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Northern Gulf Aquatic Food Research Center formally approved
Mississippi State has received formal approval to build the Northern Gulf Aquatic Food Research Center, a multi-million-dollar facility in Ocean Springs and the first of its kind on the Mississippi Coast. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Jackson County Port Authority have formally approved siting the center on four acres in the Sunplex Light Industrial Park, located on Mississippi Highway 57, approximately one mile from Interstate 10 and U.S. Hwy. 90. MSU President Mark E. Keenum said the center’s impact on food safety and the blue economy -- a term used to describe sustainable use of ocean resources while maintaining the coastal water quality -- will be tremendous.
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ORED hosting virtual seminar on building university and industry partnerships
The power of university and industry partnerships can produce groundbreaking research and innovation that solve complex problems, drive economic growth, and create a more skilled workforce. However, industry and university collaborations can be large, complex and difficult to organize. Mississippi State's Office of Research and Economic Development is hosting a Monday [Feb. 22] virtual seminar that will teach participants about the benefits of university-industry partnerships and steps for establishing a beneficial relationship between faculty/researchers and industry representatives. Jim Martin, MSU's associate vice president for corporate engagement and economic development, will lead the 2:30-4 p.m. session.
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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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Reynolds named leader of international programs
Daniel B. Reynolds, an accomplished Mississippi State weed science professor, has been named associate vice president for international programs and executive director of the university’s International Institute. The longtime MSU faculty member has led MSU’s international initiatives on an interim basis since last April. Reynolds previously has held the Edgar E. and Winifred B. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. “Dr. Reynolds brings a wealth of experience to this role,” said MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw. “He has been an integral part of major international research projects, worked to facilitate study abroad opportunities for our students, and helped our international community navigate the many challenges presented by COVID-19."
Snyder returning to faculty this summer
Mississippi State’s founding dean of the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College will be returning to the faculty this summer after a decade of leadership. Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw is granting the request of Dean Christopher A. Snyder to return to a fulltime faculty role effective July 1. Tommy Anderson, a Shackouls Honors College professor of English, will serve as interim dean. Anderson currently serves as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. He will focus on leading the honors college beginning July 1. Shaw expressed appreciation for Snyder’s outstanding service to the university over the last 10 years.
Weed Science Society of America honors Lazaro-Lobo, Ervin and Evans
Mississippi State University's Adrian Lazaro-Lobo, a biological sciences doctoral candidate; Gary N. Ervin, biological sciences professor; and Kristine Evans, assistant professor in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, have been recognized for Outstanding Paper by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). The group was among more than two dozen individuals honored for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s first virtual annual meeting held Feb. 15-19, hosted online and attended by weed scientists from around the globe.
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