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Governor Haley Barbour announces MSU among areas getting some M.A.J.I.C.

Governor Haley Barbour brought job creation "majic” to North Mississippi. The Governor, who has made job creation one of his administration's top priorities, announced a Make-A-Job Impact Center (MAJIC) grant award to Mississippi State University. The award is one of 11 MAJIC grants awarded statewide to stimulate small business and rural entrep...

8/17/2004

Rainy weather drives beavers to timberlands

Torrential rains during June caused beavers to move from their normal habitats to seek new food and building materials, and Mississippi State researchers advise checking timberlands for damage now that rains have subsided.

Scientists at MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center note that because of their aquatic nature, flat-tailed, sh...

8/13/2004

MSU survey: Most regional forest landowners underserved

A new Mississippi State study finds that nearly 75 percent of Mid-South forest landowners fail to take advantage of available educational and professional resources.

A recent survey by the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center focused on individuals owning 10 or more acres of forestland in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, ...

7/19/2004

Hinds attorney joining MSU Foundation staff

The Mississippi State University Foundation is expanding its fund-raising efforts in two major academic units with the addition of alumnus Jeffrey J. Little.

Little, a Bolton resident, is the new assistant development director for the colleges of Forest Resources and Veterinary Medicine. He joins Keith Gaskin, who has led the colleges'...

7/15/2004

MSU researcher offers Golden Triangle duck food for thought

Where are the ducks?

That's the question Rick Kaminski of Mississippi State hears constantly from duck hunting enthusiasts throughout the Golden Triangle area and beyond. The waterfowl ecologist, a university faculty member since 1983, also listens as many speculate how folks up North intentionally are feeding the game birds to keep...

7/13/2004

Weyerhaeuser gift to support distance learning at MSU

A gift from the Weyerhaeuser Co. Foundation is helping Mississippi State's Institute of Furniture Manufacturing and Management deliver educational programs to the state's furniture manufacturers.

A $25,000 grant will provide distance-learning equipment and technologies for the university's Franklin Center that officially opened in Janu...

4/16/2004

MSU furniture institute recognized for industry contributions

A Mississippi State program that applies research and technical assistance to improve the international competitiveness of the state's $4 billion furniture industry is receiving an award from the Southern Growth Policies Board.

The university's Institute of Furniture Manufacturing and Management is being honored with the 2004 Southern ...

4/13/2004

Collegian lumberjacks compete March 25-27 in MSU-hosted event

An estimated 300 student lumberjacks from 14 universities will gather near the Mississippi State campus late next week to test their skills in a variety of logging events, including one qualifying competition that could lead to a national collegiate championship.

The 47th Association of Southern Forestry Clubs' Conclave at MSU's John W...

3/29/2004

Auburn, MSU finish 1-2 in collegiate lumberjacking competition

Auburn University lumberjack Randy Jarzyniecki will advance to the national collegiate lumberjacking championship this summer after winning a regional qualifying event hosted by Mississippi State.

Mississippi State's Jeremy Copley, a 28-year-old senior wildlife and fisheries major from Williamson, W. Va., finished in second place.

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3/29/2004

New MSU course is forensics files of wildlife investigation

When 15 students in a brand-new Mississippi State University academic course shoulder their backpacks and head to class, textbooks aren't their major concern.

In addition to their normal note-taking tools, they're packing fingerprint powder, evidence markers and cotton swabs.

The students are a new breed of forensic scienti...

3/22/2004

MSU symposium Thursday will focus on factory-built housing

A Mississippi State symposium on factory-built housing Thursday [March 11] will explore emerging construction technologies that could reshape the state's forest products industry and spur economic development.

"Factory-built housing represents the future for the forest products-based industries,” said forest products department head Li...

3/10/2004

MSU opens major furniture research, development center

In Friday [Jan. 23] dedication ceremonies at Mississippi State, Gov. Haley Barbour cited the new campus research center as an example of universities helping businesses become better.

Barbour joined MSU President Charles Lee and other state and university officials to open the Franklin Center for Furniture Manufacturing and Management....

3/8/2004

MSU studies housing construction problems unique to South

Terry Amburgey wants to build his dream house and he's looking for a perfectly awful site—preferably one on sloping ground with plenty of natural potential for drainage and foundation problems.

Forget that real estate nonsense about location, location and location. The Mississippi State professor is looking for trouble, trial and tribu...

1/20/2004

Civil War gunboat battles ravages of time, with help of MSU experts

The USS Cairo's voyage to the bottom of the Yazoo River more than 140 years ago was only the beginning of a battle for survival the resurfaced Civil War gunboat is fighting today against the ravages of time.

In a modern-day struggle to prevent the aged oak vessel's destruction by rain, rust, termites, and birds, the National Park Servi...

1/12/2004

New technology to provide critical market for forest landowners

A new demonstration plant unveiled Friday [Dec. 12] at Mississippi State has the potential to stimulate alternative, profitable markets for small-diameter trees thinned from pine plantations.

Through a partnership with TimTek Australia Ltd., scientists at the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center will demonstrate technologi...

12/17/2003

MSU scientists exploring disappearing bluebill duck populations

Scientists at Mississippi State are among those who want to know why populations of lesser scaup—or, as they're commonly known, bluebills—continued to decline while most species of North American waterfowl experienced dramatic increases during the 1990s.

Recent joint studies by faculty in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research ...

12/15/2003

James Miller of MSU receives major regional conservation award

A regional professional organization is recognizing a Mississippi State faculty member's contributions and service to wildlife resource conservation.

Extension/outreach research professor James E. Miller recently was honored with the 2003 Clarence W. Watson Award at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Banquet in...

11/4/2003

MSU student research presentation receives major recognition

A wildlife study of an endangered waterfowl species in her native Puerto Rico is earning a Mississippi State graduate student recognition from an international organization.

Marisel Lopez-Flores, a master's degree student in wildlife and fisheries under the direction of Francisco J. Vilella, is being honored by the Neotropical Ornithol...

10/31/2003

MSU study analyzes economic impact of marine resources

A new Mississippi State study confirms that commercial sport fishing is both good recreation and very good business—more than $35 million in good business, to be exact.

A recent research project by the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center focused both on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the state as a whole. Forestry graduate...

10/28/2003

MSU research untangles pine forest to provide wildlife habitat

Scientists in Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center have found a new way to replicate certain features of pre-colonial forests and untangle the pine forests of today. Their goal: to benefit both 21st century forests and the wildlife species inhabiting them.

"Fire was a natural and essential process in Southern pine fo...

10/23/2003

MSU research helps analyze, minimize Southern forest fire risks

A recently completed multi-state study at Mississippi State will help forest managers better predict fire risks and patterns in the South.

The analysis by the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center covered more than 100 million acres in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and eastern Oklahoma and Texas. The...

10/1/2003

New MSU research effort seeks to ensure long life for new houses

Ensuring that newly constructed homes have a chance to survive to a ripe old age is the goal of a recently established collaboration at Mississippi State.

A joint endeavor among several campus units, the university's new effort in Southern climatic housing research is providing an organized approach to developing, testing and transfer...

9/18/2003

MSU student forestry group again tops among peers

Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters continues among the top organizations of its kind in the nation.

The 50-member university chapter recently placed first in the 2003 SAF Student Chapter Web site competition and now is ranked third overall in the outstanding student chapter rankings.

Th...

9/3/2003

Collaboration launches new bobwhite quail conservation initiative

An agreement signed today [Aug. 7] is establishing a major regional bobwhite quail conservation initiative to be directed by Mississippi State University with oversight by the USDA's Wildlife Habitat Management Institute.

The agreement enables wildlife researchers at the university to coordinate conservation efforts with more than 20 ...

8/7/2003

MSU doctoral student takes first place in wood science competition

The research report of a Mississippi State doctoral student in forest resources is being praised by an international body.

M. Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar's evaluation of the use of ferns to extract metals from contaminated soils recently earned first-place honors from the Society of Wood Science and Technology. A native of India, he was amo...

7/29/2003

MSU professor co-authors bass handling handbook

A Mississippi State professor is the co-author of a detailed new guidebook for fishing tournament organizers and the anglers who compete in the wildly successful aquatic challenges.

Hal Schramm of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center has collaborated with Gene Gilliland of the Oklahoma Fishery Research Laboratory to pr...

7/25/2003

Two MSU studies focus on needs, benefits of urban forestry

In two separate but related projects, Mississippi State is working to help small state and regional municipalities strengthen their urban forestry plans and programs.

Simultaneous efforts of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, each will focus on the relatively new area of forestry that emphasizes uses and benefits of ...

6/23/2003

MSU deer pens to be dedicated to former university employee

The Captive Deer Complex at Mississippi State will be renamed Saturday [June 14] for Rusty Dawkins, its longtime head who died last year.

Dawkins, a 40-year-old Starkville resident and Noxubee County native, had served for 15 years as coordinator of the 11-acre animal care facility established nearly 30 years ago by the university...

6/10/2003

MSU researcher outlines lean system for furniture production

Lean production—an engineering term for the ability to produce more with less—is the subject of a new book co-authored by a Mississippi State faculty member.

Associate professor Steve L. Hunter of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center has collaborated with J. T. Black on a reference work titled "Lean Manufacturing System...

5/27/2003

MSU continues study of fee-based wildlife recreation attitudes

Following up on an earlier two-year research effort, a new Mississippi State study is examining landowner attitudes and perceptions of fee-based wildlife recreation on private lands.

Hunting and fishing on non-industrial, private lands are among outdoor activities for which enthusiasts often will pay a fee. In a 1996-98 Forest and Wild...

5/23/2003

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