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E. coli recall expands to more states and stores

Business News - 1 hour 18 min ago
A recall stemming from an E. coli scare now spans more than a dozen states and includes products sold at major grocery chains, including Walmart, Safeway and Albertsons.

Who is Priscilla Chan?

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 18:59
Dr. Priscilla Chan has kept a low profile over the past few years, but that will prove harder to do now.

Senior MSU administrator recognized for design education leadership

MSU News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 18:12
Jim West

Jim West

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—A 17-year faculty veteran leading Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is among a select group being recognized by a national design think tank.

Dean James L. West is included in the DesignIntelligence 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016.

“The 2016 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students,” the publication’s editors said in announcing this year’s group.

“With an emphasis on hands-on learning, Jim West is known for his compassionate and innovative approach to design education,” they added in a summation of his continuing impact on the profession.

DesignIntelligence is a bi-monthly journal of the Georgia-based Design Futures Council that was founded in 1994 by American Institute of Architects’ James P. Cramer, and Dr. Jonas Salk, who discovered the polio vaccine. From offices near Atlanta, the interdisciplinary network of design, product and construction leaders today explores global trends, challenges and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the design industries and the environment.

Of the 2016 DesignIntelligence honorees, West is one of four from Southeastern Conference institutions of higher learning. Others are at the universities of Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.

College dean since 2002, he came to MSU in 1998 as associate dean of the School of Architecture. Prior to that, he taught for a number of years at the University of Florida.

A nationally recognized authority in the design of barrier-free environments for handicapped children, West holds three UF degrees, including bachelors in interior design and—with high honors—architecture, as well as a master’s in architecture.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter Executive Board and Board of Visitors for the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

The major MSU academic unit West leads includes the School of Architecture and its Carl Small Town Center, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and Design Research Informatics Laboratory, along with the department of art and academic programs in building construction science and interior design.

The architecture program is the only one accredited in Mississippi that leads to professional licensure. The studio-based building construction science program is one of only two in the U.S. For more, see

For additional information on the Design Futures Council and its annual honors program, visit

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How Missouri Prof. Melissa Click could avoid assault charge

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 18:09
University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click was sharply criticized last month after she was filmed blocking media access to a campus protest.

Zuckerberg pledges 99% of Facebook stock to charity

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 17:51
Instead of cigars, Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is celebrating the birth of his new daughter by pledging to give away 99% of his Facebook shares.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan welcome new daughter

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 17:27
There's one more baby filling up news feeds on Facebook. Meet Maxima Chan Zuckerberg.

MSU, Shandong Agricultural University in China sign MOA

MSU News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 17:23
Signing a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a dual degree program in forestry Dec. 1 were (l-r) Shandong Agricultural University representatives Dean of the College of Forestry Liu Xunli and Vice President Xinsheng Dong, along with MSU President Mark E. Keenum and MSU Dean of the College of Forest Resources and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences George Hopper. (Photo by Russ Houston)

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Signing a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a dual degree program in forestry Dec. 1 were (l-r) Shandong Agricultural University representatives Dean of the College of Forestry Liu Xunli and Vice President Xinsheng Dong, along with MSU President Mark E. Keenum and MSU Dean of the College of Forest Resources and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences George Hopper. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University and Shandong Agricultural University signed a Memorandum of Agreement today [Dec. 1] to offer a dual degree program in forestry.

The agreement will allow both institutions to enhance the educational experiences of students.

Participants will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from MSU’s College of Forest Resources and a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from SDAU. Students at the College of Forestry at SDAU who have completed three years of study at their home institution will be eligible to transfer to MSU as part of the dual degree program.

Candidates from SDAU must complete an MSU application, and the official agreement also outlines additional requirements and considerations for visa, English language proficiency, academic and financial considerations, among others.

“This is truly a wonderful partnership and collaboration between our two universities,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum upon welcoming a delegation visiting from Shandong Agricultural University. “To have an opportunity for Chinese students from this very prestigious university to earn dual degrees is outstanding.”

Keenum and Vice President Xinsheng Dong of SDAU both expressed hopes to expand the agreement to include additional academic programs in the future.

George Hopper, MSU dean of the colleges of Forest Resources and Agriculture and Life Sciences, said the two universities already have enjoyed a wonderful collaborative relationship for several years, with MSU forestry alumni working at SDAU and vice versa with SDAU alumni also on faculty at MSU.

MSU Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Gregory Bohach said several reciprocal visits have taken place over time leading to the new MOA.

“This follows up on Dr. Keenum’s commitment to international relations, and I’m so happy to see it come to fruition with the signing of this agreement today,” Bohach said.

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Yes, gentlemen, you should own a man bag

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:52
Some may mock the man-purse or "murse," but that doesn't mean men shouldn't carry a bag at all.

Kind Bars company wants FDA to define 'healthy'

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:52
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Can this pill end the AIDS epidemic?

Health - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:20

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8 deadly myths about HIV

Health - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:18

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MSU No. 9 In Coaches Poll On Eve Of Top-10 Showdown At Texas

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:09
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State moved up to No. 9 in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll on the eve of a Top-10 showdown at No. 6 Texas on Wednesday.

MSU’s Teaira McCowan Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 15:58
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Teaira McCowan's dominant performances in the post last week earned the Bulldogs' 6-foot-7 rookie Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week laurels from the league office on Tuesday.

MSU honors Wolverton with naming of new building rotunda

MSU News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 15:51
Robert E. “Bob” Wolverton Sr.

Contact: Harriet Laird

Robert E. "Bob" Wolverton Sr.STARKVILLE, Miss.—An accomplished professor and lifelong educator whose career spans more than six decades will be honored by Mississippi State with the naming of a select area in one of the university’s newest and largest buildings.

Robert E. “Bob” Wolverton Sr., former vice president for academic affairs and longtime professor of classics, will see his name etched into the rotunda of MSU’s new classroom building, a 150,000 square foot structure currently under construction in the heart of the 137-year-old campus. The honor comes while the 90-year-old educator is still active as a member of the MSU faculty.

Seeing more than 2,000 students walk each day through the facility’s rotunda once construction is completed in the fall of 2016, this naming reflects Wolverton’s dedication to educating students for 66 years, 38 of those at Mississippi State.

“Simply put, Dr. Wolverton is a venerable institution at our university,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “At an age where most professors have long since retired, Dr. Wolverton continues to inspire his students, his colleagues, and this administration through his true wisdom and the passion he still has for the subject matter he imparts. What a fitting honor that the rotunda in one of our soon-to-be iconic buildings will forever bear his name.”

Wolverton began his tenure at MSU in 1977 when he became the university’s vice president of academic affairs, having served previously as president for the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio. In 1986, he began teaching in the Department of Foreign Languages, now the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, serving as the unit’s head from 1991-1996.

A two-term chair of MSU’s Robert Holland Faculty Senate, he last held the title eight years ago at age 82, with many regarding him as the “elder statesman” in such a position at any college or university.

Also an MSU John Grisham Master Teacher, the highest honor given for excellence in classroom instruction, Wolverton has been honored with the MSU Alumni Association Faculty Achievement Award and College of Arts and Sciences Humanist Award.

“All of us admire Bob Wolverton for his unwavering commitment to excellence in teaching and to the students of MSU,” said Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president. “Through his many years of service, he has established himself as a tremendous asset to the university. I am so proud that we have chosen to recognize Bob by naming the rotunda in his honor.”

Wolverton holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from Hanover (Indiana) College, a master’s from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina. He has been on the faculty at the University of Georgia, and Tufts and Florida State universities.

Active in the community, he was honored in 2001 as one of Mississippi’s “Ageless Heroes” by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. He has served as a board member for the Starkville Friends of the Library, president of the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association, and was a founding member of the Starkville Community Theatre.

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'Star Wars' 1976 memo assures nervous studio movie will be big

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 15:44
In less than three weeks, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will fly into theaters with the potential to break all types of box office records.

Volkswagen's U.S. sales plunge 25% in wake of emissions scandal

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 15:01
Volkswagen said U.S. sales plunged 25% in November in the wake of the German automaker's massive emissions cheating scandal.

NYT has front page story blanked out in Thailand

Business News - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 14:43
The printer that publishes the New York Times' international edition in Thailand refused to run a front-page article about the country's sagging economy, leaving a portion of the newspaper blank in that country.


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