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MSU Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Renita Horton, left, was a guest on SuperTalk Mississippi's Good Things with Rebecca Turner radio show last Thursday [Oct. 25]. Horton discussed her ongoing research on heart disease and sickle cell anemia. SuperTalk also hosted several other faculty researchers throughout the day, as well as MSU President Mark E. Keenum on the JT Show and Athletics Director John Cohen on Sports Talk Mississippi. The talk radio network was broadcasting live from the Colvard Student Union as part of the university's #StateProud Week, celebrating MSU's many accomplishments and the extraordinary people behind them. PHOTO: Megan Bean | Public Affairs

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Student Association plans fun activities for Homecoming Week 2018
Mississippi State’s Student Association is kicking off the university’s annual Homecoming Week. “Old is Gold: Bringing Back Tradition in a New Era” is the theme of this year’s traditional fall semester “welcome back” for the 140-year-old land-grant institution’s graduates, former students, friends and supporters. Homecoming concludes Saturday with the MSU vs. Louisiana Tech football game that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The homecoming court, along with this year’s Mr. and Miss MSU, will be presented at halftime.
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MSU Alumni Association announces 2018 Alumni Fellows
Nine prominent graduates are the Mississippi State University Alumni Fellows for 2018. Sponsored and organized by the MSU Alumni Association, the program recognizes and brings graduates of distinction back to their alma mater annually to showcase their talents and inspire current students with well-delivered advice for future success. “The Alumni Association proudly works with the eight academic colleges of Mississippi State to bring dedicated alumni back to our campus to share their stories, and to mentor and enrich the lives of our students,” said Jeff Davis, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association.
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Mississippi State set to compete in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge
Mississippi State University has been invited for the fifth consecutive time to participate in the nation’s premier automotive engineering competition. Competition sponsors U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and Mathworks announced last week that MSU is among 12 North American universities participating in the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. MSU’s team is led by faculty advisor Randy Follett, an associate professor in the university’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The team will work on the car at MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems.
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Rable to give second annual Williams Lecture on Lincoln and Civil War Studies
A distinguished Alabama historian will give Mississippi State’s second annual Frank and Virginia Williams Lecture on Lincoln and Civil War Studies on Nov. 1. George C. Rable, professor emeritus and former Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, will give his lecture titled “Believer, Skeptic, or Something Else? The Elusive Mr. Lincoln” at 2 p.m. in the John Grisham Room of Mitchell Memorial Library. The event, sponsored by MSU Libraries, is free and open to the public.
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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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New federal sponsor reporting requirements for harassment and sexual misconduct
Some of you may have seen news articles from various federal sponsors such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concerning new or pending policies on university notification requirements regarding sexual harassment, other forms of harassment or sexual assault. These federal policies are specific to individuals involved in projects sponsored by those federal sponsors.

 

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Babski-Reeves selected to lead national ergonomics organization
Bagley College of Engineering associate dean Kari Babski-Reeves has been elected as president of the board of directors for the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists. She will serve a one-year term as president after having been elected by the board to lead the organization. She recently completed a one-year term as board secretary and is beginning her fourth year on the board itself. The organization provides ergonomics certification to protect the public, the profession, and its professionals by assuring standards of competency and advocating the value of certification.
Buys assumes association’s leadership
A commitment to improving public health issues in Mississippi has brought David Buys to the presidency of the organization dedicated to similar goals. Buys has been the health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and assistant professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion since 2014. He has served on the board of directors for the organization for the past three years before being named president-elect in 2017. He was installed as president of the Mississippi Public Health Association at their annual meeting on Oct. 19.
McCurdy leading grant project’s outreach effort
A Mississippi State University Extension Service turf grass expert will lead the Extension portion of a multi-state effort to address herbicide resistance in a common weed. Jay McCurdy, who has served as Extension turf specialist since 2014, is part of a $5.6 million grant project involving researchers and Extension specialists in a 16-state effort to limit the impact of annual bluegrass. Annual bluegrass is a problem in both residential and commercial turfgrass, including sports fields, sod farms and golf courses. “I’m extremely excited to be part of this project,” McCurdy said.
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