Student rocketry team captures success in NASA competition
STARKVILLE—Mississippi State’s Space Cowboys rocketry team blasted past the competition in this year’s NASA-sponsored University Student Launch Initiative (USLI ). Engineering major; Jeff Parrish, a graduate student in computational engineering is a member of this team.
The team finished second overall out of a field of 40 teams. It also earned the Best Science Mission Directorate Payload Award and an honorable mention for their education engagement activities..
“Over the last several years, the Space Cowboys have consistently demonstrated technical excellence and done extremely well in national competitions, beating much larger schools,” said Pasquale Cinnella, aerospace engineering department head.
To be selected for the USLI, student teams must submit a proposal for a rocket that can reach one-mile in altitude with a scientific payload. Once chosen, they have roughly eight months to complete their designs and build the rocket. Each team’s work is then subjected to rigorous reviews and comprehensive reporting before it is awarded approval for launch. Read More.
Geosciences Doctoral Student Discovers Dinosaur Eggs
|Jones’ faculty advisor is Dr. Rinat Gabitov, Assistant Professor of Geosciences.
||3D imaging of dinosaur eggs being conducted at I2AT, including computer aided Tomography (CAT), scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).
After discovering two clutches of dinosaur eggs in the Judith River Formation of South-Central Montana, Geosciences doctoral student John Paul Jones will travel to the United Kingdom this summer to participate in an international collaboration to further explore the prehistoric find. The collaboration will involve the National Museum of Wales, the University of South Hampton, and Diamond Light Source (UK) and will use state of the art, three dimensional imaging to conduct non-destructive analysis of the eggs and their embryos.
The trip will provide unique educational and research opportunities in the utilization of high resolution tomography. Once the research is complete, the eggs will be exhibited at the National Museum of Wales crediting Jones and MSU for the discovery.
Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Forest Resources Research in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico)
Julio C. Gallardo, a doctoral student (Forest Resources) in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, has been conducting field research for the past three years on the endangered Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus vennator) in the tropical forests of Puerto Rico’s central mountain range. Research is being conducted in forest reserves and private lands in the coffee growing region of the island. This hawk is listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.
Graduate Students Combine Research & Service to Special Needs Children
For the six graduate students in Sandy Devlin’s Seminar in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders class, it was an
opportunity to meet an existing challenge by using their knowledge and creativity. For Mariah Morgan and her
team of Extension agents and 4-H leaders, it was a way to share Mississippi State University’s research-based
information with people across the state.