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Mohsen Razzaghi, head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, welcomes more than 100 participants to the 10th biannual Mississippi State Conference on Differential Equations & Computational Simulations last week. This interdisciplinary conference provides a joint forum for mathematicians, scientists and engineers from academia and industry to exchange research ideas about theoretical and applied developments in differential equations and computational simulations. PHOTO: Beth Wynn | Public Affairs

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Staff Council to hold annual jacket sale
Staff Council at Mississippi State University will hold its annual jacket sale in November with special area pre-orders accepted until Oct. 24. The jackets are available for all MSU staff to purchase. The gray jacket features a quarter or full zip, front pockets and open hem with shock-cord drawstring and MSU Staff Logo. All jacket sizes are $30 each.
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State Department officer to lead seminars Thursday
The Office of Research Security and the International Institute at Mississippi State will co-host Elizabeth Neil on campus Thursday afternoon. A Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, the Mississippi State graduate will present two seminars open to all students, faculty and staff.
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MSU, Tougaloo sign MOU to enhance STEM
Mississippi State University and Tougaloo College signed a memorandum of understanding last week to enhance educational and research opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, collectively known as STEM. MSU President Mark E. Keenum said he looks for great things to come to the two schools in the days ahead. "We are immensely honored and proud to partner with Tougaloo, a very prestigious college that we can partner with for the future of our students," Keenum said.
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MSU, ERDC launch major research initiative
A new partnership between the state's flagship research university and one of the nation's premier research centers will create a hub to develop advanced systems that enhance existing industries, attract new jobs, and bolster national defense capabilities, according to Mississippi State's chief executive. "Today's ceremony marks the formal beginning of what I am confident will soon be recognized as a premier national center of excellence in systems engineering," President Mark E. Keenum said last week.
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Continuing accreditation for Counseling Center
Officials in Mississippi State's Division of Student Affairs are congratulating members of the Student Counseling Center staff for successfully completing a detailed re-accreditation process. Bill Broyles, the division's interim vice president, said the re-accreditation "is an affirmation of the tremendous work being done by our Student Counseling Center."
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Information security experts to lead Nov. 6 seminar
Join the Office of Research and Economic Development for "Who Is Keeping Your Information Secure? And How?" on Nov. 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. During the session, a panel of Mississippi State information security experts will speak to the most critical issues and practices of information security today. MSU's Tommy Morris, Tom Ritter, Trey Breckenridge and Dave Dampier will lead the discussion.
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Vaccines help protect against flu, childhood illnesses
Mississippi health professionals agree vaccinations protect public health, and there should be no debate on the fact. David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most people who choose not to get vaccinations for themselves or their children are basing their decisions on misinformation and myths. Buys said flu vaccines significantly reduce the risk of flu spreading throughout a community.
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MSU Foundation's 2015 calendar sale underway
The 2015 Mississippi State hanging wall calendar is now available from the MSU Foundation. This window to MSU features a sleek, modern design, with 13 beautiful campus scenes. Featuring images by the university's own award-winning photographers, it's truly a one-of-a-kind treasure.
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International working group grant program open
The International Institute is requesting proposals from faculty and research and Extension staff interested in creating interdisciplinary, cross-college international working groups at Mississippi State. The main goal of this competitive program is to encourage interdisciplinary international research. A secondary goal of the program is to expand and catalyze established international partnerships.
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University hosting PERS seminar in mid-November
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State is hosting a Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi pre-retirement, full-day seminar on Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bost Extension Center on the Starkville campus. The seminar offers general information on a range of topics, including estate planning, the Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan and Trust, Social Security benefits, and PERS benefits and options. Pre-registration is required
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Health plan to see tobacco use changes in 2015
Human Resources Management at Mississippi State reminds all benefits-eligible MSU employees enrolled in the State and School Employees' Health Plan that they were recently mailed a current "Know Your Benefits" newsletter from the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. One of the important changes DFA's board of directors approved is a new $50 per month Tobacco Use Surcharge beginning July 1, 2015.
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Haunted Horse Park needs volunteers this week
The Maroon Volunteer Center at Mississippi State details a number of volunteer opportunities for the campus community in its newsletter this week. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering this fall.
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Policy reminders from University Health Services
University Health Services at Mississippi State reminds the campus community of several important policies for its patients to keep in mind when seeking treatment, parking, refilling a prescription online, and privacy.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 10/27/14
Soccer visits Columbia for a 6 p.m. game against South Carolina on Friday... Cross Country competes Friday at the SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa... Women's Tennis opens play at the Roberta Alison Invite in Tuscaloosa on Friday... Volleyball hosts Auburn at 5 p.m. on Friday... Football hosts Arkansas at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
Keenum named to commissioner search committee
The Southeastern Conference is set to launch a national search to name its next commissioner with the recent announcement that Mike Slive will retire next July, after 13 years in that position. Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University and current chair of the SEC's Presidents and Chancellors, has appointed a committee to search for the eighth commissioner in the history of the league, and it includes Mark E. Keenum, president of Mississippi State University.
Brown receives national weather education honor
A Mississippi State faculty member and alumnus who also is the state climatologist received a major honor from the National Weather Association. Professor Michael E. "Mike" Brown of the geosciences department received NWA's 2014 Public Education Award for "providing significant contributions to increase the public's weather awareness." Gregory Dunaway, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, extended congratulations to Brown and said the university values having Brown among the faculty.
Sabanadzovic earns major international recognition
A Mississippi State University plant virologist has been invited to join the prestigious executive committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, or ICTV. Sead “Sejo” Sabanadzovic, a professor in the MSU Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, was elected to the elite group of 18 international experts who serve as the leading authority on describing, identifying, naming and classifying viruses.
A&S Researcher of the Month: J. Robert Thompson
J. Robert Thompson is an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State University. Thompson is currently serving as the secretary for the Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology, and his research focuses on the way humans look to understand one another’s thoughts and actions and how that understanding affects our communication abilities.
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