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MSU's Granger receives national PKP service award

MSU's Granger receives national PKP service award

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State faculty member is being recognized by the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society for his exceptional dedication to service.

Joshua Granger, assistant professor in the College of Forest Resources, is the national selection for the Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award for 2024-2026. The honor is given to a member who represents the society'...

6/4/2024

MSU graduate student awarded highly selective Electrochemical Society fellowship

MSU graduate student awarded highly selective Electrochemical Society fellowship

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State sustainable bioproducts student is one of only four graduate students in the country to receive a summer fellowship from the Electrochemical Society.

Ridwan Ayinla, a doctoral student in the College of Forest Resources, will use the $5,000 ES award to expand his research into green batteries and supercapacitors powered by biomass—the harnessing and storing of energy from agricultural wa...

6/3/2024

Bird's-eye view: Banding bald eagles on the coast for conservation research

Bird's-eye view: Banding bald eagles on the coast for conservation research

STARKVILLE, Miss.—On a clear spring morning along the Mississippi coast, Scott Rush, a scientist in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, ascends over an open savannah in a specialized utility bucket truck designed to climb nearly 10 stories high. When he nears the top of the towering pine tree, where a sizable eagle's nest rests securely in a forked branch, Rush extends a dip net and carefully scoops up one...


MSU experts address Chronic Wasting Disease potential risk in humans

MSU experts address Chronic Wasting Disease potential risk in humans

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State scientists and leading experts in deer and prion research are weighing in on recent news about deer diseases and potential risk to human health.

A recent brief published in the journal Neurology stated that in 2022, two hunters from the same hunting lodge were afflicted with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob dise...


Our People: Frank Owens

Our People: Frank Owens

Mississippi State Associate Professor Frank Owens sees wood as a window to the world. His forest products career has taken him to 26 countries where he has connected different cultures through the beauty of wood.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he earned his bachelor's in international relations from the University of Minnesota and his master's in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. He the...

5/14/2024

MSU's Langstaff named university's latest Udall Scholar

MSU's Langstaff named university's latest Udall Scholar

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is announcing a junior wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major from Southaven as the university's latest Udall Scholar.

Lily Langstaff is the university's fifth recipient of the prestigious national award given annually to approximately 55 students across the country interested in conservation and environmental issues, and Native American learners working toward careers in Tribal policy and h...


Our People: Kylie LaBelle, Sydney Maheu and Adele Taber

Our People: Kylie LaBelle, Sydney Maheu and Adele Taber

Three Mississippi State University students—Kylie LaBelle, Sydney Maheu and Adele Taber—spark new meaning to the phrase "girl power" as volunteer firefighters with the East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department.

Maheu, a Collierville, Tennessee, native who grew up in Chicago, is a freshman business major with the hopes of eventually starting her own business. She said business and firefighting go hand in hand.

"My mom...

4/22/2024

National Alliance of Forest Owners executive presents 2024 Carlton Owen Lecture

National Alliance of Forest Owners executive presents 2024 Carlton Owen Lecture

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The chief strategy officer for the National Alliance of Forest Owners presents the 2024 Carlton Owen Lecture, an annual event presented by Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources held in anticipation of Earth Week.

Kate Gatto will lead the April 16 public program "It's Not Easy Being Green: Forestry as a Bipartisan Solution" at 2 p.m. in Tully Auditorium, Thompson Hall.

"Forestry is one of the un...

4/15/2024

Marsh mystery: MSU experts study elusive bird to properly manage land

Marsh mystery: MSU experts study elusive bird to properly manage land

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Deep in the difficult terrain of the Gulf Coast high marsh lives a tiny, dark and white-speckled bird called the black rail. These elusive birds that make their homes near muddy waters and among sharp-bladed grasses are easier to hear than see. Yet to catch their distinct sound "kick-ee-kerr" is a rare experience.

Black rails, along with high marsh-dwelling yellow rails and mottled ducks, are at the heart of the...


Gupta named MSU's second RISE Germany inductee

Gupta named MSU's second RISE Germany inductee

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State junior will spend this summer in Germany as part of a prestigious undergraduate research program.

Surabhi Gupta, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major from Jaipur, India, is the university's latest winner of the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst-Research Internships in Science and Engineering, or DAAD-RISE. DAAD, the German academic exchange service, and the RISE program provide r...


Sustainable Bioproducts/FWRC's Owens elected to international council

Sustainable Bioproducts/FWRC's Owens elected to international council

Frank Owens, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in MSU's College of Forest Resources, was recently reelected to the Council of the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA). Owens, who is also the current vice president of the Forest Products Society, is the only council member from North America. Having been a council member for the past three years, he will serve another three-year ter...

3/21/2024

MSU's Jones, Langstaff named national PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellows

MSU's Jones, Langstaff named national PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellows

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State juniors hoping to shape public policy in the future will spend this summer in a prestigious and intensive national fellowship program that will prepare them for graduate-level studies.

Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College members Alijah Jones, a political science major from Greenwood, and Lily Langstaff, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major from Southaven, recently were named fell...


From Texas to Tennessee: Burrowing owl makes odd migration, draws attention of MSU scientist, team

From Texas to Tennessee: Burrowing owl makes odd migration, draws attention of MSU scientist, team

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Birds migrating from north to south are a given but migrating from the southwest to the southeast is a little rarer. A burrowing owl is overwintering on a Tennessee River peninsula near New Johnsonville, Tennessee, marking the first sighting of the species in the state, and a Mississippi State wildlife ecologist is researching the fascinating oddity.

As the burrowing owl made its first home on a former Tennessee...


MSU's Arbor Day transforms College View Connector walkway

MSU's Arbor Day transforms College View Connector walkway

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University faculty, staff and students today [Feb. 9] planted 140 trees to transform the College View Connector walking path in celebration of Arbor Day. The event also marked 70 years of the MSU College of Forest Resources, the state's only nationally accredited education program in natural resources.

"A third of our state is forested, and forestry is a $13.12 billion industry for Mississippi....

2/12/2024

Our People: Aleria Story

Our People: Aleria Story

For Aleria Story, a high-achieving master's student in MSU's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, success is a combination of individual passion, drive and a strong support system.

The Tupelo native's passion for engineering blossomed through her high school STEM program, which introduced her to diverse engineering fields and opportunities.

"I chose Mississippi State because of its outstanding engineering program and lucrativ...

2/5/2024

MSU natural resource faculty, staff honored for excellence

MSU natural resource faculty, staff honored for excellence

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Several Mississippi State faculty and staff in the College of Forest Resources are entering the spring semester with new awards following the college's annual recognition ceremony at the close of 2023.

Dean Wes Burger said the college, as well as the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, of which he serves as director, "accomplish great things in natural resource teaching, research and service becaus...

1/29/2024

MSU wildlife ecologist designated fellow by international wildlife organization

MSU wildlife ecologist designated fellow by international wildlife organization

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Ray Iglay, an assistant professor in Mississippi State's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is among a handful of wildlife professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada newly recognized as a fellow of The Wildlife Society.

The Wildlife Society was founded in 1937 and includes more than 11,000 leaders in wildlife science, management and conservation across North America. TWS Fellows are wildlife pr...


Running on refuse: NIFA grant to fund MSU study of biomass-derived transportation fuel

Running on refuse: NIFA grant to fund MSU study of biomass-derived transportation fuel

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The future of fuel is practical, sustainable and green, and Mississippi State's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts is committed to discovering solutions that will power tomorrow's fuels.

El Barbary Hassan, department professor and scientist in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, has received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant totaling over $610,000 to take foundational steps ...

1/26/2024

MSU scientists study effects of supplemental feeding on chronic wasting disease

MSU scientists study effects of supplemental feeding on chronic wasting disease

STARKVILLE, Miss.—As wildlife researchers continue studying the spread of chronic wasting disease, a fatal infectious disease threatening North America's deer populations, scientists in Mississippi State University's Deer Lab are sharing how certain management practices, including supplemental feeding of deer, can impact disease transmission rates.

Steve Demarais, MSU Deer Lab co-director, said minimizing direct contact by elimin...


MSU researchers pioneer new method to detect Chronic Wasting Disease

MSU researchers pioneer new method to detect Chronic Wasting Disease

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University researchers are pioneering a new way to detect the local presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal disease threatening the nation's deer populations.

Steve Demarais, Taylor Chair in Applied Big Game Research and Instruction in MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, leads a team studying how scrapes left by deer could be a game changer in detecting CWD before noticeable p...


Our People: Emily White

Our People: Emily White

While the gridiron brought Emily White's family across the South to Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas, she found her passion in another kind of field—the wide-open spaces of the great outdoors. White is the daughter of an NCAA college football coach—an occupation which can lead to relocation—and remembers a childhood spent fascinated by the natural world around her.

"I've loved the outdoors forever. I have picture...

10/30/2023

The Decline of the Black Duck

The Decline of the Black Duck

Approximately 10,000 years ago, the last glaciers retreated, helping form the northern prairies in North America. Among dozens of waterfowl species, mallards and black ducks settled in what are now Canada and the United States. These species share many common traits, but they remained geographically partitioned until recent history.

"When the glaciers melted, mallards settled in the prairie wetland systems of southern Canada and midcon...


MSU, USDA give grad students, undergrads dynamic research experiences

MSU, USDA give grad students, undergrads dynamic research experiences

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Students in all levels of higher education—at Mississippi State and other universities across the country—are advancing as researchers in various disciplines after benefitting from two separate MSU research experience programs, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

MSU/USDA Graduate Summer Research Experience

The MSU/USDA Graduate Summer Research Experience ...

9/28/2023

Three MSU undergraduates receive exclusive Phi Kappa Phi Pioneer Award

Three MSU undergraduates receive exclusive Phi Kappa Phi Pioneer Award

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Three Mississippi State University undergraduate students have received the national Phi Kappa Phi Pioneer Award, a $1,000 prize recognizing exceptional research, engagement and leadership skills.

Grant Peterson, a senior wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major from Starkville; Annamarie Thompson, a senior biomedical engineering major from Trussville, Alabama; and Maria Timberlake, a senior natural resource an...


Sustainable Bioproducts' Owens elected Forest Products Society vice president

Sustainable Bioproducts' Owens elected Forest Products Society vice president

The Forest Products Society (FPS), an internationally recognized organization, has elected an MSU sustainable bioproducts faculty member to an executive position.

Frank Owens, associate professor in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, is now the society's vice president. Owens has been a member of FPS since 2016 when he was a Ph.D. student in MSU's Forest Resources program.

The Forest Products Society's ...

9/25/2023

Our People: Sandra Correa

Our People: Sandra Correa

Rivers weave throughout Mississippi, making it the perfect state for river and aquatic ecologist Sandra Correa. As an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State, the Colombia native uses her knowledge of aquatic biodiversity to promote responsible care of river ecosystems and protect them from overfishing, so they continue to produce a variety of fish. From the Mississippi River to the flo...

9/25/2023

Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show returns this month for 35th anniversary

Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show returns this month for 35th anniversary

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The longest-running, live, in-woods equipment demonstration in the South—the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show—will be held Sept. 22 and 23 at Mississippi State's John W. Starr Memorial Forest.

The event is hosted by Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, Inc., and is a partnership between the Mississippi Forestry Association, MSU's College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Loggers Association. Wit...

9/13/2023

Wood Magic at MSU educates next generation about forest products

Wood Magic at MSU educates next generation about forest products

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts hosted the Wood Magic Science Fair last Monday [Sept. 18] through Friday [Sept. 22].

Approximately 4,000 third- and fourth- graders from across the state came to campus for WMSF to learn about forestry and the importance of forest products.

Students were taught that wood is renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and durable in an excitin...

9/12/2023

Altering a Collision Course

Altering a Collision Course

In the U.S., deer/vehicle collisions cause 1.5 million motor vehicle accidents each year, resulting in 200 fatalities and over a billion dollars in property damage. With 1.75 million deer in Mississippi, deer/vehicle collisions are cause for concern. That's why an FWRC scientist, with lead collaborators from participating agencies, sought to better understand how deer respond to approaching vehicles before a collision occurs.

Dr. Ray Igl...


Our People: Lacy Dolan

Our People: Lacy Dolan

Lacy Dolan has traversed the country studying mammals. Her latest stop is Mississippi State University, where she studies the state's black bears.

Growing up, the Dwight, Illinois, native said cats were the first animals to pique her curiosity.

"My parents both grew up on farms, so we had outdoor cats, which I loved. I remember learning about different animals and being fascinated by how they adapted to various environments," s...


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