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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...

9/5/2008

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 ...

9/5/2008

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...

8/18/2008

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...

8/15/2008

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...

8/14/2008

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...

7/31/2008

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...

7/18/2008

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 ...

6/13/2008

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...

6/9/2008

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...

5/15/2008

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...

5/14/2008

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...

5/13/2008

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...

5/1/2008

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...

4/14/2008

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...

4/4/2008

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, ...

4/4/2008

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...

4/4/2008

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...

3/28/2008

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...

3/27/2008

Landowners find value in their own backyards

Some housing prices are sagging, but Mississippi landowners may need to look no further than their backyards to find hidden property value, according to a recent Mississippi State University study.

The study found that properties throughout the state with outdoor recreational opportunities increased in value, particularly in the Missis...

2/8/2008

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...

2/8/2008

MEDIA ADVISORY: MSU students get special honors Friday

Four Mississippi State University students in the College of Forest Resources are being honored this week for separate acts of off-campus heroism.

They will be recognized during a public program being organized Friday [Feb. 8] by college officials. The ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.

Se...

2/5/2008

MSU graduate student tracking the crow of the sea

Nearly 1,500 miles from Mississippi State, student researcher Jennifer Chastant eases her way through nests of double-crested cormorants on a Canadian lake.

After picking out the largest bird, she proceeds to measure, band and record information about the voracious predator, which, in this case, sports a 52-inch wing span. Her work on...

1/31/2008

MSU prof, valuation expert named international forestry fellow

Ian A. Munn of Mississippi State is a new fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the international organization for contributions to the society and forestry profession.

"Dr. Munn is considered an expert on forest resource econ...

1/18/2008

MSU faculty member, student take top regional honors

A Mississippi State faculty member and a doctoral student at the university are being recognized for respective achievements by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

In recent SEAFWA competition, College of Forest Resources associate professor Jeanne Jones was cited for the best wildlife research report that she ...

12/10/2007

Outdoor magazine honors MSU professors, alumnus

Two Mississippi State University professors and an MSU alumnus are included in Outdoor Life 25, a group of leaders, innovators, conservationists and unsung heroes who have made major contributions to hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports.

Richard M. Kaminski, Marty Brunson and James Earl Kennamer are among the 25 selected by reader...

12/6/2007

MSU profs, grad student honored for research at regional meeting

Two faculty members and a doctoral student in Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources are top winners in a recent regional research competition.

Wildlife and fisheries assistant professor Bronson Strickland and professor Steve Demarais received the Best Peer-Reviewed Publication and Best Technical Publication awards ...

12/3/2007

MSU researchers focus on impact of state bird-watching revenue

More than 71 million Americans actively participate in bird watching, spending some $45 million annually on the sport.

Unfortunately, Mississippi seems to be flying under the bird-watching radar. According to researchers at Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the Magnolia State ranks 45th in income realized from t...

11/20/2007

MSU research helps bass make big economic splash

Research by scientists at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is reaping benefits for Nature's Catch, the largest pond-based producer of hybrid striped bass in the United States.

For more than 11 years, MSU researchers Lou D'Abramo and Terry Hanson have worked with managers of the Clarksdale-based aquaculture ...

11/15/2007

MSU lab studies wood protection

Wood products contribute $4.3 million to the Mississippi economy, but weather, insects and other destructive elements destroy one-tenth of the forest products produced each year.

Wood preservatives are used to protect against losses, but there are environmental issues and toxicity problems associated with these products.

An ...

10/19/2007

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