral therapy through a child psychologist. Now there is a clinic at UMMC's Center for the Advancement of Youth, or CAY, that combines the two practices. Dr. Monica Sutton, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of child psychology, began

Krutz to lead Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute

June 19, 2017
  June 16, 2017 L. Jason Krutz Contact: Jim Laird STARKVILLE, Miss.—After a national search, a statewide water resources institute led by Mississippi State University has a new director. L. Jason Krutz will lead the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (MWRRI). “Effective management of our state’s water resources is essential not only to agriculture and economic development, but quality of life – and life itself,” Krutz said. “I appreciate the opportunity to lead the MWRRI team as we work with our stakeholders to develop effective strategies and solutions that will help ensure future generations have the water they need,” he said. Most recently, Krutz served

Five MSU students receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship

June 19, 2017
  June 15, 2017 Henry M. "Max" Bloomingburg Cailey Crawford Hannah Laird Austin H. Urvina Mary Helen Williams Contact: Allison Matthews STARKVILLE, Miss.—Five Mississippi State University students have been named to the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, providing $30,000 per year for recipients to attend medical school. MRPSP scholarships are awarded after the students complete the pre-matriculation portion of the program, created in 2007 by the Mississippi Legislature. Awards are based on available funding. Scholars selected from MSU are senior biological engineering major Henry M. “Max” Bloomingburg of Hattiesburg; junior biochemistry major Cailey Crawford of Randolph; junior microbiology major Hannah

MSU partners with Entergy to improve electrical grid, boost reliability

June 19, 2017
  June 14, 2017 Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems researchers Greg Henley, Mike Mazzola (standing) and Angela Card collaborate in MSU’s Paul B. Jacob High Voltage Laboratory. The engineers are working in collaboration with Entergy to develop software that will improve the reliability of U.S. electrical systems. (Photo by Megan Bean) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University researchers and Entergy engineers are working together to improve the reliability of electrical systems that power the U.S. economy. Through its partnership with Entergy’s planning department, MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems team is working to develop a load-serving

School of Public Health receives $50,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi

June 19, 2017
by Jackson State University June 13, 2017       Jackson State University’s School of Public Health will receive a $50,000 grant for their “Determinants of Pregnancy Prevention among Older African American Teens at HBCUs” program from the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi (WFM). “We know that when women thrive, so does our state,” said Tracy DeVries, WFM executive director.” That’s why we award grants to programs that drive social change and have a lasting impact on women and their families.” The grant will be used to conduct research to understand the causes of higher rates of teen pregnancy among older

June 13, 2017
Goal is to find safer alternatives to harsh synthetic chemicals June 12, 2017 by Sydney Slotkin DuPriest Charles Cantrell, a research chemist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, examines a burning dried male flower from a breadfruit tree, which people in some parts of the world burn to repel mosquitoes and other biting insects. Photo courtesy USDA-ARS photographer Peggy Greb OXFORD, Miss. – An ongoing partnership between the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research is looking to nature to develop environmentally safe chemicals to

United Way grants $15,000 to Continuing Education Learning Center

June 07, 2017
by Jackson State University June 6, 2017 By OLIVIA S. GOODHEART   The School of Lifelong Learning Continuing Education Learning Center (CELC) at Jackson State University was recently awarded $15,000 by the United Way Foundation of the Capital Area. Funds will be used for adult education classes that provide undereducated, unemployed or underemployed residents in the metro area an opportunity to earn high school credentials.   According to Dr. Carlos D. Wilson, interim director of the School of Lifelong Learning, the center also will measure career and college readiness skills, which are the focus of today’s curriculum and needed for

UM Physicists Part of New Effort to Explore Nature of Matter

June 06, 2017
Muon g-2 experiment has begun its search for phantom particles using a well-traveled electromagnet June 5, 2017 by Staff Report Scientists install equipment and prepare the Muon g-2 ring, a 50-foot electromagnet, to take muons at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The work is part of an experiment to determine whether undetected elementary particles exist or if the Standard Model of Physics is complete. Photo courtesy Fermilab OXFORD, Miss. – When scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory fired a beam of tiny particles called muons into a giant electromagnet late last week, it signaled the

UMMC surgeons share transplant insight with rural students for international stage

June 02, 2017
Evan Blair, a third-year medical student, shows a tissue sample to health sciences teacher Amy Price, second from left, and Kosciusko High School students Anna Claire Blaylock, second from right, and Natalie Howell. Media Contact: Bruce Coleman at 601-984-4743 or bcoleman@umc.edu. Transplant surgery staff at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are helping two Kosciusko High School students inform the world about the importance of organ donation. A health career display on transplant surgery presented at the Health Occupations Students of America state competition as part of a health sciences class project earned a first place award for Kosciusko residents

USM International Business Students Help State Companies with Export Plans

June 02, 2017
Article | Wed, 05/31/2017 - 2:13pm | By Van Arnold USM international business students make a presentation outlining export options for Beck's Confections out of Ridgeland, Miss. For the 10th consecutive year students majoring in international business at The University of Southern Mississippi conducted research and presented senior capstone projects critical to the export of Mississippi goods and services around the world. The seniors, under the direction of Dr. John Lambert, associate professor of International Business, made their final presentations to three Mississippi businesses as the Spring 2017 semester came to a close earlier this month. The students compiled data

Mississippi State VP co-chairing Governor’s Ocean Task Force

June 02, 2017
June 1, 2017 Contact: Jim Laird David Shaw (Photo by Russ Houston) STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State’s chief research officer will play a key leadership role in a new statewide maritime technologies initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the formation of his Ocean Task Force today [June 1] in Gulfport. David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development at MSU, will serve as co-chair. The governor has charged the group with developing a master plan to identify and meet critical needs for economic development around maritime technologies, including unmanned maritime systems (UMS). “The State of Mississippi and Mississippi State University

LIGO Detects Third Set of Gravitational Waves

June 02, 2017
UM physicists part of project that has confirmed new population of black holes June 1, 2017 by Edwin Smith The black holes detected by LIGO are much more massive than any previously observed using X-ray telescopes. Here, two black holes spiral around each other just before merging into one massive black hole. Illustration courtesy LSC/Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonne OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi researchers involved with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory Scientific Collaboration have confirmed that the international partnership has made a third detection of gravitational waves, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened.  

USM Graduate Student Excels as Mentor, Polymer Science Researcher

May 22, 2017
Article | Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:22pm | By Van Arnold Abagail Williams, left, has been a mentor to undergraduate student at Southern Miss, working in the lab of Dr. Joseph Lott. (Photo by Danny Rawls) Recalling the adviser shortage she faced as a high school student in Independence, Mo., Abagail Williams takes immense pride in serving as a mentor to younger students while pursuing her doctoral degree at The University of Southern Mississippi. A first-generation college student, Williams has spent the past two years working the lab of USM Polymer Science Assistant Professor Dr. Joseph Lott. She is quick to

MSU physics professor’s research informs global food security

May 22, 2017
  May 19, 2017 Ariunbold Gombojav (Photo by Russ Houston) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—A recent paper published by a Mississippi State University assistant professor of physics will inform global food security research through detection of abiotic stress in plants. The novel technique developed will help food growers more quickly and efficiently respond to plant stresses.   MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty member Ariunbold Gombojav, along with colleagues from Texas A&M University and Baylor University, published the breakthrough interdisciplinary research in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers used Raman spectroscopy

Interpreter-patient relationship translates into trust

May 17, 2017
Published in News Stories on May 15, 2017 Interpreters with UMMC's Translation and Interpretive Services are, from left, Diva McCardle, Iris Dale, Dianne Gilbert, Nicole Marr and Leslye Ortega. Media Contact: Gary Pettus at 601-815-9266 or gpettus@umc.edu. Unlike his Spanish-speaking parents, who came to America from Mexico, Angel Martinez, 7, is fluent in the language of their adopted country. But when would it be OK to ask someone so young to tell his parents he has a blood-related cancer? When would it be OK to ask this first-grader to explain for them the complications of his illness, Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute

Economic development creates jobs, builds community

May 15, 2017
Chris Masingill, Guest columnist 6:03 a.m. CT May 10, 2017 Chris Masingill(Photo: Handout) 4 CONNECTTWEET 16 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Our nation is celebrating Economic Development Week to remind us all what economic development really means: creating partnerships devoted to building healthy communities that are diversified and resilient enough to survive future economic and natural adversity.   Economic development means creating jobs, developing infrastructure, growing businesses and investing in the workforce – it’s about changing lives for the better. In Tennessee, economic development is a collaborative effort that includes an important partnership between the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Alice Clark Receives 2017 Distinguished Researcher Award

May 15, 2017
UM vice chancellor honored for pivotal role in research and creative achievement May 13, 2017 by Staff Report Alice Clark OXFORD, Miss. – Alice Clark, a renowned scientist, F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy and University of Mississippi administrative leader, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award. The announcement of the prestigious honor, which includes $7,500 and a personal plaque, was made during the university’s 164th Commencement ceremonies in the Grove. Clark, a member of the Ole Miss community for more than 40 years, serves as vice chancellor for university relations. Previously, serving

Southern Miss Autism Research and Treatment Lab Offering Programs for Children, Adolescents

May 15, 2017
Article | Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:14am The University of Southern Mississippi’s Autism and Treatment (SMART) Lab is offering two programs for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their peers, beginning May 31 on the USM Hattiesburg campus. *Summer Social Skills Program: The SMART Lab’s Summer Social Skills Program is designed for children ages 4-12 and focuses on behavioral and social skills, such as joining in groups and conversation skills, and will include strategies to promote skill use in home and community settings. The twice-weekly instruction (Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 1 p.m.; sessions will be 2.5 hours in

While mapping Gulf coastlines, MSU team spots insidious invader

May 15, 2017
  May 11, 2017 Phragmites australis growing throughout the delta of the Lower Pearl River. The invasive plant blocks out native salt marsh vegetation and is a fire hazard. (Submitted photo) Contact: Diane Godwin  STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State research team is completing a high-technology project that should help prevent the spread of an invasive grass species along Gulf of Mexico coastlines.   The university group initially was only collecting hydrologic data as part of a project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Titled SHOUT4Rivers, the project was to map Lower Pearl River delta regions using unmanned aircraft systems,

MSU researchers continue to study, monitor ‘crazy ants’

May 15, 2017
  May 12, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University researchers are continuing to study a “crazy” creature found in Mississippi’s coastal counties. The tawny crazy ant, also known as Nylanderia fulva, is a non-native ant species that has been found in the southern United States, including Hancock, Jackson and Harrison counties in Mississippi. The ants are not widely distributed on the Mississippi gulf coast, but their presence can be overwhelming in areas that contain a crazy ant population, according to MSU researchers who study and monitor the ants. A garden trowel digs into a drift of dead tawny

Med school latecomer defies doubters, wins TEACH Prize

May 12, 2017
Published in News Stories on May 11, 2017 Alon Bee, left, Regions representative, congratulates Dr. William Daley for winning the 2017 TEACH Prize. Media Contact: Gary Pettus at 601-816-9266 or gpettus@umc.edu. Dr. William Daley, who started medical school relatively late, said he was once asked what he planned to do after his residency, which ended when he was 40-something. “I said, 'Retire,'” he recalled. If he had been serious, it would have been a loss for the Medical Center's education mission, if winning the Regions Bank TEACH PRIZE is any kind of standard. At Monday's Nelson Order luncheon, Daley, professor

High School Entrepreneurs Compete in State Event Hosted by USM

May 09, 2017
Article | Thu, 05/04/2017 - 2:37pm | By Van Arnold Greenville High School student Alex Jackson took first place in the Startup Division of the SEP State Business Plan Competition. Jackson is wearing a sequined jacket that he designed and sells through his company -- Alex Cavelry. The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) at The University of Southern Mississippi concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Wednesday, May 3, by hosting the 10th Annual SEP State Business Plan Competition at the Trent Lott National Center. Through a series of regional and online qualifiers held last month, the

JSU College of Business earns extension of AACSB accreditation for all programs

May 09, 2017
Posted by: MBJ Staff in Education, Newsmakers May 9, 2017 Ramin Maysami The Jackson State University College of Business, under the leadership of Dean Ramin Maysami, has earned an extension of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is known worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional qualification an institution and its business programs can earn. Post-secondary institutions are granted this honor in acknowledgement of ongoing excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. Reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation includes all business programs at JSU’s College of Business, bachelor, masters and doctoral level

Engineering researcher at MSU helps design artificial lung device

May 04, 2017
  May 3, 2017 Contact: Shun Pounds A Mississippi State engineering researcher is working on development of digital models of a device called Pediatric Paracorporeal Assist Lung to assist children with chronic lung diseases. STARKVILLE, Miss—Children with chronic lung diseases often must wait months or even years for a transplant, while large, immobile hospital equipment that could help them breathe easier actually may worsen their condition by overtaxing already damaged lungs. Additionally, the required bed confinement can bring about a decline in these young patients’ overall physical and mental states. At Mississippi State, Greg Burgreen is part of a team

‘Billion Dollar Buyer’ Tilman Fertitta to Speak at UM

May 03, 2017
Restaurant mogul set for May 5 event at Pavilion May 1, 2017 by Staff Report Tilman Fertitta OXFORD, Miss. – Businessman Tilman Fertitta, CEO of Landry’s Inc. and star of the CNBC reality show “Billion Dollar Buyer,” will share insights and advice Friday (May 5) at the University of Mississippi. The 11:30 a.m. event at The Pavilion at Ole Miss is free and open to the public. The first 1,000 guests get a complimentary lunch and poster from the event, and will have an opportunity for Fertitta to autograph it personally. The event is a collaboration between the university’s School of

MSU College of Business earns national reaccreditation by AACSB

May 03, 2017
  May 2, 2017 Contact: Addison Arledge   STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Mississippi State University College of Business has been reaccredited by the leading accrediting body for business education, maintaining a distinction held by only five percent of business schools in the world. The university’s business programs have been reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also known as AACSB International, for another five years. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the world’s largest business education network and the longest-serving accrediting body for business schools with undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.   AASCB accreditation is

104 Southern Miss Graduates Among Hospital Staff Recognized with Nation’s Highest Nursing Designation

May 03, 2017
  Article | Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:27pm The University of Southern Mississippi has 104 graduates on the nursing staff at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, which recently received the nation’s top honor for nursing excellence. The Magnet designation is granted by the credentialing center of the American Nurses Association and considered worldwide as the "ultimate seal of quality." Only 7 percent of hospitals in America have earned Magnet recognition. Baptist is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive this designation.   The Magnet Recognition Program® is administered by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association,

Children’s Cancer Center director sleuths to solve disease’s mysteries

May 02, 2017
Dr. Gail Megason is known for her compassion as well as her candor when dealing with patients and their families. Media Contact: Gary Pettus at 601-815-9266 or gpettus@umc.edu. NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Under the Rainbow, the semi-annual magazine for Batson Children's Hospital/Children's of Mississippi. A PDF of that issue can be found here. If the bill for services rendered to Christopher Stamps Jr. had been completely accurate, said his father, it would have said his family owed this much to Dr. Gail Megason: “Everything.” Anyway, that's the view of Christopher Stamps Sr., whose older

Electrical device eases gastroparesis symptoms

May 01, 2017
Published in News Stories on April 27, 2017 Dr. Hubert Spears adjusts Terry Schickel’s gastric stimulator using an external device six weeks after implanting the stimulator to treat gastroparesis. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. Not two months ago, Terry Schickel coped with nausea and vomiting “just about every day of the week, all day long.” For four years, he suffered from the disease gastroparesis, a crippling condition in which the stomach is all but paralyzed, causing it to empty very slowly. That can mean constant nausea, vomiting of undigested food, distention of the abdomen and an unwarranted

CAAD faculty honored by Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

May 01, 2017
April 20th, 2017 Comments Off on CAAD faculty honored by Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University   Four faculty members in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently received national awards for their exemplary work in architectural education.   School of Architecture associate professors Hans Herrmann and Alexis Gregory and assistant professor Emily McGlohn, along with Building Construction Science assistant professor Michele Herrmann, were formally recognized with two Architectural Education Awards by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture during the organization’s 105th annual meeting in Detroit, Michigan.   The ACSA

USM Honors College Students Present Research at U.S. Capitol

May 01, 2017
Article | Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:32am   Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students recently participated in Posters on the Hill, an event in which 60 undergraduates from nearly every state in the nation shared their research with legislators and administration officials in the U.S. Capitol April 25-26.   Britton Strickland, a senior from Hattiesburg majoring in biological sciences, and Maya Rex of Ocean Springs, a junior majoring in Psychology, were chosen to take part in the event coordinated by The Council of Undergraduate Research, which selects less than 10 percent of applicants to participate. USM was the only

Finding Mississippi from all 50 States

May 01, 2017
Article | Fri, 04/28/2017 - 2:18pm | By Tara Burcham Online programs at The University of Southern Mississippi are reaching students in all 50 states. You may think you know something about Mississippi. But what you may not know is that students from around the nation are finding their way to Mississippi, through online learning.   “A lot of people don’t know this, but our online programs are reaching students in every state in the nation,” said Dr. Tom Hutchinson, director of the Office of Online Learning at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. “The quality of our education

MSU-led unmanned aircraft alliance investigates ground collision scenarios

May 01, 2017
  April 28, 2017 This computational simulation of a UAS impacting the human head was developed by Mississippi State researchers using the university’s High Performance Computing Collaboratory’s supercomputers. The color contours represent von Mises shear stress as the UAS impacts with the forehead of the human head model. Contact: Jim LairdSTARKVILLE, Miss. — The Federal Aviation Administration announced results today [April 28] from a major study to understand the risks of flying small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) over people, and Mississippi’s leading research university was a key contributor to the project.   Scientists at Mississippi State were charged with assessing

Mississippi State President elected to lead Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Board

May 01, 2017
  April 28, 2017 MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, newly elected chair of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research board, accepts the gavel from Dan Glickman, outgoing FFAR board chair, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program. Also congratulating Keenum is Sally Rockey, FFAR executive director. Contact: Sid SalterWASHINGTON, DC – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Board of Directors elected Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum to chair the board, effective immediately. Keenum was appointed to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research board in August 2014 by

UM Sophomore Wins Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship

May 01, 2017
Mary Eveleen Brown honored for accomplishments, involvement with $2,500 award April 27, 2017 by Staff Report UM sophomore Mary Eveleen Brown (center) is presented with the 2017 JAMAS Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship by (from left) Ken Cyree, dean of the School of Business Administration; Madison Turnage, daughter of JAMAS CEO Ben Turnage and an Ole Miss senior; Karen Turnage, Ben Turnage’s wife; and Don Duckworth, senior adviser with JAMAS Capital Management. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – JAMAS Capital Management, a private investment firm based in Jackson, has named University of Mississippi sophomore Mary Eveleen Brown

UM School of Pharmacy Named Smart Financial Value

May 01, 2017
Graduates enjoy lower debt, comparable salaries as national averages April 28, 2017 by Anna Herd The UM School of Pharmacy has been ranked 12th nationwide for financial value, based on average salaries and student load debt for graduates. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has been named one of the best financial values in the country among pharmacy programs, based on a study by personal finance and loan refinancing company SoFi. The School of Pharmacy ranked 12th nationwide and best in the Southeastern Conference, based on the ratio of its

Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet

April 28, 2017
  April 27, 2017 Contact: Jim Laird Dr. Henry Wan, center, honored with the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award at Mississippi State, is congratulated by Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw, left, and Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Greg Bohach, right. (Photo by Beth Wynn) STARKVILLE, Miss.—More than 50 Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2017 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors. The honorees, their guests and senior administrators celebrated the university’s research achievements during a campus awards luncheon today [April 27] in the Hunter Henry Center’s

Space shuttle engineer encourages strong ethics, sound decision making

April 24, 2017
  April 20, 2017 Allan McDonald speaks about the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion on Wednesday [April 19] at Mississippi State University. (Photo by Megan Bean) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—On Jan. 28, 1986, Allan McDonald was among the millions of Americans who watched in shock as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. McDonald was present at the Launch Control Center, but the then director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project for engineering contractor Morton Thiokol spent the night before the launch arguing unsuccessfully against launching Challenger in cold temperatures.   McDonald spoke at Mississippi State University

JSU’s Academy for Research & Scholarly Engagement rolls out its fifth cohort

April 24, 2017
by Jackson State University April 21, 2017 Seventeen members of JSU faculty completed the 2016-2017 session of the Jackson State University’s Academy for Research & Scholarly Engagement. (Charles A. Smith/JSU) The fifth cohort of Jackson State University’s Academy for Research & Scholarly Engagement recently completed the 2016-2017 session. The year-long program is designed to broaden the community of Jackson State faculty and staff who earn external funding for their scholarly agendas.  Planned workshops, coaching and engagement with program officers at funding agencies helped Academy participants in the development of competitive proposals for external research. Established in 2012, the Academy has engaged

MSU’s Keenum, U.S. Senator Cochran work to grow Morocco partnerships

April 20, 2017
  April 19, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum, left, and U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), right, recently met with Université Internationale de Rabat (UIR) President Noureddine Mouaddib, center, on the UIR campus in Rabat, Morocco. MSU and UIR have partnered to create programs in aerospace and mechanical engineering. Earlier this year, the Institute of International Education announced that the program established by the two universities had received the 2017 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for International Partnerships. With the recognition as America’s top international university partnership, the program is featured as a “best practice” in

MSU faculty member leads project to discover best measurement for ‘Big G’

April 20, 2017
  April 17, 2017 Contact: Karyn Brown Dipangkar Dutta (Photo by Russ Houston) STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State physics professor will lead a multi-institutional, multi-discipline effort as part of a larger National Science Foundation (NSF) project studying the least precisely known, but very common, fundamental constant in physics. Dipangkar Dutta, professor in MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, will serve as principal investigator with the help from a collaborating nuclear physicist and co-principal investigator from Indiana University. They will conduct research on an alternate material to measure G, Isaac Newton’s gravitational constant, also known as “Big G.”   According to Jeff

‘Dream Big’: Nationally acclaimed science film to be shown at MSU next week

April 20, 2017
  April 18, 2017 Contact: Sammy McDavid STARKVILLE, Miss.—The only Mississippi showing of a major large-screen documentary celebrating human ingenuity that made possible the world’s engineering marvels will be screened Tuesday [April 25] at Mississippi State. Free and open to all, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” begins at 6 p.m. in the university’s Humphrey Coliseum. Produced by California-based and Academy Award-nominated MacGillivray Freeman Films and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges, the recently released production was underwritten by the American Society of Civil Engineers, in part to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics—known to most as

Mississippi State selected to lead Homeland Security UAS test site

April 20, 2017
  April 19, 2017 Contact: Jim Laird   STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University will lead a major research and development project for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after a rigorous and highly competitive review process. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected Mississippi as the new base of operations for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones, and a Mississippi State-led partnership will oversee the initiative.   The new DHS S&T Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demonstration Range Facility will support homeland security operations and training by providing UAS flight and exercise support facilities that

March for Science Set for Weekend

April 20, 2017
UM, Oxford community to participate in national event April 19, 2017 by Edwin Smith OXFORD, Miss. – In celebration of scientific investigation and its benefits, and in support for publicly-funded science, the Oxford community is invited to a March for Science this weekend. Co-sponsored by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Physics Graduate Students Association, the nonpartisan event begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (April 22) on the steps of the Lyceum. Walkers will begin a 1-mile route through the Grove, head east on University Avenue, then north on South Lamar Boulevard. The march ends with

C Spire Tech Experience to Bring Immersive Demonstrations to UM

April 17, 2017
Mini-SXSW event April 27 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss features immersive demonstrations April 14, 2017 by Edwin Smith Lee Eason (left), Ethan Luckett and McKennon McMillan experiment with virtual reality eyewear in Adam Jones’ laboratory. Submitted Photo OXFORD, Miss. – A major technology event featuring nationally acclaimed speakers and cutting-edge demonstrations is scheduled for April 27 at the University of Mississippi.   CTX – the C Spire Tech Experience – begins at 2 p.m. in The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The mini-SXSW expo features Brian Uzzi, a Northwestern University professor and artificial intelligence expert; Michelle McKenna-Doyle, chief information officer

Bagley to expand robotics program through Toyota USA Foundation grant

April 17, 2017
With a $175,000 grant from Toyota USA Foundation, Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering plans to expand its outreach to middle and high school students throughout Mississippi via the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics program.  The program currently serves 25 teams at local school and aims to expand to 30 teams this year.   The program helps to expose and recruit students to pursue STEM degrees, particularly engineering, providing a hands-on learning experience designed to increase interest in the field and develop critical skills.  Through the program, students participate in a six-week robotics competition, where they design,

Student researchers honored during annual biology symposium at MSU

April 17, 2017
April 13, 2017 Contact: Sasha Steinberg Winners from the Mississippi State University Department of Biological Sciences’ 10th annual Undergraduate Research Program Symposium include (left to right) third-place recipient Peter G. Kooienga, a junior microbiology major from Ocean Springs; first-place recipient Anna C. Jackson, a senior biological sciences major from Starkville; and second-place recipient Aaron W. Albee, a sophomore microbiology major from Starkville. (Photo by Beth Wynn) STARKVILLE, Miss.—Three Mississippi State students who conducted faculty-guided research projects throughout the current school year recently took top awards at the 10th annual MSU Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Program Symposium. Sponsored by the university’s

UM Research Day Ignites Discussions, Collaborations

April 17, 2017
Third annual event unites campuses, interests April 14, 2017 by Edwin Smith SUNY neuroscientist Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde delivers the morning keynote during the third annual UM-UMMC Research Day. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – If public peer acknowledgement of genius is every researcher’s dream, then the third annual University of Mississippi-University of Mississippi Medical Center Research Day was a scientist’s dream come true. More than 200 participants were on hand to present their work and explore collaborations through a series of lectures and posters Thursday (April 13) in the Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom. Alternating each year

Tutoring Startup Takes Top Prize at UM Business Competition

April 13, 2017
12th annual Gillespie Business Plan Competition celebrates another successful year April 13, 2017 By Stella Connell OXFORD, Miss. – An online enterprise that helps University of Mississippi students find tutors for their college studies took first place in the 12th annual Gillespie Business Plan Competition, hosted by the UM Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Lee Ingram, a master’s candidate in accountancy from Madison, wowed judges with his presentation for Collegiate Tutoring, a tutoring matchmaking service he started in 2014. Its largest clients are two Greek organizations, and the service has assisted more than 200 students, bringing in revenues of more

Gates Millennium Scholars, graduate NSF fellows recognized at MSU

April 13, 2017
  April 13, 2017 MSU recognized its Gates Millennium Scholars and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellows on Wednesday [April 12]. Pictured, from left to right, are MSU Graduate School Dean Lori Bruce, NSF Fellow Danielle Grimes, Gates Millennium Scholar Eric Matthews, NSF Fellow Amber Kay, Gates Millennium Scholar Juan Rodriguez, MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner, Gates Millennium Scholar Sharniquica Stiles and NSF Fellow Derrick Jones. Not pictured are Gates Millennium Scholars Shelby Jones, Malcolm Robinson and Steven Romero. (Photo by Beth Wynn) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University brought together two distinguished groups of students

MSU poultry science majors chosen for research recognition

April 13, 2017
  April 12, 2017 Contact: Sarah Buckleitner Mohit Bansal (Photo submitted) Tomilola O. “Tomi” Obe (Photo submitted) STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State graduate students are winners of major research recognitions presented at the 2017 International Poultry Scientific Forum.   Tomilola O. “Tomi” Obe and Mohit Bansal were presented with awards of excellence at the professional gathering held in Atlanta, Georgia. Both are Starkville residents pursuing master’s degrees in the Department of Poultry Science in the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.   The annual forum is co-sponsored by the Southern Poultry Science Society, Southern Conference on Avian Diseases and United

USM Hosts Hackathon to Find New “Hidden Figures” in Computer Science

April 13, 2017
The Petal High team J.A.M. Inc., captured first place in the inaugural Hackathon competition held April 7-8 at The University of Southern Mississippi. Pictured left to right: Myla Cox, Abbey Gallager, Jasmine Gibbs and team mentor Dr. SherRhonda Gibbs. (Photo by Reggie Thomas) Last year’s hit movie, Hidden Figures, told the inspiring story of three female African-American mathematicians who worked as “computers” for NASA, helping the U.S. win the Space Race and put the first man on the moon. Today, despite the accomplishments of these early trailblazers, women of color are among the least represented minorities in the technology sector,

Kinesiology Students and Professor Advocate for Health, Physical Education Funding

April 12, 2017
  Article | Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:55pm | By Hanna Knowles Student and faculty representatives from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology will meet with their Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. for SHAPE America’s – Society of Health and Physical Educators 9th annual SPEAK Out! Day, April 25-26.   Students Alex Faulk and Alison Hughes received scholarships from SHAPE to fund their travel. They will be joined by Dr. Evelyn Gordon, assistant professor of sport coaching education. Hughes, vice president of the Physical Education Majors Club, said “advocacy events like this are important because most people do not

MSU honors 2017 Graduate Student Research Symposium winners

April 12, 2017
  April 11, 2017 White flags recently formed the state of Mississippi as part of a Graduate Student Appreciation Week display on Mississippi State’s historic Drill Field. The university recognized graduate students' contributions to the university community this past week with an array of events organized by the Graduate School and Graduate Student Association. (Photo by Russ Houston) Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.—Faculty-guided research projects completed by 160 graduate students throughout the current school year recently were on display at Mississippi State. During the university’s Graduate Student Research Symposium, 27 of those students received top awards for their work during

Engineer involved with the Space Shuttle Challenger will serve as Distinguished Speaker

April 12, 2017
The explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, is one of the seminal moments in American history and remains an indelible image in the nation’s collective memory. Allan McDonald Allan McDonald, who was present at the launch, will visit Mississippi State to present a lecture titled “Safety and Ethics Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia Accidents.” The talk is part of the Bagley College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker series.   McDonald’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Colvard Union Ballroom with a book signing to follow. The

School of Pharmacy Begins Clinical Study of Antimalarial Drug

April 12, 2017
Volunteers sought to help researchers improve safety, efficacy of essential medication April 11, 2017 By Jordan Dollenger OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Research Clinic is looking for students and residents in the Oxford and Lafayette County area to participate in a clinical study for the antimalarial drug primaquine. The World Health Organization lists primaquine as one of the safest and most essential medications in the world. The study begins later this month and will coincide with WHO’s World Malaria Day observance April 25, which highlights the need for continued commitment to malaria control and prevention

Pharmacy Professor Wins Prestigious Elsie M. Hood Teaching Award

April 12, 2017
Students call John Rimoldi 'enthusiastic' and 'altruistic' April 11, 2017 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest John Rimoldi lectures to a group of UM pharmacy students. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – John Rimoldi, professor of medicinal chemistry in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, is the winner of the 2017 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. This award recognizes one Ole Miss professor each year who embodies teaching excellence and exceptional student engagement. Students and faculty submit letters of nomination, and honorees are usually nominated many times over before winning. “I am deeply humbled

USM Summer Course in Economic Development to focus on Communities Partnered with Defense Industry

April 10, 2017
Article | Mon, 04/10/2017 - 1:24pm The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Science in Economic Development program will offer a new online elective course, ED 761 - Contemporary Issues in Economic Development Economic Development for Defense Communities, from June 5-July 31 in the 2017 summer semester.   The new course is designed for economic developers whose economy is defense- dependent and includes military personnel involved with civilian affairs, logistics, and, procurement. The course makes extensive use of data analytics to understand the defense industry and how to diversify local economies.   According to a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office

The rise of machine intelligence

April 10, 2017
College of Science Engineering and Technology · Community · Events · Featured · Research & Technology  by Jackson State University April 6, 2017 By OLIVIA S. GOODHEART Over the next decade, we can expect autonomous machine intelligence to become pervasive in our society, according to Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. Jackson State University will host the national Big Data thought-leader in a special lecture and open discussion at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the auditorium of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Building.

Three USM Students Named Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mentions

April 10, 2017
Article | Fri, 04/07/2017 - 9:55am | By Van Arnold University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate students Nathaniel Prine, Rose Curtis, and William “Blake” Martin have been recognized for their research efforts as Honorable Mentions for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. All three are members of the University’s Honors College, while Curtis is also a USM Presidential Scholar. The trio plan to apply for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this fall.   The Goldwater Scholarship offers support for the next generation of research scientists. Students must be majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields and planning a

Pharmacy Student Wins Kappa Epsilon Foundation Scholarship

April 10, 2017
Alix Cawthon hopes to specialize in infectious disease pharmacy April 8, 2017 By Anna Herd Alix Cawthon OXFORD, Miss. – Alix Cawthon, a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Mississippi, is the winner of a Kappa Epsilon Zada M. Cooper Scholarship. A professional pharmacy fraternity founded in 1921 with the mission to serve women pharmacists, Kappa Epsilon champions women’s health issues. The fraternity’s foundation promotes scholastic and professional advancement among its members with awards, fellowships and scholarships such as the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship, a $750 award given to five students each year. Cawthon became a member of the

MAFES researchers at MSU work to extend blueberry season

April 10, 2017
  April 6, 2017 Contact: Sarah Buckleitner MSU researchers Guihong Bi and Tongyin Li are pictured in a high tunnel full of blueberry bushes at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State. (Photo by David Ammon) STARKVILLE, Miss.—In-season blueberries are a fleeting summer treat. But with the help of high tunnels—structures that shelter plants from the elements—a Mississippi State University researcher hopes to make Mississippi-grown blueberries available for longer periods of time. Extending the blueberry season in Mississippi has multiple benefits. Besides the simple pleasure of eating freshly-picked blueberries three seasons out of the year, a longer

JSUTV nets top honor for story on medical drones in Mississippi-Louisiana AP contest

April 10, 2017
by Jackson State University April 7, 2017     JSUTV was among a host of winners named recently in the 2016 Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press broadcast competition in Jackson, including an honor that netted a top award in TV Division I for Mississippi in the multimedia story category. The awards honored outstanding work in journalism and broadcasting for 2016. The station took home awards in several categories: 1st Place in Multimedia Story for “Medical Drones”: Eric Walker 2nd Place in Public Affairs Reporting for “Deadly Police Chase”: Eric Walker 3rd Place in Documentary for “Pro Life vs. Women’s Health”: Eric Walker

MSU ranked as top ‘Best Value College’ in Mississippi

April 07, 2017
  April 7, 2017 Mississippi State University ranked as the top “Best Value” College in Mississippi by SmartAsset, a financial technology company. (Photo by Megan Bean) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State University education has the highest value of any college or university in the state of Mississippi, according to a recent analysis from SmartAsset, a financial technology company. According to SmartAsset’s third annual Best Value Colleges study, MSU has a College Education Value Index of 41.36, over three points higher than the University of Mississippi, the second Mississippi school in the rankings. MSU graduates also earn higher average

MSU researcher Lemley chosen for major regional recognition

April 06, 2017
April 5, 2017 Contact: Vanessa Beeson Caleb Lemley (Photo by Tom Thompson) STARKVILLE, Miss.—An animal physiology specialist at Mississippi State is receiving a major honor from the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Assistant Professor Caleb Lemley is this year’s selection for the professional organization’s Outstanding Young Animal Scientist in Research Award.   A faculty member in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Lemley recently accepted the honor from the ASAS unit whose members represent Mississippi and 14 other states in the region, along with parts

Neuroscientist Slated for Science Cafe, Brain Awareness Week Lectures

April 06, 2017
Susana Martinez-Conde to discuss visual perception, magic of brain April 11-13 April 5, 2017 By Edwin Smith Susana Martinez-Conde, a neuroscientist at the State University of New York, will make three separate appearances April 11-13 in Oxford and at UM. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – A renowned neuroscientist is scheduled to give three separate lectures on brain function and visual perception April 11-13 in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi. Susana Martinez-Conde of State University of New York will open the week with “Vision is All About Change,” a presentation of the Oxford Science Cafe, at 6 p.m. April

UM Natural Products Center Director Wins Prestigious Botanical Award

April 05, 2017
Ikhlas Khan honored for scientific community-building April 4, 2017 By Anna Herd Ikhlas Khan OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississppi School of Pharmacy, was honored Monday (April 3) night with the 2016 Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award from the American Botanical Council. The presentation came at the 17th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, hosted by NCNPR this week at the Oxford Conference Center. The American Botanical Council focuses on using science-based and traditional information to promote and educate about the responsible use of

WHO: more drugs, fewer superbugs

April 04, 2017
Published in News Stories on April 03, 2017 Dr. Ashley Robinson, foreground, and Xiao Luo prepare to load a DNA chip on a sequencing machine in UMMC's genomics facility. By loading millions of DNA fragments on the chip, they can then determine the entire genetic sequence, or genome, of a bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. The World Health Organization has signaled for help in defeating a group of notorious villains. They are the superbugs - bacteria with the ability to overcome our best defenses. The WHO published a list Feb. 27 prioritizing

MSU adds master’s program in cyber security and operations

April 04, 2017
April 3, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Building on its robust cyber security research and education programs, Mississippi State University is launching a master’s program in cyber security and operations.   The new master of science degree was recently approved by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees. The program will be administered by the Bagley College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering and will be open for enrollment this fall or earlier, administrators said. It will be one of the only degree programs in the Southeast to offer a cyber defense and a cyber operations

Bryant, IHL join hundreds saluting focus on disease prevention by School of Public Health

April 04, 2017
by Jackson State University April 4, 2017 Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said the School of Public Health will lead to a better quality of life for the state. He also said he supports “this great urban university” and views the location of the new school as “an area that must be wholly involved in public health.” (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) Gov. Phil Bryant and other advocates for better healthcare statewide lauded Mississippi’s only School of Public Health at Jackson State University during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, April 3, in the Jackson Medical Mall for raising the prospects for lowering

Chevron continues support of MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering programs

April 04, 2017
  April 4, 2017 Representatives from Chevron recently presented MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering with a contribution to support several projects and programs within the college. Chevron is a leading employer of MSU engineering alumni. Pictured on the front row, from left to right, are engineering students Bianca Thomas, Chelsea Cherry, Emily S. Turner, Rachel Hybart, Heidi Wallis and Chevron’s Jay R. Pryor. On the second row is W.D. Hunter and Craig May of Chevron, student Brandon Davis, Wil Harris of Chevron and student Sander Ohnstad. On the third row is Bagley College of Engineering Dean Jason M. Keith, Bagley

AirCare trio is cornerstone of UMMC’s medical air transport

April 04, 2017
Published in News Stories on April 03, 2017 Cathy Delaney, Todd Perry and Bo Sullivan are the only original flight nurses still on the staff of AirCare. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. Just three people at the University of Mississippi Medical Center can say they've bested Donna Norris' 20-year anniversary with AirCare. Bo Sullivan, Cathy Delaney and Todd Perry are the only original flight nurses still on the staff of AirCare since it made its maiden flight in February 1996. The state's most advanced medical helicopter transport over time has cared for more than 18,000 patients and

School of Pharmacy Hosts International Botanical Conference

April 03, 2017
Attendees share advances in technology, research and policy March 31, 2017 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest Visitors examine specimens of various botanicals growing at the UM Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden. Researchers at the National Center for Natural Products Research can use the samples grown there to test various plants for potential use as medicines or agricultural chemicals. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications   OXFORD, Miss. – Oxford is again the destination for scientists and other visitors from around the world gathering to discuss the ancient, yet rapidly evolving, study of botanical medicines. The 17th annual International Conference on

Student researcher named MSU’s newest Goldwater Scholar

April 03, 2017
  March 31, 2017 Jackson Coole (Photo by Megan Bean) Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State seniors are among those receiving prestigious recognition by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Senior biological engineering/biomedical engineering major Jackson B. Coole of Picayune is the land-grant university’s third student in the past six years to receive the highly coveted Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Senior microbiology and chemistry double-major Sabrina E. Moore of Starkville is MSU’s eighth student in the past six years to receive honorable mention selection from the premier national scholarship organization. Both students are members of the Judy

Baby, baby, baby! Neonatal nurses in demand

April 03, 2017
Special to USA TODAY NETWORK - Mississippi 3:18 p.m. CT April 2, 2017 Emily Jones, right, gains clinical hours in the NICU taking care of newborn Noah Levi Howze while his parents, Jerry and Clouzetta Howze of Hattiesburg, look on.(Photo: UMMC Communications) 2 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Emily Jones knew since before she started nursing school that she wanted to take care of babies. “In my heart, that had never been a question,” said Jones, a Madison resident and patient transport nurse at Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants and Batson Children's Hospital. “As soon as I graduated from nursing school, I wanted

Geriatrician gap threatens crisis for the aged

April 03, 2017
Published on March 30, 2017 During a home visit with his patient, Jannie Leflore, Dr. Mark Meeks, right, places a reassuring hand on Charlotte Baker, one of Leflore's daughters, as Dr. Lyssa Weatherly takes note of Meeks' bedside manner. Media Contact: Gary Pettus at 601-815-9266 or gpettus@umc.edu. NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Mississippi Medicine, the semi-annual alumni magazine for the School of Medicine. A PDF of that issue can be found here. Dr. Mark Meeks knows there aren't enough doctors like him, because there are too many patients like his - geriatric patients dealing with

NSF helps JSU think tank stamp out implicit bias on campus against STEM women, others

March 31, 2017
by Jackson State University March 30, 2017 A grant from the National Science Foundation is helping Jackson State University deliver a powerful message about the prevalence of unconscious bias against women in STEM and people in other academic areas while also unpacking solutions to mitigate the implicit behavior. Dr. Loretta A. Moore, principal investigator and JSU’s vice president for Research and Federal Relations, said the NSF ADVANCE program has been around nearly 20 years, with most awards having been granted to predominantly white institutions. The JSU ADVANCE project was held recently at the Jackson Convention Complex and aimed to “get

Jackson State University will unveil Mississippi’s only School of Public Health

March 31, 2017
Jackson State University will unveil Mississippi’s only School of Public Health (SPH) during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Monday, April 3, which will usher in a global push for disease prevention that aims to curb soaring medical costs associated with treating worsening health conditions. Tierra McMillan, foreground, presented research during the School of Public Health Initiative 2016 fall colloquium for the master’s program. Her topic was “Exploring the Association Between Sexual Behaviors and Spatial Mobility of African American MSM (men who have sex with men) in Jackson, MS.” The upcoming event at the Jackson Medical Mall will coincide

GLENN McCULLOUGH: Automotive industry is driving job creation in Mississippi

March 30, 2017
Posted by: For the MBJ in Columns, Economic Development, Manufacturing, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS, OPINION March 30, 2017 GLENN MCCULLOUGH A little more than a decade ago, Mississippi had never produced a commercial vehicle. Today, about 4 million vehicles assembled in the state are on the road around the world, and production is showing no signs of slowing down. For Mississippians, more significant than production milestones are the contributions Toyota and Nissan have made to the state and local economy. These automotive manufacturers are responsible for the creation of thousands of careers and the investment of billions of dollars in the

UM Alumnus Endows Business Scholarship

March 29, 2017
Man who helped launch Orville Redenbacher hopes to help mentor Ole Miss marketing students March 25, 2017 By Bill Dabney Lyt Harris, pictured here on vacation at the Baltic Sea port of Warnemunde, Germany, has pledged to increase his scholarship endowment for the UM School of Business Administration to $100,000. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – Years ago, after spotting the potential for great success in a small-town popcorn grower, University of Mississippi alumnus Lyt Harris helped make Orville Redenbacher a national sensation. Recognizing the same potential in business students, Harris of Houston, Texas, has established endowments at Ole Miss and

‘Future of Water’ conference at MSU fosters collaboration across SEC universities

March 29, 2017
  March 28, 2017 Contact: Allison Matthews Eban Bean of the University of Florida leads discussion during a breakout panel March 28 during the SEC Academic Conference hosted at MSU. The conference focused on “The Future of Water” and included more than 60 speakers and panelists from throughout the SEC on a variety of water resource topics. (Photo by Megan Bean) STARKVILLE, Miss.—A collaborative conversation on a simple topic – water – is yielding discussions that literally could change the world, and researchers are saying that change is critical for meeting increased water needs around the globe. About 200 participants

Going back to Cali: Engineering student receives full scholarship to Berkeley

March 29, 2017
by Jackson State University March 24, 2017 Tsegereda Esatu, senior electrical engineering major, has been admitted to the doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) with a full scholarship. A native of Ethiopia, Esatu is the top student in her class and is expected to graduate summa cum laude from Jackson State this spring.   “During my experience in college, one of the important things I learned is to use every small or great opportunity,” she said. It appears Esatu has been doing just that. She was involved in the research of “An electronic system for detecting lives in disasters”

Researcher’s goal: Putting an end to diabetes epidemic

March 24, 2017
Published in News Stories on March 23, 2017 Dr. Jean Guyton Gispen of Oxford, left, visits with Dr. John Hall, center, Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, and Dr. Gerald Shulman, George R. Cowgill Professor of Physiological Chemistry and co-director of the Yale Diabetes Research Center at Yale University. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu.   Used to be, diabetes was seen as a disease of the older, obese adult. Today, that's not necessarily so. “When I was a med student, Type 2 diabetes was unheard of in a child. Today, there's a paradigm

MSU’s Vahedifard examines ‘Lessons from the Oroville dam’ in Science

March 24, 2017
March 23, 2017 Contact: Allison Matthews Farshid Vahedifard STARKVILLE, Miss.—A letter in Science magazine from a Mississippi State faculty member is examining lessons gleaned from the recent Oroville dam incident in California.   The letter in the March 17 issue of Science says recent incidents, including a massive hole in the dam’s primary spillway and excessive erosion in the emergency spillway, along with a levee breach near Manteca, “clearly demonstrate how extreme events, land-cover and land-use changes, and the emerging climatic changes can threaten the integrity of our aging dams and levees.” Farshid Vahedifard, an MSU Bagley College of Engineering

Center for Manufacturing Excellence Receives Gifts from Milwaukee Tool

March 24, 2017
Wisconsin-based manufacturer delivered tool sets, equipment for UM students' use March 23, 2017 By Edwin Smith UM engineering students Ashley Irons (left) and Vera Gardner (right) enjoy opening Milwaukee Tool packages as Satoka Watanabe (center), adjunct associate professor, shares the moment. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi received a generous gift Thursday (March 23) from Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. Three representatives from one of the nation’s leading power tool manufacturers delivered more than a dozen toolboxes, power tools and accessories to the CME. University administrators

At Biloxi conference, e-Center faculty hails CyberLearning for enrollment, academics

March 24, 2017
by Jackson State University March 21, 2017 Staffers present gleeful first-time freshmen at Jackson State University with iPads during a fifth consecutive distribution event courtesy of the Mississippi e-Center Foundation. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)   The executive director of the Mississippi e-Center@JSU recently facilitated a panel discussion in Biloxi on the positive impact of CyberLearning in recruiting millennials and advancing academics, especially since the e-Center’s foundation over the past five years has donated 5,000 iPads to all first-time, full-time freshmen at Jackson State University. More than 5,000 iPads have been distributed since the giveaway initiative began. In addition to

New study: Career and technical education perceptions examined

March 20, 2017
March 17, 2017 Contact: Kristen Dechert   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Despite the proven benefits of career and technical education, many Mississippians—even some public-school educators—seem to have misconceptions about its worth in preparing the state’s future workforce. “Confronting the CTE Stigma” is a new report developed from statewide surveys conducted by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State. Julie Jordan, director of the RCU, said studies indicate that Mississippi students in CTE programs graduate from high school at higher rates than their non-CTE peers. Additionally, CTE prepares students for middle skill-level jobs, “an employment niche where growth is projected to outpace both

USM Scientist’s 50-Year Career Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

March 20, 2017
Article | Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:17am | By James Skrmetta 1. Harriet Perry receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society on Feb. 23. (Submitted photo) University of Southern Mississippi Senior Research Scientist Harriet Perry was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society on Feb. 23 in Biloxi. Perry’s career spans 50 years at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory where she filled the role of graduate student, biologist, faculty member, and ultimately Director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development. “Most folks from the

The future of water: MSU researcher studies hydrology, ecology with practical applications for conservation

March 20, 2017
Contact: Allison Matthews STARKVILLE, Miss.—Water. How can something so simple be so complex? Researchers with expertise in a wide range of water-related issues will converge this month for the SEC Academic Conference to discuss the often complex issues related to the earth’s most life-giving resource. Anna Linhoss, a Mississippi State assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering and chair of the conference organizing committee, said she looks forward to meeting the best scientists in the Southeast and anticipates learning more about cutting-edge research from colleagues at other SEC universities. “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines and

6 JSU students will attend Climate Change Conference in New Orleans

March 20, 2017
by Jackson State University March 14, 2017 Students will showcase their research during the fifth annual HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans on March 15-19. Appearing with Dr. Yaw Twumasi, standing right, a JSU visiting professor with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, are Le Bu, seated left, Reginald S. Davis and Sabrina White; and Tiffany Lomax. Jackson State University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Public Service is among 22 HBCUs expected at the fifth HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans on March 15-19 that will examine

Pharmacy Professor Co-Authors Winning Paper

March 20, 2017
Meagan Rosenthal focuses on ensuring consistent care across health care settings March 11, 2017 By Anna Herd Meagen Rosenthal OXFORD, Miss. – Meagen Rosenthal, assistant professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi, is co-author of a report that won the 2016 Best Paper award from the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. The paper, titled “Confronting inequities: A scoping review of the literature on pharmacist practice and health-related disparities,” reviews and summarizes research on interactions between pharmacists and patients from potentially marginalized groups, including illicit drug users. “The consequences of health-related disparities to the population have been

Physics of the Sun Topic of March Science Cafe

March 20, 2017
Physics of the Sun Topic of March Science Cafe Sabrina Savage of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center is third lecturer of spring semester March 14, 2017 By Edwin Smith NASA astrophysicist Sabrina L. Savage will discuss ‘The Physics of the Sun’ March 21 at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – The sun and solar flares are the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s third meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. March 21 at Lusa Bakery Bistro

Why March Is The Best Time To Apply For A Summer Internship

March 10, 2017
arch is the busiest and most crucial month for internship applications; here’s how to stand out and land a summer gig.  Jared Lindzon03.01.17 | 6:57 am According to data by LinkedIn, more summer interns are hired in March than any other month of the year. There were 70,000 U.S. internship listings on the professional networking site in February. If historical trends are any indicator, that number will likely jump above six figures during the month of March. “It is the dead center of internship season; it is a crucial month,” says Lauren Berger, founder of Internqueen.com and author of two

Calling all judges: Jackson State’s Region II Science and Engineering Fair wants you!

March 10, 2017
by Jackson State University March 9, 2017 Jackson State University is looking for judges to assist in the 44th Region II Science and Engineering Fair.  From March 23 – 24, nearly 800 elementary, middle and high school students from 60 area schools will converge at JSU’s Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center.   Together, students will compete in approximately 12 areas of science and technology. The winners of the regional fair will then move on to the Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair where they will have the opportunity to contend on an international level. Therefore, Jackson State is calling on

Researchers Study Effects of Weather, Distance and Running on Athletes

March 09, 2017
Analysis of World Cup performance has implications for future host sites, players in other sports March 7, 2017 By Edwin Smith OXFORD, Miss. – Amid discussions of the possible effects of global warming, University of Mississippi professors have determined that extreme heat can greatly affect players’ performance in the world’s premiere international soccer competition. Nick Watanabe and Grace Yan, both assistant professors in the UM Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management, joined Pamela Wicker of German Sport University Cologne in studying the effect of weather conditions, travel distances and rest days on running performance. Their results are published

Marine Education Center Scientists, Fishing Pros to Offer Seminar on Catching More Redfish and Speckled Trout

March 09, 2017
Article | Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:36am   Interested in catching more Redfish and Speckled Trout? University of Southern Mississippi marine scientists and local professional fishing guides have teamed up to offer to help you catch more fish. The seminar “Catch More Fish with Science” will be hosted March 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, located at the Peck House on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.   The USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center (MEC) has offered this seminar in Long Beach and Ocean Springs, and is bringing it to Hattiesburg for the first

MSU-based education research center begins podcast to focus on K-12 innovations

March 09, 2017
  March 8, 2017 Contact: Emile Creel STARKVILLE, Miss.—The first three audio podcasts highlighting major achievements in Mississippi’s K-12 public education are available today [March 8].   “Mississippi ED Talk” will be a monthly production of the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. The podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud, or by visiting www.rcu.msstate.edu/MSEDTalk. Since being established in 1965, the RCU has worked to enhance and improve public education in Mississippi through development of curricula and teaching assessments, as well as direct training and learning opportunities. Podcast co-hosts Anne Hierholzer Lang and Gabrielle Barrientos will be

Grant will fund MSU and UK research to advance understanding of infant head trauma

March 09, 2017
  March 8, 2017 Mississippi State University and Cardiff University researchers collaborate at MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. Pictured, from left to right, are MSU doctoral student Hamed Bakhtiary, CAVS student worker Jonny Miller, MSU Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Raj Prabhu, Cardiff University Senior Lecturer Mike Jones and CAVS Research Engineer III Wilburn Whittington. (Submitted photo) Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—A research collaboration between Mississippi State University and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom aims to increase understanding of infant head trauma. Using funds from an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant, researchers from both

MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering launches biomedical engineering degree program

March 06, 2017
March 3, 2017 Contact: Philip Allison Jason Keith, dean of MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering (Photo by Beth Wynn)STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University has expanded its undergraduate degree offerings to include a new opportunity in biomedical engineering.   The approval made by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees will allow Mississippi State students to formally enroll as biomedical engineering majors during the 2017 fall semester. With the introduction of a biomedical engineering degree, the Bagley College of Engineering now offers 12 different undergraduate degree opportunities across eight departments of study. “The Department

CAVS-E to continue role in Mississippi’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership

March 06, 2017
  March 6, 2017 Contact: James Carskadon   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension in Canton will continue to play a key role in the state’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership as the program has secured an additional five years of federal funding. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced $12 million in first-year funding to operate Manufacturing Extension Partnership programs in 11 states, including Mississippi. The Magnolia State’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership received $1.03 million in funding and will be administered by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association beginning in April. Previously, the partnership

Graduate Student Council Hosting Annual Research Symposium Thursday

March 03, 2017
Nearly 60 students slated to present projects March 2, 2017 By Christina Steube The Graduate Student Council is hosting its seventh annual research symposium Thursday at the Inn at Ole Miss. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – The Graduate Student Council at the University of Mississippi is hosting its seventh annual research symposium from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday (March 2) at the Inn at Ole Miss. The symposium acts as a mini-conference, allowing graduate students to discuss their research through podium and poster presentations in the categories of social sciences, education, business, accounting, physical and life

UM Chemistry Department Achieves National Recognition for Diversity

March 03, 2017
Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes engagement of minorities and women in the field February 24, 2017 By Edwin Smith The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has attracted several top female honors students to the program through its biochemistry emphasis. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communication OXFORD, Miss. – Mixing people, like chemicals, can yield either victorious or violent results. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi has done so successfully and recently was nationally recognized for its achievements. The American Chemical Society presented the department with its Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity

School of Nursing earns Governor’s Award for JPS partnership

March 02, 2017
Rosalind Basham, a SON patient care technician, gives a hearing test to senior football player Antonio Shelton at the Lanier High School Teen Wellness Clinic. School of Nursing earns Governor's Award for JPS partnership Media Contact: Alana Bowman at 601-984-1970 or abowman@umc.edu. Coming to the table with potential partners and listening first, then responding with solutions, is a practice familiar to the faculty and students at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing. That engagement technique is a testament to why the school was recognized at the 2017 Governor's Award luncheon held Wednesday, March 1, during the Mississippi Education Partnership Conference held in

JSU-CSET’s Society of Women Engineers hosts panel to inspire young females

March 02, 2017
by Jackson State University February 24, 2017 “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” was the theme of the JSU-CSET chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, which hosted a panel discussion on women in engineering and science in celebration of Engineering Week 2017. Keynote speakers included, Leah Walters of Nissan, North America, Dr. Renee Horton of NASA and JSU vice president for Information Technology, Dr. Deborah Dent. Participants engaged in an open dialogue with students from Provine and Jim Hill high schools (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) Dr. Deborah Dent, vice president Information Technology, Jackson State University “I decided to participate

Top Scholars Visit UM Business School for Research Consortium

March 02, 2017
Mid-South Management Research Consortium featured expert discussions and mentoring opportunities March 1, 2017 By Stella Connell Participants in this year’s Mid-South Management Research Consortium spend time networking in Lamar Hall. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – More than 80 scholars from nearly 20 institutions of higher learning gathered at the University of Mississippi over the weekend (Feb. 24-25) to discuss research and potential projects in the field of management and to mentor doctoral students in the discipline. The Mid-South Management Research Consortium convenes each year to strengthen faculty and doctoral students’ research programs, and to develop research collaborations. This year’s event

JSU, West Point partner again for STEM leadership conference for JPS schools

March 02, 2017
by Jackson State University February 28, 2017 Keynote speaker for the West Point Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in STEM Conference was Emily McGowan. She is the daughter of Jennifer Hicks-McGowan, a former chair and professor of Military Science at JSU. The West Point Leadership, Ethics and Diversity in STEM Conference (WPLEADS) was held for the second consecutive year on the campus of Jackson State University in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. The event was Feb. 10, with more than  300 students and administration participants from throughout the Jackson Public School District, and participants from Powell Middle School, were

Students sink teeth into dental research

February 24, 2017
Published in News Stories on February 23, 2017 The 2017 School of Dentistry research day highlighted the academic diversity that the school's research program has to offer. Jiman Nelson, a third-year dental student, shares his award-winning poster on anodized titanium for implants with classmates Clint Sistrunk, Wes Shields and Alyssa Ables. Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. Sixteen students presented their research at the 2017 School of Dentistry research day February 21 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “This has been an exciting year for research in the School of

USM Office of Technology Development Hosts USPTO Patent and Trademark Presentation

February 24, 2017
Article | Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:14pm | By Jim Coll Cancer drug delivery, solar cell innovation, and developing a better helmet for U.S. Army soldiers — University of Southern Mississippi faculty and students are ambitious and innovative in their current research. Those projects promise to change, and in some cases, save lives. And the value of discoveries can be measured in numerous ways, including monetary. On Thursday, the University hosted an official with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to better inform the academic community on the role of that office protecting the intellectual property that emerges from

UM School of Engineering Teams with Tech Firms for STEM Initiative

February 24, 2017
New E2I programs aim to attract underserved youth and educators to university February 17, 2017 By Edwin Smith Civil engineering professor and CAIT Director Waheed Uddin (center) is the UM point of contact for a developing partnership between the School of Engineering and GroupNotions LLC.Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Engineering and two technology companies are working together to create a program aimed at attracting more underrepresented youth into science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields.   The engineering school, in partnership with GroupNotions LLC and Group HI LLC, is

USM Foundation Launches Crowdfunding Platform for Student & Faculty Projects

February 23, 2017
  Article | Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:15am | By Karelia Pitts The USM Foundation has announced the launch of Eagle Fever - Southern Miss Crowdfunding to provide members of The University of Southern Mississippi community an avenue to raise funds and awareness about specific campus needs and projects. Eagle Fever is an online fundraising tool used to generate support for Southern Miss by connecting the power of social media, peer-to-peer relationships and collective giving. This brand-new platform allows donors the opportunity to support a variety of different projects created by those within the Golden Eagle community.   With the growing

Graduate student represents MSU in regional Three Minute Thesis competition

February 23, 2017
  February 22, 2017 Caitlin Wenzel (Photo by Russ Houston)Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.— A graduate student in Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine is competing March 4-5 in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Three Minute Thesis Regional Finals in Annapolis, Maryland. Caitlin J. Wenzel, a master’s student studying veterinary medical science, was named Grand Champion of MSU’s fourth annual Three Minute Thesis Competition last November. Her research talk, “Magnesium Sulfate: A Rescue for Horse & Human Asthmatics,” earned a $1,000 prize. Originally from Marinette, Wisconsin, Wenzel also is an MSU animal and dairy sciences bachelor’s graduate. Based on

South Mississippi Students Participate in Market Research Symposium

February 23, 2017
Article | Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:20pm | By Van Arnold "Home Style" representing Lumberton High School took first place in the market validation challenge as part of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program's regional youth symposium held Feb. 21. (University Communications photo by Van Arnold) High school students from across South Mississippi explored the intricacies of market research during a regional youth symposium held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The University of Southern Mississippi and sponsored by the Southern Entrepreneurship Program. The central component of the “SEP Strive” workshop involved helping students gauge the need for market research and “validation” to determine whether

Keynote Paige, 2 JSU honorees among special guests during statewide legislative salute

February 23, 2017
by Jackson State University February 22, 2017 JSU interim President Rod Paige hails higher education for buttressing the U.S. and elevating people out of poverty. He spoke Tuesday in the downtown Marriott before a capacity crowd of legislators, university presidents, student and faculty scholars, and corporate sponsors. The celebration marked the 30th anniversary of Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE). (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) The Mississippi Legislature acknowledged academic excellence with a keynote address by Jackson State University interim President Dr. Rod Paige and extolled scholastic achievements of students and faculty statewide, including two from JSU,

Entergy provides $150,000 to support JSU engineering program under power initiative

February 23, 2017
by Jackson State University February 22, 2017 Entergy Mississippi, Inc. reaffirmed its support of engineering programs at Jackson State University by presenting a $150,000 check to the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) to be used for endowment, scholarships and program support. Matching funds will increase the overall value of the donation to $230,000. Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy, who visited the campus to help kick off Engineering Week 2017, said, “The No. 1 issue for Entergy is developing our workforce. We would not be in existence if there were no engineers.” The contribution to JSU is

Graduates of USM Nurse Practitioner Program See 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Exam

February 22, 2017
  Article | Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:47pm | By Van Arnold Recent graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Southern Mississippi received a 100 percent pass rate on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exam.   All 30 students who graduated from the USM College of Nursing’s program for 2016 completed the rigorous post-graduate certification requirements. The online program comprises four semesters of academic work with a clinical component that includes than 300 healthcare agencies with which the University has contracted.   “The 100 percent pass rate is a testament to the commitment of our

Cooper Tire ‘Dream Team’ Visits UM

February 22, 2017
Manufacturer donated tire cutaway display to the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence February 21, 2017 By Edwin Smith OXFORD, Miss. – Expanding upon an already solid relationship with the University of Mississippi, the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. “Dream Team” visited the university’s Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence on Wednesday (Feb. 15).   Led by plant manager Robert Haggerty, six rising, early-career employees from the manufacturing firm’s Tupelo facility met with CME administrators and School of Engineering faculty members for an extended discussion and tour of the center. The Cooper group donated a sectional tire display, which shows

Value Analysis promotes culture of savings, efficiency

February 21, 2017
Published in News Stories on February 20, 2017 UMMC pharmacists Justin Harrison (pictured) and James Madaris suggested administering the drug Emend via IV rather than by mouth because use of an IV is less expensive. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. Why should caregivers in pediatrics use adult-sized wipes on tots and babies when baby wipes are all that's needed? Why eat a non-reimbursable $272 to wake up a Medical ICU patient at 3 a.m. for “routine” lab work that always includes a chest X-ray, when the tests aren't necessary in the first place Why use two sponges

MEDC recognizes Mississippi State’s CAVS Extension for jobs reshoring initiative

February 21, 2017
  February 21, 2017 Contact: Jim Laird The Reshoring Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi: Enhancing Skills and Building Competitiveness partnership team included (seated, l-r) Bill Martin, MSU Franklin Furniture Institute; Mitzi Woods, South Delta Planning and Development District; Clay Walden, MSU CAVS Extension; Jill Sellers, MSU CAVS Extension; Mary Ann Richardson, MSU CAVS Extension; Mary Swoope, Mississippi Economic Development Council; and Greg Word, Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership; and (standing, l-r) Steve Puryear, MSU CAVS Extension; Mickey Milligan, Mississippi Development Authority; James Williams, State Workforce Investment Board; Glenn Dennis, MSU CAVS Extension; Bill Renick, Three Rivers Planning and Development District; Joe

UM Moves Up in Measures of Academic and Research Performance

February 21, 2017
February 21, 2017 By Staff Report The University of Mississippi is ranked among the nation’s best public institutions in several third-party evaluations of academic and research performance. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Efforts by faculty, staff and students to excel in their pursuit of knowledge have given the University of Mississippi, the state’s flagship university, new momentum in its mission to lead the way in learning, discovery and engagement for the state and nation. UM has been ranked among the nation’s best public institutions in several third-party evaluations of academic and research performance, and the university

Kinesiology Instructor Researching Method to Improve Physical Education Instruction for Children with Autism

February 21, 2017
Article | Mon, 02/20/2017 - 8:52am | By Hanna Knowles Southern Miss physical education instructor Joann Judge is evaluating a method that could influence how physical education is taught to children with autism spectrum disorder. Joann Judge, a physical education instructor in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Southern Mississippi, is evaluating a method that could influence how physical education is taught to children with autism spectrum disorder.   Judge is researching the use of video modeling to teach motor skills to children with autism. Video modeling is when the learner is provided a video representation of a

For the second year, C-SPAN bus will visit JSU as a part of its HBCU tour

February 20, 2017
by Jackson State University February 16, 2017 Jackson State University will participate in the C-SPAN bus HBCU tour when the vehicle parks on campus March 1. This will be JSU’s second-consecutive year as part of this event. The C-SPAN bus is an interactive, multimedia learning center. It brings C-SPAN’s coverage of public affairs to communities, teachers and students throughout the nation. Once aboard the C-SPAN bus, students are encouraged to learn through interactive exhibits that teach them about C-SPAN’s programs and resources. The educational experience includes thorough coverage of the U.S. Congress, White House, federal courts and the American political

Applicants Sought for Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship

February 20, 2017
Applicants Sought for Entrepreneurial Spirit Scholarship JAMAS Capital Management created award to encourage pursuit of innovative business careers February 14, 2017 By Staff Report The $2,500 Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship is intended to help UM students become the entrepreneurial business leaders of the future. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Students in the University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration are encouraged to apply soon for a new scholarship funded by JAMAS Capital Management, a private investment firm based in Jackson. The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship, worth $2,500, is intended to help UM students become

Physicists to Gather for International Workshop at UM

February 20, 2017
Scientists from around the globe coming to Feb. 27-March 2 event on gravitational research February 17, 2017 By Edwin Smith Luca Bombelli (left) and Marco Cavaglia are members of the Ole Miss Gravitational, Astrophysical and Theoretical Physics Group. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Dozens of esteemed scientists from around the globe are headed to the University of Mississippi for a four-day workshop on the latest in gravitational-wave astronomy, hosted by the UM Gravitation, Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.   The “Strong Gravity and Binary Dynamics with Gravitational Wave Observations”

Tanner to lead astrophotography discussion alongside Mitchell Memorial Library exhibit

February 20, 2017
  February 17, 2017 Contact: Sarah McCullough   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Angelle Tanner, Mississippi State assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss astrophotography using the “Out of this World” exhibit currently on display at MSU’s Mitchell Memorial Library. The Thursday [Feb. 23] discussion will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Grisham Room and is free and open to all.   Tanner holds a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics from the University of Arizona, and master’s and doctoral degrees in astronomy from UCLA. She has been interested in finding habitable planets among outside solar systems since she was quite young.

20th Anniversary of Hurricane Bowl Offers Students a Chance to be a Scientist

February 20, 2017
Article | Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:15pm | By James Skrmetta   The 20th anniversary of the Hurricane Bowl at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will offer students a rare hands-on glimpse at what their future may hold in marine science.   Hosted by USM’s Marine Education Center (MEC), the Hurricane Bowl is an annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) regional quiz bowl competition where teams of four or five students, ranging from 9th to 12th grade, answer trivia questions and thought-provoking team challenge questions. Southeastern states such as Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee will

Mississippi businesses headed to the Middle East

February 14, 2017
Sarah Fowler , The Clarion-Ledger Published 4:50 p.m. CT Feb. 13, 2017 | Updated 21 hours ago Mississippi Development Authority Director Glenn McCullough Jr.(Photo: File photo/The Clarion-Ledger) 3 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Mississippi businesses are finding opportunities abroad as part of the Mississippi Development Authority’s trade missions. For the next trip — March 26-30 — at least 15 Mississippi companies are heading to Dubai and Jordan. It marks MDA’s first foray into both regions. Citing Dubai's expansive and continual growth, MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. said the region was ripe with opportunity for partnership with Mississippi companies. "Dubai has more

USM’s Moffitt Health Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

February 14, 2017
Article | Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:02pm | By Kayla Johnson University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett (back row, center) is shown here with other University representatives, including staff from the Moffitt Health Center. (Photo by Kelly Dunn) Moffitt Health Center, a full service primary care clinic at The University of Southern Mississippi, has achieved reaccreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).   Accreditation distinguishes this primary care facility from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. Status as an

University, ERDC Officials Discuss Partnership Opportunities

February 14, 2017
UM aims to increase collaborations with agency on several research projects February 13, 2017 By Edwin Smith UM Vice Chancellor for Research Josh Gladden (far right) chats with (from left) ERDC Deputy Director David Pittman, NCPA Director Craig Hickey and ERDC Director James Holland during a visit Feb. 9 to the National Center for Physical Acoustics. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Several University of Mississippi administrators met with two top representatives from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center who visited campus Thursday (Feb. 9) to discuss strengthening mutually beneficial collaborations. ERDC Director Jeff Holland

JSU designated 2017 Military Friendly School

February 14, 2017
by Jackson State University February 10, 2017 Jackson State University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G./. Jobs®, STEM Jobs’, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. “We are pleased that Victory Media has recognized our efforts and we are extremely honored to receive the 2017

Legendary undersea explorer Robert Ballard: ‘I’m not done’

February 10, 2017
  February 8, 2017 Contact: Sasha Steinberg Undersea explorer Robert Ballard speaks to a Mississippi State audience Feb. 7 as part of the MSU Student Association’s Global Lecture Series. (Photo by Beth Wynn)STARKVILLE, Miss.—From British passenger ships Titanic and Lusitania and Nazi German battleship Bismarck to World War II U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown and John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 torpedo boat, Robert Ballard has dedicated his life to underwater archaeological expeditions that have located numerous iconic shipwrecks. When one of the world’s most accomplished oceanographers is asked what he considers his greatest discovery, he offers an interesting response.   “I don’t

Department of Computer Science awarded $100K Air Force Research Laboratory contract

February 10, 2017
by Jackson State University February 9, 2017 Meghanathan Jackson State University’s Department of Computer Science was recently awarded a $100,000 research contract on a project titled “A Stable Trustworthy Neighborhood Scheme for Secure Mobile Sensor Networks.” This effort is funded by the Airforce Research Laboratory (AFRL) and supports research at the Information Directorate, Rome NY, through a prime contract with Universal Technology Corporation (subcontractor Clarkson Aerospace Corporation, Houston TX). Dr. Natarajan Meghanathan, a tenured professor in JSU’s Department of Computer Science, is the Principal Investigator (PI) on this research effort that has a one-year period of performance. The primary focus

JSU among U.S. institutions benefiting from NSF’s ‘cyberinfrastrucure’ grant

February 10, 2017
by Jackson State University February 9, 2017 Jackson State University is among a select group of higher-education institutions in the U.S. to benefit from a “cyberinfrastructure” grant from the National Science Foundation that’s being managed by Clemson University. Aló The National Science Foundation awarded Clemson more than $248,000 to parcel out the funds and support the consortium project – “CC* Cyber Team: Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment for Diverse Research, Scholarship and Workforce Development.” Along with JSU, other institutions sharing in the award include Claflin University, Morgan State University and South Carolina State University. The partnerships are expected to broaden the impact of

Dental Mission Week participants care for state’s underserved

February 10, 2017
Published in News Stories on February 09, 2017 First-year dental student John Mathis assists Dr. Akilah Stringer, resident, with patient Chasity Bishop of Florence during Dental Mission Week at the School of Dentistry on Wednesday. Dental Mission Week participants care for state’s underserved Media Contact: Alana Bowman at 601-984-1970 or abowman@umc.edu. Dedicating one's life to serving others doesn't always come with a full benefits package: medical, dental, life and paid vacation. That's why Melissa Smith and her husband Joshua were thrilled to hear that free dental care would be available to them at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry's

San Diego State researcher honored by MSU student group, department

February 07, 2017
  February 6, 2017 Lewis Brown Jr. and MSU American Society for Microbiology Student Chapter President Cati Cowick present the Dr. Lewis Brown Lectureship Award to San Diego State University Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Kelly Doran. (Photo by Russ Houston)Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—A San Diego State University professor of microbiology and immunology is the 2017 recipient of a Mississippi State University award named for a longtime biological sciences faculty member. Kelly Doran, who has made significant contributions to understanding host-pathogen interactions within the central nervous system, was presented with the Dr. Lewis Brown Lectureship Award on Friday [Feb.

MSU researchers seek to empower black female faculty members

February 07, 2017
  February 6, 2017 Contact: Sammy McDavid   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Four Mississippi State faculty members are organizers of an Atlanta conference this week designed to help enhance the higher education careers of fellow female African Americans.   The Thursday-Saturday [Feb. 9-11] Georgia event is made possible by a nearly $57,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded last year to Linda T. Coats, Melody T. Fisher, Pamela K. Scott-Bracey and LaShan Simpson. Their specific goal: to help current—and future—minority females better navigate the tenure and promotion processes at predominately white institutions. “Preparing Black Female Faculty for Prominence, Power and Presence in the Academy”

Ikhlas Khan Becomes NCNPR Director

February 07, 2017
February 6, 2017 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest Ikhlas Khan OXFORD, Miss. – Ikhlas Khan became director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy on Jan. 1. After receiving his doctorate in pharmacy from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology in Munich, Khan joined the School of Pharmacy in 1988 as a postdoctoral research fellow. He became NCNPR’s associate director in 2015. Khan’s plans as the center’s director include steady improvement and a continuation of past successes.   “The vision is very simple and broad: We want to continue doing what has worked,

Defense official’s visit may spur collaboration with JSU on national security technology

February 07, 2017
by Jackson State University February 7, 2017 The acting deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will present to Jackson State University an overview of DARPA’s mission and research priorities and meet with faculty to explore JSU’s revolutionary research ideas and possible research collaborations. Dr. Stefanie Tompkins serves as acting deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She will deliver a presentation on national security technology at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Room 100 of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Building. Dr. Stefanie Tompkins’ visit is sponsored by the Division of Research

USM Department of Biological Sciences Celebrates Darwin Week

February 06, 2017
Article | Thu, 02/02/2017 - 9:36am | By Meghan Burk Charles Darwin, Father of Evolution, is honored around the world on February 12th for his contribution to science and humanity. The Department of Biological Science at The University of Southern Mississippi will recognize Charles Darwin with “Darwin Week” beginning on Monday, Feb. 6.   Darwin Week focuses on different aspects of life, science, nature and culture. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature different speakers throughout the week, focusing on the themes of science, theory, and history. In addition to daily panel discussions, fossil trips,

Galaty named director of MSU’s Cobb Institute of Archaeology

February 06, 2017
  February 2, 2017 Michael Galaty (Photo by Beth Wynn)Contact: Karyn Brown STARKVILLE, Miss.— A Mississippi State University professor and department head is the new director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology after serving as interim director for the past two years.   Michael Galaty will lead the institute founded in 1971 that serves as a research and service unit of MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences and supports innovative archaeological research around the world. Galaty received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin

SMART system continues to impact Starkville community

February 06, 2017
  February 3, 2017 The SMART system includes a stop at Emerson Family School, which enhances access to Adult Basic Education classes offered at the facility. (Photo by Russ Houston)Paratransit driver James Johnson helps Earner Williams into the van that will take her to her dialysis appointments in Starkville. (Photo by Hannah Howell)Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Angel Smith wants to set a good example for her 15-year-old son. Smith is taking Adult Basic Education classes in Starkville in hopes of obtaining her GED. Since moving to Starkville in January, Smith has ridden the bus every weekday morning from her home

STEM STARS Institute, NASA Stennis Center will partner to offer development workshops

February 06, 2017
by Jackson State University February 6, 2017 The STEM STARS Institute at Jackson State University in partnership with the NASA Stennis Center will be offering science- and mathematics-based educational professional development workshops.   The STEM STARS Institute, located on JSU’s campus, is an interdisciplinary science and mathematics institute with the goal of improving the quality of science and mathematics education in the Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi region. It was formed in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Xavier University of Louisiana and higher education partners in various K-12 school districts.   The STEM STARS Institute is establishing

JSU Jackson Heart Study Public Health School (Initiative) receives international recognition

February 06, 2017
by Jackson State University February 3, 2017 Addison A Jackson State University School of Public Health (Initiative) Jackson Heart Study Senior Research Scientist has developed a method to assess the coping skills of patients battling serious illness, such as cardiovascular disease. The assessment known as the Coping Skills Inventory Short-Form (CSI-SF) has become one of the most widely used measures of coping skills by researchers worldwide. Pioneered by Dr. Clifton Addison, the CSI-SF determines how people manage stress using a 16-item survey (see below) and four coping strategies each indicating problem- vs. emotion-focused engagement or disengagement. For example, when faced

Alcorn State University Selects Sphere 3D’s HVE for Initial Journey into Desktop Virtualization

February 06, 2017
Deployment of appliances at multiple locations provides for predictable and simple, yet powerful VDI solution SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sphere 3D Corp. (ANY), a containerization, virtualization, and data management solutions provider, today announced that Alcorn State University (Alcorn) has selected HVE ConneXions Desktop Virtualization (VDI) technology for its initial VDI deployment of 100 desktops, with future plans to expand to additional appliances and desktops as a part of the university’s classroom technology modernization efforts. Alcorn is a four-year university located in Lorman, Mississippi.  The university has an annual enrollment of over 4000 students with support

Study concludes state losing up to $122 million by not taxing remote sales

February 01, 2017
Posted by: For the MBJ in Economic Development, Govt/Politics, MBJ FEATURE, Money, NEWS, Technology January 31, 2017 By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Mississippi lost between $105.6 million and $122.7 million in tax revenue in 2016 by people making remote purchases, such as through catalogs or on the internet, where they did not have to pay taxes, according to a new study by the University Research Center. Of that lost revenue, between $56.4 million and $67.8 million was from internet transactions, estimates the study by the University Research Center, which is a division of the state Institutions of Higher Learning. “I

Insitu excited for Mississippi opportunities, partnerships

February 01, 2017
  January 31, 2017 Insitu executives visit Mississippi State University to help staff and prepare plans for the company’s offices in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. Pictured, from left to right, are Senior Manager Charlton Evans, Vice President and General Manager Jon Damush, Talent Acquisition Team Member Benjamin Tarkany and Chief Engineer Darcy Davidson. (Photo by Russ Houston)Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Executives from Washington-based Insitu, an industry-leading information provider in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) field, said Tuesday they are excited to grow partnerships and provide employment opportunities in the Magnolia State and in the Golden

Frontline: 21st Century Cures Act May Spur Pharma/ Medical Device Expansions in U.S.

January 31, 2017
Funding provided by the 21st Century Cures Act, as well changes in FDA approval procedures, may lead pharma and medical device companies to expand their operations, with an eye on U.S. locations to accommodate the new administration’s interventions. Dan Emerson Q1 2017 In December 2016, former President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, a $6.3 billion package of bills intended to stimulate medical research and innovation and accelerate the development of new drugs and medical devices. The bill, which passed by wide margins in the House and Senate, includes $4.8 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Methodist Rehab expands to enhance spinal injury care

January 31, 2017
Hocoma’s lokomatPro FreeD is among $700,000 worth of new robotic rehabilitation equipment recently installed at the Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. Hocoma representative Brian LeLoup, third from left, led a training session on the robot-assisted, gait-trainer for MRC staff including, clockwise from left, physical therapist Kathleen Dobbs, research physical therapist Annie Rieher, assistive technology specialist Tremaine Nathan, research scientist Dr. John Chow, senior scientist Dr. Keith Tansey, physical therapist Christopher McGuffey and physical therapist Patricia Oyarce. Participating but not pictured was neurophysiology technologist Antonio Hayes Posted by: For the MBJ in Health, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS

Batesville student named MSU’s first Gates Cambridge Scholar finalist

January 27, 2017
  January 26, 2017 Contact: Sasha Steinberg Lucas J. Ferguson (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.— A senior biochemistry major at Mississippi State has been named the university’s first finalist for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.   Lucas J. Ferguson of Batesville, a 2016 Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College Outstanding Research Award recipient, will interview Saturday [Jan. 28] in Washington, D.C., for what is considered one of the most generous international scholarships awarded by one of the world’s leading universities. In addition to the full cost of studying at Cambridge, the award provides additional, discretionary funding. The scholarship is provided

MSU report: Half billion in Starkville retail spending alone

January 27, 2017
January 27, 2017 Contact: Jed Pressgrove   STARKVILLE, Miss.—A just-released Mississippi State survey report estimates $554 million is spent annually at Starkville retail stores by residents and visitors, along with university students, alumni, faculty and staff members. In addition, the same groups collectively spread around another $54 million each year at retail stores outside the city. The report was produced by MSU’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center, with support from the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.   Mayor Parker Wiseman said the report confirms what he and others have come to appreciate about the municipal and campus communities’ significant

163 employers coming for MSU spring Career Days

January 26, 2017
  January 24, 2017 Contact: Sasha Steinberg On Tuesday and Wednesday [Jan. 31 and Feb. 1] at Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State’s Career Days will provide students and alumni with opportunities to network and discuss career goals with employer representatives from around the country. (Photo by Robert Lewis)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State students and alumni will have opportunities Tuesday and Wednesday [Jan. 31 and Feb. 1] to share résumés and shake hands with employer representatives from around the country. Leslie Neal, marketing and events manager for the university’s Career Center, said approximately 163 recruiters will be coming for the university’s annual spring Career

LeBron James Family Foundation Seeks Student Success Solutions at UM

January 26, 2017
Researcher recently spent time on campus to learn about Ole Miss programs January 24, 2017 By Michael Newsom Paul Herold meets with a student panel in the Lyceum on a recent visit he made on behalf of the LeBron James Family Foundation. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – There probably isn’t much more LeBron James can learn about basketball, but the sports megastar’s nonprofit foundation is looking for lessons from the University of Mississippi about ways to help students excel in college. The LeBron James Family Foundation has established the “I PROMISE Institute” as a resource for its future students

UM Astrophysicist Joins Editorial Board of Physical Review Letters

January 26, 2017
APS fellow Emanuele Berti rises from featured writer to divisional associate editor January 25, 2017 By Edwin Smith A Fellow in the American Physical Society, Emanuele Berti will become a Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters on Feb. 1. Photo by Robert Jordan University Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Emanuele Berti has had several research articles accepted for Physical Review Letters, the respected journal published by the American Physical Society. Like many of his colleagues, he also has anonymously reviewed articles submitted by other researchers and made recommendations for their acceptance or rejection. Soon, however, the University of Mississippi astrophysicist

Mississippi Development Authority’s Entrepreneur Center Chosen as 2017 Delta Entrepreneurship Network Fellow

January 24, 2017
Jackson, Mississippi — January 24, 2017 — The Delta Regional Authority has chosen The Entrepreneur Center @ Mississippi Development Authority as a 2017 Delta Entrepreneurship Network (DEN) fellow. “MDA values its partnership with the Delta Regional Authority. Being chosen as a DEN fellow will allow us to build upon our existing relationship as we work together to help the state’s entrepreneurs thrive and create career opportunities throughout the DRA region,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. MDA’s Entrepreneur Center will work with other entrepreneur support organizations throughout the Delta Regional Authority’s eight-state territory to provide resources and expertise to entrepreneurs to

MSU-Morocco partnership heralded as ‘best practice’ in international education

January 24, 2017
  January 23, 2017 Université Internationale de Rabat President Noureddine Mouaddib and Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding in 2015 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo submitted)Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University’s partnership with Morocco’s Université Internationale de Rabat is being recognized as one of the top partnerships in international education.   The Institute of International Education announced today [Jan. 23] that the dual-degree program established by the two universities has received the 2017 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for International Partnerships. With the recognition as America’s top international university partnership, the program will

Tickets Available for Jan. 28 TED Talk at UM

January 24, 2017
Second set of lectures features diverse collection of 'ideas worth spreading' January 23, 2017 By Michael Newsom OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is gearing up to host its second-ever TEDxUniversityofMississippi, an event that features brief lectures from Ole Miss alumni, faculty members and others to showcase “ideas worth spreading.” The event is slated for 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Audience members will be engaged by a diverse group of speakers and onstage acts will entertain between talks, making for a lively afternoon, organizers said. The talks will be recorded and later

Nemus Bioscience, Inc. (NMUS: OTCQB) | Nemus Bioscience Announces Licensing Agreement with the University of Mississippi (UM) for a Cannabinoid-Based Anti-infective Platform Directed Against Drug-Resistant Organisms

January 20, 2017
Jan 18, 2017 OTC Disclosure & News Service Costa Mesa, CA – COSTA MESA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / January 11, 2017 / NEMUS Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: NMUS) announced that the company had signed a licensing agreement with the University of Mississippi (UM) for a platform of cannabinoid-based molecules (UM5070) for potential anti-infective use against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The agreement culminates roughly one year of screening and target molecule identification studies especially focused on therapy-resistant infectious organisms like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).   Brian Murphy, M.D., M.B.A., Nemus CEO and Chief Medical Officer, with expertise in infectious diseases commented, “Resistance

Kristie Willett Named Chair of UM Department of BioMolecular Sciences

January 20, 2017
New leader brings 17 years' experience and research expertise January 20, 2017 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest Kristie Willett. Photo courtesy Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry OXFORD, Miss. – Kristine Willett, professor of pharmacology and environmental toxicology, has been chosen as chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. The Department of BioMolecular Sciences encompasses the divisions of environmental toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy and pharmacology. Several members of the department nominated Willett, a native of Wooster, Ohio, as a candidate for the position and encouraged her to pursue the opportunity. As chair, recruiting

Specialty care closer to coast families thanks to Children’s of Mississippi

January 19, 2017
Published in News Stories on January 18, 2017 Neurological care is just minutes from home for Andrew Fillingame and his family, Lauren and Russell Bradshaw of Long Beach. Neurologist Dr. Mark Lee, pictured, and cardiologist Dr. Brad Troutman practice at the new Children's of Mississippi specialty clinic in Biloxi. Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122 or aoeth@umc.edu. Specialized medical care is closer than ever for Andrew Fillingame. The 11-year-old from Long Beach has severe refractory epilepsy, at one point suffering some 50 seizures a day. After a hemispherectomy at Batson Children's Hospital, the number of seizures has dropped to about

JSU student is an Apple HBCU Scholar

January 18, 2017
by Jackson State University January 18, 2017 Hubbard Jordan Hubbard, a computer engineering major at JSU, is an Apple HBCU Scholar. This accomplishment is the 2nd consecutive year that a JSU student has been chosen for the distinguished scholarship. The Apple HBCU Scholars Program is the product of a partnership between the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Apple®. Selected students participate in a 12-week summer internship and will be awarded up to $25,000 in scholarship funding based on their individual financial needs. The funds are then applied to their final year of study. Each scholar will also receive on-going coaching

Southern Miss College of Nursing Ranked Among Nation’s Best for Online Graduate Programs

January 17, 2017
Article | Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:01pm | By Van Arnold   The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing has been recognized as one of the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs in rankings recently released by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2017 rankings edition, U.S. News places the Southern Miss College of Nursing at No. 57 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university. Dr. Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing, points out that the prestigious ranking serves as a tribute to the college’s faculty who remain committed to student success.  

Nominations wanted for Powe, research awards

January 17, 2017
January 15, 2017   The nomination period is now open for Mississippi State University's 2017 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit nominations for this year's program. Research Awards recognize individuals who contribute significantly to the university's mission of research, as well as honor and reward students, faculty and staff for their accomplishments in research and creative endeavors. The awards also raise awareness of research programs and capabilities on campus.   The Powe Award is reserved for outstanding, nationally recognized, competitive researchers. Nominees should have a distinguished research career

Jackson State student featured in the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR/IDeA spotlight

January 17, 2017
by Jackson State University January 13, 2017 Juganta Roy is featured in the National Science Foundation’s “Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research,” spotlight. Roy is a doctoral student under the direction of Dr. Glake Hill in Jackson State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His areas of research largely focus on molecular dynamics simulation of polymeric materials, electronic structure calculation of metal-oxide surface and metal/ligands interfaces, quantum chemical calculations, quantitative structure–property relationship (QSPR) analysis, and design of photovoltaic devices.   Roy has a special interest in the understanding of the nanomaterials phenomena from a theoretical perspective and in close collaboration

Future of Nanomedicine Topic of January Science Cafe

January 17, 2017
Previous TEDxUM presenter is first lecturer for spring semester January 13, 2017 By Edwin Smith Randy Wadkins. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Recent breakthroughs in nanomedicine and their impact is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s first meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar, 1120 North Lamar Blvd. Randy Wadkins, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and associate member of the UM Medical Center Cancer Institute, will review his

Ruckdeschel brings problem-solving skills to state’s cancer puzzle

January 13, 2017
Dr. John Ruckdeschel is the new director of UMMC's Cancer Institute. Media Contact: Cynthia Wall at 601-815-3468 or cwall@umc.edu. Dr. John Ruckdeschel views the pieces of cancer care practiced by multiple departments at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and across the state with an eye toward using them to help solve the state's puzzle of high cancer deaths. “The pieces are here. I want to take them to the next level,” he said. “They could be organized more, built out.” The process is under way. The man credited with helping bring Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to its National

UMMC earns human research accreditation

January 13, 2017
Published in News Stories on January 09, 2017 UMMC is now backed by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, showing the Medical Center's commitment to participant safety and privacy. Assistant professor of medicine Dr. Michael Hall, left, and MRI technologist Carol Sykes, right, go over study participant Tonjula Shelby's MRI scan for Hall's study on kidney function and hypertension. Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. When people volunteer for a research study, they want to know that the scientists have their best interests in mind. The University of Mississippi Medical Center now has an

Tisack-Kathmann Named Director of USM’s Mississippi Polymer Institute

January 12, 2017
Article | Thu, 01/12/2017 - 8:27am Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.   The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) leverages resources within the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials in order to assist high-tech polymer and polymer-related industries. From electron microscopes and thermal analysis to tensile strength testing, MPI offers access to a wide range of scientific equipment and the expertise to support both existing polymer-related industries and entrepreneurs. Having produced thousands of prototyped

College of Business distance programs move up in national rankings

January 11, 2017
  January 10, 2017 Mississippi State University’s Distance MBA and Distance MSIS programs are both in the top 50 nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of online education programs. (Photo by Megan Bean)Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two distance degree programs offered by Mississippi State University’s College of Business are among the best in the nation in rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.   The 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of best online programs lists MSU’s Distance MBA program at No. 18 nationally in the latest rankings, up from No. 22 in last

UM Online Master of Business Administration Program Ranked in Top 25

January 10, 2017
U.S News & World Report releases 2017 rankings for online MBA degrees January 10, 2017 By Stella Connell The UM Online Master of Business Administration program is ranked ahead of several respected national programs for providing a quality, flexible program for working professionals. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications   OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Online Master of Business Administration program has been named as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings, released today (Jan. 10), place Ole Miss at No. 22 nationally. “We are excited for the recognition of

Crossing the River Together: A UM Humanitarian Project

January 09, 2017
Engineering students and faculty work together to provide infrastructure for West African villages December 22, 2016 By Tori Plott Workers drill a borehole with a rig and drilling mud as Zack Lepchitz and Dillon Hall examine soil cuttings. OXFORD, Miss. – In Africa, there is a saying: “Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you.” Or, in the words of the Dalai Lama, “Universal humanitarianism is essential to solve global problems.” Western visitors to the low, sandy terrain of the West African nation of Togo find a world far different than where they live. It is

Interdisciplinary Research At Mississippi State University Aims To Advance Uses Of Graphene In Aerospace

January 09, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of top researchers at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, is studying ways to better protect airplanes from lightning strikes and spacecraft from micrometeoroid orbital debris. The research group is closely looking at ways to grow aerospace applications of graphene in composite materials. Bringing together faculty, graduate students and undergraduates from the university’s departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, the team works to understand graphene and its effects on composite materials from the molecular- to macro-structural length levels. Dr. Thomas Lacy (Photo by Beth Wynn)MSU Professor of Aerospace and Computational Engineering Thomas Lacy

Paige urges business leaders and elected state officials to ramp up support for JSU

January 09, 2017
by Jackson State University January 5, 2017 JSU interim President Dr. Rod Paige urges an audience of business leaders and politicians attending Capital Day for the Mississippi Economic Council to continue supporting Jackson State University, citing the institution’s economic impact on the city and state. Paige spoke to hundreds Thursday morning inside the downtown Marriott. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) During Capital Day for the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) on Thursday, Jackson State University interim President Dr. Rod Paige urged legislators and business leaders to continue helping JSU move forward as one of the state’s most powerful and prestigious economic

UMMC makes the most of research money

January 09, 2017
The University of Mississippi Medical Center makes excellent use of the funding it receives from the National Institutes of Health, publishing more papers per dollar than some of the nation’s top-ranked medical schools. One of UMMC’s many NIH-funded researchers is professor of pharmacology and toxicology Dr. Babbette LaMarca, who studies preeclampsia, a hypertensive pregnancy disorder. UMMC makes the most of research money Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. The University of Mississippi Medical Center outpaces institutions such as Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University in relative research productivity. UMMC scientists publish 10 peer-reviewed publications for every $1

Mississippi Receives Top Award

January 05, 2017
Jackson, Mississippi — January 5 , 2017 — Mississippi has been awarded Business Facilities’ 2016 Economic Development Deal of the Year, winning the publication’s Gold Award for successfully recruiting Continental Tire’s commercial vehicle tire manufacturing plant to Hinds County.   “To be chosen as the top recipient of Business Facilities’ 2016 Economic Development Deal of the Year national competition is a great honor for the state, the Mississippi Development Authority, Hinds County and the numerous individuals who worked tirelessly to bring Continental to Hinds County,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “This award confirms the state’s position as one of the top

Tony Jeff: Mississippi’s year in technology

January 04, 2017
Tony Jeff, Contributing Columnist Published 1:45 p.m. CT Dec. 29, 2016 | Updated 3:57 p.m. CT Dec. 29, 2016 Tony Jeff(Photo: Special to The Clarion-Ledger)   While there were many interesting things that happened in technology worldwide in 2016, there were also some pretty great things for Mississippi technology and innovation companies in 2016 that are worth a recap. With so many things both big and small, the hardest thing about making a list like this is that I’m going to inevitably miss something, but here is my list of the top technology activities in Mississippi in 2016.   The year

Small Business Development Center Workshops Scheduled for January

January 03, 2017
Article | Tue, 01/03/2017 - 9:36am | By Van Arnold   The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops this month. The SBDC programs are designed to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with education and training opportunities for development of business plans and concepts. In addition, trained professionals at the center help clients secure small business loans for their ventures.   The workshop schedule is as follows: USM – Trent Lott National Center, second floor, Room 207 Tuesday, January 10

JSU one of only four HBCU’s ranked among top 200 research universities in the country

January 03, 2017
by Jackson State University December 21, 2016 When it comes to federal research expenditures, Jackson State University is one of only four Historically Black Colleges and Universities listed by The Center for Measuring University Performances’ top 200 research universities in the country. A joint venture between Arizona State University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, The Center is designed to track research productivity across the United States. “Jackson State University’s inclusion as one of the top 200 universities in the country for federal research expenditures shows the high level of productivity that comes from our brilliant faculty and staff.

USDA Renews Drug Discovery Grant for Natural Products Center

January 03, 2017
University has held research grant since 1996 December 21, 2016 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest The NCNPR grew stevia and bitter gourd this summer at the UM Medicinal Plant Garden as part of the USDA partnership. Photo by Sydney Slotkin DuPriest OXFORD, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has renewed a grant for the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy for the discovery and development of bioactive products that have potential to become pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals or alternative crops for small farmers. The grant project, “Discovery and Development of Natural Products for Pharmaceutical

UM Natural Products Center Designated as Center of Excellence

January 03, 2017
Food and Drug Administration has awarded the distinction to NCNPR for 15 straight years December 30, 2016 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest NCNPR Director Larry Walker (left) and Associate Director Ikhlas Khan inspect dietary supplements as part of a partnership with the U.S Food and Drug Administration. Photo by Sydney Slotkin DuPriest OXFORD, Miss. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has renewed the National Center for Natural Products Research’s designation as a Center of Excellence in recognition of its work in botanical dietary supplement research. This is the 15th consecutive year the NCNPR has received this recognition.   As part

USM scientists connect with Cuba over coastal research

January 03, 2017
  Virginia Fleer, a graduate student at USM, gives her presentation to scientists in Cuba. Photo Courtesy Gulf Coast Reserach Laboratory Courtesy Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Chet Rakocinski, a USM professor, had his slide presentation translated into Spanish for his talk to scientists in Cuba. Photo Courtesy Gulf Coast Reserach Laboratory Courtesy Gulf Coast Research Laboratory A special Recognition plaque is given to Gulf Coast Research Laboratories by CIEC scientists. From left to rite are: CIEC Assistant Director Leslie Hernández Fernández, Fabian Pina Armagόs, Tamara Figueredo Martin, Raul Fernandez Gomez, CIEC Director Roberto Gonzáles de Zayas and GCRL senior scientists

Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

January 03, 2017
By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade.   USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by Mississippi College (18.3 percent) and Mississippi University for Women (16.45 percent). The elongated, 81,000 square foot, three-floor building on the western edge of the Hattiesburg campus ensures the College of Nursing can sustain enrollment growth of well over 50

Three female UM graduates find success with Cooper Tire Co.

December 20, 2016
Engineers Chart Their Own Course in ‘A Man’s World’ December 20, 2016 By Edwin Smith OXFORD, Miss. – In a field and industry traditionally dominated by men, three female chemical engineering alumni from the University of Mississippi are making their mark at the Cooper Tire manufacturing plant in Tupelo. Jessica Sinak, Elizabeth Spence Taylor and Nichole Williams, all of whom earned their degrees within the past five years, each have launched promising careers within the company. Jessica Sinak is a Tire Engineer at Cooper Tire. (Submitted photo) Sinak, a tire engineer in the technical department, earned her bachelor’s degree in

Southerners of the Year

December 20, 2016
Meet 50 people moving the South forward with groundbreaking nonprofits, impactful projects, and innovative ideas.   Tim Medley and Dr. Rob Rockhold 22 / 39 Jackson, MS Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Base Pair has strengthened science education for students around the state of Mississippi. Founded by Tim Medley and Dr. Rob Rockhold as a biomedical research mentorship program, the program allows high-school students to experience a hands-on research experience alongside a University of Mississippi Medical Center researcher, filling a need for education and career exploration for Jackson Public School District students. The program has also expanded to include

Mississippi doctor tapped to advise national health agencies on HIV

December 19, 2016
By Chad Dixon Posted on December 19, 2016 JACKSON, Miss. – University of Mississippi Medical Center STD/HIV expert Dr. Leandro Mena’s is expected to start advising national health agencies help set policies that address HIV, viral Hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases. Mena currently serves as director of the UMMC’s Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy within the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has appointed him to a four-year term on the Advisory Committee for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment at the Centers for Disease

Agriculture value is part of state’s economy

December 19, 2016
Agriculture value is part of state's economy By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz MSU Extension Service STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The estimated $7.6 billion value of Mississippi agriculture increased by 1.8 percent in 2016, helping the industry retain its prominence in the state’s overall economy.   "Agriculture's reach in the state goes well beyond just the value of the goods produced," said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "The ag industry helps support many of our small towns across the state, as producers purchase inputs at the local co-op, buy new vehicles at the local car

MSU blindness research center: Much to celebrate during 2016

December 19, 2016
December 16, 2016 Contact: Paige Watson   STARKVILLE, Miss.—In addition to marking its 35th anniversary of highly specialized service, a major research center at Mississippi State is concluding the calendar year with several new professional accolades. The university’s National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision was recognized this month with a state award from the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The MSU center earlier was honored by the organization’s Mobile Chapter.   The neighboring-state honor was the Collaboration Award given for a partnership between the center, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Mobile

Niagara Bottling Investing $78 Million, Creating 38 Jobs in Marshall County

December 15, 2016
Jackson, Mississippi — December 15, 2016 — Niagara Bottling, LLC, the nation’s largest private-label beverage supplier, is locating manufacturing operations in Marshall County, investing $78 million and creating 38 jobs.   “I am pleased to welcome Niagara Bottling to Mississippi. The company’s investment and new jobs it will bring to Marshall County are a reflection of the state’s supportive business climate and skilled workforce,” Governor Phil Bryant said. Niagara Bottling recently purchased an existing 554,000-square-foot spec building in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.  “Niagara Bottling, LLC, is committed to providing a high-quality product with unmatched quality service to its customers,”

MBJ SHOWCASE — Horne Cyber: Tackling the growing cyber-security threat

December 15, 2016
Testing the security of your computer can involve hacking into it. MBJ SHOWCASE — Horne Cyber: Tackling the growing cyber-security threat Posted by: Alan Turner in Banking & Finance, Columns, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS, OPINION, Technology December 1, 2016 ALAN TURNER What is the best way for all of us in business to deal with the growing threat from hackers and cyber-terrorists? The short answer is to retain experts to hack into your system. Horne Cyber, a division of Horne LLP, is in business to do just that. In a recent conversation with Brad Fuller, Director of Client Services, and Dr.

Jackson State University’s Ali named 2016 National Academy of Inventors Fellow

December 14, 2016
by Jackson State University December 13, 2016 Ali Dr. Kamal S. Ali, chair of the Department of Industrial Systems and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Ali will be inducted on April 6, 2017, as part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston. U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Andrew H. Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony. In honor of their outstanding accomplishments, Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, medal and rosette pin. Election

Southern Miss to Lead Gulf Oyster Restoration through Oyster Aquaculture

December 14, 2016
Article | Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:18pm | By Jenny Tate The purchase of the Aqua Green hatchery facility will provide Southern Miss with the resources to work towards producing an expected goal of 10 billion oyster larvae annually. The University of Southern Mississippi plans to obtain an existing hatchery and aquaculture facility that will allow the University to lead oyster restoration efforts in an effort to boost the state of Mississippi’s oyster population and grow the state’s Blue Economy.   In a project proposed by Governor Phil Bryant, the state of Mississippi will provide $7.7 million in funding from requested

International training: MSU veterinary faculty teach epidemiology in China

December 13, 2016
  December 12, 2016 Contact: Allison Matthews MSU professors in the College of Veterinary Medicine Drs. David R. Smith and Robert W. Wills, center, are pictured with Chinese graduate students they taught recently during a two-week epidemiology course funded by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. (Photo submitted)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State professors in the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine are reaching out to students around the world who want to learn about their specialized field of epidemiology. Drs. David R. Smith and Robert W. Wills recently traveled to China to teach a two-week, two-credit-hour course funded by the Chinese Academy

National Geographic editor, high-profile hydrologist keynote March SEC Academic Conference at Mississippi State on future of water

December 13, 2016
  December 12, 2016 Contact: Allison Matthews Dennis Dimick (Photo submitted/Mark Thiessen)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is announcing multiple keynote speakers for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference to be hosted by the university March 27-28. A 35-year National Geographic magazine editor and an internationally known hydrologist both will be highlighted speakers during the event focused on SEC university research collaboration. Dennis Dimick is former executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine, and Jay Famiglietti is professor of earth system science and civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, as well as senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion

Gift of life: Transplants in 2016 at record high

December 13, 2016
Published in News Stories on December 12, 2016 Drs. Mark Earl, right, associate professor of transplant surgery, and Fauzia Butt, assistant professor of medicine, prepare the liver that will be transplanted into Karen Battle in March 2013, the first liver transplant at UMMC in 22 years. Gift of life: Transplants in 2016 at record high Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. It's not unusual for the University of Mississippi Medical Center's abdominal transplant team to do a couple of surgeries in a 24-hour period. But 11 over a long weekend, on top of trauma cases from the ED

Hattiesburg Shines with Massive New Solar Farms and Jobs Growth

December 12, 2016
December 12, 2016 By BECKY GILLETTE / Hattiesburg Business Today The greater Hattiesburg area is quickly becoming a solar hub of the state and region with two, $100-million solar farms covering 1,000 acres current under construction that are expected to come online producing 100 megawatts of electricity by the summer of 2017, said Chad E. Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership (ADP). “We’ve had an inordinate amount of growth with new solar farms locating in our area,” Newell said. “Silicon Ranch, which is headquartered in Nashville, is investing $100 million in a facility in south Hattiesburg in Forrest County.

C Spire launches business fiber program to fuel regional economic development

December 12, 2016
by Sean Buckley | Dec 12, 2016 7:26am ShareFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint C Spire Business Solutions (CSBS) has introduced a new Advantage Fiber services program aimed at identifying  business site opportunities that are in close proximity of its fiber network.   As part of a regional database, CSBS will match its 7,000 route miles of fiber network infrastructure with nearby business and office parks, industrial sites and other locations that are are candidates for expansion or relocation by companies. One of the initial areas to receive fiber-ready status under the program is Mississippi’s DeSoto County, one of the state’s fastest growing areas.  

Southern Miss’s ‘Garden’ science park element ready to market parcels

December 12, 2016
» Legislature gave USM greenlight to sell, lease properties inside   By TED CARTER / Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi is set to begin marketing the approximately 520-acre technology park component of The Garden.   Once home to the university’s golf course, the innovation and commercialization park on Shelby Thames Drive already has curb cuts, water and sewer and fiber lines. But until this year USM lacked clear authority to sell and lease parcels. Mississippi legislators took care of that with a bill allowing USM to market the parcels, said Chad Driskell, USM’s vice president of external affairs. “Now we

New MSU agriculture lab enables ‘real-field’ experiences

December 08, 2016
New MSU agriculture lab enables ‘real-field’ experiences December 6, 2016 Contact: Sarah Buckleitner MSU instructor T.J. Bradford (left) works with senior agronomy major John Clay Lyles of Lawrence in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ new Precision Agriculture Laboratory in Dorman Hall. (Photo by David Ammon)STARKVILLE, Miss.—A sophisticated new teaching platform at Mississippi State is preparing majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to master the complex demands of 21st century careers. Opened earlier this semester on the first floor of Dorman Hall, the MSU Precision Agriculture Laboratory is equipped with 21 high-speed workstations that enable students

UMMC scientists, leaders praise 21st Century Cures Act

December 08, 2016
Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio, UMMC Cancer Institute member and professor of biomolecular sciences and the University of Mississippi, studies precision cancer treatments in his laboratory. The 21st Century Cures Act, passed by the U.S. Senate today, will provide $4.8 billion to fund new research in cancer, neuroscience, Alzheimer's and precision medicine. Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. University of Mississippi Medical Center scientists and leaders are celebrating the 21st Century Cures Act and its promise to advance biomedical innovation in the United States. Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 30 and the U.S. Senate today, the

UM Engineering School Creates Biomedical Degree Program

December 06, 2016
Curriculum will prepare students for range of career opportunities in cutting-edge field December 6, 2016 By Edwin Smith Biomedical engineering students soon will be among those using engineering laboratories such as this one. Classes in the new degree program begin in fall 2017. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – After years of development, the University of Mississippi School of Engineering has launched its new biomedical degree program. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees approved the curriculum for the new major during its November meeting. Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical

Kellogg Foundation Grant to USM Will Help Mobile County Children Learn Math in New Ways

December 05, 2016
  Article | Mon, 12/05/2016 - 8:59am Dr. Julie Cwikla A $900,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation has been awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM.  Funds will be used to help school children along the Gulf Coast learn math in new and exciting ways.   As part of a three year project, Cwikla will work with Speakaboos, the New York City- based media company behind the award-winning literacy app for children ages 2 to 6. Together, Cwikla and Speakaboos will develop interactive digital math stories that motivate children to

How an economic developer is bringing factory jobs back to Mississippi

December 05, 2016
Joe Max Higgins is credited with generating about 6,000 manufacturing jobs in Mississippi’s Golden Triangle, one of the poorest areas in the country. How’s he doing it? Bill Whitaker reports. 2016Dec 04   The following script is from “The Golden Triangle,” which aired on Dec. 4, 2016. Bill Whitaker is the correspondent. Marc Lieberman and Michael Kaplan, producer. This past week, Donald Trump cut his first deal as president-elect. He leaned on Carrier, the heating and air conditioning company, to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana from going to Mexico. The company got a generous tax break in return. In the

December 02, 2016
Article High-performing manufacturers Where they play and how they win Craig A. Giffi, Aleda V. Roth, Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Bharath Gangula November 29, 2016 High-performing manufacturers Where they play and how they win When it comes to competitiveness, what differentiates the top global manufacturers from the rest? Learn the capabilities and attributes that help make top performers stand out—even when the bar continues to rise. An in-depth study of high performance No one has to tell manufacturing company executives that it’s getting tougher to differentiate themselves and compete successfully—they feel the pressure every day. Rapid globalization, technological advancements, changing consumer

MSU’s Thompson receives New York Academy of Medicine grant

December 02, 2016
  December 1, 2016 Courtney Thompson (Photo by Russ Houston)Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.—An assistant professor in Mississippi State’s Department of History is receiving a prestigious research grant that will take her to the Big Apple next summer.   Courtney E. Thompson, who specializes in the history of U.S. women, science and medicine, has been named a 2017 recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health. The award supports research using Academy library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine and public health with

UM Pharmacy Students to Test Clinical Skills in National Competition

December 02, 2016
Team to compete this weekend in Las Vegas November 30, 2016 By Anna Herd Colleen Riley OXFORD, Miss. ­– Two students from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will participate in the annual American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition, where student pharmacists demonstrate their ability to analyze and respond to clinical pharmacy scenarios. Colleen Riley of Kansas City, Missouri, and Cody Taylor of Booneville, both in their fourth year of the school’s professional program, are set to compete Saturday (Dec. 3) at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas. They were chosen based on their performance

Ford Motor Company Fund steers $20,000 to JSU’s College of Business, CSET

December 02, 2016
by Jackson State University December 1, 2016 Jackson State University’s administrators, faculty, staff and students join representatives from the Ford Motor Company Fund, which presented a gift Wednesday to the institution. The gift will support business and STEM students. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) Representatives from the Ford Motor Company Fund wheeled onto campus Wednesday to present Jackson State University with $20,000 that its alumni won on a cruise, and the presentation allowed Ford to drive home the message that it supports the academic success of business and STEM students. The financial award by the fund, a philanthropic arm of

Air Liquide to design and build its first landfill biogas purification plant in the U.S.

December 01, 2016
Press release | Thursday, December 1, 2016 <img class="cover__picture" typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.airliquide.com/sites/airliquide.com/files/styles/905x345/public/2016/04/18/20160418_future-biogas-site_copyright-al_j.bastable_banner.jpg?itok=W72bk5gn" alt="Air Liquide accelerates its development in biogas purification" title="Air Liquide accelerates its development in biogas purification" />   Air Liquide announces plans to construct and operate a landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in Walnut, Mississippi, which will enable the conversion of the methane emitted by waste to a renewable energy capable of heating an estimated 4,500 homes per year.   Air Liquide will design, construct and operate its first landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) purification plant in the U.S.A at the Northeast

Mississippi: Long Time Hospitality State

November 29, 2016
In a time of economic development uncertainty, Mississippi always has a way of positioning itself as a top state for business. November 21, 2016 By the BF Staff From the September/October 2016 Issue Adams County, Mississippi has become the first certified ACT® Work Ready Community (WRC) in the state. After a year of trying, the American Council on Testing officially let community leaders know their work had paid off. Being an ACT WRC will empower Adams County to help drive economic growth. Participating in the initiative allows it to identify skill gaps and quantify workforce skill level. This can help

Gains and Losses in R&D

November 28, 2016
Within NSF’s rankings of top 25 institutions in R&D expenditures, 14 institutions are up at least one spot, while six are down at least a notch. By Scott Jaschik November 28, 2016 University of Washington The National Science Foundation last week released its annual report on the top universities in total research and development expenditures. Johns Hopkins University led with $2,305,679,000 in spending in 2015, but Hopkins always leads this ranking because the university's total includes expenditures by the Applied Physics Laboratory, the largest of the country's affiliated research centers that conduct research to support national security. This year, 12 universities in

New USM research center will boost ‘Blue Economy’

November 28, 2016
Ellen Ciurczak , American Staff Writer 2:44 p.m. CST November 24, 2016 The University of Southern Mississippi's new Marine Research Center will be an extension of the school's research vessel the "R/V Point Sur."(Photo: Special to the American) 6 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Research and development connected to the ever-growing "Blue Economy" just got a major boost at the University of Southern Mississippi with this month's groundbreaking on the university's new Marine Research Center at the Port of Gulfport.   The joint project with the Mississippi State Port Authority will be a $10 million, two-story structure that will encompass nearly 18,000 square feet on land owned

Humans and robots: Will they make each other better?

November 28, 2016
November 17, 2016 By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader   For decades, industrial robots have been large, stationary boxes that handle heavy and dangerous tasks. Now a breed of smaller, nimbler robots are being let loose on factory floors. Indeed, robots have risen. But now, they’re sidling up to our workbenches, literally reaching for our hand.   Help me with my job. The new cohort of collaborative robots or “co-bots” changes the relationship between man and robot; they’re smaller, safer, more easily programmable and much less expensive than their industrial robot cousins. In short, they are designed to

5 innovations in radiology that could impact everything from the Zika virus to dermatology

November 28, 2016
  Lydia Ramsey Nov. 27, 2016, 9:15 AM 9,936 facebook linkedin twitter email print RSNA Radiology has always been an area at the cutting edge of digitization. From virtual reality to machine learning, there are ways to apply some of the biggest concepts in technology right now to what's happening in the medical field. We'll be at the Radiological Society of North America's conference in Chicago for the next few days, checking out all the cutting-edge technology coming on the scene. Here are some of the innovations and trends we're looking forward to seeing in action. View As: One Page

Critical Site Selection Factor #3: Quality of Life

November 28, 2016
What constitutes quality of life depends largely on the eye of the beholder, and that eye may gaze through different lenses at different times. Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble Q4 2016 This series examines the top-10 location factors from Area Development’s Q1/2016 Corporate Survey that determine where our readers will locate and/or expand their facilities. Availability of skilled labor is their primary concern, followed by highway accessibility. Our readers are also concerned about prospective locations’ quality of life. Find out what else companies like yours should consider when making your next location/expansion decision. The question is, what exactly does “quality of life” mean,

UM Engineering Hosts Transformative Science and Technology Conference

November 28, 2016
Workshop aims to bridge gap between advanced materials research and implementation November 23, 2016 By Edwin Smith UM engineering students help professor Alexander Yakovlev just before the Advanced Materials conference at The Inn at Ole Miss. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – More than 100 researchers gathered last week at the University of Mississippi for a two-day conference focused on advanced materials that could transform defense, aerospace and civil environments.   Lecturers included representatives of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, Dynetics, Redstone Arsenal, U.S. Army Engineer Research and

And your time starts…now! MSU grad students participate in Three Minute Thesis competition

November 28, 2016
  November 23, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg Award winners at MSU’s fourth annual Three Minute Thesis competition included, from left, David S. Mason, a master’s student in biological sciences/botany, Grand Champion Runner-Up; Abbey E. Wilson, a life sciences/animal physiology doctoral student, People’s Choice Award; and Caitlin J. Wenzel, a master’s student studying veterinary medical science, Grand Champion. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present, but nearly 50 Mississippi State graduate students recently had less than three minutes to convey their months or years of complex research during the university’s fourth annual Three Minute Thesis

Custom Engineered Wheels investing $13 million to rebuild in Mississippi

November 21, 2016
Comments Email Print By Michael Lauzon SHARE × Facebook 20 Twitter LinkedIn 62 Google+ 0 Comments Expansions United States Lawn & garden Injection Molding More + More + Custom Engineered Wheels Inc. Custom Engineered Wheels Inc. injection molded small wheels, such as items for lawn and garden equipment, at its site in Tupelo, Miss. Custom Engineered Wheels Inc. has decided to stay in northeastern Mississippi to rebuild and expand a business there destroyed by fire in June. The company plans to invest $13 million in a new operation in Baldwyn, about 20 miles away from Tupelo, where it ran a

NSF survey: MSU highest-ranked research university in state

November 18, 2016
  November 18, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird Mississippi State ranks among the nation’s top 100 research institutions and is the Magnolia State’s leading research university, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.--A new report from the National Science Foundation again finds Mississippi State ranked among the nation’s top 100 research institutions and the Magnolia State’s leading research university — climbing four spots since the last reporting period. The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2015 places the university at 94th overall among public and private institutions

Embry Legacy Continues with Latest Scholar

November 18, 2016
Killough receives 2016 award created in football player's memory November 17, 2016 By Hannah Pickett Murrell Godfrey (left), UM director of forensic chemistry, talks Embry scholar Lane Killough through the beginning stages of running a polymerase chain reaction. Forensic chemists use the PCR process to duplicate DNA until the sample size is large enough to analyze. Photo by Bill Dabney     OXFORD, Miss. – It has been 18 years since Bill and Gwen Embry of Coffeeville lost their son Joey in a drowning accident in 1998. Joey, a University of Mississippi student and an offensive tackle for the Rebel

Southern Miss Receives IHL Approval for Two New STEM Degrees

November 18, 2016
Article | Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:30pm | By Arlicia Jordan Today, Nov. 17, the State Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees approved The University of Southern Mississippi’s request to offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), both programs are on track to launch next fall. In an effort to expand strong academic programs in high-demand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, The University of Southern Mississippi will soon offer two new Bachelor of Science degrees

Universities report four years of declining federal funding

November 18, 2016
While federal funds declined, universities' own R&D funding grew While federal and state funds declined, other sources of university R&D funding increased. Credit and Larger Version November 17, 2016 Federal funding for research at higher education institutions declined for a fourth straight year, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).   During a peak in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, federal funding accounted for 62.5 percent of total higher education research and development (R&D) expenditures. That figure dropped to 55.2 percent in FY 2015, the most recent year for which data are available.

Jackson Heart Study dives into genetics of disease

November 17, 2016
The Jackson Heart Study continues to produce valuable research findings, this time relating to the genetics of disease. Dr. Adolfo Correa, left, director of the JHS, and Dr. James Wilson, professor of physiology and biophysics, recently co-authored a paper in the leading journal Science Translational Medicine. Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu.   A new study based on Jackson Heart Study data is the first to show that rare genetic variants may increase the risk of their associated diseases, regardless of family medical history. University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty Dr. James Wilson, professor of physiology and biophysics,

MSU, Farm Bureau announce agricultural leadership program

November 17, 2016
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, center, celebrates the establishment of the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program, a collaboration between the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Farm Bureau. Joining him are, from left: MSU President Mark Keenum, Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee members Jay and Kim Jayroe, MSU Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Associate Vice President Bill Herndon, Sen. Cochran, MSU assistant Extension professor and program director Laura Greenhaw, Mississippi Farm Bureau President Mike McCormick, and Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee members David and Rebekkah Arant, on Nov. 14, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Submitted Photo) By Ms. Leah

Public Health Faculty Member Honored by Mississippi Business Journal

November 17, 2016
Main Content  Article | Tue, 11/15/2016 - 11:31am | By Hanna Knowles Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Public Health has been honored as a 2016 Health Care Hero by the Mississippi Business Journal. “Dr. Mayfield-Johnson’s recognition is well deserved,” said Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health. “Her research and leadership contributions to health education, and especially to the important field of community health work, are unmatched.” Mayfield-Johnson, assistant professor of public health, has served as principal investigator on several externally funded programs working with community health workers, racially diverse and underserved

Winners Announced in USM’s Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition

November 17, 2016
Article | Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:38am | By Van Arnold From left to right: Dawn Klos (Runner-up), Maria Zapetis (Peoples’ Choice), Dr. Karen Coats (Dean of Graduate School) and Ecaterina Stepaniuc (Grand Champion). University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Ecaterina Stepaniuc walked away with the grand prize in the annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition held earlier this month on the Hattiesburg campus. The competition is coordinated through the USM Graduate School.   Stepaniuc, a native of the Republic of Moldova, won for her presentation titled, “Moldova’s Democracy: Between Opposing Ideologies.” The Grand Champion award came with a $1,250 cash prize

JSU student chosen to participate in UNCF’s fourth annual HBCU Innovation Summit

November 17, 2016
by Jackson State University November 16, 2016 Jackson State University student Eyerusalem Woldu has been selected to participate in the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) fourth annual HBCU Innovation Summit.   Woldu, who is majoring in computer engineering, has traveled to California with 52 other students and 19 faculty members for the HBCU I.C.E (Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship) summit. The goal of the four-day summit is to empower African-American students to plan their career paths within the STEM fields.   More than 200 students applied for 53 spots, and Woldu was chosen competitively based on GPA, personal statements, internships, computer

Public health-focused MSU grad student earns national honor

November 14, 2016
  November 11, 2016 Contact: Connor Guyton José Santos Portugal III (Photo submitted)STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State doctoral student is among five receiving a 2016 scholastic honor from the Entomological Society of America. José Santos Portugal III recently was awarded a $500 research grant by the society’s medical, urban and veterinary entomology section. A Euless, Texas, native, he is an entomology major in MSU’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology in the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.   Portugal entered MSU after graduating from Texas A&M University. What began as his pursuit of a master’s degree

MSU bioinformatics researcher’s avian natural selection study published in ‘Science’

November 11, 2016
  November 11, 2016 Contact: Vanessa Beason Federico G. Hoffmann (Photo by Beth Wynn)STARKVILLE, Miss.—The unexpected findings of a two-nation research team including a Mississippi State scientist are featured in a recent edition of a leading academic journal.   Genetic adaptations of hummingbirds to life at high altitudes where oxygen is less available are the focus of the recent report in Science authored by Federico G. Hoffmann, in collaboration with academic partners in the U.S. and Denmark. An assistant professor since 2011 in the university’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Plant Pathology, Hoffman said the team’s findings could have

Improved STEM training goal of new federal funding for MSU

November 11, 2016
November 10, 2016 STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is receiving a nearly $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to help public schools enhance critical middle-school teaching and learning skills.   Awarded to associate professor Dana Franz in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, the funding supports a three-year interdisciplinary partnership with university colleagues in the Bagley College of Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences, Office of Research and Economic Development, and Research and Curriculum Unit. The project is titled “Opportunities to Learn: Creative Science Through Inquiry, a Middle Grades Teaming Framework.” Off-campus partners include East Mississippi Community College-Golden Triangle

Global Entrepreneurship Week will feature Pulitzer Prize nominee Clifton Taulbert

November 10, 2016
by Jackson State University November 10, 2016 Jackson State University’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management is partnering with the Kauffman Foundation for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Nov. 14-17. “Unleashing the Entrepreneur Within” is this year’s theme. The week will consist of workshops where presenters will present topics such as how to craft an effective speech, franchising and wealth building tips, money management, how to push your image and much more. Clifton L. Talbert is a succesful writer, entrepreneur and businessman who was born in the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation. President and CEO of the

U.S. Small Business Administration Awards Mississippi Development Authority Funding for State Trade and Export Promotion Program

November 10, 2016
Jackson, Mississippi — November 10, 2016— The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Mississippi Development Authority $509,760 for the Mississippi State Trade and Export Promotion Program to support Mississippi businesses interested in international trade. “This latest round of STEP funding further enhances and highlights Mississippi’s overall export operations and ongoing achievements in international trade,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “The funds will bolster Mississippi’s award-winning ability to assist the state’s exporters in the global marketplace.” The STEP Program allows MDA to provide financial and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized Mississippi companies interested in growing their business through trade. Administered by MDA’s International

White-tailed deer biologist to speak next week at MSU

November 10, 2016
  November 9, 2016 Contact: Karen Brasher David G. Hewitt (Photo submitted)STARKVILLE, Miss.--A renowned white-tailed deer biologist is this year’s guest for Mississippi State’s 2016 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series. David G. Hewitt, the Stuart M. Stedman Chair for White-tailed Deer Research at Texas A&M University, will lead the Monday [Nov.14] program. Open to all, his presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.   Designated in 1974 by the Mississippi Legislature as one of the state’s official land mammals, the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can reach speeds of 40 miles an hour, jump nine-foot fences

Mississippi added as a full member of Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex

November 09, 2016
  November 9, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird   FAIRBANKS, Alaska and STARKVILLE, Miss.-- The State of Mississippi has joined Alaska, Oregon, and Hawaii as a full member in the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) led Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC), one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) seven Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Sites. The Mississippi program will be led by Mississippi State University, and will include several UAS test and evaluation sites in the state. MSU is also the lead for the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence — the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence,

How not to fail your fall internship

November 08, 2016
Alizah Salario Starting off on the right foot can make a difference this semester — and throughout your career. Pro-tip: Approach your work with a positive attitude. iStock Photo: During an internship, upholding basic standards of professional decorum is key. So is maintaining boundaries, knowing the right time to ask questions, respecting your superiors and — well, there are a lot of workplace rules that you won't fully learn until you're on the job. So before starting that first (or even second) internship this fall, check out this cheat sheet on internship best practices, and heed the expert advice. RELATED:

USM Gulf Park to Host STEM Event for High School Students Nov. 12

November 07, 2016
Main Content Article | Fri, 11/04/2016 - 8:16am | By Arlicia Jordan Students, ninth through 12th grade, are invited to attend the Science Careers and Research Encounters program slated for Saturday, Nov. 12, at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. Hosted by the School of Social Work, Department of Biological Sciences, and Center for Science and Mathematics Education, the Science Careers and Research Encounters program is designed to educate secondary students, teachers and counselors about career and research options within the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).   Made possible through the Gulf

Science Café on the Coast Presents “Oyster Aquaculture” Nov. 9

November 07, 2016
Main Content Article | Thu, 11/03/2016 - 9:11am | By Arlicia Jordan "Oyster Aquaculture" will be the topic of the Nov. 9 Science Cafe at USM Gulf Park. Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration among The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System, will host “Oyster Aquaculture” Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Pass Christian Public Library. “Oyster Aquaculture” will be presented by Dr. Bill Walton, an oyster aquaculture extension specialist for Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and an associate professor at Auburn University’s School of

UM Pharmacy Graduate Student Wins Drug Discovery Award

November 04, 2016
Work explores compounds that may help treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and depression November 2, 2016 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest Vedanjali Gogineni works on her research in a UM School of Pharmacy laboratory. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – Vedanjali Gogineni, a doctoral candidate in medicinal chemistry in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, has been awarded a 2016 Graduate Student Research Award in Drug Discovery and Development Interface from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. AAPS gives four of these awards annually to recognize graduate students who significantly influence the research in their field. The award includes a $250 prize

Bye-Bye Stereotypes Mississippi leads in advanced manufacturing and R&D.

November 04, 2016
The Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems. Photo by Russ Houston/MSU¬¬ by CAROL CARTER The plan to move Mississippi into the forefront of automotive and aerospace manufacturing started several years ago, at the top, in the governor’s office. The strategy succeeded because players throughout the state did their part to ensure that sophisticated manufacturers setting up Mississippi operations would stay and grow, and serve as catalysts for similar companies to also discover the Magnolia State. Entire centers designed to augment the new push for advanced manufacturing had to be conceived, implemented and built on university campuses. Community colleges

USM Southern Entrepreneurship Program to Host Kickoff Event in November

October 31, 2016
Article | Fri, 10/28/2016 - 3:50pm | By Van Arnold More than 350 high school students are expected to participate in the kickoff event for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Jackson.   The statewide event is designed to offer high school students from across the state an interactive introduction to the world of business development through an engaging combination of educational activities and guest appearances by young Mississippi-based entrepreneurs. “The day’s agenda is designed to help student participants identify business opportunities in their own backyards,” said James B. Wilcox, director

Fundamentals of Lean Business Planning

October 31, 2016
By Tim Berry, Guest Blogger Published: October 25, 2016Updated: October 25, 2016 Every business owner should be aware of lean business planning. It’s a perfect compromise between the old-fashioned formal business plan that is too big and static, and the kind of small steps and analysis that is the watchword of lean manufacturing and lean startups.  It’s all about taking small steps and evaluating results often. And planning, for real businesses, isn’t about the big plan; it’s about the management it causes.   Why Lean Planning? What are the Benefits? Why would you, as a business owner, care about planning? I hope

MSU receives federal grant to assist low-income students

October 26, 2016
  October 25, 2016 Contact: James Carskadon Paul McKinney (Photo by Russ Houston)John Daniels (Photo by Beth Wynn)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mississippi State University will assist up to 500 low-income students with money for school and a financial literacy program. The university’s Student Financial Aid Department received $731,618 in grant funds and MSU will match each grant dollar, providing a total of $1.46 million to assist low-income students through the MSU Educational Savings Grant. “Diversity in ethnicity and economic background is an achieved goal of which we are proud,” MSU

Southern Miss to Host Three-Minute Thesis Competition Nov. 2-4

October 25, 2016
Article | Tue, 10/25/2016 - 9:51am | By Van Arnold   Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their current thesis and dissertation efforts as part of the popular Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition to be held on the Hattiesburg campus. The competition’s preliminary rounds will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 2-3 at the Trent Lott Center. Eight students will compete in the finals, set for 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 4.   The Three Minute Thesis competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a

Dr. Mary M. White, chair and associate professor for the Department of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, was recently selected as the Mississippi Office of Educational Professionals Administrator of the Year 2016.

October 24, 2016
  White The award was presented by The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA). White, who has been at Jackson State University 42 years and most recently served as interim vice president for Institutional Advancement, was recognized at the MASA Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Jackson Hilton.   MASA’s executive director, Lisa Karmacharya, told White that the recognition is a “truly well-deserved honor and tribute to your dedicated leadership and professional accomplishments.” Earlier this year, White was also bestowed the 2016-2017 Administrator of the Year award by the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals (MAEOP).   MASA

USM’s Cwikla to be Featured Speaker Address at Women’s Conference

October 24, 2016
Article | Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:06am | By Carlee Welch-Dick Dr. Julie Cwikla Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM, Office of Vice President for Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be a featured speaker for Mississippi’s first TEDxJacksonWomen Conference set for Thursday, Oct. 27 in downtown Jackson.   The event will be held at the Old Capitol Inn in conjunction with the TEDxWomen event in San Francisco. TED-Technology, Entertainment, Design- is a series of lecture events held across the globe where some of the “world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what

UM Pharmacy Researchers Launch Diabetes Self-Management Project

October 24, 2016
Effort supported by $214,000 grant from independent research institute October 21, 2016 By Sydney Slotkin DuPriest UM School of Pharmacy researchers Meagen Rosenthal (left) and Erin Holmes meet with a diabetes patient as part of their PCORI-funded diabetes study. Photo by Sydney Slotkin DuPriest   OXFORD, Miss. ­– Researchers from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy invite diabetes patients from three north Mississippi communities to meet with physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others in a nonclinical environment to talk about where they struggle with diabetes self-management. The effort to help patients self-manage their health is funded by a Eugene Washington

UM Physics Student Wins Prestigious Research Award

October 24, 2016
Wanwei Wu headed to FermiLab to further study particle physics October 21, 2016 By Edwin Smith UM physics graduate student Wanwei Wu conducts research in one of the departmental labs. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – As scientists worldwide continue delving into the secrets of the universe, a University of Mississippi graduate student joins the ongoing exploration of particle physics, studying the most infinitesimally tiny pieces that comprise matter. Wanwei Wu of China has been selected to receive a Universities Research Association Visiting Scholar Award of $25,920 for his proposal, “Beam Dynamics in the Muon g-2 Storage Ring.” The prestigious honor

Mississippi State wins grant to help spur job growth and economic development

October 24, 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension will lead a team of seven centers and agencies in an effort to spur job growth and economic development in south Mississippi thanks to a $490,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Authority.   Dr. Clay Walden, director of the CAVS Extension, will head up a team that includes researchers and faculty from Mississippi State University organizations such as the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach, the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Center, the Franklin Furniture Institute and the Department of Agricultural Economics. The Mississippi Development Authority

New user-friendly web tool brings power of GIS to the public

October 21, 2016
  October 18, 2016 Contact: James Carskadon GeoDawg can be accessed by clicking on the image above. The new web application gives Mississippians the ability to easily use the capabilities of a powerful geographic information system (GIS) in a user-friendly format.STARKVILLE, Miss.— The Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) at Mississippi State University has released a new web application, “GeoDawg,” that gives Mississippians the ability to easily use the capabilities of a powerful geographic information system (GIS). GeoDawg is a simple, yet sophisticated, geographic information system that allows users to view high-resolution aerial imagery, find elevations anywhere in Mississippi, create and share

Southern Miss Named Most Affordable Online College in the United States

October 20, 2016
Main Content Article | Wed, 10/19/2016 - 9:47am | By Tara Burcham Affordable Colleges Online has recognized Southern Miss as the nation's most affordable online degree college or university. Over the past year, The University of Southern Mississippi has dedicated time and effort to further developing its online degree programs. These efforts have paid off with Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) recognizing Southern Miss as the best in the United States for its ability to bring academic excellence to online students with a more manageable price tag. Online at Southern Miss offers academically rigorous, quality online degree programs that include support

Metro Jackson emerging as force in advanced manufacturing automotive category

October 19, 2016
Posted by: Ted Carter in Economic Development, Manufacturing, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS October 13, 2016 By TED CARTER Jobs in the metro regions of Jackson and Nashville relating to the automotive industry grew faster than anywhere in the country the past two years, a Brookings Institution analysis of advanced manufacturing found. Metro Jackson’s strong growth in auto-related manufacturing was enough to place it third nationally for growth in overall advanced manufacturing, behind only San Francisco and Nashville, the Brookings Institution says in a report released in August.   Brookings looked at advanced manufacturing across the nation from 2013-2015, It found Metro Jackson

Image-ine that: Married radiologists begin careers at UMMC Grenada

October 18, 2016
Published in News Stories on October 17, 2016 Dr. Katie Ragland and her husband, Dr. Tim Ragland, began practicing radiology together at UMMC Grenada on July 1 Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. One's an Ole Miss Rebel. The other is a Georgia Bulldog. One comes from tiny Belzoni; the other, the “big city” of Brandon. But what they have in common better defines their lives. Both Dr. Tim Ragland and his wife, Dr. Katie Ragland, are UMMC graduates, radiologists at UMMC Grenada, and parents to newborn Emerson Rose. The Raglands are the only husband-and-wife physician team at

Engineer is first Mississippi plant employee

October 17, 2016
JEFF AMY, Associated Press 5:59 p.m. CDT October 14, 2016 Civil engineer Zach Morrow tours the construction site of a Continental Tire plant near Clinton, Miss., Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Morrow is Continental AG's first employee at the site of the $1.45 billion tire plant that's supposed to eventually employ 2,500 people. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)(Photo: AP) 1 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE On a 900-acre site that will eventually host a tire factory employing up to 2,500 people, civil engineer Zach Morrow is the lone ranger for now. Hired Aug. 8, the 28-year-old is Continental AG’s first employee at the plant it’s

UMMC Telehealth Monitoring Embraced by Patients

October 17, 2016
Instead of traveling to a doctor’s office, Jackson resident Thomasene Bennett uses telehealth to take and transmit her blood sugar and vital signs via Bluetooth and iPad Mini technology. Special to Find It In Fondren™   As the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s heralded pilot program to remotely monitor Delta diabetes patients wraps up, lessons learned already have improved care for hundreds enrolled in UMMC’s telehealth network.   The same model used to bring care to patients in the Diabetes Telehealth Network is now being deployed — with significant technology upgrades — for patients coping with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,

U.S. official talks global warming and Mickey Leland Fellowship with STEM students

October 17, 2016
by Jackson State University October 14, 2016 Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Christopher A. Smith explains the MLEF program to an attentive audience. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) Christopher A. Smith, assistant secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, talked global warming while lauding the benefits of the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program to an overflowing room of science, technology, engineering and math students in Jackson State’s School of Engineering on Thursday. “The Mickey Leland program is all about getting more underserved minorities and more women into the sciences particularly into the challenge of developing the technologies

Starkville startup aimed at healthy eating blossoms

October 17, 2016
  By JOSHUA STARRThe Commercial Dispatch STARKVILLE, Miss. In a small commercial kitchen on Highway 182 west of Starkville, Amber Peoples spends her Sundays hustling to prepare as many as 250 meals each week, double the number she made a month ago. This week, she cooked chicken enchiladas, buffalo chicken wraps and chicken and broccoli stir fry. Aside from the enchiladas, she said her most popular meals are grated spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and lasagna rolls. All of her meals her have less than 400 calories, are low in sodium, high in protein and mainly composed of vegetables. All

Faces of Manufacturing: a Co-op with Real-World Experience Leads to a Career

October 17, 2016
Faces of Manufacturing: a Co-op with Real-World Experience Leads to a Career Oct 16, 2016 IW Staff | IndustryWeek EMAIL inShare Comments 0 "It’s never too early to start tinkering with things around the house to learn how they are made and how they work or even coming up with designs to make them better. Kids that enjoy these types of activities would be a great fit in this industry." Related Media Faces of Manufacturing: A Lifelong Passion, a Good Day's Work Advertisement <a target="_blank" href="#"><img src="https://s0.2mdn.net/4158761/3-od-300x250-backup.jpg" width="300" height="250" border="0" /></a><img width="0px" height="0px" style="visibility:hidden" border="0" src="" /> One in a Manufacturing

New program places dental students in rural communities

October 17, 2016
Jamie Hargett Howard, center, was in the first round of students to take part in the CODE program. She was hosted in the Raleigh clinic of Dr. Stephanie Tullos, left, who is being assisted by Amanda Sullivan, right. New program places dental students in rural communities Media Contact: Alana Bowman at 601-984-1970 or abowman@umc.edu. On October 7, a group of students from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry became the first to complete a new six week-long program practicing in private dental clinics throughout the state. The Community Outreach Dental Externship is in its infancy, but it is already

Breaking Barriers: USDA Investment in the Delta Demonstrates Power of Working Together

October 14, 2016
Published on October 13, 2016 Bill Bynum FollowFollowingUnfollowBill Bynum CEO at HOPE Today, HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union) joined USDA Rural Development, Mississippi’s Congressional delegation, Bank of America and the National Cooperative Bank to announce a $40 million investment in the Delta region by the USDA Community Facilities Re-Lending Program. HOPE will receive $40 million in low-cost, long-term capital to re-lend to hospitals, schools, and other vital municipal and nonprofit facilities in small, rural communities. One of 26 community development organizations nationwide to receive an award, HOPE is the only credit union recipient. Notably, the USDA Funds are designated for use

$40 million in federal loans aimed at rural Mississippi

October 14, 2016
By Zachary Oren Smith SHARETWEET EMAILPRINTMORE FAYETTE — A new initiative to provide capital investment for facilities in rural Mississippi was announced Thursday by federal officials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities Re-lending Program said it will provide $40 million to Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union to be used as a low-cost, long term debt capital for projects in rural areas of the state. The money will be used to provide community facilities and services such as education, health care and infrastructure. Zachary Oren Smith, Mississippi Today Lisa Mensah, under secretary of USDA Rural Development “What we are

W symposium to convene top researchers in heart disease

October 13, 2016
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- A February symposium at Mississippi University for Women will bring together nationally and internationally known research scientists to focus on heart disease in underserved communities. The inaugural “Imagine, Inspire, Challenge” STEM symposium, to be held Feb. 23-24, 2017, is designed to highlight current research in heart disease, as well as provide information for aspiring student researchers about career paths. It is being convened by Dr. Doris Taylor, head of the Regenerative Medicine Research Department at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas, and is facilitated by The W’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Taylor is a

USM’s Small Business Development Center creates jobs

October 13, 2016
Ellen Ciurczak , American Staff Writer 3:22 p.m. CDT October 6, 2016 Southern Miss(Photo: Submitted logo) 14 CONNECTTWEET 42 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE It's been a busy year for the University of Southern Mississippi's Small Business Development Center, which recently marked its first complete fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30. Officials at the center have conducted 35 training events in Hattiesburg and counseled 167 clients from throughout the Pine Belt. Twenty-one businesses have started and 117 new jobs were created. "Anytime a small business is created — jobs are created, tax revenue is created — it's very important for the economy," said Mitch

Students Prepare for Careers through New York and D.C. Internships

October 10, 2016
UM program offers insight, connections and course credit October 10, 2016 By Pam Starling UM students share their experiences from the Washington and New York Internship Experiences program with Chancellor Jeffery Vitter (left) at the Lyceum. Joining Vitter are (from left) Graham White of Biloxi; Harris Ormecher of Austin, Texas; Gabriella Berlanti of Bradenton, Florida; Divya Gosain of Clinton; and Jesse Webb of Atlanta. OXFORD, Miss. – Learning more about personal strengths and weaknesses is a big part of the college experience. The University of Mississippi‘s Washington, D.C., and New York Internship Experience programs in the Division of Outreach is

JSU gets $6M NSF grant for bio-resource study of sustainable food, energy, water

October 10, 2016
by Jackson State University October 10, 2016 The National Science Foundation has awarded Jackson State University a five-year $6 million grant to study bio-resource materials for sustainable food, energy and water resource development. JSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is collaborating with the University of Delaware, University of Mississippi and the University of Wyoming in the research.  The official name of the project is “EPSCoR Track II: Collaborative Research and Education on Synergized Transformational Solar Chemical Looping and Photo-Ultrasonic Renewable Biomass Refinery.”   Leszczynski This project is expected to significantly advance the understanding of thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport phenomena in

Slavery Research Effort Explores Campus Connections to Slave Life

October 10, 2016
UM collaboration that began with a reading group is teaming with other universities October 8, 2016 By Christina Steube The UM Slavery Research Group is exploring the history of slavery in Oxford and on the UM campus, which has led to the discovery of Civil-War era maps of the area. OXFORD, Miss. – A group of University of Mississippi faculty members is working across disciplines to learn more about the history of slavery in Oxford and on the UM campus. The UM Slavery Research Group, co-chaired by Chuck Ross, director of African-American studies and a professor of history, and Jeff Jackson,

JSU, Lockheed Martin urge JPS’ middle school students to consider STEM careers

October 06, 2016
by Jackson State University October 5, 2016 Jackson Public Schools students join Lockheed executive and JSU alum Karmyn Norwood inside a science museum on wheels called Trailblazers, parked on the main campus outside. The trailer provides information on energy, space, weather, biotechnology and aerodynamics. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) Jackson State University and representatives from Lockheed Martin Corp. gathered Tuesday in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) building to urge hundreds of visiting middle school students from Jackson Public Schools to begin thinking early about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Derek McGowan, diversity outreach program

Deep-Sea Sedimentation Topic of October Science Cafe

October 05, 2016
Renowned marine scientist Arne R. Diercks is second lecturer for fall semester October 5, 2016 By Edwin Smith Arne R. Diercks is assistant marine research professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – The slow and steady sedimentation processes of the deep sea is the next topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The fall semester’s second meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar, 1120 North Lamar Blvd. Arne R.

UM Physical Acoustics Research Center Turns 30

October 05, 2016
NCPA celebrates with Oct. 14 open house, including tours and demos October 5, 2016 By Edwin Smith The anechoic chamber in the National Center for Physical Acoustics is one of the many demos open to the public during the facility’s 30th anniversary celebration Oct. 14.Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – As the Jamie L. Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics enters its 30th year of operation at the University of Mississippi, the acclaimed research facility is celebrating with an open house, including demonstrations of interesting acoustical principles and phenomena.   The free event begins at 1 p.m. Oct.

MSU’s CAVS to continue working on all-electric Navy ship

October 05, 2016
  October 5, 2016 Contact: James Carskadon Researchers at MSU’s Center for Vehicular Systems are designing control systems that will allow an all-electric Naval ship to transfer power to advanced weapons systems such as the Navy’s electromagnetic railgun, pictured on display aboard the USS Millinocket in port at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Kirsop/Released).STARKVILLE, Miss.—Researchers in Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems will continue to work on designs for an all-electric Navy ship after recently receiving a five-year, approximately $2.5 million grant.   The grant money is part of

UMMC telehealth enters next chapter of remote patient monitoring

October 03, 2016
Instead of traveling to a doctor's office, Jackson resident Thomasene Bennett uses telehealth to take and transmit her blood sugar and vital signs via Bluetooth and iPad Mini technology. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. As the University of Mississippi Medical Center's heralded pilot program to remotely monitor Delta diabetes patients wraps up, lessons learned already have improved care for hundreds enrolled in UMMC's telehealth network. The same model used to bring care to patients in the Diabetes Telehealth is now being deployed -- with significant technology upgrades -- for patients coping with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension,

Jackson State University’s political science department intersects race and biology with latest research efforts

October 03, 2016
by Jackson State University September 29, 2016   Jackson State University’s political science department has received three grants, to date, totaling $410,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct innovative research that endeavors to understand the physiological ramifications of racially divisive subject matter on African Americans.Through a series of student and community participation studies, Jackson State political science professor Dr. Byron D’Andra Orey and his team examine the material health effects of exposure to police and protestor violence, Confederate imagery and implicit bias. “It is an honor for me to be able to participate in such groundbreaking research, said

Student talks telehealth, nursing in the DPRK

September 30, 2016
Published in News Stories on September 29, 2016 Jacob Crouch, a student in the BSN-PHD program at the UM School of Nursing and School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, has been a cardiology nurse at the Medical Center since 2011. Media Contact: Alana Bowman at 601-984-1970 or abowman@umc.edu. How does a cardiology nurse from Toomsuba, only two weeks before his wedding day, find himself presenting a lecture “Telehealth and Nursing in the Rural Community” in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea?  (That's North Korea, home of supreme leader Kim Jong-un, not South Korea, host of the 1988 Summer

JSU gets $250,000 contract from Corps of Engineers to eliminate depleted uranium

September 30, 2016
by Jackson State University September 28, 2016 JSU Department of Chemistry’s Dr. Fengxiang Han joins John H. Ballard, a research physicist with the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in announcing the cooperative agreement. Ballard said the collaboration will benefit greatly the faculty and students at JSU. JSU has received a $250,000 contract from the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

MSU earns prestigious spot as finalist on president’s community service honor roll

September 30, 2016
  September 28, 2016 Contact: James Carskadon STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is one of four universities nationwide recognized as a finalist in the recently announced 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the Economic Opportunity category.   MSU is among 20 institutions of higher learning in the country and the only school in Mississippi named as a finalist in any of the honor roll’s four categories. MSU was named to the honor roll in all of the four possible categories (General Community Service, Interfaith Service, Education and Economic Opportunity). “This recognition is tangible evidence of our university’s commitment

UM Insight Park Co-Hosting DRA Delta Pitch Competition

September 27, 2016
Participants vying Sept. 29 for fellowships, advancement to national conference September 27, 2016 By Edwin Smith OXFORD, Miss. – Individual entrepreneurs and start-up organizations are invited to vie for fellowships to a national conference at the Delta Regional Authority Delta Pitch competition Thursday (Sept. 29) at the University of Mississippi. The event begins at 1 p.m. in UM’s Innovation Hub at Insight Park. Co-hosts are Insight Park, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. “The Delta Pitch Competition is part of DRA’s region-wide entrepreneurial initiative known

University internship program connects current and graduated students

September 26, 2016
  Posted on Sep 22 2016 - 8:02am by Slade Rand Chancellor Vitter and previous intern Graham White conversed following the presentation. (Photo by Kamera Griffin) Students who graduated from the Ole Miss Internship Experience program came back to share their 2016 summer internship stories with other students Wednesday afternoon at the Lyceum.   The five students interned in five different industries, but all returned with a similar, newfound understanding of their prospective careers.   Former New York City intern Graham White, a senior business marketing major, said he learned the importance of getting out of his comfort zone. “I

USM Gulf Park Gains Insight into the Future of Energy during Lecture

September 26, 2016
Main Content Article | Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:07am | By Arlicia Jordan The University of Southern Mississippi was visited by American energy expert Dr. Jay Hakes last week for a dialogue concerning the consumption and expansion of energy in a panel discussion and lecture held at the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.   Hakes shared his knowledge and expertise on various topics regarding the complex need for energy independence in a presentation titled “Creating a Sustainable Energy Future: The Need for Multidisciplinary Experts.” According to Hakes, energy can be applied to a number of academic disciplines, whether it

USM Small Business Development Center Helps in Pine Belt Job Creation

September 26, 2016
Main Content Article | Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:39am | By Van Arnold The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center has helped businesses in the region create and/or retain more than 175 jobs since October of last year. During that span, the SBDC has also supported business owners in generating $3.2 million in capital formation, while helping educate hundreds of others in the steps to start a business.   “This is outreach by USM at its finest,” said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at Southern Miss. “In addition to community and civic engagement, the University

High-powered panel to discuss the science of learning at MSU symposium

September 26, 2016
  September 22, 2016 Contact: Karyn Brown STARKVILLE, Miss.—A public forum examining the implications of research on the cognitive psychological science and neuroscience of learning and instruction will be held next week at Mississippi State. Six internationally recognized researchers will be featured at the free university event taking place 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 30 in the Colvard Student Union’s Foster Ballrooms S and U. The “Symposium on the Optimization of Learning and Teaching” features presentations by Robert A. Bjork of the University of California, Los Angeles; David J. Francis of the University of Houston; Mark Guadagnoli of the University of Nevada,

Summit showcases Mississippi as leader in putting data to use

September 26, 2016
  September 23, 2016 Contact: James Carskadon Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, NSPARC Executive Director Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, and Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn pose for a picture following Reeves’ keynote speech at the inaugural ‘Mississippi – A Data Driven State’ summit, held at Mississippi State University. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Leaders in state government, education and economic development showcased the importance of reliable data during the inaugural ‘Mississippi – A Data Driven State’ summit, held Friday [Sept. 23] at Mississippi State University. “It is imperative that we continue to get the best

‘Flipped’ STEM classes earn $350,000 NSF grant

September 26, 2016
by Jackson State University September 22, 2016 The National Science Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant for “Investigating the Effect of Active Flipped Learning in STEM Education” to the engineering, education and mathematics departments at Jackson State University. According to flippedlearning.org, the “flipped” educational approach can be simply defined as “school work at home and homework at school.” Dr. Lin Li, professor of engineering and principal investigator for the grant, feels the novel teaching style “gives students more responsibility in the learning process.” Li will be heading the project with Jianjun Yun, professor in the university’s Education Department and co-principal

McCullough brings ‘stay at home’ pitch to MSU

September 22, 2016
Posted on September 19, 2016 by Daily Journal in Business, Education, News Glenn McCullough Jr., executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, spent time this week advising student entrepreneurs at Mississippi State University. (Zachary Oren Smith/Mississippi Today) By Zachary Oren Smith Mississippi Today STARKVILLE — Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. preaches keeping young people from leaving the state. Last week week, the Tupelo native brought that message straight to one of his target audiences — students at Mississippi State University. “We can ill afford to lose our young folks,” McCullough said Wednesday as he spent two hours

2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Top-Performing States Place Significant Emphasis on Economic Development

September 22, 2016
2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Top-Performing States Place Significant Emphasis on Economic Development The top-performing states continually compete against one another to attract business and challenge each other to maintain or improve capabilities. Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting Q3 2016 Area Development’s annual Top States for Doing Business rankings provide a useful backdrop to inform corporate location decisions, especially given the complex and highly competitive nature of states’ economic development efforts. Beyond the survey results, it is essential to evaluate potential locations based on a company’s unique requirements and objectives.

$1.9 Million NIH Grant to Fund Children’s Health Research

September 22, 2016
Medical Center will use award to build infrastructure, expand pediatric clinical trials September 21, 2016 By Annie Oeth The team of medical experts involved in the National Institutes of Health ECHO grant to UMMC includes, from left, Dr. Richard Summers, Dr. Norma Ojeda, Dr. Rob Annett, Dr. Rick Barr and Dr. Whitney Herring.   JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Medical Center has received a National Institutes of Health grant for more than $1.9 million to support research into how environmental factors from conception through early childhood influence the health of children and adolescents. The funds, from the NIH

MSU researchers awarded NSF grant to encourage women in computing

September 19, 2016
  September 19, 2016 Contact: James Carskadon Vemitra White (Photo by Russ Houston)Sarah Lee (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—A $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow researchers from Mississippi State University to encourage young women to enter science-based computing fields. A proposal submitted by MSU Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Clinical Professor Sarah Lee and Bagley College of Engineering Director of Educational Outreach and Support Programs Vemitra White is one of 37 projects funded through the NSF’s first INCLUDES awards, which are aimed at improving access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields for underserved populations.   The

Unpaid Internships Influenced by Recent Court Decision

September 19, 2016
By Michael Wyland | September 2, 2016 ShareTweet EmailPrint Share on LinkedIn More More on Nonprofit Management Subscribe to Nonprofit Management August 30, 2016; Lexology   In 2013, NPQ reported on Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, also referred to as the “Black Swan” decision, which found that some unpaid interns were indeed employees and entitled to pay and benefits because their employer had not conducted a formal internship program using New York and U.S. Department of Labor regulations as a guide. However, in 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the District Court’s Glatt decision and established a new

Big Data, Big Opportunities

September 19, 2016
Published on September 19, 2016 David RobinsonFollowFollowingUnfollowDavid Robinson Principal at Montrose Group, LLC In a world of constantly changing interests and consumer practices and trends, companies and industries are turning to Big Data for driving their business decisions and strategies. New technologies are enabling entities to better collect, quickly analyze and effectively manage vast amounts of information to help maximize operations and services while maintaining a leg up on their competition.   Utilizing Big Data, manufacturers can minimize waste while increasing product quality and output, retailers can develop improved marketing tactics focused on current consumers while also targeting previous ones

Center for Manufacturing Excellence

September 19, 2016
by Bryan Carter   Mississippi’s Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence Offers the Only Undergraduate Program of Its Kind Situated in the heart of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) campus, the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) provides a world-class education for some of the brightest candidates across the country entering the manufacturing industry, producing some of the best graduating candidates for Mississippi’s world-class manufacturing community. Says Associate Director Ryan Miller, “One of the successes of our program comes from the collision of the academic, the theoretical, and the practical. We are eliminating the disconnects in manufacturing between leadership,

Ethics researcher Gregory Pence speaks this week at MSU

September 19, 2016
Ethics researcher Gregory Pence speaks this week at MSU September 19, 2016 Contact: Addison Arledge Gregory Pence (Photo submitted)STARKVILLE, Miss.—An internationally recognized bioethicist will discuss the use of human subjects in research during a Sept. 23 program at Mississippi State. Professor Gregory Pence’s address takes place 2-4 p.m. in 185 McCain Hall. Open to all, his presentation will inaugurate the 2016-17 Visiting Speaker Series of the university’s Department of Philosophy and Religion.   Pence, who leads the philosophy department at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is a proponent of cloning and genetically modified crops. A New York University doctoral graduate,

Reshoring Rules: 5 Questions for Harry Moser

September 19, 2016
  by Debbi G McCullough September 16, 2016 Share this! Determined to bring jobs back to the U.S., Harry Moser has made his case before presidents and the press. Founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry Moser is widely recognized for his efforts to bring jobs back to the United States. Moser’s father and grandfather both worked in New Jersey’s mammoth Singer sewing machine plant before the company outsourced those operations overseas. Formerly president of GF Machining Solutions, he has received numerous commendations, including the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Industry Advocacy Award in 2014. The Reynolds Center recently asked him our five

A Tough Row to Hoe: Economic Growth in Rural America

September 19, 2016
Published on September 18, 2016 Featured in: Economy   Dean BarberFollowFollowingUnfollowDean Barber President/CEO at Barber Business Advisors, LLC: Corporate Location Analysis and Economic Development A report released last week by the Census Bureau showing that Americans, rich, poor and middle class, saw their incomes rise last year was greeted gleefully by economists. But in rural America, where I have spent much of my time of late doing economic development consulting work, the reaction will be more of a shrug. The government may say the economy is getting better, but many of the people in non-metropolitan counties aren’t feeling it. Still, the report

Southern Miss Center for Undergraduate Research Named for Alumnus Drapeau

September 16, 2016
Southern Miss Center for Undergraduate Research Named for Alumnus Drapeau Main Content Article | Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:49am | By David Tisdale NOTE: An earlier media report that the University’s Trent Lott Center has been renamed the Drapeau Center is incorrect. Because of the generous support of a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, David Sliman II of Ocean Springs can pursue his research interests in biochemistry that he hopes will lead to a career in genetic engineering.   That alumnus, Donald Drapeau, was honored Sept. 14 at the University’s Hattiesburg campus with the announcement of the naming of the Drapeau

Improved pneumonia treatment focus of current MSU research

September 16, 2016
  September 15, 2016 Contact: Karen Templeton Dr. Bindu Nanduri of Mississippi State (at right) recently uncovered new information about the genes in S. pneumoniae, a common bacterium associated with ear infections and pneumonia. She and university colleagues Allen Shack (left) and Dr. Seongbin Park are hopeful the finding can be used to develop better treatment and vaccine options. (Photo by Tom Thompson)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Streptococcus pneumoniae likely is not a term immediately recognizable by most individuals, even if they have had unpleasant run-ins with the common bacterium. However, experts at Mississippi State University are pioneering pathways to new treatment options. Primarily

Oxiteno expands its investments in the U.S. with a new R&D laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi

September 14, 2016
Oxiteno, a global leader in surfactants and specialty chemicals, announced today (13), an investment in a new Research & Development (R&D) laboratory in the United States. The R&D lab is the output of a partnership between Oxiteno and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and will be located in The Garden, the University’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park. The Lab is a great example of Oxiteno’s commitment to international markets, and USM’s commitment to innovation.   The laboratory will begin operating on mid-September, focusing on research and development of products to serve the U.S. market in the agriculture, paints and

Mississippi telehealth, remote monitoring pays dividends for diabetics

September 13, 2016
By Neil Versel Post a comment / 23 Shares Twitter Facebook Linkedin Google + / Sep 13, 2016 at 6:30 AM University of Mississippi Medical Center Program founder Kristi Henderson may have left for Ascension Health in Texas late last year, but the University of Mississippi Medical Center continues to make significant strides in telehealth.   In fact, the UMMC Center for Telehealth is expanding its service offerings to other states, particularly with remote patient monitoring for people with chronic diseases. That is because the Jackson, Mississippi-based health system has had some impressive early results addressing the state’s stubborn diabetes

How Hospitals Can Reach Patients Using a Rural Telehealth Strategy

September 13, 2016
The University of Mississippi Medical Center has connected patients to specialists across rural Mississippi thanks to their robust telehealth strategy. September 13, 2016 Matt O'Connor 0 Comments A session on rural telehealth attracted an eager, late morning crowd at this year's Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development Connections conference, which officially started on Sunday evening. Michael Adcock, administrator, Center for Telehealth at the University of (Jackson) Mississippi Medical Center alongside Jeff Cowart, senior vice president of market development and public affairs, University Health System, Shreveport, La., walked us through why telehealth is not just a nice thing to do.

September 12, 2016
McCullough to serve as first MSU executive in residence September 12, 2016 Contact: James Carskadon Glenn McCullough Jr. (Photo Submitted)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. will serve as the first executive in residence at Mississippi State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach. McCullough will be available for one-on-one mentoring opportunities for the more than 100 student start-ups at MSU. The inaugural session is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach, which is housed in MSU’s College of Business. The CEO is located in Suite 101 in

Tech Jobs in Southern Cities? Thank the Auto Industry

September 12, 2016
A new Brookings Institution report finds Jackson, Miss., and Nashville match San Francisco in employment gains ENLARGE Vehicle frames for Nissan Motor Co. are welded by robots at the company's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., outside Nashville. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg By Eric Morath Eric Morath The Wall Street Journal CANCEL BiographyEric Morath @EricMorath Eric.Morath@wsj.com Aug 4, 2016 7:00 am ET 2 COMMENTS Jackson, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn., may be better known for Southern lifestyles than tech jobs, but those regions are adding “advanced industry” jobs at near the same rate as the San Francisco area. From 2013 to 2015, the Nashville

Jumping the curve in economic development

September 12, 2016
Ed Morrison / September 2, 2016 Related Posts Review: “Steve Jobs” Why gentrification is so hard to stop Food price crisis: What crisis? The role of small businesses in economic growth Fast-growing jobs that don’t require a 4-year college degree Most economic development organizations rely on a standard pack of traditional economic development strategies: real estate and infrastructure development, regional marketing; business retention and expansion; support for entrepreneurs; workforce development. Yet, these traditional approaches face limitations in terms of impact. Because these activities tend to be organized functionally – or vertically – within the economic development organization, they miss out on

UM Professor’s Research Published in Journal of Consumer Research

September 09, 2016
Christopher Newman and colleagues studied effects of various front-of-package nutrition labels September 9, 2016 By Edwin Smith Christopher L. Newman co-authored an article in the Journal of Consumer Research.Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi’s marketing professor’s joint study of the effects of front-of-package nutrition labels shows they serve different purposes depending upon the shopping situation, greatly affecting consumers’ abilities to make proper evaluations and healthful choices. Christopher L. Newman, assistant professor of marketing, is a co-author of “Effects of Objective and Evaluative Front-of-Package Cues on Food Evaluation and Choice: The Moderating Influence of

Independent Study Reveals The University of Southern Mississippi’s $603.3 Million Annual Economic Impact on Mississippi

September 09, 2016
Main Content Article | Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:06pm | By Jim Coll An independent study has found that USM creates and supports more than 5,872 jobs in Hattiesburg and 1,283 on the Gulf Coast, while generating $32.7 million per year in tax revenue in Hattiesburg and $6.5 million per year on the Gulf Coast. Economic Driver. Employment Generator. Community Partner. The University of Southern Mississippi fills many roles for the state of Mississippi above and beyond its primary mission as an educator and research leader. And the extent to which it successfully fills those roles has now been revealed. The

Gravitational Wave Discussion Set for First Fall Science Cafe

September 08, 2016
Renowned cosmological physicist Michael Turner to speak Sept. 13 September 6, 2016 By Edwin Smith Michael Turner, Rainer Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, will speak Sept. 13 at the UM Science Cafe. Submitted photo OXFORD, Miss. – The origins of the universe is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. Michael Turner, the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor of Physical Cosmology and director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, will discuss “Einstein’s Outrageous Universe: Gravitational Waves, Black Holes

Global Health Symposium Set for Friday-Participants plan to discuss ways to increase state’s health care capacity

September 08, 2016
September 7, 2016 By Michael Newsom The University of Mississippi will host the Global Health Symposium Friday. OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will host a Global Health Symposium on Friday (Sept. 9) in the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics to examine the state and local community’s health care capacity and possible ways to increase it.   The panel discussion is set for 1 p.m. in the Overby Center conference room. It features John J. Green, professor of sociology and anthropology and director of both  the Center for Population Studies and university’s society and health minor; Kate McGurn Centellas, Croft associate

JSU Global prepares students for future abroad

September 08, 2016
by Jackson State University September 7, 2016 (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) JSU Global hosted a Study Abroad Fair, on Sept. 6, designed to educate students on the benefits of international study through a series of breakout sessions. “JSU Global changed my life overall, to be honest, that’s why I’m an ambassador now because I really want to encourage students not to be afraid – just go,” said Hannah Scott, JSU Global Ambassador. Jennifer Butler, study abroad coordinator for Jackson State, believes a fair is a resourceful tool that can reach a vast number of students. “Having the study abroad fair

Templeton announced as Telehealth Champion at the South Central Telehealth Forum

September 08, 2016
  September 7, 2016 LITTLE ROCK — Charles H. “Chip” Templeton, Director, Small Business Development Center, College of Business at Mississippi State University, and previous Telehealth Education Manager at the Mississippi State University Extension Service, was presented with the Curtis L. Lowery Telehealth Champion Award at the fourth annual South Central Telehealth Forum, which was held recently in Nashville, Tennessee. Charles H. “Chip” Templeton (Photo by Russ Houston)Templeton describes himself as a telehealth advocate. He said, “The advocate role is important. I can work with business owners and community leaders to promote the benefit of using telehealth and telemedicine. Being

Energy Expert Jay Hakes to Present at Southern Miss Gulf Park

September 07, 2016
Article | Tue, 09/06/2016 - 3:12pm | By Arlicia Jordan The University of Southern Mississippi will present leading American energy expert Jay Hakes in a panel discussion and formal lecture Thursday, Sept. 8, on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.   Beginning at 2 p.m. in Hardy Hall Ballroom, Hakes, author of A Declaration of Energy Independence, will discuss topics concerning energy policy and energy independence with local economy and energy experts from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Speakers on the panel include Johnny Atherton, vice president of corporate services and community relations, Mississippi Power; Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour, professor

USM Medical Laboratory Science Program Yields 100 Percent Job Placement

September 07, 2016
Main Content Article | Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:39am | By Van Arnold The Medical Laboratory Science program at Southern Miss has experienced a 100 percent job placement rate over the past several years. (Photo by Kelly Dunn) Considering a college degree program that will lead to immediate employment upon graduation? Then the Medical Laboratory Science program at The University of Southern Mississippi might just be the ticket.   For the past several years, the University’s Medical Laboratory Science program has seen a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. Program Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Sabrina Bryant notes that a

The ‘Blue Economy’ to get a boost with $10M Marine Science Facility at Port of Gulfport

September 06, 2016
The Marine Science Facility's primary function will be to support the University of Southern Mississippi's research vessels. Posted by: Becky Gillette in Economic Development, Environmental Business, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS, Technology, Tourism September 1, 2016 By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — It has been estimated that 35 percent of the Coast’s economy is based on maritime businesses like shipbuilding, transportation, fishing and tourism. And now what has been dubbed the “Blue Economy” will get another boost with the construction of a new $10-million Marine Science Facility that will be built by the Port of Gulfport for the University of Southern Mississippi. “We are thrilled,” said

UM Technology Summit Focuses on Need for STEM Education

September 02, 2016
Sen. Wicker, university leaders promote role of new facility to help meet workforce demands September 1, 2016 By Michael Newsom Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter welcomes guests and panelists to the UM Technology Summit. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and the University of Mississippi hosted U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and technology industry leaders Wednesday (Aug. 31) for the UM Technology Summit, at which the senator and others agreed that the need for more science, technology, engineering and math students will continue to grow. The summit brought together longtime professionals from the computer, telecom, internet and

Small Business Development Center Workshops Scheduled for September

September 01, 2016
Article | Thu, 09/01/2016 - 9:23am | By Van Arnold The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in September. The SBDC programs are designed to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with education and training opportunities for development of business plans and concepts. In addition, trained professionals at the center help clients secure small business loans for their ventures.   The workshop schedule is as follows: USM – Trent Lott National Center, second floor, Room 207 Tuesday, September 13 (6-8

Advanced High Strength Steel: Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

August 31, 2016
0 Comment Ask most college students how they spent their summer break and you’ll probably hear about trips to the beach or an easy-going summer job. But ask Jaylin Myers about his summer and he launches into an explanation about the properties of advanced high strength steel. An Atlanta native, Myers spent his summer participating in Mississippi State’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The 10-week summer session paired 17 students from universities across the country with Mississippi State faculty and focused on providing research experience to students who don’t have those opportunities at their own campuses. For Myers, a rising

Jackson Heart Study is turning sweet sixteen

August 31, 2016
by Jackson State University August 29, 2016 Dr. Donna Antoine-LaVigne, bottom left, principal investigator for the Jackson Heart Study Community Outreach Center and Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers, far right, with members of the JHS community (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU)   JSU’s Jackson Heart Study (JHS) Community Outreach Center (CORC) is celebrating 16 years of community engagement, recruitment and cardiovascular education from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 at the Jackson Medical Mall – center stage. “Happy birthday, sweet sixteen,” sings Dr. Donna Antoine-LaVigne, principal investigator for JHS CORC. “Sixteen years shows that with a lot of work, a

Tech Companies Collaborate with UM Electrical Engineering Students

August 31, 2016
Experience gives participants confidence in their professional skills August 30, 2016 By Michael Newsom X2 Biosystems, NASA, C Spire, Cadence, UM Athletics and the University of Mississippi Medical Center have been getting help with complicated projects from University of Mississippi electrical engineering students. Submitted photo. OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi electrical engineering students are working with a range of corporate and governmental entities on several research projects in which the students offered engineering solutions to complicated real-world endeavors. The team of UM students, led by Matthew Morrison, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has helped solve real engineering issues, just

NCNPR Scientist Honored for Parasitic Diseases Research

August 29, 2016
Babu Tekwani presented Distinguished Scientist Award for work on tropical illnesses August 19, 2016 By Sydney Slotkin From left, María Martínez Valladares, a researcher at the University of León (Institute of Mountain Livestock), Rafael Balaña-Fouce, professor of biomedical sciences at the University of León and scientific director of the Institute of Biotechnology of León, Babu Tekwani, principal scientist at the UM National Center for Natural Products Research, and Rojo-Vázquez, professor of parasitology at the Animal Health Department of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of León. OXFORD, Miss. – Babu Tekwani, a principal scientist in the University of Mississippi’s National Center

Spark Study Ignites Autism Research at UMMC

August 29, 2016
Project works to build a genetic database to help researchers unlock disorder's secrets August 28, 2016 By Karen Bascom The UMMC SPARK team includes, from left, research coordinator Kristen Callahan, Dr. Robert Annett, research coordinator Sabrina White and assistant professor of pediatrics Dr. Dustin Sarver. UMMC photo JACKSON, Miss. – When Laura Beth Johnston’s son Fraiser was diagnosed with autism in December 2014, she said it was a “daunting diagnosis.” “There is no ‘how-to manual’ for raising a child with autism,” Johnston said. But with the support of therapists and specialists, Fraiser, 5, started kindergarten this year. Johnston said she

CMN Champion’s big rig ride revs up excitement for Walmart drive

August 26, 2016
Walmart driver Billy Tingle smiles as Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Jordan Morgan sits in the cab of one of the company's 18-wheelers. The pair then rode to the Clinton Walmart in the truck for the launch of the retailer's annual fund drive. Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122 or aoeth@umc.edu. Jordan Morgan's ride to Walmart Tuesday carried an important cargo: To help kick off the retailer's annual drive for millions of dollars in donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Morgan, Mississippi's 2016-2017 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion, rode up to the Clinton Walmart in a Walmart 18-wheeler with an

JSU students represent new generation of environmental scientists

August 25, 2016
by Jackson State University August 23, 2016 Eric Gulledge, left, Taimei Harris, Dr. Timothy Turner and Willis Lyons at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Miss.   This summer, Jackson State University students Eric Gulledge, Taimei Harris and Willis Lyons attended the annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) Core Wide Competency Course at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Miss. Gulledge and Harris are currently in JSU’s environmental science doctoral program while Lyons is studying to receive his master’s degree in the same field. During the course, the students had access

MSU-led Northern Gulf Institute renews agreement with EPA

August 25, 2016
  August 25, 2016 Contact: Diane Godwin   STARKVILLE, Miss.—A coastal-based research cooperative led by Mississippi State is extending its memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Northern Gulf Institute provides the Gulf of Mexico region with diverse, science-based services to help protect the ecosystem while continuing to ensure healthy communities situated along its borders.   University officials recently were notified of the institute’s five-year renewal by counterparts with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. While the original NGI-EPA collaboration that began in 2013 covered areas around Florida’s Tampa Bay, this latest agreement covers the entire gulf

Mission work is medicine for Zika fears

August 24, 2016
Mission work is medicine for Zika fears By Gary Pettus While world-class athletes and middle-class tourists alike are shunning countries ridden with the Zika virus, dozens of University of Mississippi Medical Center students, faculty and staff have not backed down. In February, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus' reach a global public-health emergency - yet nurses, dental and medical students, physicians, occupational therapists, pharmacists and others have continued to serve on medical missions to Haiti, Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua and other areas beset by outbreaks of the disease linked to paralysis and birth defects. And many of them -

From alphabet to algebra, lessons come to Batson patients

August 22, 2016
Multitasking by enjoying a pancake breakfast while learning about letters, numbers and shapes, Batson Children's Hospital patient Lucy Suggs of Brandon takes in a lesson via iPad with teacher Kristy Gandy. The pancakes were more than a morning meal, as Gandy cut them into squares and triangles to make learning about shapes more fun. Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122 or aoeth@umc.edu. Lucy Suggs' lessons include making the letter A into an alligator and learning about shapes, which coincided with a plate full of pancakes being delivered to her room. It's just a normal school day at Batson Children's Hospital,

$19.9 Million NIH Obesity Research Award Largest Ever for UMMC

August 22, 2016
$19.9 Million NIH Obesity Research Award Largest Ever for UMMC Funding will allow Medical Center to tackle one of state's biggest health care issues August 18, 2016 By Karen Bascom The Translational Research Center, scheduled for completion in 2017, is just one new resource that will serve UMMC scientists across disciplines. JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Medical Center has received its largest single award ever to confront one of the state’s largest health issues. The five-year, $19.9 million award from the National Institutes of Health will fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Supported by the

Southern Miss Receives $4 Million NSF Award for Gulf Water Research

August 22, 2016
Article | Thu, 08/18/2016 - 9:16am | By Van Arnold Dr. Jason Azoulay Dr. Jason Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop selective sensing technologies for detecting and analyzing pollutants in Gulf Coast ecosystems. Azoulay is leading a team of 10 researchers across six institutions in Mississippi and Alabama on the project that combines approaches from chemistry, biochemistry, geochemistry, marine science, computational science, polymer science, and engineering. “There is a critical need for research that enables new means of

JSU continues to promote innovation in education with iPad Initiative

August 22, 2016
by Jackson State University August 18, 2016 Jackson State University and the Mississippi e-Center Foundation are providing iPads to all first-time, full-time freshmen for the fifth consecutive year since the 2012 launch of the initiative. Distribution will take place at the JSU Student Center, Ballrooms A and B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23-25 and Aug. 29-30. The iPad Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative, as it is officially termed, reflects the university’s culture of student-centered learning that nurtures intellectual curiosity through the assimilation of technology and curriculum.   Director of the Mississippi e-Center Dr. William McHenry said, “Jackson State

Big problem, bigger award: NIH funds UMMC obesity research

August 18, 2016
UMMC research officials receive a tour Wednesday of the new Translational Research Center from Jimmy Peacock, project manager with Fountain Construction Company.  From left are Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, Cari Fowler, director of sponsored programs, and Leslie Musshafen, executive director of research.  The building, one of the assets in UMMC's translational research portfolio, is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. The University of Mississippi Medical Center has received its largest single award ever to confront one of the state's largest health issues. The five-year, $19.9 million award from

COCHRAN, OFFICIALS PRAISE LARGEST EVER NIH RESEARCH GRANT TO UMMC

August 15, 2016
Aug 15 2016 Five-Year, $19.5 Million Grant Will Build Clinical Trials, Research Capabilities in Mississippi WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today praised the award of Mississippi’s largest ever National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, a five-year $19.5 million investment to increase capacity for clinical research in the state. Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was joined in announcing the grant by University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs LouAnn Woodward.  The award is the direct result of the additional funding provided by Congress for the

Rare find by MSU archaeological researchers gets international attention

August 11, 2016
  August 9, 2016 Contact: Karyn Brown Evan Peacock, left, a veteran MSU anthropology professor, and Joseph A. Mitchell of Gautier, right, who soon graduates with a doctorate in earth and atmospheric sciences, are co-authors of a recent report in the American Malacological Bulletin describing the find of a winged mapleleaf mussel shell at a Leflore County archaeological site. Cliff Jenkins, not pictured, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, also is a co-author. (Photo by Sarah Dutton)STARKVILE, Miss.—The account of a Mississippi State team’s discovery of a very-out-of-place freshwater mussel shell currently is being featured in a specialized scientific journal.

Research Scientists in Hattiesburg Influence School Meal Programs Nationwide

August 08, 2016
Article | Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:18am | By Hanna Knowles Dr. Keith Rushing, research scientist at the Institute of Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division (ICN, ARD), a research center of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, evaluated the effectiveness of the pilot Team Up for School Nutrition Success workshop.   The Team Up initiative, developed by Dr. Marjuyua Lartey-Rowser of the ICN, ARD, provides school nutrition directors tailored assistance and peer-to-peer mentoring to successfully meet the standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.   School nutrition directors manage and implement meal programs in school districts nationwide.

From Mississippi Medicine: Blistering rates of physician burnout ignite search for answers

August 05, 2016
Media Contact: Gary Pettus at 601-815-9266 or gpettus@umc.edu. (Editor's Note: This article was first published in Mississippi Medicine, the alumni magazine of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.) We're like the canaries in the coal mine. For our patients' safety, there needs to be a revolution in medicine. Dr. Luke Lampton, Family Medicine physician Lampton The cost of operating Dr. Luke Lampton's family medicine clinic in Magnolia has doubled or tripled since 1999, he said, but his passion for medicine has paid an even higher price. “Even after hiring a nurse practitioner,” Lampton said, “we're spending less time with

Procedure providing hope for some brain cancer patients

August 04, 2016
Ben Newman’s mother, Peggy, assists with placing the arrays after his recent checkup. Newman wears the arrays about 18 hours a day Posted by: For the MBJ in Health, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS August 4, 2016 Tiny electrical fields that help your cells communicate are being harvested at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to fight a type of brain cancer that primarily strikes adults. Dr. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of neurology specializing in neuro-oncology, said the Optune device, designed and distributed by Novocure, delivers a steady stream of low-intensity electric fields that seems to slow or stop glioblastoma cancer cells

State’s telemedicine landscape earns ‘A’ from national group

August 04, 2016
Posted by: For the MBJ in Health, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS, Technology August 4, 2016 Mississippi’s supportive policy landscape for telemedicine, including services for residents coping with mental illness, has earned the state an overall “A” rating from the American Telemedicine Association in its 2016 state-by-state report card. Mississippi is among only eight states earning that highest score in the association’s evaluation of performance in telemental and behavioral health. The Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2015 recorded 1,600 psychiatry patient encounters – nearly double the 900 in 2014.   The center fills gaps in mental

Seven Hattiesburg High Students Graduate in USM’s Project SEARCH Program

August 04, 2016
Main Content Article | Wed, 08/03/2016 - 9:38am | By Jerry Alliston Seven Hattiesburg High students graduated recently from the Southern Miss Project SEARCH training program. Pictured left to right: Santrice Forbes, Brenda Alfaro, Kyndell Moore, Christopher Johnson, Joseph Saucier, Arther Smith, and Jeromy Watson. “We do not fear the future, for we are the future,” was the theme featured on the inaugural Project SEARCH University of Southern Mississippi Class of 2016 graduation invitation.   Seven Hattiesburg High School students participated in an employment skills program on the Hattiesburg campus at Southern Miss for the 2015-2016 high school year. These

Computer science pilot program set to help Mississippi students

August 04, 2016
August 3, 2016 Contact: Emile Creel   STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Computer Science for Mississippi program is set to help the state’s students prepare for careers in a high-tech, high-demand field. Also known as CS4MS, the program has completed its summer training for teachers in anticipation of the pilot program’s rollout in districts across Mississippi during the upcoming school year.   Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) at Mississippi State University, CS4MS aims to equip Mississippi’s students with the computer science skills necessary to enter the high-tech workforce. At the training

Online Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Systems Partners with Industry Internships

August 03, 2016
Article | Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:14am | By Hanna Knowles The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is partnering with industry internship programs to pilot an online master’s degree in nutrition and food systems. The partnerships will provide students with competitive résumés, while fulfilling a recent mandate requiring dieticians and nutritionists taking registration exams to have a master’s degree. “Dietetic internships without a direct tie to a university are in jeopardy of losing their programs because they cannot provide the required master’s degree,” said Dr. Elaine Molaison, professor and chair of the Southern Miss Department of

MSU Leading the New Frontier in Unmanned Systems

August 02, 2016
In the early days of aviation, the goal of flight was simply to go higher and farther – and land safely. Today, that goal has expanded exponentially to reach new frontiers in both manned and unmanned flight. In fact, the development and refinement of unmanned aircraft systems has reached a critical juncture, and Mississippi is now leading the way.   The Federal Aviation Administration’s naming of Mississippi State as the home of the Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems exhibits their confidence, not only in our state’s past accomplishments and current standing, but also in Mississippi’s upward trajectory in

Patients receiving promising melanoma therapy closer to home

August 01, 2016
Dr. Shannon Orr, assistant professor of transplant surgery and a surgical oncologist, prepares injections of the melanoma drug Imlygic to administer to Terry resident Carol Stegall. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. It started out, years ago, as a little freckle. But as the spot on Carol Stegall's foot over time grew larger and different in appearance, it worried her to the point that in 2008, the Terry resident visited her family physician. He performed a freezing procedure on the suspicious spot. It got worse. A plastic surgeon's diagnosis of melanoma was the beginning of years of surgeries,

Students winning national auto competitions highlight of Marshall Molen’s MSU career

July 29, 2016
EcoCAR at CAVS Posted by: Becky Gillette in Architects & Engineering, Education, MBJ FEATURE July 28, 2016 When Dr. G. Marshall Molen, P.E., Ergon distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University, first got involved in supervising MSU student teams to compete in the Challenge X Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, he could have little dreamed the outcome.   When they first started, Molen and his colleagues—engineering Dean Dr. Wayne Bennett and Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Director Dr. Don Trotter–were looking for a way to enhance the visibility of

America needs to support STEM education. Here are three ways business can make it happen

July 28, 2016
By Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Blair Blackwell Published July 27, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook37 Twitter71 livefyre6 Email Print (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page) Five years ago, 100Kin10, a network of over 200 partners, came together around a common goal: realizing President Obama’s challenge to train 100,000 high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. President Obama recently announced that 100Kin10 will not only meet, but will exceed that goal by 2021. As we celebrate this milestone and how far we’ve come over these five years, we still need to ask “What’s next?” How can we make even bolder progress and continue

National fellowships recognizing work of MSU doctoral students

July 28, 2016
  July 27, 2016 Contact: Hannah Bateman   STARKVIILE, Miss.—Mississippi State graduate students from Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee are spending the summer conducting dissertation research with fellowships awarded by prominent national organizations.   All pursuing history doctorates at the university, they include: —Owen J. Hyman of Talisheek, Louisiana. Receiving the Forest History Society’s inaugural Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship in Forest and Conservation History, he is investigating how ideas about the landscape help shape Southern race and labor concepts.   —Kelli B. Nelson of Johnson City, Tennessee. A fellow at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Newark, Delaware, she is

MSU summit shows businesses how to ‘Make it in America’

July 27, 2016
  July 26, 2016 Contact: Vanessa Beeson STARKVILLE, Mississippi – A Mississippi State University reshoring summit Aug. 11 aims to help businesses profitably bring manufacturing jobs back home to the U.S. The Make it in America Summit takes place at the university’s Franklin Furniture Institute, located on campus at the intersection of Blackjack Road and Locksley Way. The program is designed for manufacturers and their supply chains, economic developers and relevant university employees and faculty. Attendees will see what has worked and find the resources to make the right sourcing and siting decisions. A $50 admission fee to the space-limited event includes

UMMC neurologists harvest low-intensity electric field to fight brain cancer

July 27, 2016
Ben Newman, left, of Wesson, pauses with his mother, Peggy, outside the family's Wesson home. Newman has glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, and is being treated with a new therapy that involves using a small electrical current to disrupt cancer cell activity in the tumor. Media Contact: Cynthia Wall at 601-815-3468 or cwall@umc.edu. Tiny electrical fields that help your cells communicate now are being harvested to fight one type of brain cancer that primarily strikes adults. Dr. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of neurology specializing in neuro-oncology, who works with adult patients, said the Optune device, designed and distributed by

Prehistoric fish discovered in the depths of Bluff Lake

July 25, 2016
  July 21, 2016 Chelsea Gilliland, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture graduate student in Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources, holds a paddlefish caught from Bluff Lake at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo submitted)Contact: Sarah Buckleitner STARKVILLE, Miss.—Alligators aren’t the only prehistoric creatures lurking in the depths of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge’s waterways. Mississippi State researchers recently recorded unexpectedly high numbers of paddlefish near the refuge’s spillway—a shocking discovery given the size of the waterway and what is currently known about paddlefish biology.   Paddlefish are a large fish whose lineage dates

CMSE Staffer Receives International Award for Robotics Work

July 25, 2016
Mannie Lowe honored for growth, impact of FTC Robotics Challenge statewide July 18, 2016 By Andrew M. Abernathy Mannie Lowe (left), pictured with John O’Haver, is recognized as the FIRST Tech Challenge Volunteer of the Year. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Mannie Lowe, a staff member at the University of Mississippi, is the 2016 recipient of the International Volunteer of the Year Award from FIRST, an organization that promotes an interest in STEM fields among students, with programs such as the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition for middle- and high-schoolers. As this year’s honoree, Lowe, a program manager

Southern Miss Receives $3 Million Federal Grant to Develop Pilot Programs for Technology Transfer, Economic Development

July 25, 2016
Article | Tue, 07/19/2016 - 4:23pm | By Van Arnold The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded a $3 million grant by the United States Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to develop three pilot programs to aid regions whose economic health is dependent upon defense initiatives. Mississippi was selected for the $3 million pilot program development due to USM’s expertise in economic development and the state’s dependence on Department of Defense spending with $5.5 billion per year spent in the state.   “This grant will allow our USM research team to expand our technical services to

Completing yearlong research-scholarly program, faculty drafting funding proposals

July 25, 2016
by Jackson State University July 22, 2016 The Jackson State University Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement recently concluded its 2015-2016 year. Designed for JSU faculty, the yearlong program consists of workshops, coaching, and engagement with foundations and federal agencies to help participants develop competitive proposals for external research funding. This year’s academy included JSU professors from the College of Business; College of Education and Human Development; College of Liberal Arts; College of Public Service; and College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Academy scholars presented their proposals and celebrated their accomplishments at a closing ceremony and reception earlier this year.

State of the City Speeches Reveal Push for Inclusive Economic Development

July 25, 2016
State of the City Speeches Reveal Push for Inclusive Economic Development Published on July 22, 2016 Emily RobbinsFollowFollowingUnfollowEmily Robbins Principal Associate for Economic Development, National League of Cities This year’s National League of Cities analysis of State of the City speeches reaffirms that mayors are optimistic about the growth of their local economies, and also that cities are developing economic development agendas to ensure this prosperity is widespread.   It makes sense that mayors are feeling positive about the state of their cities. Municipal budgets in many regions are returning to pre-Recession levels. Jobs gains and business growth are on

Ole Miss to expand MBA student consulting

July 25, 2016
Posted by: Becky Gillette in Education, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS July 21, 2016 Clay Dibrell By BECKY GILLETTE After a successful Masters of Business Administration pilot project in 2015 at the University of Mississippi, beginning this fall the Ole Miss MBA program will partner with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to give MBA students the opportunity to serve as consultants to North Mississippi businesses.   The purpose of program is to assist business owners in finding creative solutions to their challenges while giving the students hands-on experience in the business world.   The MBA program is an expansion of program that

GLENN McCULLOUGH — Growth in our state’s economy depends on everyone’s teamwork

July 25, 2016
Posted by: Contributing Columnist in Economic Development, Govt/Politics, MBJ FEATURE, NEWS June 23, 2016 GLENN MCCULLOUGH Ranked by Kiplinger Personal Finance as the sixth most tax-friendly state for doing business, Mississippi enacted the largest tax cut in its history in 2016, including the gradual elimination of the state’s corporate franchise tax. This provides a new tool in the Mississippi Development Authority’s arsenal to attract economic development to the state by eliminating a burdensome tax on businesses. Currently, Mississippi businesses pay $2.50 for every $1,000 of the value of a corporation’s capital used, invested, or employed within Mississippi in excess of

Alumna turned assistant professor brings home TEACH Prize

July 25, 2016
Bain, 2016 TEACH Prize winner, was recently appointed as interim chair of the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Sciences. Media Contact: Alana Bowman at 601-984-1970 or abowman@umc.edu. For Dr. Jennifer Bain, assistant professor and interim department chair of periodontics and preventive sciences in the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, teaching is about maximizing her ability to reach people and touch lives. “Any given year, I teach about 150 students,” said Bain. “If 30 of those go into private practice, I can reach more people. It's rewarding. I'm a passionate person, and I really enjoy seeing someone else develop a

Southern Miss Tech-Based Economic Development Expert Participates in International Roundtable

July 25, 2016
Article | Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:18pm | By Van Arnold Robbie Ingram speaking at Forum Plastipolis 2016. Robbie Ingram, Manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, shared his expertise in technology-based economic development as a participant in an international roundtable held last month in Lyon, France.   The roundtable was part of Forum Plastipolis 2016, the 6th edition of the international conference on polymers and composites, coordinated by the French competitiveness cluster, Plastipolis. The theme of this year’s conference was “Heading Towards 2020” with the focus on: New polymer and composite materials and processes Key technologies

Neuroscience Institute: Mind on the brain

July 25, 2016
Dr. Aleisha Moore, postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology and anatomical sciences, studies a brain under a light sheet microscope. The Neuroscience Institute at UMMC will develop a translational research program spanning from basic science to clinical care. Neuroscience Institute: Mind on the brain Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. A new Neuroscience Institute at UMMC has a translational approach that scientists and clinicians expect will translate into better care for Mississippians. UMMC received formal permission to create the institute (NSCI) from the State Institutions of Higher Learning on April 21. After several years of planning, the anticipated start date

UMMC telemental and behavioral health programs among nation’s best

July 25, 2016
Amy Easley, a psychiatric nurse practitioner at UMMC's Center for Telehealth in northeast Jackson, speaks to a school nurse before treating a student using a live video connection. UMMC telemental and behavioral health programs among nation’s best Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. Mississippi's supportive policy landscape for telemedicine, including services for residents coping with mental illness, has earned the state an overall “A” rating from the American Telemedicine Association in its 2016 state-by-state report card. Mississippi is among only eight states earning that highest score in the association's evaluation of performance in telemental and behavioral health. The

Northern Gulf Institute named NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region

July 18, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016 3 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced it has selected Mississippi State University to host NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region – called the Northern Gulf Institute.   The Northern Gulf Institute, which has been a NOAA cooperative institute for the last decade, will lead a consortium that includes the University of Southern Mississippi, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The NOAA award comes with a commitment of $7 million for the first year of a five-year award that can

MSU-Meridian announces new program partnerships with local community colleges

July 15, 2016
  July 15, 2016 Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum, center, joined East Mississippi Community College President Tom Huebner, left, and Meridian Community College President Scott Elliott today [July 15] in signing agreements that expand collaboration for nine baccalaureate degree programs. The partnerships give students pursuing an associate’s degree a more comprehensive, convenient bridge to a bachelor’s degree. Contact: Sid Salter Mississippi State University has joined forces with East Mississippi Community College and Meridian Community College to increase collaboration for nine baccalaureate degree programs. MSU President Mark E. Keenum joined EMCC President Tom Huebner and MCC President Scott Elliott today

Coalition to help small businesses connect

July 14, 2016
Posted by: Lisa Monti in MBJ FEATURE, NEWS, Small Business July 14, 2016 By LISA MONTI  Mississippi small businesses have some new high tech help thanks to a unique partnership recently formed between the U.S. Small Business Administration and a group of major technology companies. The Small Business Technology Coalition announced March 30 will give small businesses “a streamlined interface to connect to innovative technology platforms as well as digital education and enterprise training,” according to the SBA. The coalition includes such big names as Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, and will help entrepreneurs to learn about what resources and technology

Paid Interns Get More Job Offers, Higher Salaries Than Unpaid Peers

July 14, 2016
New data reinforces the notion that internships contribute to a widening income inequality gap ENLARGE Two interns run with a newly released Supreme Court ruling in June in Washington, D.C. A new study finds paid interns get more job offers than their unpaid peers. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images By Shayndi Raice Shayndi Raice The Wall Street Journal CANCEL BiographyShayndi Raice @Shayndi www.facebook.com/shayndi Google+ Shayndi.Raice@wsj.com Jul 6, 2016 2:50 pm ET 34 COMMENTS Those unpaid internships may perk up your resume, but they don’t do much to boost your job prospects. A new survey shows that paid interns are far more

NSF awards JSU $3.7 million for ‘STEM STARS’ teacher preparation program

July 13, 2016
by Jackson State University July 13, 2016 Jackson State University administrators Dr. Evelyn J. Leggette, provost and senior vice-president, Academic and Student Affairs; Dr. William McHenry, executive director, Mississippi e-Center Foundation; Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, president; and Dr. Daniel Watkins, dean, College of Education. STEM STARS program to prepare teachers to provide high-quality STEM education for all students Jackson State University (JSU) was awarded a five-year $3.7 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to address the challenge of providing high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers for all students in high-need school districts. The project titled “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation continues support of MSU’s healthy campus initiatives

July 11, 2016
  July 1, 2016 Contact: Allison Matthews Participants at MSU’s “Youth Dawgs” summer camp play flag football during a week of activities. The camp is among the healthy campus initiatives receiving support from a grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is continuing its support of Mississippi State as the university builds on a culture of healthy habits on campus, in the local community and in local schools. A new $256,649 grant has been awarded to the university’s “MSU on the Move” initiative

UMMC to create new School of Population Health

July 11, 2016
Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is advancing its mission to create a healthier Mississippi by forming the new University of Mississippi School of Population Health. UMMC received permission to plan the school from the State Institutions of Higher Learning on April 21. Planned to open in 2017, it will be the third school of its kind in the United States, says Dr. Bettina Beech, associate vice chancellor for population health. Beech “Population health considers the whole continuum of factors that contribute to health outcomes,” Beech said. “In addition to biological factors, social,

FIXing genes: a first at UMMC

June 30, 2016
Ryan Hallock, foreground, is participating in a gene therapy trial for hemophilia B. Dr. Spencer Sullivan, who oversees the UMMC study site, says that the results are better than expected: no bleeds, no immune response and improved quality of life for Hallock and other patients. Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. This spring, Ryan Hallock helped bulldoze 10 acres of land. He felt sore afterwards, the usual aches and pains that come from hard labor, but otherwise fine. “Last year if I did that, I would be down for a whole week with joint pain,” said Hallock, 23.

New technology makes it harder for cancer to hide

June 29, 2016
Clinton resident Willie Smith watches as Dr. Harpreet Talwar explains the differences in 2-D and 3-D imaging from Smith’s recent mammography. New technology makes it harder for cancer to hide By Cynthia Wall   New technology incorporated into UMMC's Breast Imaging Services will give many women a better chance of earlier cancer detection. The new three-dimensional software from Hologic will enable doctors to better see smaller areas of cancer in dense breast tissue. “This is a new tool that is crucial for women with dense breasts,” said Dr. Harpreet Talwar, an assistant professor of radiology and chief of UMMC's breast

Officials: New FAA UAS rules good for MSU research

June 29, 2016
June 28, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird   STARKVILLE, Miss.--Officials at Mississippi’s leading research university believe that new federal rules for routine commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems will enhance R&D and create new opportunities for businesses and academia.   According to the director of Mississippi State’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, the new Federal Aviation Administration regulations announced June 21 represent a significant step forward. “Regulators, industry and researchers are all working toward the same goal: the safe and efficient integration of unmanned systems into the national air space,” said Dallas Brooks, who also serves as associate director of the Alliance

New pediatric clinic: Simple solution to coordinate complex cases

June 29, 2016
Gracelyn Bennett gets an examination at the new Children's of Mississippi Complex Care Clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall from nurse Kyle Possemato as mom Latosha Bennett looks on. New pediatric clinic: Simple solution to coordinate complex cases Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122 or aoeth@umc.edu.   Parents juggling multiple medical appointments for a child seeing several subspecialists get hit with needs of other family members, job demands and, for some, the challenges of making a lengthy trip to Jackson if home is hours away.   Doctors have no-show appointment rates as high as 25 percent, taking up time in

MSU app developer helps new students as they join the Bulldog family

June 28, 2016
  June 28, 2016 Contact: Allison Matthews Terence Williams, an MSU senior from Oakland, developed “Bully Walk,” an app he hopes will help incoming freshmen, as well as other campus visitors, learn their way around campus. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State senior is happy to be a help to freshmen trying to learn their way around campus with a unique resource. Terence Williams, an electrical engineering major from Oakland, said he hopes both freshmen and other campus visitors alike will enjoy using “Bully Walk,” an app he recently developed.   As a freshman, Williams signed up for a

UM Writing Program Aids Teachers and Students in Rural Districts

June 28, 2016
National grant funds field work that better prepares students for college and career June 28, 2016 By Pam Starling 2016 UM Writing Project fellows include (Front L to R): Mary Coker of Blue Springs, Paige Whitten of Batesville, Amanda Moore of Baldwyn, Gennella Graham of Corinth, Wendy Sharp of Olive Branch, Kerri Case of Oxford, Kim Bridges of Olive Branch and Lauren Stanford of New Albany; (Middle L to R) Leigh Anne Eaton of Nettleton, Jessica Easley of Vardaman, Katelyn Sappington and Brandi Coope both of New Albany, Devan Tate of Booneville and UM Writing Project Director Ellen Shelton of

Professors work with Homeland Security in Study of Emergency Alert Technology

June 27, 2016
Main Content Article | Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:03pm Two University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to learn more about the impact and effectiveness of technology designed to help individuals stay safe in an emergency.   David Cochran and Bandana Kar, associate professors in the USM Department of Geography and Geology, recently completed the four-year project which was one of only 10 nationwide funded by the federal agency to examine the implementation and effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages that appear on smart phones during bad weather or other hazardous

The renal cost of tobacco

June 21, 2016
The renal cost of tobacco Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. The list of smoking-associated conditions continues to grow, according to UMMC researchers. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association on May 25, found that African-Americans who currently smoke cigarettes had an 83 percent higher incidence of rapid renal function (RRF) decline than never-smokers. Hall “Cardiovascular and kidney diseases are closely linked, but few people are aware of the impact of smoking on kidney function,” said Dr. Michael Hall, assistant professor of medicine, cardiologist and lead study author. The study is among the first

Walmart Foundation Gives $25,000 to DuBard School at Southern Miss

June 21, 2016
Main Content Article | Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:10am | By Catherine Lott Students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders are enjoying new iPads and computers courtesy of a grant from the Walmart Foundation. (Photo by Catherine Lott) The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi received 15 new iPads and 19 computers thanks to a gift from the Walmart State Giving Program, totaling $25,000.   In a letter received by the DuBard School, the Walmart Foundation stated that the organization believes the DuBard School is doing important work in the Pine Belt community and is

New career and technical education teachers train through MSU, Mississippi Department of Education partnership

June 20, 2016
  June 17, 2016 Contact: Anne Hierholzer   STARKVILLE, Miss.—A cohort of 94 new career and technical education (CTE) teachers have been honing their skills at Mississippi State University as part of their training and licensure to be teachers in Mississippi. As part of the Vocational Instructor Preparation program, Mississippi State’s Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU) has implemented the New Teacher Induction (NTI) training on behalf of the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).   During NTI training, RCU professionals teach new CTE teachers from across the state research-based teaching strategies, so they are prepared when the new school year begins.

UM Graduates Selected for Prestigious Business Development Program

June 17, 2016
Developers of Curtsy clothing rental app headed to Silicon Valley to expand venture June 17, 2016 By Staff Report The full Curtsy team listed left to right; (back row) Sara Kiparizoska, Manuel Cubillo, William Ault, Eli Allen, Jake Johnson, Mary Margaret Tardy (front row) Clara Agnes Ault, Haley Vassios, Allie Seay OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi graduates have landed major support from a Silicon Valley business incubator as they work to expand their mobile platform that helps college students rent formalwear to and from fellow students. Sara Kiparizoska, of Laurel, who graduated earlier this month with a bachelor’s

Graduate Student’s Research Project Gains Support from National Geographic

June 17, 2016
Main Content Article | Thu, 06/16/2016 - 2:04pm | By David Tisdale Southern Miss graduate student Sarah Walkley on the Great Swamp in Pawling, N.Y. looking for river otters. (Photo by Diana Lee, FrOGS.) Funding awarded by National Geographic to a University of Southern Mississippi graduate student will support a unique research project focused on the communication capabilities of North American river otters.   Sarah Walkley, who is pursuing a doctorate in the USM Department of Psychology’s Brain and Behavior Program, recently earned a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant (YEG). The YEG is awarded to individuals aged 18-25 who are pursuing

Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

June 15, 2016
UM physicists part of team working with data from Advanced LIGO detectors June 15, 2016 By Edwin Smith Massive bodies warp space-time. Image Credit: T. Pyle/Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi researchers are among scientists worldwide elated that gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space-time – have been observed for a second time. The gravitational waves were detected Dec. 26, 2015, by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, detectors, in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. The discovery has been accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters. Funded by the National

JSU Region II Science and Engineering Fair students among top national winners

June 15, 2016
by Jackson State University June 14, 2016 Students Andrew Neely,12th grade, left, and Charley Hutchison,10th Grade, placed 4th at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Two area high school students participating in a Region II Jackson State science competition won fourth place and $500 at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. Andrew Neely, 12th grade, and Charley Hutchison, 10th grade, both of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, placed first at the annual Mississippi Region II Science and Engineering Fair hosted by Jackson State University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology earlier this year.   The

American Heart Association infant CPR kits a gift of life

June 14, 2016
Nurse Erin Jones teaches mother Sharon Bell how to perform infant CPR using American Heart Association infant CPR kits as instructional tools. Using fingers instead of the whole hand is important in infant CPR since babies' chests are smaller. Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122. James Polson keeps the letter tucked away as a treasured memento. The Children's Heart Center administrator, a nurse practitioner, had taught infant CPR to parents of children in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). One day, he got a letter from one of those families, thanking him for the lesson that saved their child's life.

Southern Miss Announces New School of Ocean Science and Technology

June 14, 2016
Main Content Article | Mon, 06/13/2016 - 4:31pm | By Jenny Tate Participants of the GoMRI CONCORDE research grant deploy research equipment off the R/V Point Sur in the Gulf of Mexico. (University Communications photo) The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has taken transformative steps to fortify its reputation as the leader in marine education and research along the Gulf of Mexico with the formation of a new School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST).   The new school, housed within the College of Science and Technology, brings together marine-related research and education programs under one administration and harnesses elements

Acid reflux procedure eases years of pain

June 13, 2016
Dr. Pierre de Delva, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery, examines patient Earl Reyer of Bentonia following a laparoscopic procedure that ended Reyer's three-plus decades of chronic acid reflux. The surgery uses the LINX reflux management system. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. Beginning when he was 27, life for the Rev. Earl Reyer was dictated by just how bad his acid reflux and spasms were that day. “I lived in fear,” Reyer, a Bentonia resident who's now 61, said of pain caused by esophageal spasms so severe they're sometimes mistaken for a heart attack. “When you're a pastor,

McLean Summer Program Turning High School Students into Entrepreneurs

June 13, 2016
Inaugural weeklong program helped develop leadership and creativity June 13, 2016 By Edwin Smith Terrius Harris and Albert Ball learn yoga in the Grove. OXFORD, Miss. – Twelve high school students from across Mississippi gained exposure to innovative problem-solving skills by participating in an entrepreneurial leadership program at the University of Mississippi. The inaugural class of the McLean Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, or MELP, met May 29-June 3 on the Oxford campus. The weeklong series of activities was sponsored by UM’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement in partnership with the Office of Pre-College Programs. Terrius Harris and Ryan

Innovations: Connecting to patients with mobile tech

June 13, 2016
“The most unique component is our ability to engage patients of any age or technical ability,” co-founder and CEO of Vivify Health Eric Rock said. By Beth Kutscher  | June 11, 2016 The ability of doctors and nurses to monitor patients in their homes will be a key tool to make sure early warning signs don't become serious conditions. Plano, Texas-based Vivify Health is one of the earliest and largest players in this space. Its digital health tools have been used for a number of conditions, from monitoring infants with congenital heart defects to managing older patients with diabetes. The platform,

UMMC Neonatal Suite, Simulation Area Give Babies Best Possible Start

June 13, 2016
New facilities aimed to help infants with low birth weight or congenital defects June 11, 2016 By Annie Oeth Nurse practitioners Diane Dukes, left, and Melanie Ellis show the new neonatal resuscitation area, which includes state-of-the-art Giraffe beds and other life-saving equipment. JACKSON, Miss. – About 2,500 babies are born at the University of Mississippi Medical Center each year, but approximately one-third of them will need intervention at birth due to low birth weight, congenital defects or distress.   To give them the best start in life, the Madison Charitable Foundation donated more than $250,000 to create a new neonatal

New neonatal suite, simulation area give babies best possible start

June 08, 2016
Dr. Renate Savich watches as nurse practitioners Diane Dukes and Melanie Ellis practice their skills in the simulation area. Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122 or aoeth@umc.edu.   About 2,500 babies are born at UMMC each year, but approximately one-third of them will need intervention at birth due to low birth weight, congenital defects or distress. To give them the best start in life, the Madison Charitable Foundation donated more than $250,000 to create a new neonatal suite and a simulation lab that helps future and current medical professionals hone their skills to be ready for newborns. The suite and

MSU researchers study Russian wildfires, impact on climate change

June 08, 2016
  June 8, 2016 Contact: Sarah Buckleitner MSU assistant professor Heather Alexander and forestry graduate student Homero Pena take organic soil samples in a Siberian forest. (Photo by Aaron Walker)STARKVILLE, Miss.—The forests of Siberia may be half a world away, but carbon released by wildfires raging there have the potential to alter Earth’s atmosphere and lead to additional global climate change.   Exactly how much carbon is being released is the focus of a National Science Foundation-funded investigation by Mississippi State University assistant forestry professor Heather Alexander and graduate student Homero Pena. They are part of a scientific team in

Shaggy’s Restaurant Partners With USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

June 07, 2016
  OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (April 14, 2016) By James Skrmetta, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Communications Officer - The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Shaggy’s restaurant in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian have announced a three-year corporate sponsorship worth $15,000. Shaggy’s is the first corporate sponsor in the history of GCRL’s Marine Education Center’s (MEC) summer camps. "Our partnership with Shaggy's increases the number of scholarships we are able to offer and enables us to enhance the camp this year by adding an off-shore fishing component to the five-day camp,” said Chris Snyder, Marine Education Center director.

DAWG program grads hone sponsored-project administration skills

June 07, 2016
  June 7, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird MSU’s newest Departmental Administrator Working Group graduates are Natalie Smith (front, l-r), Holly Coker, DAWG program director LeLe Newell, Ellen Harpole and Janet Petty; and Andrew Fox (back, l-r), Madison Poole, Casey Moss, Mary Thomas and Carl Smith. Not pictured: Judy Norwood and Jeremiah Elliott. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss. — Eleven Mississippi State staff members are graduates of the fourth-annual professional development program offered by the university’s Office of Sponsored Projects.   A unit of the Office of Research and Economic Development, OSP oversees externally-sponsored programs — the grants, contracts and similar

Mississippi State updates unmanned aircraft policy

June 03, 2016
  June 2, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird   STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi’s leading research university has updated its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and model aircraft policy. According to Mississippi State’s chief research officer, the purpose of the new policy is to ensure that UAS and model aircraft are acquired and operated efficiently, safely and ethically, and in compliance with applicable laws and other university policies and procedures.   “This updated policy clearly defines acceptable usage of UAS and model aircraft on university property,” said David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development at MSU. Mississippi State leads the Alliance for System

MSU EcoCAR 3 team earns top 5 ranking

June 03, 2016
  June 3, 2016 Contact: Zack Plair Mississippi State EcoCAR 3 team leaders (l-r) Jared Oakley, a mechanical engineering graduate student from Kennesaw, Georgia, and Alex Gibson and John Corn, both electrical and computer engineering graduate students from Meridian, work on parts for the team’s project car. During the course of the four-year competition, the team plans to modify a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to achieve 65 miles per gallon highway fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance. The team placed fifth in the Year Two competition recently and earned top honors for project management. (Photo by Beth Wynn)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s EcoCAR 3

Work with Interdisciplinary Nanotoxicity Center nets numerous honors for CSET’s Allen

June 03, 2016
by Jackson State University June 2, 2016 Dr. Shonda Allen, associate director of JSU’s Interdisciplinary Nanotoxicity Center in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, has been lauded for her academic contributions and community service. JSU’s associate director of the Interdisciplinary Nanotoxicity Center (ICN) in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) has racked up three prestigious awards since February for outstanding service to the campus and surrounding community. Because of her successes over the years in elevating the image and contributions of the nanotoxicity center, Dr. Shonda Allen’s work has garnered local and national praise. She said with

‘Diamonds are a physicist’s best friend,’ according to MSU researchers

June 02, 2016
  June 1, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg Dipangkar Dutta (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Researchers at Mississippi State have developed synthetically grown diamond-based radiation detectors that are the first of their kind to be used in a physics experiment.   MSU physics and astronomy associate professor Dipangkar Dutta and alumnus Amrendra Narayan—along with colleagues in Armenia and Canada, and U.S. colleagues in Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia—utilized the detectors, with the highest precision ever, to measure a property of electron beams known as spin polarization.   Conducted at Jefferson Science Associates LLC’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in

4 JSU students headed to summer internship at the University of California in Irvine

June 02, 2016
by Jackson State University June 1, 2016 Four Jackson State University students are preparing to embark upon a major research experience at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Education. Selected to participate in the Summer Education Research Internship (SERI) program at UCI’s School of Education are Kayla Ballard (Social Science Education), LaQuinte Campbell (Elementary Education), Leonard Ealy (Elementary Education) and Sheila Malone (Mississippi Public Policy), previously a Professional Interdisciplinary Studies major. They will start their eight-week research journey June 19. The students submitted competitive applications, and they have been paired with faculty mentors at the UCI School of

Risky business: UMMC, Jackson Heart Study test CVD models

May 31, 2016
Dr. Ervin Fox, professor of medicine and senior investigator at the Jackson Heart Study, uses echocardiogram (top), a non-invasive procedure, to look for signs of cardiovascular disease. He and his colleagues used data from echoes to build and validate CVD risk models for African-Americans. Risky business: UMMC, Jackson Heart Study test CVD models Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. Cardiovascular disease risk models built using majority-white populations also work well for African-Americans, say recent findings from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Jackson Heart Study.   Dr. Ervin Fox, cardiologist, professor of medicine and Jackson Heart

MSU social scientists at SSRC host seminar on immigration and refugee crisis

May 31, 2016
  May 27, 2016 Contact: Alan Burns Arthur CosbySTARKVILLE, Miss.—The refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East is the focus of research at Mississippi State as social scientists examine topics related to mass migration, security, immigration and health, and the media’s portrayal of immigrants, such as the incarceration or detainment of immigrants.   Members of the university’s Social Science Research Center will present their findings in June at a seminar they have organized on immigration and refugees to take place at the University of Split in Croatia. Seminar partners include the University of Zagreb in Croatia and George Mason

MSU STEP program graduates record class, receives $150K grant

May 26, 2016
  May 26, 2016 Contact: Zack Plair   STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Mississippi State University Student Technology Exchange Program completed a banner year with its graduation ceremony and also secured a $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi to promote future growth.   A record 82 students recently graduated from the industrial robotics training program during a ceremony held in the Nissan Manufacturing and Assembly Plant’s training center in Canton. Keynote speaker Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO for Entergy Mississippi, officially announced the grant award during his remarks. “At Entergy, our vision is ‘We Power Life.’ That means not only providing electricity, but also

Student’s Research Shows C-USA Baseball Tournament’s Positive Economic Impact

May 26, 2016
Main Content Article | Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:55pm | By David Tisdale Hosting the Conference USA Baseball Tournament results in thousands of dollars for local and state coffers, according to the research of a recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate.   Kyle Stoner of Gulfport, Miss. conducted his honors thesis on the topic, titled “The Economic Impact of the 2015 Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.” Stoner’s research, using EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.) modeling found that visitors who attended the tournament spent approximately $2.7 million in the Hattiesburg area during their stay. These visitors included supporters of Southern

Embrace the Waste’: JSU team scores big for business idea harvesting renewable energy

May 26, 2016
by Jackson State University May 25, 2016 A team comprised mostly of Jackson State University students earned second place for developing an idea to convert methane gas into an alternative energy source. They are, from left, Joshua McCoy, a JSU sophomore entrepreneurship major; Michael Lee, a community team participant; Shani Walker, a recent JSU graduate in accounting; Brionna Wells, a JSU junior entrepreneurship major; and Javier High, a JSU junior business management major. Several students in Jackson State University’s College of Business were part of a team earning first place recently among 22 participants pitching enterprising ideas and garnering second

New name, services for MSU’s sponsored programs office

May 25, 2016
  May 23, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird STARKVILLE, Miss.--The Mississippi State office charged with overseeing externally-sponsored programs — the grants, contracts and related agreements that help fund research — is getting a new name this month and expanding the services it provides faculty and staff.   Known previously as Sponsored Programs Administration, the new Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) features a renewed focus on streamlining the research administration process and helping researchers write successful funding proposals. “The changes we are implementing with the Office of Sponsored Projects are part of the division-wide effort we have to enhance customer service,” said

MSU students honored at national weed science conference

May 25, 2016
  May 20, 2016 Contact: Vanessa Beeson Alesa Taylor receives a check from the Weed Science Society of America and is pictured with Will Evans, head of MSU’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, and Mike Phillips, head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Taylor is working on undergraduate research under the direction of John Byrd, plant and soil sciences professor, and Sylvia Byrd, food science, nutrition and health promotion professor. (Photo submitted) STARKVILLE, Miss.—Five Mississippi State students are recent award winners at the joint meeting between the Weed Science Society of America and the Southern

MSU, Northern Gulf Institute receive national recognition

May 25, 2016
  May 19, 2016 Contact: Diane Godwin STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University and the Northern Gulf Institute are sharing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2016 Sam D. Hamilton Award for Transformational Conservational Science. The organizations were major partners in developing the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment to identify natural habitats most in need of climate-related adaptation and mitigation strategies.   The award recognizes “innovative applications of science to improve scientific quality, capability and efficiency to solve large scale conservations problems.” It is accompanied by a check for $50,000 to be spread among field stations working on the program. The honor is

Jackson State partners with JPS in Dual Enrollment Pell Grant Experiment

May 25, 2016
by Jackson State University May 18, 2016 Jackson State University and Jackson Public School District leaders were all smiles as they acknowledged a Dual-Enrollment Grant announcement from the U.S. Department of Education. Seated from left: Dr. Cedrick Gray, superintendent of JPS;  Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, president of JSU; and Dr. Evelyn Leggette, provost and senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at JSU. Standing from left: Dr. Frederick Murray, chief academic officer for JPS; Dr. Shemeka McClung, director of academic assessment at JSU;  Dr. Juanita Morris, director of undergraduate recruitment for JSU; Dr. Nicole Evans, vice president for Enrollment Management

New pediatric neurophysiology lab offers child-centered care

May 17, 2016
Dr. Brad Ingram talks with Malaya Gray as neurophysiology technician Bobbie Joe Burns runs an EEG in the new Pediatric Neurophysiology Lab. The lab is on 4 Circle until this fall, when it will move to the ground floor of Batson Children's Hospital. Media Contact: Annie Oeth at 601-984-1122 or aoeth@umc.edu.   Malaya Gray, a rainbow of EEG wires surrounding her face like a halo, was trying to sleep, a requirement of the monitoring she was undergoing Friday morning. The 12-year-old Pearl student who's had EEGs before to monitor her epilepsy was having them in a new space. The Pediatric

Southern Miss Researcher Studies Importance of Salamanders

May 17, 2016
Main Content Article | Tue, 05/17/2016 - 12:32pm The United States features more species of salamanders than any other country. Are they frogs or lizards? When it comes to salamanders, maybe these amphibians are a mixture of both. University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Jen Lamb has spent the past couple of years studying this diverse creature in and around the University’s Lake Thoreau Environmental Center. “The salamanders I work with play an important role in the ecosystem,” said Lamb. “They are numerous, so they provide a large food source while also being predators themselves. They eat invertebrates, bugs, worms,

JSU professor joins leadership of national multicultural research association

May 17, 2016
by Jackson State University May 17, 2016 A Jackson State University professor has been appointed to join the leadership of the National Association of African-American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS), a multicultural research association. Dr. Lucille Green Dr. Lucille A. Green, assistant professor and coordinator of JSU’s seniors college in the School of Lifelong Learning, said her selection is a great opportunity because NAAAS helps expose JSU students to other cultures worldwide.NAAAS aims to serve as resource for scholars researching experiences of African-American, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians and other populations. It also promotes globalization through international forums. Green said, “Being with the association

Nationally recognized MSU faculty member helps automaker aid the environment

May 17, 2016
  May 16, 2016 Contact: Karen Brasher Tim Schauwecker, an MSU landscape architecture associate professor recently named 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year, examines the grasses and native plants in the Toyota meadows where he provided assistance with landscape ecology. (Photo by David Ammon)STARKVILLE, Miss.—The National Association of Landscape Professionals Academic Excellence Foundation has named a Mississippi State landscape architecture associate professor as the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year. Tim Schauwecker was presented with the prestigious national teaching award in his own backyard when Mississippi State University recently hosted the 40th Annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition. The Educator of

Southern Miss Alumna Recognized by NASA Program

May 16, 2016
Main Content Article | Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:42am | By Arlicia Jordan University of Southern Mississippi alumna Jamie Thompson was recently recognized for her participation in NASA’s Digital Earth Virtual Environment Learning Outreach Project (DEVELOP) at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss.   Part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, DEVELOP addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects, applying the lens of NASA Earth Observations to community concerns around the globe. Bridging the gap between NASA Earth Science and society, DEVELOP builds capacity in both participants and partner organizations to better prepare them to

Behavioral health gets interprofessional at clinical skills assessment center

May 16, 2016
Dr. Brenda Sumrall Smith, left, retired UMMC director of social work, plays the role of a standardized patient for nurse practitioner student Laporshia McBeth. Media Contact: Alana Bowman at 601-984-1970 or abowman@umc.edu. “How many glasses of wine do I drink?” asked J. Doe number one. “It says three to four,” said J. Doe number two. “That seems like a lot. Is that per day or per week?” asked number one. “Per day,” replied J. Doe number three. “Are we going to be gowned for this?” asked J. Doe number four. “Yes, you will wear gowns,” answered Paula Rutledge, program administrator

MSU to host 2016 Southeastern Pneumococcal Symposium May 19-20

May 13, 2016
  May 13, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.—Nearly 60 senior research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate and graduate students from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee institutions of higher learning are gathering Thursday-Friday [May 19-20] at Mississippi State for the 2016 Southeastern Pneumococcal Symposium. Bringing together nearly one quarter of all of the major pneumococcal research laboratories in the U.S., this year’s two-day scientific conference is designed to facilitate discussion and foster new collaborations between labs in an effort to increase funding opportunities for the institutions involved.   Topics of discussion will include host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, antimicrobial therapies, bacterial physiology,

JSU receives $70,000 gift from Lockheed Martin will help fund STEM PREP summer academy in CSET

May 13, 2016
by Jackson State University May 12, 2016 Lockheed Martin contributed $70,000 for scholarships in computer engineering, computer science and industrial systems and technology to Jackson State University’s College of Science, Engineering’s and Gerald Harvey Technology (CSET). Lockheed Martin’s contribution also will be utilized as seed funding for the STEM PREP Academy that engages middle school students in STEM learning during the summer on JSU’s campus.   Dean of CSET Dr. Richard A. Aló said “The Lockheed Martin Innovate Partnership Initiative is a unique opportunity to increase awareness in STEM through an investment in the next generation of technical talent and leadership.” The partnership seeks

UM Launches Partnership with North China University of Technology

May 12, 2016
Students in 2+2 program would start in Beijing, end in Oxford May 12, 2016 By Edwin Smith UM Provost Morris Stocks (seated, right) and NCUT Vice President Zhili Shen (seated, left) sign a partnership agreement between the two universities. Witnesses to the event include (standing, from left) Zhaoyang Xie, associate dean of the NCUT’s School of Economics and Management; Lee Tyner, UM general counsel; Alex Cheng, UM engineering dean; Jiaquan Xiong, director of NCUT’s International Office; and Nosa Egiebor, UM executive director of global engagement. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – Citing successful past collaborations and hopes

MSU supports new industrial park effort

May 12, 2016
  May 12, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State University Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw released a statement today [May 12] supporting the Golden Triangle Development LINK’s “first option” of land near the Highway 25-Highway 82 intersection for development of a new industrial park: “Our community is at a crossroads. Mississippi State, the City of Starkville, and Oktibbeha County have an opportunity to take our economic development efforts to an unprecedented level, and we must not waste it.   “My colleagues and I meet with companies every week, and they are always impressed by what

Keenum participates in launch of APLU Commission to align and guide public research universities’ role in ensuring global food security by 2050

May 11, 2016
  May 11, 2016 Contact: Jeff Lieberson MSU President Mark E. Keenum“The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World” Findings Expected in Early 2017; Will Help Guide Next Presidential Administration’s Policy in Support of Public University Efforts   Washington, DC – Drawing on the unique academic, research and leadership capabilities of public research universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today convened a new commission, The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World, to address growing domestic and global food security challenges and ensure universal food security by 2050.  Mississippi State University

MSU engineering students earn national awards in EcoCAR competitions

May 09, 2016
EcoCAR at CAVS Posted by: Becky Gillette in MBJ FEATURE, NEWS, Technology May 5, 2016 By BECKY GILLETTE Students from Mississippi State University (MSU) are working on some of the most important automotive engineering problems of today by participating in the national EcoCAR3 competition that challenges teams from 16 universities in North America to be the most efficient and innovative in improving hybrid vehicle energy efficiency while reducing emissions and maintaining performance.   The competition in mid-May will be the fourth EcoCAR advanced vehicle technology competition (AVTC) for MSU. The competition is primarily sponsored by General Motors and the U.S.

MSU offers students world-class research experiences

May 06, 2016
  May 5, 2016 Contact: Georgia Clarke MSU microbiology and biological sciences major Sally White has conducted research on listeria monocytogenes during her undergraduate program at Mississippi State. Her research has led her to present findings at prestigious conferences in Washington, D.C., and abroad, and she attributes much of her success to MSU. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.—As a freshman Mississippi State student, Sally White told an adviser she was interested in research. Soon after, she was introduced to professors and researchers who have guided her to success beyond what she ever imagined. A senior microbiology and biological sciences major

UM Offers New Minor in Digital Media Studies

May 06, 2016
Program will include four emphases with common areas of technology and problem-solving May 6, 2016 By Michael Newsom The new minor in digital studies is designed to equip undergraduate students from many different degree majors with digital computing, design and communication skills. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will offer a new interdisciplinary minor in digital studies designed to equip undergraduate students from many different degree majors with digital computing, design and communication skills to complement their main academic focus. The new minor, offered beginning in fall 2016, will be housed and administered in

$60,000 grant from Nissan North America will help support STEM programs at JSU

May 06, 2016
by Jackson State University May 5, 2016 Congressman Bennie Thompson (fourth from left) and Dr. Loretta Moore, JSU vice president for Research and Federal Relations (fifth from left), join representatives from NISSAN and other Mississippi HBCUs in acknowledging the STEM Initiatives gift from Nissan North America Inc.     Jackson State University received $60,000 from Nissan North America Inc. to help support STEM programs in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET). The donation is part of Nissan’s $250,000 initiative to help Mississippi HBCUs address the need for more minority leaders in STEM fields, which are growing exponentially in

UM McLean Institute, Department of Political Science collaborate with Kids in the Capitol Program

May 05, 2016
Kids in the Capitol Program Gives Fifth-Graders a Look at Government UM McLean Institute, Department of Political Science collaborate to create opportunities May 5, 2016 By Christina Steube The UM McLean Institute and Department of Political Science collaborated to take fifth-grade students from Charleston Middle School on a field trip to the Capitol in Jackson during the legislative session. OXFORD, Miss. – Dozens of middle school students have gotten a close-up look at their state government in action this spring, thanks to the Kids in the Capitol program, developed by the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and

JSU receives Career Pathways planning grant from UNCF funded by Lily Endowment Inc.

May 05, 2016
by Jackson State University May 5, 2016 The Career Services Center holds Career Fairs on campus at Jackson State University to allow students to meet face-to-face with potential employers. (Charles A. Smith/JSU) UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative distributes $2.55 million in planning grants to selected HBCUs and PBIs, with potential to assist 66,000 students   The UNCF announced that Jackson State University is among 30 colleges selected as planning grant awardees for the new Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), a highly competitive grant process open to four-year historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs), to help students gain the

New heights for UMMC research

May 05, 2016
Beam signers at the Translational Research Center topping-out ceremony are from left, Nathan Boggan, partner at Foil Wyatt Architects; Dr. Andrew Grady, director of laboratory animal facilities; Dr. Tom Mosley, director of the MIND Center; Brad Fountain, president of Fountain Construction; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs; Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research; Dr. Michael Lehman, professor and chair of neurobiology and anatomical sciences; and Dr. Bettina Beech, associate vice chancellor for population health. New heights for UMMC research Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. Folklore says that “topping-out” ceremonies come from an ancient

UM Professor Hopes To Revolutionize Alloy Development

May 05, 2016
Amrita Mishra explores using technology to find 'the right recipe' May 4, 2016 By Michael Newsom Amrita Mishra OXFORD, Miss. – Discovering, developing and commercializing alloys and other advanced materials can take up to 20 years, but a University of Mississippi mechanical engineering professor hopes to speed up the process by applying computational methods to the periodic table. A paper detailing that work co-authored by Amrita Mishra, a UM assistant professor, and seven other professors from other universities was published recently in Scientific Reports, a publication of Nature. Alloys are materials made up of a blend of elements, Mishra said. Finding

National observances salute nurses and all Medical Center employees

May 04, 2016
UMMC nurses practicing for a gurney race, part of National Nurses Week celebrations, include Rick Risher and Michelle Spera, front, and Alisha Matthews and Maria Smith, back. Media Contact: Ruth Cummins at 601-984-1104 or ricummins@umc.edu. Registered nurse Rick Risher is used to tending to patients rolled into the Surgical ICU. Come May 5, he'll be pushing a gurney, but not one bearing a patient at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.   Risher and a team of UMMC employees will kick off National Nursing Week with a friendly competition: racing gurneys against Baptist Hospital employees at Fondren's First Thursday, a

Insitu to Open New Facility at Mississippi State University in Support of Commercial UAS Industry

May 04, 2016
Insitu will establish its new Mississippi facility at the Ralph E. Powe Center for Innovative Technology within MSU's Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park MSU's sites and institutes offer compelling and relevant capabilities for the UAS industry. The university leads the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) 22-member Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) coalition, and recently became an FAA Center of Excellence. Insitu's new facility will support engineering, software development and customer-support services, and will tap into MSU's talent pool for its internship program. In addition, Insitu will provide access to its training program, which

MSU researchers honored for preschool learning garden project

May 04, 2016
  May 3, 2016 Contact: Vanessa Beeson Lori Elmore-Staton identifies different vegetables in the garden at the MSU Child Development and Family Studies Center. (Photo by David Ammon) STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State researchers are being recognized for efforts to tackle childhood obesity through a new comprehensive prevention program. Assistant professors Julie Parker and Lori Elmore-Staton of the university’s School of Human Sciences also are scientists at the campus-based Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.   Their program is designed to educate teachers, students and parents on how gardening may be used to help foster healthy-eating habits. It includes a garden at

Southern Miss Center Celebrates Small Business Week, Offers Services

May 03, 2016
Article | Tue, 05/03/2016 - 2:07pm | By Van Arnold With National Small Business Week (May 1-7) well underway, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center is encouraging would-be entrepreneurs to take advantage of the services provided by the center.   USM created its Small Business Development Center through a partnership with the Small Business Administration, the Mississippi Small Business Development Center Network, the University of Mississippi, the Trent Lott National Center, and the College of Business at USM. The MSBDC includes nine basic service centers throughout the state.   The USM Small Business Development Center offers, at

Joel Kotkin to Discuss Urban Development at UM

May 03, 2016
May 6 talk to examine issues of growth and economic development in smaller communities May 2, 2016 By Edwin Smith Joel Kotkin OXFORD, Miss. – A respected professional in urban development is the guest speaker for a public forum Friday (May 6) at the University of Mississippi. Joel Kotkin will address UM students and the local community in The Pavilion at Ole Miss beginning at 11:30 a.m. The author’s appearance is being co-sponsored by the UM Real Estate Advisory Board, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, School of Business Administration and Meek School of Journalism and New Media.   “To the

NSBE chapter at Mississippi State earns national awards

May 02, 2016
  April 29, 2016 Contact: Zack Plair Jamel Alexander STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers recently won three awards at the organization’s national conference in Boston, Massachusetts.   The chapter was one of six to earn NSBE Chapter of the Year honors among 120 medium-sized chapters nationwide. Further, MSU student Jamel Alexander was one of two recipients of the Mike Schinn Distinguished Member of the Year Award, and chapter president Asha Earle was one of six honored with the President’s Visionary Award.   Alexander, of New Orleans, Louisiana, is pursuing a doctoral degree in mechanical

Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet

April 29, 2016
  April 29, 2016 Contact: Jim Laird Wes Burger is the 2016 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award recipient. Burger is associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, associate director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Dale Arner Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, and Grisham Master Teacher in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State. (Photo by MSU Office of Agricultural Communications)STARKVILLE, Miss.--Sixty Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2016 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors. MSU President Mark E. Keenum welcomed honorees, their guests and senior administrators to a campus

MSU, MDE officials unveil major computer science program for K-12 schools

April 29, 2016
April 27, 2016   Contact: Anne Hierholzer   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Beginning this fall, 34 public school districts will be participating in a yearlong pilot program called Computer Science for Mississippi. Beyond introducing state students to the CS profession, the training initiative is designed to equip them to be technologically literate citizens who are prepared for CS-related careers.   Announcement of the pilot program was made this month by officials of the Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi State University’s Research and Curriculum Unit. “The Mississippi Department of Education is extremely excited to unveil the first steps of a comprehensive K-12 computer

Southern Miss Gulf Park College of Business Concludes Lecture Series with Visit from Local Entrepreneurs

April 27, 2016
Article | Wed, 04/27/2016 - 1:10pm | By Arlicia Jordan Speakers Frank Wilem (left) and Dave Dennis (right) join Dr. Beth LaFleur for “Executives On: Entrepreneurship,” the conclusion of the College of Business lecture series. (University Communications photo by Arlicia Jordan) The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus concluded its Executives On: Lecture Series April 19 with a large gathering of students, alumni and community members.   Closing with “Executives On: Entrepreneurship,” guest speakers included local entrepreneurs Dave Dennis, president of Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc., and Frank Wilem, writer and co-founder of Triton

Carnegie Classification elevates JSU to ‘Higher Research Activity’ institution

April 27, 2016
by Jackson State University April 26, 2016   Jackson State University has been elevated to the level of “Higher Research Activity” designation according to the most recent data released by The Carnegie Classification™. Loretta A. Moore, Ph.D., vice president for Research and Federal Relations. The Carnegie Classification listings for doctoral institutions are issued every five years, and use the terminology Moderate, Higher and Highest Research Activity to classify doctoral universities. The classifications are based predominantly on aggregate research expenditures and have been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past 4½ decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie

JSU makes list of ‘50 Best Colleges for African Americans’ in recent national survey

April 26, 2016
by Jackson State University April 26, 2016   Members of the Jackson State University Class of 2016 celebrate commencement exercises April 23 that featured first lady Michelle Obama as the keynote speaker.                                           Jackson State University was named as one of the 50 Best Colleges for African-Americans in a recent listing released this month by ESSENCE and Money Magazine. According to the editors at ESSENCE, choosing a college is one of the most important decisions Black students will make in

MSU student wins E-Week with hunting aid

April 26, 2016
  April 25, 2016 Contact: Zack Plair Michael Lane, a junior mechanical engineering major from Amory, presents his start-up MakerSync at the Tellus Operating Group Final Start-up Competition last week in McCool Hall’s Taylor Auditorium. The data software company MakerSync—cofounded by Dillion Carley, a freshman liberal arts major from Brandon; and Nicolas Kleiderer (pictured left), a sophomore computer engineering major from Southaven—is developing software that will help organize data for maker spaces all over the country and won the People’s Choice Award. The competition was the apex of the College of Business E-Week contests highlighting entrepreneurship. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE,

Undergraduate research showcased, honored at MSU symposium

April 26, 2016
  April 26, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Nearly two dozen students recently were recognized at Mississippi State for successful faculty-guided research efforts during the Undergraduate Research Symposium at the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.   Projects submitted for the annual competition were assigned to one of four categories, including arts and humanities, biological sciences and engineering, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. In recognition of the university’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a community engagement and service learning track also was included for the fourth year.   A team of 42 campus faculty members representing a

Southern Miss Gulf Park Students Place in Mobile Hackathon

April 26, 2016
Article | Tue, 04/26/2016 - 8:42am | By Arlicia Jordan Students from Southern Miss Gulf Park School of Computing develop programming for a website during the second annual Hackathon held in Mobile, Ala. (Photo submitted.) Five students from the School of Computing at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus recently competed in a “Hackathon” April 8 in Mobile, Ala. Hosted by Rural Sourcing, Inc. (RSI), the second annual Mobile Hackathon – also known as a hack-day, hackfest or codefest – is an event in which computer programmers, and others in the field of software development, collaborate intensively on

Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity set for April 22-23

April 22, 2016
Article | Thu, 04/21/2016 - 2:09pm A University of Southern Mississippi alumna who is an executive with a prominent national alternative fuel company is the guest speaker for USM’s 2016 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity.   Dr. Rebecca Boudreaux, president and director of Oberon Fuels, a California-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a clean alternative to diesel, will speak Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Scianna Hall Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Presentations by students on their scholarly work will be held Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Scianna Hall. The public is invited to these free

UM Student Physicist Awarded Second Fulbright of the Year

April 22, 2016
Hunter Gabbard is a member of the LIGO group that helped discover gravitational waves April 21, 2016 By Edwin Smith Hunter Gabbard OXFORD, Miss. – Just when Hunter Gabbard thought things couldn’t possibly get any better, they did. The University of Mississippi physics student participated in an international team of scientists’ discovery of gravitational waves announced in February. Fresh on the heels of that surreal achievement, the Austin, Texas, native learned that he is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to further study gravitational-wave astronomy at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hanover, Germany. “I’m not quite sure ‘pure elation’ is

Particle Physics Topic for April 26 Science Cafe

April 22, 2016
UM physicist Breese Quinn to include discussion of discovery of Higgs boson April 21, 2016 By Edwin Smith Breese Quinn teaches his physical science class. OXFORD, Miss. – Approaches used in the discovery of new subatomic particles is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the UM Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s final meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. April 26 at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar, 1120 North Lamar Blvd. Breese Quinn, UM associate professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss “Particle Physics: The Sledgehammer and the Tweezer.”

MSU team places highly in recent SEC MBA Case Competition

April 21, 2016
  April 20, 2016 Contact: Allison Matthews   STARKVILLE, Miss.—A team of four Mississippi State graduate students is among the top winners of the 2016 Southeastern Conference MBA Case Competition. Participants were called on to solve simulated, real-world problems that covered the spectrum of business disciplines.   Finishing in fourth place overall, the team included Brandon L. Balli of Carriere, Charles T. “Charlie” Dean of Iuka, Garrett C. Dismukes of Kilmichael and Carew S. Ferguson of Mandeville, Louisiana. Ferguson also received the first-place award in the Best Q&A category.   The competition is among several annual events organized by SECU,

USM Scientists learn surgery techniques to protect animals

April 20, 2016
From submitted reports 10:14 a.m. CDT April 14, 2016 Buy Photo Brief(Photo: American file photo)Buy Photo 1 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Scientists at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory have learned new surgery techniques to ensure the safety of animals used in research projects.   Jill Hendon, assistant director of GCRL’s Center for Fisheries Research and Development  prepared her team of 10 researchers for an upcoming research project by having them learn three suture techniques from Drew Hildebrandt, a surgeon from University of Mississippi Medical Center.   “I want the project to be a success,” said Hendon. “But more importantly, I want

E-Center dedication opens door to student-driven, innovative businesses

April 19, 2016
  April 19, 2016 Contact: Zack Plair Mississippi State’s College of Business officially dedicated its new Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach Tuesday [April 19] in McCool Hall. Pictured (l-r) are Eric Hill, director for entrepreneurship at MSU; Jeffrey Rupp, outreach director for the college’s Division of Business Research; Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU’s College of Business; and MSU President Mark E. Keenum. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—On the walls of a glass-enclosed suite in Mississippi State’s McCool Hall, students, faculty and staff are sketching in dry-erase marker plans that could positively impact not only the state’s economy, but also the

Two Southern Miss Students Earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 19, 2016
Article | Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:41pm | By Van Arnold The University of Southern Mississippi has produced 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows since 2007. University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Jeremy Johnson and Grover Brown are following in a lengthy line of successful scholarship winners at the University as recipients of 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.   The fellowships cover three years of funding. Students receive a $34,000 stipend every year as well as a $12,000 cost of attendance allowance tenable at any university in the country. NSF Graduate Research Fellows are selected on the basis

Mississippi State, UMMC launch new health disparities partnership

April 19, 2016
  April 18, 2016 Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum, right, and University of Mississippi Medical Center Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. LouAnn Woodward signed a Memorandum of Understanding today [April 18] to formalize a partnership addressing many of the state’s most critical health care challenges. Looking on is Dr. Bettina Beech, UMMC’s associate vice chancellor for population health and executive director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, which is working to expand existing collaborations and pursuing new opportunities between these higher education institutions.Contact: Jim Laird Mississippi State officials welcomed colleagues from the University

Department of Marine Science Announces World Leader in Sonar Technology as Annual Wiesenburg Lecturer

April 15, 2016
Article | Fri, 04/15/2016 - 2:59pm | By James Skrmetta Dr. John Hughes Clarke The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS) has announced its annual Wiesenburg lecturer as Dr. John Hughes Clarke, a professor with a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and Earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire.   The public is invited to enjoy a free lecture by Clarke titled “What Drives Deep Sea Channel Systems” at 11 a.m. April 20 in the StennisSphere Auditorium at the John C. Stennis Space Center.   “We’re excited to have Dr. Hughes Clark as our Wiesenburg lecturer

UM, Legislature Working To Secure STEM Center Funding

April 15, 2016
University seeks up to $40 million for massive building project April 15, 2016 By Michael Newsom State Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, (second from left) meets with UM leaders about funding the university’s planned science, technology, engineering and mathematics building. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Communications OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi leaders are working with the Mississippi Legislature to secure up to $40 million over four years toward the cost of a new $138 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics building.  The center is the crown jewel of the university’s newly-created Science District.  UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter notes the university’s longstanding commitment to

New E-Center grand opening at MSU set for April 19

April 15, 2016
  April 14, 2016 Contact: Zack Plair The College of Business at Mississippi State is preparing for the grand opening Tuesday [April 19] of its new Entrepreneurship Center on the first floor of McCool Hall. The 2,000 square-foot center, built with $750,000 in private funding, has workstations, meeting space and technology to accommodate student, staff and faculty startups. The College of Business currently supports about 100 active startups that include students from 39 majors. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.—The College of Business at Mississippi State will hold a grand opening for its new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation next week.

JSU’s Meyers addresses Mississippi House after resolution saluting her leadership

April 14, 2016
by Jackson State University April 13, 2016 Mississippi state Rep. Gregory Holloway Sr., District 76, helps showcase a resolution honoring Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers, with her Cabinet and staff. (Photo by Charles A. Smith/JSU) Celebrating her fifth year at Jackson State University, President Carolyn W. Meyers addressed Speaker Philip Gunn and the Mississippi House at the Capitol this morning after she was formally recognized for her “outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment and meritorious and prolific service” to Mississippi and beyond. In response to lawmakers who presented her with a resolution, Meyers, flanked by her Cabinet, saluted the House

AT&T Donates $100,000 for Gov. Haley Barbour Endowment at UM

April 14, 2016
Contribution to endowment is one of the first by a major corporation April 14, 2016 By Staff Report Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (left) visits with Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T Mississippi, and UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter on the Ole Miss campus. Photo by Bill Dabney, UM Foundation OXFORD, Miss. – AT&T has donated $100,000 to help establish the Gov. Haley Barbour Endowment for the Study of American Politics at the University of Mississippi Department of Political Science.   AT&T is one of the first major corporations to contribute to the fund that will support a new faculty position led

UM Dedicates Natural Products Training Center

April 14, 2016
Waters Corp.-partnered facility houses equipment for international scientific training April 14, 2016 By Edwin Smith Participants at the 16th annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals toured the Natural Products Training Center following its dedication ceremony. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications   OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and National Center for Natural Products Research, in partnership with Waters Corp., dedicated a state-of-the-art natural products training center including laboratories, an informatics suite and lecture space on Wednesday (April 13).   Alice Clark, UM vice chancellor of University Relations, welcomed participants and observers to the ceremony

Archaeologist to describe ‘race’ with active Caribbean volcano

April 14, 2016
  April 13, 2016 Contact: Karyn Brown John Cherry, an internationally recognized archaeologist, will discuss his technology-based explorations on the Caribbean island of Montserrat during a Thursday [April 21] program at Mississippi State. (photo submitted)STARKVILLE, Miss—An internationally recognized Rhode Island archaeologist discusses his technology-based explorations on the Caribbean island of Montserrat during a Thursday [April 21] program at Mississippi State.   John Cherry of Brown University is the latest guest for the 2015-16 Institute for the Humanities Lecture Series. He holds Brown’s Joukowsky Family Professorship of Archaeology.   In addition to the humanities institute, Cherry’s 4 p.m. presentation at the

MSU student researchers honored during biology symposium

April 13, 2016
  April 12, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg First-place recipient Kellie Mitchell of Chelsea, Alabama, with symposium keynote speaker Jennifer Sasser of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.STARKVILLE, Miss.—Five Mississippi State students received awards for faculty-guided research conducted in the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters at the ninth annual Undergraduate Research Program Symposium this week.   Nearly 25 undergraduates showcased their successful research efforts. The symposium was sponsored by the university’s biological sciences department. First-, second- and third-place winners each received Downer Undergraduate Research Awards that honor Professor Emeritus Donald N. Downer of Starkville, the longtime department head.

SENATE ACCEPTS COCHRAN AMENDMENT TO STREAMLINE DRONE RESEARCH EFFORTS

April 13, 2016
Apr 12 2016 FAA Reauthorization Bill Important to FAA Center of Excellence Led by Mississippi State University WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment authored by U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to ensure greater public and private sector coordination of research and policy development for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the mission of the center of excellence headed by Mississippi State University. The Cochran amendment has been adopted as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (HR.636) being debated by the Senate.  The amendment would prevent duplicative research efforts and strengthen existing UAS research programs at

GCRL Announces Partnership with Local Restaurant worth $15,000

April 12, 2016
GCRL Announces Partnership with Local Restaurant worth $15,000 Main Content Article | Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:36pm | By James Skrmetta The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Shaggy’s restaurant in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian have announced a three-year corporate sponsorship worth $15,000. Shaggy’s is the first corporate sponsor in the history of GCRL’s Marine Education Center’s (MEC) summer camps.   "Our partnership with Shaggy's increases the number of scholarships we are able to offer and enables us to enhance the camp this year by adding an off-shore fishing component to the five-day camp,” said Chris Snyder,

Mississippi State’s ‘Car of the Future’ revealed in Detroit

April 12, 2016
  April 11, 2016 Contact: Allison Matthews Mississippi State University is showcasing its “Car of the Future” this week in Detroit, Michigan, at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress. The lighter, greener hybrid vehicle offers over 100 miles of driving using the equivalent of a single gallon of gas. (Photo by Hunter Hart)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is showcasing its “Car of the Future” this week in Detroit, Michigan, during an event designed to bring together the best talent in the automotive industry.   MSU researchers from the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems are attending the Society of Automotive

JSU’s Freshman to Ph.D. Program emphasizes research for aspiring educators

April 11, 2016
JSU’s Freshman to Ph.D. Program emphasizes research for aspiring educators by Jackson State University April 8, 2016 The Freshman to Ph.D. Program by the College of Education and Human Development features an independent study research course that guides students through the process of developing a major educational research project. The College of Education and Human Development at Jackson State University launched its Freshman to Ph.D. Program in spring 2016 to support undergraduate education majors interested in seeking teacher certification and pursuing graduate study. The new program is a grant project sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation through a sub-award from the

GCRL Retires Research Vessel After 16 Years of Service

April 07, 2016
Main Content Article | Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:08am | By James Skrmetta Pictured from left to right: Janet McIlwain, Allie Randall, Stacey Mcilwain Randall, and Lindsay Randall. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory recently retired the R/V Tom McIlwain with a ceremony aboard the vessel in Biloxi. The vessel was named after former GCRL Director Tom McIlwain, who died in 2012. McIlwain spent more than 50 years in the field of marine fisheries sciences and all, but nine of those years (1994-2003), with GCRL.   A ceremony was held March 21 aboard the R/V Tom McIlwain for

NASA engineers discuss latest technology with MSU Bagley students

April 07, 2016
  April 7, 2016 Contact: Allison Matthews MSU alumnus David K. Hall discusses NASA’s Space Launch System during an E-Week event featuring four Bagley College alumni who all work with NASA. Hall, a 1984 MSU electrical engineering graduate, is assistant manager of SLS Program’s Stages Element Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State engineering students learned about NASA’s new Space Launch System, known as SLS, from four NASA engineers, all MSU alumni, during a panel discussion Wednesday [April 6] held as part of the university’s E-Week.   Featuring special informational sessions, a trivia night

U.S. deputy secretary will be spring 2016 graduate commencement speaker

April 07, 2016
by Jackson State University April 6, 2016 Dr. James Minor, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs and an alumnus of Jackson State University, will deliver the institution’s 139th spring graduate commencement address to nearly 350 students, along with family and community members.   Dr. James T. Minor is a JSU alum. The ceremony, presided over by JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers, will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center on the main campus.   “The highlight of each ceremony is our honored graduates, but we are extremely pleased

Southern Miss Professor Building Partnership with Lectures in Cuba

April 06, 2016
Main Content Article | Wed, 04/06/2016 - 9:05am | By Van Arnold University of Southern Mississippi instructor Dr. Greg Bradley leads a breakout session with students at the University of Havana during one of his recent trips to Cuba. (Submitted photo) Next month, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus instructor Dr. Greg Bradley will make his ninth trip to Cuba as an economics educator and conference presenter. With every passing visit, Bradley finds himself as much a student as he is a teacher.   Bradley will represent the Southern Miss College of Business as a lecturer and panelist during

JSU students win 4 of 5 Young Women With A Purpose scholarships, trip to New York

April 06, 2016
by Jackson State University April 5, 2016 Four of five students awarded a $2,000 scholarship and an opportunity to be mentored by a L’Oréal USA senior executive in an all-expense paid trip to New York are from Jackson State University.   The hair care company’s Young Women With a Purpose Project is part of L’Oréal’s Dark and Lovely Multicultural Beauty Division in collaboration with the Tom Joyner Foundation.    Vivianna Blanch, vice president of Integrated Consumer Communications of L’Oréal’s USA MultiCultural Beauty Division, said, “We are delighted to partner with The Tom Joyner Foundation to create an amazing opportunity for

Natural Products Center Hosts Annual Botanicals Conference

April 05, 2016
April 11-14 sessions to focus on regulatory issues in dietary supplements and cosmetics April 5, 2016 By Edwin Smith The event hosted by the School of Pharmacy’s National Center for Natural Products Research is scheduled for April 11-14 at the Oxford Conference Center.                       OXFORD, Miss. – The 16th annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, the premier annual event for examining medicinal plants and dietary supplements, will bring together research, regulatory and industry representatives to focus on quality and safety of dietary supplements.   Hosted by the University

MSU student researchers receive Goldwater Scholar, honorable mention recognitions

April 05, 2016
  April 5, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg Johnie Sublett (Photo by Beth Wynn)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State seniors are among those receiving prestigious recognition by a premier national scholarship organization. Senior aerospace engineering/aeronautics major Johnie E. Sublett is the land-grant university’s second student in the past four years to receive the highly coveted Barry Goldwater Scholarship, while senior chemistry major Mary E. King is MSU’s sixth student in the past four years to receive honorable mention selection by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.Both students are members of the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College at MSU.  

Southern Miss Gulf Park College of Business Visited by Media Executives

April 05, 2016
Article | Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:04pm | By Arlicia Jordan Brad Kessie, news director of WLOX News Now, speaks at the Southern Miss Gulf Park College of Business "Executives On: The Media” panel discussion. The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus was recently visited by three local Gulf Coast media executives for its second Executives On: Lecture Series.   Presenting “Executives On: The Media,” the panel discussion featured Roland Weeks, retired publisher of the Sun Herald, John McFarland, retired marketing and interactive media director of the Sun Herald, and Brad Kessie, news director of

Are you new to Mississippi or do you call Mississippi home?

April 04, 2016
Tax Incentives & Finance Programs MDA offers incentives to businesses looking to expand. Learn more about these incentives and other grant and loan programs offered.   Advantage Jobs Incentive Program A rebate program that encourages businesses creating new, high-quality jobs to locate in Mississippi. Eligible businesses offer jobs whose wages meet or exceed Mississippi’s (or the county’s) average annual wage. Read more about applying for this incentive. Jobs Tax Credit A credit to reduce a business’s income tax liability. These credits are for businesses that create and sustain new jobs in Mississippi. Read more about these tax credits. Mississippi Skills

Cooper Tire & Rubber Case Study

April 04, 2016
QUICK CHANGEOVER WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR COOPER TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY   CHALLENGE Cooper’s Clarksdale team sought to pilot the quick changeover of molds as an opportunity to improve processes at the facility. Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) had previously been involved in an MEP E3 (Economy, Energy, and Environment) event in Clarksdale where MPI mapped out the value stream for the facility’s products and performed a lean assessment for the facility. From this work, Fred Doster, who is the Manager of Cooper’s Clarksdale operations, believed quick changeover implementation would improve processing time, and ultimately, help improve the company’s bottom line.  

Brenner to lead education initiatives for MSU Office of Research and Economic Development

March 31, 2016
  March 30, 2016 Devon BrennerDevon Brenner will be joining the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State as assistant to the vice president for education initiatives in mid-May. For the past year, the head of the curriculum, instruction and special education department in the university's College of Education has been an Education Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in Washington, D.C.   "We intend to capitalize on the experience that she has gained in Sen. Cochran's office, along with the wealth of knowledge she has from all of her previous roles," said

USM Scholars Honored at Graduate Student Research Symposium

March 30, 2016
Article | Wed, 03/30/2016 - 9:18am | By David Tisdale The research and service of University of Southern Mississippi graduate students was celebrated at the 2016 Dr. Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium March 24 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, held at the Thad Cochran Center, was presented by the Southern Miss Graduate School and the Graduate Student Senate. Graduate student research excellence was marked in the categories of oral and poster presentations, with first, second and third place awards announced by Vice President for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon and Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen Coats during the

UM Hosts State Science and Engineering Fair

March 30, 2016
April 5 competition draws grades 7-12 students from schools across 82 counties March 30, 2016 By Edwin Smith UM hosts this year’s annual Science and Engineering Fair on April 5. OXFORD, Miss. – Mississippi’s brightest and most creative junior high and high school students will compete for honors April 5 as the University of Mississippi hosts the annual Science and Engineering Fair. More than 600 hopefuls from across the state will converge on the floor of the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum for the daylong event. All won first, second and third place in various categories and classes at the regional level

MSU alumna to discuss research on women chefs, gender inequality in the professional kitchen

March 30, 2016
  March 30, 2016 Deborah Harris’ “Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen” (Photo submitted/courtesy of Rutgers University Press)Contact: Carol Gifford   STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State alumna returns to campus next month to discuss her work that has garnered media attention and favorable reviews. Deborah Harris will discuss and sign copies of “Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen” (Rutgers University Press) on April 5 at The Mill at MSU beginning at 6 p.m.   The university’s Department of Sociology, Gender Studies Program and National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research

Gov. Bryant, UMMC Mark Highpoint in School of Medicine Construction

March 29, 2016
  March 28, 2016 By Gary Pettus Artist rendering of the new School of Medicine building. JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant today helped celebrate a milestone in the construction of an emerging School of Medicine building during a “topping-out” ceremony at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Touting the economic and health care implications of a more spacious, state-of-the-art medical school, Bryant was among some 100 dignitaries and other attendees who watched as a construction crane hoisted a structural beam to the top of the building, signifying that it has reached its maximum height. Along with medical students, as

Southern Miss Gulf Park College of Business Presents Executives On: The Media Lecture

March 29, 2016
Article | Mon, 03/28/2016 - 9:14am | By Arlicia Jordan   The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is preparing for its second installment of the Executives On: Lecture Series on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Sponsored by Gulf Coast businessman Joseph F. Boardman, the lecture series will continue with “Executives On: The Media” Tuesday, March 29, from noon – 1:15 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center, Room 104. The panel discussion will include guest speakers: Roland Weeks, retired publisher of the Sun Herald, John McFarland, retired marketing and interactive media director of the Sun Herald, and

3-D printing at JSU’s new ENGAGE center may one day help accelerate automobile industry

March 29, 2016
by Jackson State University   March 28, 2016 Jackson State University President Carolyn W. Meyers is assisted by students and staff during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the new ENGAGE center, for 3-D printing and imaging, in the basement of the H.T. Sampson Library. (Photo by Anissa Hidouk/JSU)               After Jackson State University’s ENGAGE center was unveiled Thursday in the basement of the H.T. Sampson Library, the campus community can now envision President Carolyn W. Meyers, perhaps, one day tooling around town in a car built in just 24 hours by students using 3-D

Mississippi State researchers helping officials monitor, manage forest restoration after wildfire

March 29, 2016
March 29, 2016   Contact: Diane Godwin   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Researchers at Mississippi State are using innovative unmanned aircraft technology to help state and federal officials assess extensive wildfire damage to a unique natural habitat on the Coast.   Biologists and geographic information system specialists from the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, along with the U.S. Forestry Service, are assessing the land and habitat that recently burned as a result of a large wildfire that spread across southeast Jackson County into Alabama.   These experts are working with Mississippi State’s Geosystems Research Institute to survey the after-burn of more than

MSU researcher receives major congressional grant for malaria parasite study

March 29, 2016
March 29, 2016 Diana Outlaw (Photo by Megan Bean)Contact: Sasha Steinberg STARKVILLE, Miss.— A grant from the world’s foremost medical research organization is assisting a Mississippi State faculty member with her innovative work on the specific properties of malaria parasites.   Diana C. Outlaw, who has served as an assistant professor of biology since 2009, is using the $81,712 congressional award from the National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to gain a deeper understanding of malaria parasite emergence in new host species, such as humans and wildlife.   “This study is innovative because it represents the

Gibbons: funding the future makes disease history

March 28, 2016
Thanks to new technologies, precision medicine is within our reach, says Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the NHLBI. He delivered the 19th Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture on Mar. 17. Gibbons: funding the future makes disease history Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. Dr. Gary Gibbons asked UMMC a lot of “what if” questions. What if heart disease could go into remission? What if biomedical science was considered information science? What if we could precisely predict and preempt disease? Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), shared his vision for the future

New Southern Miss Research Vessel Honors Work of Longtime Scientist

March 28, 2016
Article | Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:02pm | By Alexis Jones Jim Franks, right, has spent more than 50 years studying the waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico.On any given day, you can find Jim Franks inside the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) or out on Gulf Coast waters, studying the habitats and conditions of fish along the Mississippi Coast and beyond. Franks has spent half a century studying creatures of the Gulf Coast, namely fish of all shapes and sizes. The senior research scientist works with a team that constantly monitors fish stock in the

USM Professor’s Marine Mammal Research Video Earns Award

March 28, 2016
Article | Thu, 03/24/2016 - 11:47am Dr. Stan Kuczaj, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, recently earned second place for a collaborative video based in part on his research of dolphin behavior in The Ocean 180 Video Challenge. Dr. Kuczaj, along with Holli Eskelinen of Dolphins Plus, produced “The Creative Dolphin: What Dolphins Do When Asked to Vary Their Behavior.” View the video at this link: The Ocean 180 Video Challenge encourages ocean scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with teachers, students, and the public in a short video that

UMMC Health Experts Entertain, Inform on ‘Southern Remedy’

March 28, 2016
Daily show helps Mississippians learn about and deal with variety of health topics March 17, 2016 By Ruth Cummins, University of Mississippi Medical Center The five experts offer fresh, frank and funny discussions on current health topics every weekday on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s ‘Southern Remedy,’ the station’s flagship wellness program. JACKSON, Miss. – If there’s a remedy for what ails you, Dr. Rick deShazo will prepare a good-sized dose every Wednesday, but not before he delivers a primer on your health dilemma.   So will Dr. Jimmy Stewart on Thursdays and Dr. Michelle Owens on Fridays. Add to the mix

UM Physicists Continue Study of Lightning Strikes

March 28, 2016
UM physicists Sampath Bandara (left) and Thomas Marshall place a light sensor in place as part of their study of lightning strikes. (Photo by Robert Jordan, UM Imaging Services) OXFORD, Miss. – While lightning flashes are a common occurrence during severe weather, their causes remain a mystery, but a team of University of Mississippi researchers is working to unlock the secrets of these beautiful yet dangerous forces of nature.   Three UM physicists and three graduate students will resume collecting data on lightning beginning in late April or early May. The study, which is expected to continue through August, is

IOG Espy Scholars-in-Residence Series presents ‘top global thinker’ Helene Gayle

March 28, 2016
Dr. Helene D. Gayle Jackson State University’s Institute of Government Mike Espy Scholars-in-Residence Series will present Dr. Helene D. Gayle in a symposium: “Closing the Gender Gap: Unleashing Social and Economic Power” at the JSU Student Center Theater, on the main campus, from 2-4 p.m., Thursday, March 31.   Gayle is the CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative. Among her numerous leadership roles, she was formerly president and CEO of CARE USA, the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention and director of the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Carl Small Town Center workshop wins national award

March 28, 2016
March 23, 2016 Contact: Christie McNeal A rendering of the proposed trailhead pavilion was the result of a 2014 workshop funded by the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. MSU architecture majors and Carl Small Town Center professionals helped the City of Houston gather local ideas for enhancing the southern terminus of the Tanglefoot Trail cycling and pedestrian pathway.STARKVILLE, Miss.—A successful Chickasaw County community planning project is earning national recognition for a well-known Mississippi State architectural research unit. The university’s Carl Small Town Center is the American Planning Association’s selection for the 2016 James A. Segedy Award for Outstanding Student Project.

Ocean exploration: MSU grad student’s expedition is chance of a lifetime

March 28, 2016
March 22, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg Caitlin Ruby, a Mississippi State geoscience/geospatial sciences master’s student from Long Beach, is embarking on an oceanographic research expedition in the western Pacific Ocean on board the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) vessel, Okeanos Explorer. (Photo by Chase Neal)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Since she was young, Caitlin Ruby has dreamed of becoming an explorer like her dad, an oceanographer of 35 years. Now, the Mississippi State geoscience/geospatial sciences master’s student from Long Beach will have that opportunity as she embarks on an oceanographic research expedition in the western Pacific Ocean on board the National Oceanographic and

MSU student researchers win EPA clean-water grant

March 15, 2016
A team of Mississippi State students is developing technology to more cost-effectively desalinate seawater and brackish water, earning an Environmental Protection Agency grant for its efforts. The team is led by principal investigator Veera Gnaneswar Gude (center), an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering, as well as graduate students Edith Martinez-Guerra (left) and Hugo Guerra (right). (Photo by Megan Bean)   Contact: Zack Plair   STARKVILLE, Miss.—A recent federal grant will enable a Mississippi State student team to continue developing a project to provide clean, sustainable water for areas that do not have

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Topic for Science Cafe

March 15, 2016
UM physicist Joel Mobley to discuss history and recent developments of diagnostic tool March 15, 2016 By Edwin Smith Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the topic of discussion. OXFORD, Miss. – The history and development of magnetic resonance imaging will be examined during the next installment of a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy.   The next meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. March 22 at Lusa Bakery Bistro and Bar, 1120 North Lamar Blvd. Joel Mobley, UM associate professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss

Southern Miss Professors Studying Zika Virus

March 15, 2016
Article | Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:07pm The Zika virus is in the same family with West Nile, yellow fever, and dengue, and is transmitted to humans through among other species, Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito. While there have been no reports to date of the Zika virus entering Mississippi, there are confirmed cases in the surrounding states. Two University of Southern Mississippi professors have been conducting research related to the virus.   Dr. Donald Yee, associate professor in the USM Department of Biological Sciences, centralizes his research on mosquitos that are found in water-holding container systems such as tires,

Renowned Physicist Dr. Jim Gates Guest Speaker for first Rayborn Lecture

March 14, 2016
Article | Mon, 03/14/2016 - 9:34am | By David Tisdale An internationally prominent theoretical physicist whose research could revolutionize understanding of the universe’s foundational properties is the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural Grayson H. and Jane Dishong Rayborn Lecture in Physics and Astronomy April 7.   Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr., who is the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss his research in a field of physics known as supersymmetry, or “SUSY.” The free lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus,

MSU Pathfinders program receives national student affairs honor

March 11, 2016
March 11, 2016 Contact: Sasha Steinberg MSU Pathfinders On-Campus Coordinator Ty Abernathy and Program Director David McMillen (center) engage in discussion with Pathfinders residence hall academic assistants (l-r) Austin N. Tello, a sophomore biochemistry/pre-medicine major from Vicksburg; Heidi M. Meeks, a senior biological sciences/pre-medicine major with a mathematics minor from Memphis, Tennessee; Amberlon M.E. Williams, a junior kinesiology/clinical exercise physiology major from Ridgeland; and Nicolo M. “Nico” Giamalva, a senior business information systems major from Brandon. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Pathfinders program is being honored nationally for its role in promoting student success and the continued growth of

UM Collaboration Leads to New Research Center in Poland

March 10, 2016
Pharmacy researchers excited about possibilities of three-year collaboration March 10, 2016 By Erin Garrett Bialystok University of Technology’s Scientific and Research Centre OXFORD, Miss. – A new center devoted to natural products research has been dedicated at Bialystok University of Technology in Poland, due in part to collaboration with the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Located in Hajnowka and funded by the European Union, the state-of-the-art Scientific and Research Centre is overseen by Bialystok’s Faculty of Forestry. The center is strategically located near one of the oldest forests in Europe. Bialowieza Forest, which is 7,000 years old, holds great

Investing in Workforce Benefits Employers and Their Communities

March 10, 2016
Training provided by a state or community is valuable in bringing a workforce up to speed, but so is the creation of a “culture of learning” in an individual company. Minah Hall, Managing Director, True Partners Consulting LLC (Workforce Q4 2015) Editors Picks Related Resources Editors Picks Workforce: The Location Factor Companies Must Get Right Editor’s Note: Building a Skilled Workforce for the 21st Century Educators, Employers Cultivating Skilled Workforce Georgia Quick Start Promotes Business Success Economic volatility poses critical challenges to today’s enterprise and skilled workforce. An economic downturn may require a company to lay off a substantial percentage of its workforce,

Sumesh Arora — Spread your wings: the Butterfly Model for successful public-private partnerships

March 10, 2016
March 9th, 2016 Posted by: Contributing Columnist, Mississippi Business Journal Feature, News, Technology, March 4, 2016.   In my last column I talked about the importance of public-private partnerships for spreading innovation.  In this column I will present a methodology for assembling such partnerships which may be used as a sort of check-list to ensure that the right players are at the table.  This is a two part article.  The first part discusses the framework for the partnerships and the next part will show examples of how various stakeholders in Mississippi have come together to impact technology-based economic development in the

UM Researchers Examine How Exercise Combats Aging

March 10, 2016
Study sheds light on effects of working out on human chromosomes March 9, 2016 By Michael Newsom Two UM researchers have completed a study that sheds new light on how exercise keeps human cells in good shape and delays some of the problems associated with the aging process. OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi researchers have completed a study that sheds new light on how working out keeps human cells in good shape, which can stave off some of the physical problems associated with getting older. Paul Loprinzi and Jeremy Loenneke, both assistant professors of health and exercise science at

JSU’s CSET will host annual regional science, engineering fair for public, private students

March 10, 2016
Jackson State University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology will host the annual Mississippi Region II Science and Engineering Fair on March 23-24 in the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center.   Whitfield Students from public and private schools in Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson, Madison, Rankin and Warren counties will participate in the two-day fair. This year will feature more than 1,000 registered projects, which will require 200 judges to review each project twice. Students will present in the areas of science, mathematics and technology. “Currently, we have 129 judges registered; however, there is an approximate need for 71 more

Delta-based MSU researchers receive national recognitions

March 10, 2016
March 9, 2016 Contact: Vanessa Beeson   STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State scientists at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville are being honored by national commodity organizations for outstanding research.Tom Allen and Wayne Ebelhar are, respectively, 2016 soybean and corn researchers of the year.   Both received their awards at the 19th Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference, Southern Corn and Soybean Conference, Southern Precision Ag Conference and Delta States Irrigation Conference. The combined events took place recently in Memphis, Tennessee.   Allen conducts research on diseases in soybean and other crops as a plant pathologist with

UM/UMMC Research Day brings together campuses, ideas

March 09, 2016
Meghan Edwards, left, graduate assistant in fitness at UM, and Dr. Paul Loprinzi, center, assistant professor of health, exercise science and recreation management at UM, talk to Dr. Claire Brabec Rosenblatt, fellow in medicine, about her work on depression and allergic response during the 2nd annual UM-UMMC Research Day March 3. Research Day brings together campuses, ideas Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940 or kbascom@umc.edu. If knowledge is food for the brain, then the 2nd annual UM/UMMC Research Day was a veritable feast. More than 120 presenters provided free samples of their work on Thursday, Mar. 3 in the Norman

University of Mississippi Female Students Invited to Women in Technology Panel

March 09, 2016
Event sponsored by university, software provider SAP March 8, 2016 By Christina Steube Female students are encouraged to attend the Women in Technology forum Thursday, March 31 to hear from successful women in the industry. Photo by Cynthia Joyce                     OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and software firm SAP invite all female Ole Miss students to attend the March 31 Women in Technology summit, featuring successful women in a range of careers within the technology field. “You don’t have to be a computer science or MIS major to have a

MSU joins coalition to help farmers manage, control data

March 09, 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University has joined a new initiative dedicated to helping farmers better control, manage and maximize the value of the data they collect every day in their fields.   The Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC) is the result of years of planning and coordination by AGCO, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Auburn University, CNH Industrial, Crop IMS, The Ohio State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Raven Industries and Topcon Positioning Group.   ADC’s goal is to build a national online repository where farmers can securely store and control the digital information collected by their

JSU Mathematics and Science Partnership program funded by State Board of Education

March 08, 2016
by Jackson State University March 8, 2016 Mehri Fadavi, Ph.D. Jackson State University was awarded $976,865.40 by the State Department of Education in Mississippi to run the Mathematics Advancement in Teaching through Professional Development Phase II (MAT-PD2) program for the next three years.   Dr. Mehri Fadavi, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, Atmospheric Sciences and Geoscience, will serve as the project director.   “The goal and vision of the project, MAT-PD2 will be to support and enhance the improvement of teaching and learning mathematics in K-8th grades,” Fadavi said. It builds on successful prior outcomes from the first iteration of MAT-PD

JSU engineering student impresses Northrup Grumman CEO to land internship on the spot

March 08, 2016
by Jackson State University March 8, 2016 Not everyone can turn a handshake into a job offer, but, in a whirlwind of events, one Jackson State University student managed to secure an internship with a Fortune 500 company.   Elisha Frazier, a junior electrical engineering student, attended the BEYA (Becoming Everything You Are) STEM conference in Philadelphia, Pa., in late February. The first item on his itinerary was a mentoring seminar hosted by Northrup Grumman, a global security company. Frazier, a native of Jackson, says he still finds the turn of events improbable. For Elisha Frazier, a junior electrical engineering

Public Boat Launch Closed at GCRL Due to Harbor Construction

March 08, 2016
Article | Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:49pm | By James Skrmetta The boat launch at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which has been open for public use during weekends, will close March 11 due to the beginning of a construction project.   “As GCRL proceeds with much-needed improvements to our Halstead campus harbor area, access to our boat launch will be impacted,” said Read Hendon, interim associate director of GCRL. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who use our launch on the weekends.”   Construction began today (March 7) with an anticipated completion

UM and UMMC – Synergy Science: Intercampus collaboration strengthens discovery enterprise

March 04, 2016
Stopping cancer cold: Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio studies anti-tumor drugs at UM and at UMMC. Synergy Science: Intercampus collaboration strengthens discovery enterprise By Karen Bascom One hundred sixty-seven miles of road separate the University of Mississippi campuses in Oxford and Jackson. Despite the distance, scientists at both institutions are paving paths to new discoveries through research collaborations. Vijayakumar “It used to be that one person could do lots of research on their own, but now fields are more specialized,” said Dr. Srinivasan Vijayakumar, director of the Cancer Institute at UMMC. “Now, we practice team science.” Vijayakumar is reading “Enhancing the

UM Physicists Receive $3 Million to Study Nuclear Fuel Storage

March 03, 2016
Three-year collaboration aims to assess the safety and stability of nation's used radioactive material February 23, 2016 By Edwin Smith Spent nuclear fuel is kept in these casks, which are being studied by UM researchers for future safety and transportation. Photo courtesy of NRC                       OXFORD, Miss. – The United States has thousands of tons of used nuclear fuel stored in aging steel casks, raising serious safety concerns about the long-term stability of the radioactive material, but two University of Mississippi physicists are leading a team to study the stability

College of Business receives $300,000 NSF grant to spur innovation, entrepreneurship

March 03, 2016
Dr. Ramin Maysami , right, is dean of JSU’s College of Business and will be the principal investigator for an NSF grant promoting entrepreneurship and commercialization of academic research. A team of JSU researchers has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an NSF Innovations-Corps Site within Jackson State University’s College of Business.   JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers, said, “This is an outstanding honor, and demonstrates that we are headed down the road to distinctiveness. This is what teamwork accomplishes.”   Combining experience and guidance from established entrepreneurs with a targeted curriculum, I-Corps is a public-private partnership

NSF awards nearly $1 million to JSU for bioimaging research targeting pathogens

March 02, 2016
The National Science Foundation has  awarded $999,995 to Jackson State University to support the development of a research and educational program that will prepare chemistry undergraduate (RISE Scholars) and graduate students (RISE Fellows) to be globally competitive. The award was announced Friday, Feb. 24.   Dr. Richard Alo According to information provided by Dr. Loretta A. Moore, JSU’s vice president for Research and Federal Relations, this will be accomplished by recruiting highly talented doctoral students with an interest in nanochemistry; providing faculty-led mentoring of interdisciplinary research activities for doctoral students; supporting leadership development activities for doctoral students; developing new courses toward a unique updated

Edison Chouest Offshore Locating Shipbuilding Operations in Gulfport, Mississippi

March 02, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi and officials from Edison Chouest Offshore, an offshore energy service and supply company, announced today the company is locating shipbuilding operations at the Port of Gulfport in Gulfport, Miss. The project represents a $68 million corporate investment and will create 1,000 full-time jobs.   Edison Chouest Offshore’s new Gulfport operations, TopShip, LLC, will be located at the Port of Gulfport’s new inland port on Seaway Road. The company will be operating at the former Huntington Ingalls Composite Facility, which was acquired by the Port in March 2015.   “Edison Chouest Offshore has been successfully producing

Mississippi State supporters tell the world they’re #StateProud

March 02, 2016
Contact: Checky Herrington STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s comprehensive leadership in scientific research continues to be a source of pride for MSU’s growing family of supporters. Soon, they’ll make sure the rest of the world knows about groundbreaking discoveries being made by Mississippi’s flagship research university.   The inaugural #StateProud Week March 6-12 will celebrate Mississippi State’s achievements through social media engagement and a series of on-campus promotional events. Also, the university will feature #StateProud Week resources here that can be shared with broader audiences, including #StateProud cover photos for Facebook, videos, success stories, and “Pride Points” — a collection of MSU

Two new grants enhance surveying and hydraulics engineering labs at JSU

March 02, 2016
Amini The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology was recently awarded two new grants from the Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. The state-of-the-art equipment obtained through these grants will help address urgent needs in civil engineering education at Jackson State University.   Dr. Farshad Amini, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said engineering firms are more reluctant to hire graduates without experience or advanced knowledge of state-of-the-art surveying and hydraulics engineering equipment. “Recognizing the importance of becoming a licensed professional engineer, civil engineers must demonstrate knowledge of surveying

Meeting of the minds: UMMC goes to Mississippi Academy of Sciences

March 01, 2016
Hands-on health science: Krista Syrigos (front), a junior biology major at Belhaven University, takes a deep breath to measure her maximal breathing volume at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences annual meeting at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Eric George (right), assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, facilitated the population health workshop at the meeting. Meeting of the minds: UMMC goes to Mississippi Academy of Sciences Media Contact: Karen Bascom at 601-815-3940.   As one academy prepares for a big meeting in Los Angeles, the Mississippi Academy of Sciences headed to Hattiesburg for their own last week. University of Mississippi

Mississippi KIDS COUNT Releases 2016 Fact Book Marking Ten Years at the SSRC

March 01, 2016
MISSISSIPPI KIDS COUNT Social Science Research Center Family and Children Research Unit P.O. Box 5287 Mississippi State, MS 39762 Home Page: http://www.kidscount.ssrc.msstate.edu Contact: Anne Buffington | 662.325.1590 anne.buffington@ssrc.msstate.edu Laure Bell | 662.325.8079 laure.bell@ssrc.msstate.edu   FOR RELEASE March 1, 2016 Mississippi KIDS COUNT Releases 2016 Fact Book Marking Ten Years at the SSRC Annual Publication Highlights Latest Data Snapshot on Mississippi Education Status   STARKVILLE – Although Mississippi ranks 50th across most indicators of child well-being, the state has seen some improvement over the last ten years, according to the Mississippi KIDS COUNT 2016 Fact Book, released today. Nine of ten

Southern Miss Professor Working to Create Spatial Bug Repellent

March 01, 2016
Article | Mon, 02/29/2016 - 1:13pm | By Meghan Burk Dr. Paige Buchanan Research in the development of spatial insect repellents continues to be of paramount importance as insect-transmitted diseases remain a threat wherever mosquito populations exist. Dr. Paige Buchanan, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been working with the Army on topics related to the development and application of spatial insect repellents. A spatial repellent relies on a significant concentration of the repellent in the vapor phase to “repel” mosquitoes.   Although active military personnel and travelers to tropical

UM Civil Engineers Assist MDOT with Bridges and Highways

February 29, 2016
UM civil engineering graduate students take vibration measurements on University Avenue bridge over Gertrude Ford Boulevard. OXFORD, Miss. – As Mississippi lawmakers continue to examine means to fund a $375 million proposal for state highways and bridges, University of Mississippi civil engineers are developing new ways to assist with inspections and maintenance.   The Mississippi Economic Council and state Chamber of Commerce released a report in December advising that Mississippi needs to invest funds to replace 562 deficient bridges and repave many roads. Though financial sources remain uncertain, the report suggests lawmakers consider higher fuel taxes, license plate fees, rental

Developing group, MSU partner to digitize court records

February 29, 2016
Robinson & Associates, Inc. PONTOTOC, Mississippi — Three Rivers Planning & Development District in conjunction with Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) launched the County Records Management System (CRMS) online today for the circuit, county and chancery courts of Lee County, Mississippi.   CRMS is the computerized document filing system that the chancery and circuit clerks use to electronically file all land and court records that come into the county. It handles all land records such as deeds, deeds of trust, power of attorneys, etc., as well as court cases such as estates, probates and

U.S. Military Academy offers West Point Leadership and Ethics in STEM Workshop at JSU

February 25, 2016
U.S. Military Academy (USMA) cadets and staff will lead a West Point Leadership and Ethics Workshop on Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jackson State University in the College of Engineering Building, Room 100. The workshop features a track for students and a track for educators, both focused on leadership, values and ethics, problem-solving, moral-reasoning and decision-making. The goals of the workshop are to provide participants with an opportunity to develop leadership and teambuilding skills; to reinforce the importance of ethical leadership in an increasingly technology-driven world; to promote ethics; and to underscore the importance of

5 Miss. firms show off new products at CES

February 25, 2016
If you are following any technology news this week, you’ll be seeing lots of new product announcements and cool prototypes being displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  I’m proud to say that Innovate Mississippi is out here with a booth and five participating Mississippi companies — three of which are introducing new products.   If you’re not familiar with CES, just imagine the biggest tech geek show you can and multiply it by 10. There are 2.4 million square feet of exhibits and 170,000 people filling three very large convention centers.  In addition to the exhibit space, there

MSU undergrad takes cardiovascular research to heart

February 24, 2016
Contact: Vanessa Beeson Kellie Mitchell, a Mississippi State biochemistry major from Chelsea, Alabama, is conducting research she hopes will one day help save lives. Her studies of the heart cells of swine with metabolic syndrome aim to unlock clues to help detect heart disease in humans. (Photo by Russ Houston)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Kellie Mitchell, a Mississippi State biochemistry major, is conducting research she hopes will one day help save lives. By studying the heart cells of swine with metabolic syndrome, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student is working to unlock clues to help detect heart disease in humans. When the

Southern Miss Retains Carnegie Rating as Higher Research University

February 23, 2016
Article | Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:41am | By Van Arnold Despite trends that show many colleges and universities losing traction in the highly competitive battleground for research funding, The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained its position in the latest ratings from the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.   On Feb. 1, the Carnegie ClassificationTM 2015 update was announced, showing Southern Miss among 78 institutions whose position did not change from the previous classification released in 2010. The Carnegie system classifies institutions in three distinctive categories: Highest Research, Higher Research, and Moderate Research. Southern Miss is rated

Gulf Coast ADVANCE Retreat Brings Together Women in STEM

February 23, 2016
  Article | Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:33am | By Van Arnold Nationally recognized speakers and round table discussions will highlight the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast ADVANCE faculty retreat set for Friday, Feb. 26 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point research facility in Ocean Springs.   The retreat, set for 1-7 p.m., brings together faculty researchers and graduate students to discuss issues impacting women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The participants will include representatives from four partner institutions that comprise the Gulf Coast ADVANCE program – Southern Miss, University of South Alabama, Bishop State Community College, and

Why Internships Are Critical In The Job Outlook For College Graduates

February 23, 2016
By Matt Stewart   The class of 2016 should see a more welcoming job market than college graduates have experienced in recent years, but competition remains stiff, especially for those who failed to hone the necessary skills.   Employers plan to hire 11 percent more graduates than in 2015, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, but that doesn’t mean the outlook is equal for everyone. “Unless you graduate with significant work experience already under your belt, you are not going to be happy with the job market,” says Matt Stewart, co-founder of College Works Painting, which provides

Mississippi State ranks in research top 100 in new NSF survey

February 22, 2016
Contact: Jim Laird The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2014 places Mississippi State University at 98th overall among public and private institutions in the country, based on $209.7 million in total research and development expenditures. It is ranked 62nd among non-medical school institutions. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.--A new report from the National Science Foundation again finds Mississippi State ranked among the nation’s top 100 research institutions and the Magnolia State’s leading research university.   The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2014 places the university at

UM Recognized Among Country’s Elite Research Universities

February 22, 2016
Caleb Ezell (left) and Eleanor Anthony, both students in the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, work with English professor Gregory Heyworth to examine a 15th century Italian manuscript for Oberlin College. The work is part of the Lazarus Project, which uses multispectral imaging technology to analyze old and/or damaged documents and recover faded or erased text. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications   OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top

Southern Miss Joins with Pelagic Research Services for Gulf Research

February 22, 2016
The University of Southern Mississippi Research Foundation and Pelagic Research Systems are announcing the signing of a joint asset and expertise collaboration. The pairing of resources in the Gulf of Mexico will greatly expand ocean research capabilities for offshore works.   “The partnership between Pelagic Research Services (PRS) and the USMRF represents a new way for the university to fulfill its marine research mission when technologies can be cost-prohibitive,” said Monty Graham, interim director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and chair of the Department of Marine Science at Southern Miss. “Partnering with the private sector

Cheers to 90 Years! #YearofEconDev

February 17, 2016
Never before has the field of economic development been so complex, challenging or rewarding. Economic developers remain vigilant in their communities, seeking opportunities for economic growth, better jobs for residents and an improved quality of life. IEDC's 90th year as the premier professional association for the economic developer presents new opportunities not only to be more effective in all we do, but also to equip emerging leaders with the thought-leading, yet practical knowledge they'll need to succeed. Celebrating IEDC's 90th anniversary in 2016, this year is ours. We remain committed to serving economic developers around the globe and the communities

UM Again Ranks Among Nation’s Best Online MBA Programs

January 20, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s online MBA program is again ranked in the U.S. News & World Report‘s 2016 list of 25 Best Online MBA Programs.   UM tied for No. 22 in the rankings. Other SEC schools on the list include Florida (No. 4) and Auburn (No. 10). Temple University, Indiana University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Notable institutions ranked below UM on the list include the University of Arizona and Oklahoma State University, (tied at No. 41), Florida State University (No. 44) and Baylor University (No.

University of Southern Mississippi Sees Significant Increase in Research Funding

January 20, 2016
External funding for research and sponsored programs at The University of Southern Mississippi totaled $72,976,047 for fiscal year 2015 – a 24.1 percent increase from the previous year.   Primary funding for FY 2015, which covers the time period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015, came from federal agencies (64 percent). Business and industry awarded the next largest percentage (25 percent). For FY 2014, Southern Miss received $58,790,269 in research and other sponsored program funding.   Read the full release

Big Data a colossal asset to JSU’s CSET, nation

January 20, 2016
Jackson State University’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology is forging ahead with its focus on Big Data by welcoming to the campus this spring some of the nation’s brightest minds in research and application.   So, what is Big Data?   It’s a White House priority directing government and the nation to improve society’s technological capabilities by using vast and rich data resources. Such innovation would lead to cures for medical breakthroughs and engineering innovations.   Read the full release  

HORNE Cyber Solutions selects Research Park for new office

January 20, 2016
STARKVILLE, Miss.--HORNE Cyber Solutions is the latest business operation to locate in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, and Mississippi State officials are excited about the new investment.   “We are pleased to welcome one of the nation’s top 50 accounting and business advisory firms to the Research Park, and believe it will be a productive partnership for HORNE, Mississippi State and the local community,” said David Shaw, the university’s vice president for research and economic development.   “As I have said before, there is nothing else like the park anywhere in Mississippi, and it is a