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MSU students, faculty plan Feb. 21 Arbor Day observance

MSU students, faculty plan Feb. 21 Arbor Day observance

Mississippi State will celebrate Arbor Day with a Feb. 21 planting ceremony and program focused on the many benefits trees provide.

Open to all, the annual observance has been coordinated since 2012 by the university's Tree Campus USA Advisory Committee.

This year's event begins at 10:30 a.m. just east of the Mississippi Horse Park; specifically, near the southernmost bridge on Hail State Boulevard and close to the Poor Hou...

2/12/2018

New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico

New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico

A new Mississippi State research project will study a wetland restoration approach along the Gulf of Mexico, and findings will help improve future environmental restoration efforts.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the organization's Gulf Research Program recently announced that the MSU project is among five newly funded projects focused on enhancing environmental restoration outcomes, along with two ...


Seale named James R. Moreton Fellow in Sustainable Bioproducts at MSU

Seale named James R. Moreton Fellow in Sustainable Bioproducts at MSU

Longtime faculty member Dan Seale is the inaugural James R. Moreton Endowed Fellow in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University.

The James R. Moreton Fellow in Sustainable Bioproducts was established through a gift from James Reginald Moreton, a 1956 mechanical engineering alumnus. After a career in banking as founder and CEO of First Federal Savings and Loan, Moreton moved into the industrial access mat busines...

2/2/2018

U.S. Forest Service chief, alumnus to lead MSU 2018 Carlton N. Owen lecture

U.S. Forest Service chief, alumnus to lead MSU 2018 Carlton N. Owen lecture

Mississippi State alumnus and newly appointed U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke is the featured guest for the university's 2018 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series on Friday [Feb. 2].

Tooke's presentation, "The Challenges Facing the Nation's Forests and the USDA Forest Service," begins at 1:15 p.m. in Thompson Hall's Tully Auditorium on the MSU campus. A reception will follow.

A 1983 Mississippi State University forestry alum...

1/24/2018

No longer stumped: mineral stumps provide white-tailed deer nutrition

No longer stumped: mineral stumps provide white-tailed deer nutrition

It has long been a mystery why white-tailed deer devour the sprouts from recently cut tree stumps. A Mississippi State assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture has figured out why&emdash;and developed a simple, cost-effective management technique to help support white-tailed deer during seasons of poor forage.

Marcus Lashley said the tree species that populate southeastern forests are notoriously n...


MSU professor named St. John Family Endowed Professor

MSU professor named St. John Family Endowed Professor

A longtime Mississippi State faculty member has been named the St. John Family Endowed Professor of Wildlife Management in the College of Forest Resources.

Bronson Strickland, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture extension professor, has led a wide-ranging educational program in applied wildlife science since his arrival at MSU in 2006. In the last five years, he has participated in more than 70 workshops, assisting landowners with ...


Siberian rewilding expert to speak Dec. 8 at MSU

Siberian rewilding expert to speak Dec. 8 at MSU

A renowned Siberian scientist will present his work on rewilding large herbivores in Siberia during a lecture at Mississippi State Dec. 8.

Nikita Zimov, a Russian scientist and director of Pleistocene Park, a 14,000-acre nature reserve in the Siberian Arctic, will present a seminar titled "Rewilding megafauna in the Siberian Arctic to mitigate climate change." Open to all, his presentation begins at 2 p.m. in Tully Auditorium at Thom...

12/1/2017

Thomasson Lumber CEO to give 2017 MSU Carlton N. Owen lecture

Thomasson Lumber CEO to give 2017 MSU Carlton N. Owen lecture

The chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Thomasson Lumber is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2017 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Pat Thomasson will lead the Tuesday [Oct. 17] public program. Her presentation, titled "Assets in the Wood Industry: Planting for the Future," begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Franklin Center, Room 115.

Early in her career she held positions with Arthur Andersen in New Orleans and t...

10/11/2017

National Geographic features MSU faculty research

National Geographic features MSU faculty research

Ecological research by faculty members in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Department of Biological Sciences is featured in a recent article by National Geographic.

Titled "How a 3-Ton Mess of Dead Pigs Transformed This Landscape," the article discusses a mass mortality experiment led by Marcus Lashley, assistant professor of wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture at MSU's College of Forest Resource...


Choose native trees for storm resistance

Choose native trees for storm resistance

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are devastating reminders that storms take a terrible toll on landscapes and proof that some trees hold up better than others.

Mississippi landscapes must withstand flooding, hot summers, seasonal drought, ice storms, winters that can dip to single digits, a humid and subtropical climate, and high winds from hurricanes and tornadoes.

John Kushla, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State Uni...

9/12/2017

MSU Wood Magic to participate in Mississippi Science Fest

MSU Wood Magic to participate in Mississippi Science Fest

Mississippi State University's Wood Magic Science Fair will be in Jackson to participate in the second annual Mississippi Science Fest later this month.

MSU Wood Magic will be an attraction at the Sept. 23 STEM-themed festival, focused on delivering a hands-on experience for children and families that sparks curiosity in various STEM-related fields.

The Mississippi Science Fest is a partnership between the Mississippi Agric...

9/7/2017

Our People: Bridget Carr

Our People: Bridget Carr

Starkville native Bridget Carr has been a member of the MSU family for 25 years. In 1992, she joined the custodian service team, now a part of facilities management.

Six years later, she became a forest support specialist for the College of Forest Resources. Carr manages the day-to-day upkeep of the 11-building forest products complex near the corner of Blackjack Road and Locksley Way.

While Carr's career at MSU requires ha...

8/28/2017

MSU alumnus named Forest Service chief

MSU alumnus named Forest Service chief

A 1983 Mississippi State University forestry alumnus is the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

Tony Tooke will lead the national agency responsible for the management and protection of 154 national forests throughout the nation.

A Detroit, Alabama, native, Tooke's career with the U.S. Forest Service began at age 18 and continued through his collegiate days. He most recently served as regional forester for the Southern R...

8/22/2017

Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

A much-honored Mississippi State faculty member is receiving yet another recognition for significant contributions to quail science.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger is among three selections for a 2017 National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence, a career tribute from the Tennessee-based National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and Bobwhite Technical Committee.

Associate director of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Cent...


MSU's reorganized Franklin Furniture Institute continues to support industry, contribute research and drive innovation

MSU's reorganized Franklin Furniture Institute continues to support industry, contribute research and drive innovation

Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute is reaffirming its strong commitment to the state's furniture manufacturing industry by continuing to provide testing and research while broadening its focus to enhance innovation and technology.

MSU vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine Gregory A. Bohach said "The university and MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute remain dedicated to t...

7/14/2017

Governor touts importance of state's forest products

Governor touts importance of state's forest products

Forest products are part of the DNA of Mississippi.

That is how Gov. Phil Bryant welcomed participants Monday [June 26] to the 71st International Convention of the Forest Products Society, hosted by Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Bryant, whose grandfather once harvested timber by mule in south Mississippi, made the connection that all Mississippians have been ...

6/26/2017

MSU to train furniture industry supervisors through grant

MSU to train furniture industry supervisors through grant

A new $44,900 grant from the Furniture Foundation will facilitate training of front-line furniture supervisors by Mississippi State University personnel.

Four supervisory management training programs will be offered by the university's Franklin Furniture Institute at manufacturing locations throughout the state between August and July 2018. The Furniture Foundation, a research and education fund administered by the American Home Furn...

5/4/2017

Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Mississippi State University alumni Drew and Kathy St. John of Madison are contributing two new gifts to their alma mater, creating an endowed professorship in the College of Forest Resources and furthering support for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Landscape Architecture.

The St. John Family Endowed Professorship in Wildlife Management will provide support for a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fishe...


Conservation camps offer educational fun

Conservation camps offer educational fun

The conclusion of the school year does not mean learning must end, too.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources are offering three summer youth camps in June. These Conservation Camps are designed to engage and excite young people in natural science and nature-based outdoor recreation. Hands-on learning, outdoor activity, and new friends and experiences are central to all three camps...


MSU summit looks to the future of manufacturing

MSU summit looks to the future of manufacturing

Mississippi State University's 7th Annual Manufacturing Summit showcased ways teamwork can help keep Mississippi and the U.S. competitive in the manufacturing industry in the 21st century.

The event was hosted by MSU's Frankl...

3/22/2017

MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

Mississippi State served as the 2017 host recently for the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave, which annually provides college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation.

Activities included a range of team field competitions, quiz bowl, art and photography contests, guest speakers and opportunities for professional development.

Pictured, MSU senior wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major...


MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with annual Arbor Day tree planting

MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with annual Arbor Day tree planting

Mississippi State faculty, students, staff and local community members observed MSU's annual Arbor Day Celebration Friday [Feb. 10] with a program and tree-planting ceremony.

George Hopper, dean of the College of Forest Resources, said the event symbolized the university's commitment to serve as an environmental steward.

"Mississippi forests cover nearly 20 million acres. Trees improve the quality of life for our citizens a...

2/10/2017

MSU names new head for coastal center

MSU names new head for coastal center

James E. Henderson has been selected head of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center.

When Henderson assumes his new role on Feb. 1, he will oversee the daily operations of the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in the southeastern region.

"Dr. James Henderson will be an asset to the southeast region," said Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension ...

1/27/2017

MSU, partners announce Furniture Academy

MSU, partners announce Furniture Academy

Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum (standing) discusses the university's role in the Furniture Academy during a press conference in Tupelo Thursday morning [Jan. 12].

The new manufacturing skills certification program is a partnership between MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, the Community Development Foundation, Three Rivers Planning and Development Distr...

1/12/2017

Hal Schramm of MSU named American Fisheries Society Fellow

Hal Schramm of MSU named American Fisheries Society Fellow

A U.S. Geological Survey fisheries research biologist who also teaches at Mississippi State is receiving a major international recognition.

Hal Schramm recently was designated a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society in tribute to his four decades of service. Specifically, he was cited for excellence in leadership, research, mentoring, resource management and public outreach.

In addition to leading USGS's Mississippi Coop...


MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

Hunters throughout Mississippi hope to find a big buck this Saturday [Nov. 19], the start of deer season. It is well understood by hunters and biologists alike that deer vary in body and antler size across the state. Larger deer are thought to be the descendants of the Northern deer that were released in the state during restoration efforts in the 1900s.

Mississippi State University scientists are using genetics to determine the true...


MSU forestry student group again places first nationally

MSU forestry student group again places first nationally

Student members of the Society of American Foresters at Mississippi State again are tops among their U.S. peers.

As in 2011, the university SAF chapter has been awarded first-place honors.

Also, the 30-plus member group is included for the 18th consecutive year among the top three of nearly 40 student chapters located from Virginia to California and Maine to Arizona.

The first-place honor is based on accomplishmen...

11/14/2016

White-tailed deer biologist to speak next week at MSU

White-tailed deer biologist to speak next week at MSU

A renowned white-tailed deer biologist is this year's guest for Mississippi State' 2016 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

David G. Hewitt, the Stuart M. Stedman Chair for White-tailed Deer Research at Texas A&M University, will lead the Monday [Nov.14] program. Open to all, his presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.

Designated in 1974 by the Mississippi Legislature as one of the state's off...


National training academy to be housed at MSU

National training academy to be housed at MSU

A new partnership between Mississippi State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's APHIS Wildlife Services program has made the university home to a national training academy.

On Friday [Aug. 26], MSU President Mark E. Keenum and USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Deputy Administrator William H. Clay signed a "Resolution for Collaboration" to create a national training academy housed at Mississippi State. APHIS &ndas...


Longest-running, live, in-wood equipment show set for Aug. 26-27

Longest-running, live, in-wood equipment show set for Aug. 26-27

The newest technology and machinery used to advance the South's timber industry will be demonstrated August 26-27 at the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Held at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off Highway 25 south of Starkville, the show is sponsored by Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources, Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc., the...

8/5/2016

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