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Moroccan Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal (l-r), Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum met in Jackson in late January. The ambassador also addressed the university's Executive Lecture Forum and met with Mississippi Development Authority officials during his visit to the capital city.

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University signs MOU with Moroccan institution
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum last Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with Université Internationale de Rabat for the implementation of a School of Automotive Engineering at the UIR campus in Rabat, Morocco, jointly delivered by the two institutions.
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Researchers' work published in Science
Recent findings that shed new light on ancient and modern connections between dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds have Mississippi State scientists playing important roles as the research moves forward. "Comparisons between species were made at the genome/DNA level affording unprecedented insight into how crocodilians and birds have diverged," explained Daniel G. Peterson, director of MSU's Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology.
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Service leaders sought for Delta alt spring break
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community on its website and in its newsletter this week, including details about alternative spring break in the Delta, Bulldogs on the Move, Upward Basketball referees and more. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this spring.
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Nominations wanted for Powe, research awards
The nomination period is open for Mississippi State University's 2015 Research Awards and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit nominations for this year's program. Recipients will be honored during a special luncheon at the Hunter Henry Center on April 30.
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Writing excellence workshop taking applications
The Maroon & Write QEP Office at Mississippi State will offer the Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence this June. The program is designed to introduce writing-to-learn strategies for use in the classroom. During this three-week interactive workshop, participants will receive guidance in revising syllabi and creating relevant writing assignments.
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PCSW accepting 'Outstanding Women' nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Outstanding Women Awards Program, sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of Women at Mississippi State. These awards recognize women who are advocates for the well-being, development and advancement of all women on the university's campuses and the surrounding communities. MSU faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate campus and community women for the awards.
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PCSM accepting nominations for Diversity Awards
The President's Commission on the Status of Minorities is accepting nominations for the 2015 MSU Diversity Awards. The annual awards program is designed to recognize individuals and teams of individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Mississippi State University. Nomination packets are due no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 25.
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Spirit of State nominations, applications wanted
Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the 10th-annual Spirit of State awards. These awards are open to all Mississippi State students from all campuses and recognize excellence in campus involvement; service to the university community; actions that promote the Spirit of State; and overall impact on peers and the broader campus community.
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Tobacco Use Attestation Form completion required
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State reminds all benefits-eligible employees that the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration's board voted recently to implement a $50 per month tobacco use surcharge, effective July 2015, for the State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan. All plan participants are now required to complete a "Tobacco Use Attestation Form."
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 02/02/15
Men's Basketball travels to Knoxville on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tipoff against Tennessee, and visits Fayetteville on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game with Arkansas... Softball hosts Mississippi Valley State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Middle Tennessee at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, St. Louis at 11:30 a.m. and Austin Peay at 2 p.m. on Saturday and St. Louis at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday... Men's Tennis hosts Samford at noon and New Orleans at 5 p.m. on Saturday... Women's Basketball hosts Texas A&M on Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

Hopper leads major reference publication
A comprehensive reference book on all aspects of bovine reproduction was recently published under the leadership of a Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine professor. Dr. Richard Hopper, professor in the MSU-CVM Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, is lead author and editor-in-chief of “Bovine Reproduction.”
Herrington earns APR professional certification
A senior member of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University has earned a top professional designation. Checky Herrington recently attained Accredited in Public Relations (APR) certification from the Universal Accreditation Board.
Melanson joins university as plant pathologist
Rebecca Melanson recently joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service as a plant pathologist. She will focus on disease management issues in fruits, vegetables and nuts. Melanson said she looks forward to working with the region’s producers to develop an Extension program that is best suited to them.
A&S Researcher of the Month: John Bickle
The College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State has named John Bickle Researcher of the Month. His research is in philosophy of neuroscience, and on cellular and molecular mechanisms of cognition and consciousness. He is best known for advocating “ruthless reductionism” about mind in philosophy of science and neuroscience.
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