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Stanley Carpenter, a 28-year Mississippi State employee from Starkville, removes an old sign in front of George Hall, the home of the university's Office of Public Affairs. Carpenter and other Facilities Management employees have been hard at work replacing old campus building signs with new ones. PHOTO: Sarah Dutton | Public Affairs

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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Ben Berry
While most people are asleep at 2:30 a.m., Ben Berry is already starting his work day. Berry is a dairy equipment processor in the milk room at the Mississippi State University Dairy Plant. He processes milk, cheese and ice cream for the plant. He also pasteurizes and sterilizes milk, and processes the cream to make butter.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Walter Solomon
No two days look the same for Walter Solomon at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center. The variety in his work is one of his favorite aspects of his job. Solomon serves as a research associate at the DREC in Stoneville. He is involved in every aspect of the plant pathology program with a focus on data analysis and manuscript preparation.
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University updates unmanned aircraft policy
Mississippi State has updated its unmanned aircraft systems and model aircraft policy. “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. “I encourage anyone with an interest in operating unmanned aircraft on campus to review this policy carefully."
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Extension program bridges digital gap in rural areas
Bringing rural Mississippi communities into the digital age is the objective of a newly established Mississippi State University Extension Service program. The MSU Extension Intelligent Community Institute, or MSUE-ICI, is a joint project between the Extension Center for Technology Outreach, Extension Center for Government and Community Development, and its parent worldwide organization, the Intelligent Community Forum.
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SSRC to host seminar in Croatia this month
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.
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SEC visiting faculty travel grant applications sought
The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Mississippi State University can select a maximum of eight faculty members to receive 2016-2017 travel grants of $1,250 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus. Assistant, associate and full professors are eligible.
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Institutional Repository now accepting submissions
The new MSU Institutional Repository is now online and accepting submissions. The repository -- available at http://ir.library.msstate.edu -- is a central digital archive for collecting, organizing, preserving, and sharing Mississippi State's history, intellectual and scholarly creations, and research data.
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SMART modifying shuttle routes for summer
Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit (SMART) is modifying several routes through Aug. 11. However, the Boardtown North, Boardtown South, Highway 12 Express, Old Main Express, and the Golden Triangle Regional Airport Express will continue to operate as usual during the summer.
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Summertime is the right time to volunteer
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 community garden project volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club, Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity, Service DAWGS Day site leaders, MVNU2MSU, and more.
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Policy reminders from University Health Services
University Health Services at Mississippi State reminds the campus community of several important policies for its patients to keep in mind when seeking treatment, parking, refilling a prescription, privacy and more.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 06/06/16
Baseball hosts a 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament super regional at Dudy Noble Field with games beginning on Friday. For a schedule and other event information, please visit HailState.com.

 

Keenum elected president of SEC
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) by his fellow presidents and chancellors at the SEC’s summer meeting in Destin, Florida. “I am honored to be chosen to lead and to help direct policy in the most prestigious athletic conference in the nation,” he said. As SEC president, Keenum will head the seven-member executive committee.
Bourgeois named art department head
A longtime faculty member in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is the new permanent leader of its art department. Since 2014, Angi Elsea Bourgeois has headed the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program on an interim basis. Her permanent appointment begins July 1.
Strout receives national social media grant
A Mississippi State communication faculty member has been selected to participate in a national program where he will learn firsthand about the transformation of news and information delivery in a digital media world. As one of six recipients of a Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professor in Social Media Program grant, associate professor Larry Strout will embark on an all-expenses paid trip this August to WCPO-TV/WCPO.com.
Dutta part of groundbreaking experiment
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.
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