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WTVA reporter Daniella Oropeza conducts a live interview with MSU Student Association President Mayah Emerson on the Drill Field as part of WTVA's Spotlight on Your City on Starkville. The hour-long program, which aired last Wednesday [Oct. 10] showcased several campus and City of Starkville landmarks that make the area unique. Earlier this year, Starkville was named the Best Place to Live in Mississippi by Mississippi Magazine. PHOTO: Logan Kirkland | Public Affairs

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El Fassi’s subatomic structure study published in Nature
A member of Mississippi State’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has been recognized on an international platform for her investigation into the subatomic structure of nuclei. Assistant Professor Lamiaa El Fassi’s research, “Probing high-momentum protons and neutrons in neutron-rich nuclei,” was published recently in the global scientific journal Nature. Mark Novotny, department head, said the analysis results help scientists better comprehend the behavior of atomic nuclei but also reveal how much work remains for the scientific community to grasp how nucleons function.
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Naval Academy cyber science department chair visits Tuesday
The chair of the Department of Cyber Science at the United States Naval Academy will be visiting Mississippi State for a public lecture Tuesday morning in Fowlkes Auditorium. During her visit, Commander Tracy Emmersen will discuss the Naval Academy’s vision of cyber operations as an academic major, including the contributions of many different disciplines -- computer science, electrical and computer engineering, systems engineering, psychology and political science -- as well as the Navy’s role in offensive and defensive cyber operations.
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Lyceum Series continues with Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar
Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar are bringing fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop and musical theatre hits to the Bettersworth Auditorium stage this week as part of Mississippi State’s Lyceum Series. After being featured on the song “Chasing After You” from Vashawn Mitchell’s Grammy-nominated album “Triumphant,” Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar have become sought after all over the world for their expressive vocals and intricate arrangements of classic gospel hymns.
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Community engagement in focus for workshop
Community engagement and its role in higher education was the focus of a Mississippi State keynote and workshop last week by one of the nation’s leading authorities on engaged scholarship. Lorilee Sandmann, professor emerita in the Department of Education, Administration and Policy in the University of Georgia’s College of Education, was guest speaker Oct. 9 for an event that targeted faculty, administrators, instructional staff and students. She also serves as a core reviewer on the National Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.
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Reminder: University policy addresses employee political activity
With political campaigning for Congress and other races currently underway, Mississippi State's Office of General Counsel offers the following reminder of the university’s policy on political activities. There are several guidelines that employees of the university should keep in mind when engaging in any form of political activity. The Office of General Counsel encourages each employee to review this policy in its entirety to make certain you are fully aware of your rights and responsibilities.

 

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North earns SPRF Hall of Fame honor
Elizabeth Gregory North, head of the Mississippi State University Extension Service Office of Agricultural Communications, is the newest member of the Southern Public Relations Federation’s Hall of Fame. She has worked for more than 25 years as an Extension and land-grant communications and marketing professional. A recognized leader in her field, she has earned numerous state and national awards. She began leading strategy, branding, marketing and communications for the MSU Extension Service in 2013.
Arts & Sciences announces faculty award winners
The College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State recently announced the recipients of the Dean’s Eminent Scholar awards for the 2018 fall semester. During the college's fall faculty meeting September 25, Dean Rick Travis presented Raymond E. Barranco, Matthew W. Brown and Catherine Pierce with a plaque. The Dean’s Eminent Scholar awards recognize “exceptionally meritorious faculty who have achieved national recognition and enhanced the quality and stature of academic programs.”
Bagley recognizes 11 faculty with endowed positions
Eleven faculty members from six different departments who hold endowed positions were recently recognized by Mississippi State's Bagley College of Engineering. Five were honored with endowed chairs while six hold endowed professorships. Additionally, five of the positions went to female faculty. Faculty recognized were Cindy Bethel, Heejin Cho, Julie Jessop, Santanu Kundu, Yucheng Liu, David Marcum, Tonya Stone, Lesley Strawderman, Rani Sullivan, John Usher and Farshid Vahedifard.
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