DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
Delta State's 'Year of Delta Heritage' to Explore Delta Authors
Delta State University is continuing to celebrate its theme for the 2007-08 academic term - "The Year of Delta Heritage" - with activities highlighting the Delta's rich cultural history, including Blues, Gospel, and Rock, civil rights and political leadership, religious heritage, the visual and performing arts, and food. As part of this celebration, the Delta State Division of Languages and Literature program is offering a new class called "Writers of the Mississippi Delta" (ENG 492/592). The class will explore works by numerous authors who have either written about the Delta or grown up in the Delta including William Alexander and Walker Percy, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Clifton Taulbert, Ellen Douglas, Willie Morris, Shelby Foote, Greg Iles, Steve Yarborough, and William Attaway. Each text will be discussed in light of questions raised by modern critical theorists like Henry Louis Gates and Stanley Fish, among others.
Celebrated Author and Baseball Fan, John Grisham, to Appear at Delta State, Feb. 11
Delta State to Present 4th Annual Delta Health & Wellness Day, Jan. 24
Jennifer Rushing Captures Second GSC West Division Player of the Week Honor
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
JSU Defense Center Earns $4.7 Million Federal Grant
The Center for Defense Integrated Data at Jackson State University has received a $4.72 million federal grant from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, Ala. The funds, available by March, will be used to develop software for space and missile defense, as well as collaborate with U.S. Department of Defense partners, said Gordon W. Skelton, director of the CDID. The grant money also will be used to double the size of the four-member full-time staff, offer scholarships, and hire more Jackson State undergraduate and graduate students, Skelton said. Currently, three computer science students work at the CDID. "Jackson State is getting recognized for its capabilities, high-quality results, and its researchers," Skelton said. "We are proud of the work we do, and we also believe that it has a real impact." Computer, telecommunications, and civil engineering students at Jackson State, as well as computer science students, will have the opportunity to participate in applied research directly relevant to national defense, said Robert Whalin, associate dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and a professor of civil engineering at Jackson State.
Lerone Bennett Returns Home to Jackson, Celebrates King's Legacy
Sixth Annual Mississippi Child Welfare Institute Conference
BankPlus Becomes JSU's Official Banking Partner
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
MSU Fundraising Campaign Exceeds $400 Million Goal
of year-end gifts and commitments to Mississippi State is taking the "State of the Future" capital campaign beyond its $400 million goal a full year ahead of schedule. In December alone, almost $13 million in gifts and commitments brought the university campaign total to more than $406 million (as of Dec. 31). "State of the Future" continues through December of this year. Among year-end gifts were several major outright and deferred commitments, including: a $1 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. Dave Swalm of New Ulm, Texas, to supplement the Dave and Beth Swalm Chemical Engineering Scholarship; a $500,000 commitment from Mr. and Mrs. John "Nutie" Dowdle of Columbus, to create the John "Nutie" and Edie Dowdle Professorship in Business; a $500,000 commitment from Dr. and Mrs. Niles "Ranny" Moseley of Los Altos, Calif., for campus beautification projects and the MSU Medallion Scholarship Program; and a more than $200,000 commitment from Mr. and Mrs. Roderick A. Moore of Brandon, along with friends and family, to establish the Dr. Brad Roderick Moore Memorial Presidential Endowed Scholarship in honor of the couple's late son.
MSU Inventions + Campus Office = Patents, Products
Supreme Court Justice Returns to MSU Campus Next Week
Band of MSU Students 'Carrying On' to Music City Stage
Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Share Cultural Sounds at MSU
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND VETERINARY MEDICINE NEWS
MSU Genome Mapping Yields Clues about Cattle Disease
Mississippi State University researchers are developing a biological map of how three tiny pathogens cause big losses for cattle producers each year. Faculty members Mark Lawrence, Shane Burgess, and Bindu Nanduri of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Susan Bridges of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are using state-of-the-art genome science and computer modeling to detect, confirm, and locate harmful genes that cause bovine respiratory disease. "This disease is known in the cattle industry as shipping fever because it commonly occurs when cattle are stressed from being shipped hundreds of miles to feedlots," said Burgess, a veterinarian, genome biology researcher, and co-director of MSU's Institute for Digital Biology. "Many animals that develop this syndrome stop eating, suffer, and die." The cost of the disease to the cattle industry is more than $1 billion each year, he said. The research is funded through a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. Using a newly developed technique called proteogenomic mapping, MSU researchers have overcome the limitations inherent in computer modeling. They are using mass spectrometers at the MSU Life Sciences and Biotechnology Institute to identify protein amino acid sequences and map them back onto the genome DNA sequences.
Historic MSU Delta Research Changed Cotton Farming
MSU's Animal Hospital Maintains Accreditation
MSU Analysis Shows High Fertilizer Prices Effect Crop Decisions
Mississippi's Expanding Peanut Crop is Focus of MSU Short Course
MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN NEWS
MUW Professors' Works Displayed in Meridian Museum of Art
Four professors from the Art and Design Department at Mississippi University for Women currently have their works on display at the Meridian Museum of Art. Assistant Professor Shawn L. Dickey, Department Chair Robert Gibson, Professor Thomas Nawrocki, and Assistant Professor and gallery director Alex Stelioes-Wills each have works showcased in "Impressions: Work by Mississippi University for Women Art Professors." According to Stelioes-Wills, the exhibit came together because of Nawrocki's working relationship with Meridian Museum of Art director Terry Hedder. Nawrocki has shown at the museum several times in the past. Hedder had the idea to host a show with the art faculty members, and, at a meeting for the Collegiate Show, Nawrocki suggested they do it this year. Hedder agreed. The museum is actually an old library, providing a large space to exhibit work, and is divided into five separate gallery spaces. Nawrocki had one room for his artwork, which he filled easily, said Stelioes-Wills, who also had a room for his artwork. Dickey and Gibson shared a room, because Gibson's work consists of three-dimensional pieces that sit on the floor, and because Dickey will have his own one man show at the museum in a few months. An opening reception was held on January 5 and boasted over 100 in attendance, including many W alums from the area. The works will be on display until February 2. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
MVSU Vice President Selected for 2008 Leadership Mississippi Class
Dr. Moses Newsome, Vice President for Research, Planning, Community and Economic Development, has been selected to participate in the 2008 class of Leadership Mississippi, the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation. Participants of the 2008 class will meet in five communities across the state, including: Jackson, for the opening session of the Legislature and discussions on government and public affairs; Tupelo, to explore economic development; Biloxi, to learn about quality of life in Mississippi; Hattiesburg, to examine Health; and Oxford, to study education. The program will run from February to November. Those successfully completing the program will participate in a graduation ceremony in Jackson in January 2009. "The program should be particularly beneficial in that it will afford me the opportunity to broaden my business and political relationships for the purpose of educational advocacy, local economic development promotion, fund raising, and legislative advocacy," Newsome said. Since its beginning in 1974, Leadership Mississippi has graduated 29 classes and currently has more than 900 alumni active in Mississippi business and politics. The goal of Leadership Mississippi is to develop and maintain a network of Mississippians committed to improving the state's quality of life.