MSU graduate teaching assistants conclude weeklong workshop
MSU President Mark E. Keenum speaks to nearly 300 new graduate teaching assistants during a training workshop in preparation for their formal GTA certification. (Photo by Keats Haupt)
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Nearly 300 new graduate teaching assistants at Mississippi State are participating in a workshop to enhance class preparation skills while introducing them to the many university policies and procedures. GTAs closely assist faculty and staff members with grading, attendance monitoring and other course responsibilities, but also are called on to handle lectures and related duties as necessary.
Concluding Friday [Aug. 14], the weeklong program of lectures and other learning activities leads to their formal certification.
President Mark E. Keenum headed a list of speakers during the week that included, among others, Lori Bruce and Thomas Bourgeois, respective deans of the graduate school and students. Participants also heard from various faculty and staff members, as well as experts in a variety of education-related specialties.
Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) 2015 Graduation Ceremony
Front Row; L-R: Daniel Chesser, Marta Amirsadeghi, Bahareh Kokabian, Eghbal Rashidi,
Demarcus Thomas, Katie Collins
Back Row; L-R: Nitin Sukhila, Dr. Deborah Lee, Shahriar Shahrakhabadi, Dr. Meghan Millea,
Roslyn Miller, Nava Subedi, Dr. Rebecca Long, Erika Womack, Hasan Tekedar,
Ms. Margaret McMullen and Yan Luo.
The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) is designed for graduate students who desire to become the future faculty at institutions of higher learning. The capstone course for the program is offered during Maymester and its content complements and enhances an array of professional development activities in which the students participated during the previous fall and spring semesters.
CFR student sweeps bottomland hardwood meeting
Jacob Beard, graduate student in forestry from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was among three Mississippi State University graduate students who competed at the 60th Annual Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group Meeting held in Stoneville, Mississippi, with students from several universities around the region, including the University of Mississippi, the University of Arkansas, and Louisiana Tech University. Jacob’s research presentation was honored with an award.
Jacob’s works on the incorporation of growth projection models to Mississippi Institute of Forest Inventory Dynamic Reporter software.
Mississippi State vet students help military dogs
Maci, a retired military dog, enjoys walking on the aquatic treadmill as part of physical therapy he receives at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo by Tom Thompson
When the retired war hero arrives for his physical rehabilitation session at the Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, he typically draws an audience as he enjoys some welcoming treats.
Dog treats, that is.
A large, handsome German shepherd, Maci served as a military working dog for almost six years, including three tours in Afghanistan and one in Oman with his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Karl Stefanowicz. During active service, he was credited with multiple explosive finds.
Maci now resides at Columbus Air Force Base with Stefanowicz and his wife. Like many former military dogs, he suffers from joint and muscle issues.
MSU develops fuel-saving system for armored vehicles
An MSU research team recently developed an idle-reduction system for vehicles made by Holly Springs-based CITE Armored that allows the heating and air conditioning to operate without using the engine when in park.
A North Mississippi-based armored vehicle company will soon manufacture a more fuel-efficient product because of improvements developed by a major Mississippi State research organization.
At the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, a team of faculty and research staff members, along with graduate and undergraduate students, recently spent nearly a year developing an idle-reduction system for CITE Armored of Holly Springs. Specifically, they came up with changes that reduce fuel consumption of the company’s cash-in-transit vehicles.
MSU graduate student receives fellowship from the national turfgrass industry
MSU graduate student Phillip Vines, presenting results of his research to turfgrass professionals attending a campus field day
A Mississippi State graduate student, Phillip Vines, from Philadelphia, Mississippi is receiving a fellowship from the national turfgrass industry.
Phillip has been honored with a $5,000 grant from the Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program of the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America. He is pursuing a master's degree in plant pathology in the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Funded by the non-profit association and the Minnesota-based Toro Co., the fellowship is a memorial to the agronomist and turfgrass management pioneer who retired in 1998 as Toro's vice president of customer relations.
Sandra Schachat's research at MSU garnered national recognition
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in art history and archaeology, with high honors in entomology, from the University of Maryland, Sandra R. Schachat faced a tough decision.
"I've always liked art and science, and when thinking about what I wanted to do in graduate school, I realized I really didn't want to choose between the two," she says.
A New York native, Schachat had developed a special interest in the evolution of moth wing patterns and, along the way, came to learn about Mississippi State's entomology program and its Mississippi Entomological Museum. She decided to relocate to Starkville and enroll at the university.
Mississippi State again among research top 100
MSU third-year graduate student Marta Amirsadeghi of Starkville performs a lipid extraction, part of her research into oleaginous microbes and their ability to grow on various lignocellulosic waste carbon sources, such as glucose, xylose or glycerol. Amirsadeghi's work is carried out in MSU Associate Professor Todd French's laboratory in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
A new report from the National Science Foundation affirms Mississippi State as the Magnolia State's flagship research university.
The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2013 places the university at 96th overall among public and private institutions in the country, based on $206 million in total research and development expenditures.
MSU ranks 16th among 'Best for Vets: Business Schools'
Mississippi State is among the top 75 best four-year college and university business schools in the nation for military personnel and veterans.
When conducting and scoring the third annual "Best for Vets: Business Schools" survey, "Military Times" compiled data focused on curricula and culture that cater to military veterans. Using a nearly 80-question analysis of a graduate business school's complete offerings for veterans, the survey also focused on cost in the context of military and veteran benefits, overall veteran policies and publicly available quality measures.
MSU Electrical Engineering PhD student, Lee Hathcock, leads a group of researchers with NOAA
An unmanned aerial vehicle is prepared for launch on Thursday [Dec. 18] in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Researchers with Mississippi State and NOAA are mapping sections of the Pearl River with the UAV to better understand where and how much water flows through the area and the impact it can have on local communities when hurricanes and other tropical weather systems develop. Photo by: Jim Laird
A leading industry trade group spent two days in Mississippi last week, and a highlight of the visit was a survey mission led by Mississippi State researchers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists.
"We were very pleased to help host the AUVSI team in our state," said David Shaw, the university's vice president for research and economic development.