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College of Arts and Sciences adds first endowed faculty fellowship honoring Professor Emeritus Charles L. Wax
Mississippi State’s new Dr. Charles L. Wax Endowed Climatology Faculty Fellowship will benefit meteorology and climatology faculty within the university’s Department of Geosciences. A $100,000 gift to the MSU Foundation by former student Bruce Thomas establishes the College of Arts and Sciences fellowship in honor of Charles L. Wax, a professor emeritus and former geosciences department head. The fellowship’s faculty recipients will utilize resources throughout campus, including potential opportunities with the MSU High Performance Computing Collaboratory to promote future weather and climate research. A committee comprised of the geosciences department head, CAS dean and MSU provost will select the recipients, with the first to be named later this year.
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Sports humanities topic highlights Institute for the Humanities spring event
Mississippi State’s Institute for the Humanities kicks off its spring 2021 lecture series in early February with a virtual event spotlighting sports humanities. The Institute’s spring focus -- “What are the Humanities Anyway?” -- begins Thursday [Feb. 4] with an event featuring MSU’s Greggory J. Twietmeyer, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Kinesiology, and Scott Kretchmar, professor emeritus of the Department of Kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University. Twietmeyer and Kretchmar will host a conversation titled “What are the Sports Humanities Anyway?” To be streamed on the institute’s Facebook page, the 3:30 p.m. event is free and open to the public.
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Looking for a way to help? Give to the MSU Student Relief Fund
The Mississippi State University community continually exhibits a great sense of responsibility and caring for enrolled students that make the land-grant institution such a special place. The MSU Student Relief Fund, built with private gifts, helps those members of the student body affected with day-to-day crises or like now, the impact to their daily lives posed by COVID-19. The Dean of Students' Office assesses needs and administers the fund for acute crises that may impact students’ ability to succeed academically. The MSU Foundation accepts gifts year-round for the MSU Student Relief Fund. Contributions for this effort can be made online or by contacting the Annual Giving office at (662) 325-2466.
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Smoke-free policy enhances healthy environment
Mississippi State University is a smoke-free campus. Official policy prohibits the use of any combustible or vapor products anywhere on campus property including university buildings, university grounds, university vehicles, parking areas and sidewalks. The smoke-free campus policy is part of the university's commitment to creating a healthy environment for all members of the campus community. Use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah or other similar devices are prohibited by this policy. The complete policy is available at www.policies.msstate.edu/policy/91301.


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Crocker provides campus vaccine planning updates
Mississippi State University Emergency Manager Brent Crocker said MSU leaders are working with local and state partners to set up a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site on campus for the college community. Despite many unknown factors, such as which vaccine will become available (Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) and when and how many of these doses may arrive on campus, Crocker said the university is making detailed plans for the campus vaccine site. “Each vaccine has different storage and preparation requirements, and we have developed a process for both,” he said. He said everyone is advised to become educated on the benefits and potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines and consult with their healthcare provider.
Tullos to serve in education and Partnership School liaison role
A veteran educator is returning to Mississippi State to further develop and grow collaborations between the university and Starkville Oktibbeha School District. Amanda Tullos began a new role this month at MSU serving as the director of the Partnership Middle School and educational liaison. The school, located on the MSU campus, opened last August and serves all SOSD sixth and seventh grade students. In the new position, which is part of MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development, Tullos will coordinate activities between MSU and the school, including field trips and academic activities such as field work and internships for MSU faculty and students.
Karunakaran leading $1 million, multi-year aquaculture industry study
Mississippi State University’s Ganesh Karunakaran, an assistant research professor of aquaculture, will lead a team of nearly a dozen university researchers from eight institutions in the project “Economic status and contribution of U.S. aquaculture: Analyzing viability, economic impact, and management measures for future success.” The three-year project is one of 12 projects selected to receive federal funding in a competitive funding opportunity through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program. Karunakaran’s team will receive about $1 million, which will be administered through the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.
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