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Administrators, faculty named SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows
Four Mississippi State administrators and faculty members are among 52 selected as 2016-17 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows. Since its inception in 2008, the professional development program has worked to identify, prepare and professionally advance academic leaders for key roles at each of the 14 SEC-member universities. MSU will host an SEC ALDP workshop Feb. 22-24, 2017, on the Starkville campus.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Chris Forrester
The MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center’s Forest Operations team relies on Chris Forrester to keep the buildings and equipment running smoothly. Forrester completes daily work orders from his superintendent or supervisor that primarily consist of electrical or HVAC work. “One day I might be repairing incubators on South Farm and another I may be doing electrical work in the Sustainable Bioproducts building,” Forrester said.
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DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Darian Young
With Darian Young’s experience in completing research and lab experiments, the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Pearl runs like a well-oiled machine. As Research Associate under Dr. Trey Howell, Young runs various experiments along with his daily responsibilities, which include maintaining cell cultures, extracting cells from tissue samples, and analyzing data. “My job really depends on the major project at hand,” Young said.
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MSU calendars, holiday cards on sale now
The 2017 Mississippi State University hanging wall calendar and holiday cards are now on sale. The MSU calendar features a sleek, modern design, with 13 beautiful campus scenes. Featuring images by the university's own award-winning photographers, it's truly a one-of-a-kind treasure. There are also two holiday card options this year debuting original artwork by Mississippi State alumni.
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White papers sought for NASA EPSCoR funding
The Mississippi jurisdiction may submit two proposals to the 2017 NASA EPSCoR program for three years of funding for a maximum $750,000 per award, or roughly $250,000 a year. This announcement is to solicit a two-page white paper from potential proposers at Mississippi universities. Two of these papers will be selected by the Mississippi Research Consortium for development into a full proposal to this NASA EPSCoR program. The deadline for white papers is Jan. 6, 2017, at 5 p.m.
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Registration open for SEC Academic Conference
Registration is open for the 2017 SEC Academic Conference to be hosted by Mississippi State University March 27-28. The new academic event focused on SEC university research collaboration will examine “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds.” For complete conference details, visit www.secconference.msstate.edu.
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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, 12/12/16
Women's Basketball is on the road Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff against Arkansas-Little Rock, and then travels to Los Angeles for the Women of Troy Classic with games on Friday at 10 p.m. against SMU and on Sunday at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. vs. Grambling or Southern Cal ... Men's Basketball hosts East Tennessee State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


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MSU again praised for campus landscape achievements
For the second consecutive year, a longtime national professional organization is praising the continued upkeep and appearance of Mississippi State’s Starkville campus. The 138-year-land grant institution again is being honored by the Maryland-based Professional Grounds Management Society with a Green Star Award for “exceptional grounds maintenance” among U.S. universities and colleges, one of nine judging categories.
McDavid receives national academic advising honor
A longtime faculty member in Mississippi State’s Department of Communication is being recognized with a national student advising award. Instructor Frances O. McDavid’s selection by the National Academic Advising Association was based on “significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.” In addition to teaching courses ranging from introductory and advanced newswriting and feature writing to news editing and journalism ethics, McDavid coordinates the communication department’s journalism concentration.
Bickle to speak at prestigious Israeli colloquium
The leader of Mississippi State’s Department of Philosophy and Religion is delivering two lectures Jan. 16 and 18, 2017, at the Bar-Hillel Colloquium for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science in Israel. Titled “Tool Development: How Experiment-Driven Sciences Progress” and “Little-e eliminativism in molecular and cellular cognition,” Professor John Bickle’s presentations will focus on recent and recurring themes in his research.
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