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Shmulsky accepted for the national Food Systems Leadership Institute

Rubin Shmulsky was accepted for the Fall 2008 Food Systems Leadership Institute, a top-tier leadership development program for academia, industry, and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food ...


MSU offers furniture resource service, Thursday trade seminar

A new service at Mississippi State is assisting state furniture manufacturers and wood producers in exporting to foreign markets.

In 2007, domestic furniture and related product exports totaling $3.9 billion went primarily to Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Mississippi's share of the market was approximately 3 per...


MSU faculty, grad students receive Wildlife Society honors

Three faculty members and two graduate students in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are being honored by The Wildlife Society, Mississippi Chapter.

Competing among a field of 13, wildlife and fisheries doctoral candidate Dawn H. Manning of Starkville recently received the best student visual display award. Under the dire...


Good news, boys and girls. 'Wood Magic' returning to MSU!

An event that once attracted thousands of elementary school students to the Mississippi State campus returns next week after a seven-year absence.

What now will be the university's eighth annual Wood Magic Science Fair takes place Monday-Friday [Oct. 20-24] at the R.T. Clapp Forest Products Laboratory on Blackjack Road. More than 3,000...


Scientists discover bacteria aiding Southern pine beetles

Researchers may have found the secret to controlling a tiny insect that robs Mississippi landowners of an estimated 12 million cubic feet of pine forest each year.

Though only an eighth of an inch long, the Southern pine beetle is a big pest and difficult to contain.

Scientists at Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildli...


MSU announces first waterfowl, wetlands endowed chair

MSU announces first waterfowl, wetlands endowed chair

Waterfowl- and wetlands-related teaching, research and service are being greatly enhanced at Mississippi State through a significant gift from the chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises Inc.

James C. Kennedy recently established an endowed professorship in the university's College of Forest Resources to focus specific...


Students use new tools to learn timber framing craft

Mississippi State University forestry students are combining the modern technology of computer laptops and flash drives with traditional saws, mallets and squares to learn the time-honored craft of timber framing.

Students who took the "Wood in Design and Engineering" course offered this spring experienced a hands-on laboratory in thi...


Singleton honored with national student advising honors

Having been honored on campus earlier this year, Mississippi State professional Rachel Singleton will now travel to the Windy City to be recognized at the highest level for helping students successfully complete their university course work.

Receiving the National Academic Advising Association's 2008 Outstanding Advising Awards, Single...


Two new avenues for giving announced for MSU donors

The Mississippi State University Foundation now has two new ways to support the institution, both dealing with real estate and timberland.

Assets of real property may be given for charitable purposes through either the Bulldog Properties or Bulldog Forest programs. Both offers benefits to donors, including the designation of support t...


Explore outdoor business ideas in upcoming workshop

Wildlife watching, fee fishing, fee hunting and horse trail riding as outdoor recreational businesses will be discussed at a Sept. 30 workshop at Richardson's Tree Farm in Brookhaven.

The one-day workshop based on Mississippi's natural resources is for farmers, landowners and resource managers. It will provide attendees with the resour...


D'Abramo selected to head MSU graduate school

A veteran faculty member, aquaculture researcher and chairman of Mississippi State's distinguished professor group is the university's new graduate school dean.

Louis R. "Lou" D'Abramo also will serve as associate vice president for academic affairs at the land-grant institution. A wildlife and fisheries professor, he has held the rank...


Soil quality impacts size of deer antlers

Mississippi State University researchers are investigating the connection between soil fertility and antler size as deer hunters prepare for their annual quest for the elusive trophy buck.

As fall approaches, masses of hunters begin to dust off bows, construct tree stands and sight in rifles. Deer season opens Oct. 15 for most of the ...


MSU professor receives international wood science honor

Terry L. Amburgey of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Amburgey is being honored by the professional organization for outstanding contributions to the field.

He currently leads an interdisciplinary research tea...


MSU forestry, forest products programs reaccredited

The Society of American Foresters is reaccrediting Mississippi State's academic program in forestry through 2017.

The university major includes five bachelor-degree options: environmental conservation, forest management, forest products, urban forestry, and wildlife management.

SAF is recognized by the Council on Post-secon...


MSU focuses on the lost art of grabbling

Mississippi State University is preparing for a research project to understand what motivates fishing enthusiasts to risk personal injury reaching into a dark, underwater hole to grab a fish instead of using the traditional hook-and-line method.

Grabbling, or noodling, is a form of angling often referred to as a lost art. The tradition...


MSU names a new fisheries specialist

A new wildlife and fisheries specialist is available to assist Mississippians with pond management issues on their property.

Wes Neal assumed responsibilities with Mississippi State University's Extension Service on July 1.

"We are pleased to have such a talented fisheries specialist on board after a three-year absence of a s...


Nation's economy works against timber industry

The mortgage crisis and high fuel costs are working against timber markets in 2008.

James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said prices for pine pulpwood were increasing early in the year, but higher fuel costs are pressing midyear prices downward, and pine sawtimber prices h...


MSU researchers reduce building material chemicals

Formaldehyde exposure grabbed recent media attention because of air quality problems associated with FEMA trailers, but Mississippi State University researchers have been addressing these concerns for years by investigating new materials and detection methods.

About 29,000 FEMA trailers still house Gulf Coast residents displaced three ...


Hunting leases help fund K-12 education

The 600,000 acres of 16th section land located in 67 Mississippi counties generate more than $45 million each year and supplement a budget of more than $2 billion for K-12 education.

Mississippi map Sixteenth section land is public acreage set aside when the state was first surveyed to help fund education and other programs. The 15 cou...


The biggest show in the woods returns to MSU's forest

The biennial Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show is celebrating its 25th year of showcasing the newest technology and machinery used to advance the South's timber industry.

With over 6,000 attending from 20 states and two Canadian providences in 2006, this year's show, scheduled for June 6-7, promises to be just as eventful.

The eq...


MSU graduate students take top honors at regional competitions

Three Mississippi State University graduate students in the College of Forest Resources are top winners in recent regional research competitions.

Luke Jones of Ackerman took first-place honors among a field of 15 students in a visual display contest at the Seventh Annual Bioproducts and Renewal Energy Conference.

Jones, a 2...


MSU workshop teaches teachers about butterflies

Teachers have a unique opportunity in June to join a group of experts from around the world to study butterflies and moths.

The Lepidopterist Society is holding its 59th annual meeting at Mississippi State University June 23-27. Members from around the world will attend this meeting, and others are gathering for the annual meeting of t...


Anglers, Tourists Seek Mississippi's "Arc"

Mississippi's "Arc of Slabs" is a prime destination for families or individuals seeking a day of good fishing or a whole vacation on the water.

The Arc of Slabs, a term recently coined by In-Fisherman magazine, refers to the four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood-control reservoirs along the Interstate 55 corridor in north Mi...


Prominent wood scientist to deliver 2008 MSU Owen Lecture

A retired Minnesota university administrator, author and wood science researcher will be featured speaker April 22 for Mississippi State's Carlton N. Owen Lecture.

Jim Bowyer now is president of Bowyer and Associates Inc., a wood science and bioenergy consulting firm. His public presentation will examine the current state of world fore...


MSU Extension hires forest products specialist

David Jones has joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service as the first forest products specialist.

Jones, a wood quality expert, formerly worked as a postdoctoral associate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in forestry. He received a bachelor's degree in forest resources from Clemson University, ...


Alumnus named to head MSU's forest products

A Mississippi State University alumnus and forest products faculty member is the new head of the university’s forest products department.

Rubin Shmulsky, who assumed his new duties April 1, will lead the largest state-funded laboratory of its kind in the United States. His appointment was approved during the March meeting of the state...


Camps offer all ages outdoor experiences

Mississippi State University is offering different kinds of family vacations this summer.

Four educational summer camps that appeal to families who enjoy the outdoors will be offered: two are based at the MSU campus in Starkville and one will be in north Mississippi at Crow’s Neck Environmental Center in Tishomingo County. The location...


Pulpwood offers hope despite timber market

Overall demand for wood products is down, but one segment of the industry is experiencing stronger demand.

Pulpwood prices are expected to reach, and possibly exceed, $10 a ton during the first half of 2008, which is almost double their level last summer, said Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry economist James Hend...


Natural Resources workshop focuses on outdoor businesses

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, trail riding and wildlife watching are examples of outdoor recreational businesses based on natural resources commonly found on Mississippi private lands.

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide attendees with the resources to start and manage a natural resour...


MEDIA ADVISORY: MSU house-raising set for Saturday, Feb. 9

An old-fashioned house-raising is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., when a research and demonstration house will be built on the Mississippi State University campus.

The house, located on Blackjack Road in Starkville, is a cooperative project involving several MSU units, including the departments of forest products, civil en...


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