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NSPARC's Parisi reappointed to Southern Regional Education Board
The director of Mississippi State’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center has been reappointed to the Southern Regional Education Board. First appointed to the board in 2016, Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi’s new appointment runs through June 30, 2021. “I am honored that Gov. Bryant wants me to continue serving on this board, and I welcome the opportunity to assist the state of Mississippi and MSU in this capacity,” Parisi said.
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University administrative lead for $20M, 5-year National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant
A $20-million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will spur creative discovery and economic opportunities through Mississippi’s research universities. With the grant funding, the state of Mississippi will establish the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics, an inter-disciplinary, multi-institution materials research program. Mississippi State University will serve as the project’s administrative lead. MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw is the principal investigator and project director for the grant.
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Student body presidents encourage fellow students to vote
The Mississippi Public Universities Student Body Presidents’ Council encourages their fellow university students to let their voices be heard by making their mark at the ballot box. Voter registration drives will be held on all eight university campuses and the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus this week. “As Student Body Presidents, our primary goal is to empower and amplify the student voice,” said Mayah J. Emerson, president of the Student Association at Mississippi State University and president of the Student Body Presidents’ Council.
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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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Engaged learning focus of fall workshops
The Center for Community-Engaged Learning at Mississippi State is partnering with the Center for Teaching and Learning to offer several workshops in October and November on engaged learning. A workshop on Oct. 9 is being led by Lorilee Sandmann, professor emerita in Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She serves as a core reviewer and on the National Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.


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Three mechanical engineering professors recognized
Three mechanical engineering faculty members at Mississippi State University were recently honored with endowed positions from the Bagley College of Engineering. Associate professor Heejin Cho received the Tennessee Valley Authority Professorship in Energy Systems and the Environment, while associate professor Tonya Stone was awarded the newly-created Dr. Oswald Rendon-Herrero Diversity Professorship. Additionally, associate professor Yucheng Liu was named to the Jack Hatcher Chair in Engineering Entrepreneurship.
Wamsley earns national teaching award
The Poultry Science Association has recognized a Mississippi State assistant professor for teaching excellence. Kelley Wamsley is this year’s selection for the PSA Early Career Teaching Award, presented during the 107th Annual Poultry Science Association Meeting this summer in San Antonio, Texas. Accompanied by a $1,000 stipend, the award spotlights the achievements of poultry science members within the first six years of their careers in four categories -- teaching, research, extension and industry.
Fincher named to Council for the Study of Community Colleges
An associate professor in Mississippi State University-Meridian’s Division of Education has been elected vice president for research and publication for the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. Mark Fincher, who teaches as part of MSU’s community college leadership program, will work to encourage students and two-year college professionals to engage in research during his CSCC tenure. He also will oversee the organization’s annual “Dissertation of the Year” competition.
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