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3 types of shoes every gentleman should own

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:50
Men in the U.S. spend $24 billion a year on shoes. But are they putting their best foot forward?

Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: Congrats, but ...

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:36
Elon Musk has a funny way of saying congratulations.

Just how deadly is the kissing bug?

Health - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:26

Categories: Health

Trump's relationship with Internet rumors

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:20
To understand Donald Trump, you have to understand where he's getting his information.

Iran gears up for big return to world oil markets

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:53
In a remote corner of Iran, engineers are working round the clock to return the country to the top ranks of global oil producers.

Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: Congrats, but ...

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:40
Elon Musk has a funny way of saying congratulations.

Why Black Friday lines could be even worse this year

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:24
As if shopping on Black Friday isn't stressful enough. This year, shoppers could face even longer check-out lines thanks to the recent credit card upgrade.

MSU Bulldogs In The NFL

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:23
Below is a list of former Mississippi State student-athletes who are currently on NFL rosters.

Robert Thompson named 2015 MSU humanities teacher

MSU News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 16:01
Robert Thompson (Photo by Russ Houston)

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Robert Thompson (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—An associate professor of philosophy is Mississippi State’s 2015 Humanities Teacher of the Year.

The selection of J. Robert Thompson is being announced by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, along with the Mississippi Humanities Council. As part of the honor, Thompson will present the college’s annual humanities lecture.

Titled “The Humanities and Human Nature,” his address begins at 3 p.m. Monday [Nov. 30] in the Shackouls Honors College Forum Room. Thompson will explore a critical element of what makes people human—the ability to understand one another’s thoughts and actions.

 The event is free to all, as is a reception immediately following in the same fourth-floor Bryce Griffis Residence Hall location in the university’s Zacharias Village.

Along with formally presenting a topic of his choosing to campus and local communities, Thompson is receiving a $300 honorarium.

A philosophy and religion department faculty member since 2008, Thompson specializes in the history of philosophy (ancient, early modern, 20th century analytic), epistemology, metaphysics, logic and applied ethics.

“MSU has some of the strongest humanities departments in the region, and the faculty in the humanities are impressive across the board. I am grateful both for the existence of an award that shines light upon the excellent work being done in the humanities and for being selected for that award,” Thompson said.

R. Gregory Dunaway, dean of MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, said Thompson is “most deserving of this prestigious recognition.”

“He has been an extraordinary classroom teacher and academic adviser. He has done much to advance the humanities in general, as well as being a pivotal figure in revitalizing and enhancing our undergraduate program in philosophy,” Dunaway said.

Thompson’s research focuses on the philosophy of mind and language and philosophy of cognitive science, including social cognition and linguistic competence.

Among others, he is the author of two published papers, “Meaning and Mindreading” (Mind and Language, 2014) and “Signature Limits in Mindreading Systems” (Cognitive Science, 2014). Both papers were among the five percent of submissions accepted by their respective journals.  

Political science professor Rick Travis, who also serves as MSU’s associate dean for academic affairs and student services, lauded Thompson “for his no nonsense, engaging, helpful style of teaching.”

In addition to teaching introductory, intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses, Thompson serves as the undergraduate program coordinator for philosophy. A member of the university’s Robert Holland Faculty Senate, he also chairs his department’s promotion and tenure committee and serves on its curriculum committee.

Thompson is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Philosophical Association, Society for Philosophy and Psychology and Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, in which he currently serves as secretary.

A philosophy doctoral and master’s graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Thompson previously served as president and vice president of the Mississippi Philosophical Association. A native of Evanston, Illinois, he also holds a bachelor’s of philosophy from Carleton College in Minnesota.

In October 2014, he was selected as the College of Arts and Sciences’ Researcher of the Month. He also received the university’s State Pride Award in 2010.

For more on the Monday humanities lecture, contact Whitney Peterson at 662-325-2646 or

Learn more about MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences at; its philosophy and religion department at

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at

Congress wants billions from Fed's piggy bank

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:55
Congress wants to pull billions out of the Federal Reserve.

Jeff Bezos does a whole lot more than just Amazon

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:14
You know Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos as the guy who runs a global marketplace that's shaken up the world of traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.

Volkswagen emissions scandal: German officials open tax probe

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:13
German prosecutors have launched another investigation into Volkswagen -- this one about possible tax issues stemming from the emissions scandal.

Disney discriminated against US workers, complaint states

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:10
More than two dozen American workers are poised to sue the Walt Disney Company, their former employer, claiming that they were discriminated against based on national origin.

MSU Bulldogs In The NFL: Week 11

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 15:00
Below is a list of former Mississippi State student-athletes who are currently on NFL rosters and their updated stats through week 11 of the NFL season.

Here's what network TV ratings would look like without the NFL

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 14:28
What would happen if you took the NFL away from CBS, NBC and Fox?

Blackphone vows to keep its ultra-private phone out of terrorists' hands

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 14:00
The Blackphone was designed to keep hackers and spies from snooping on your personal data. Now ISIS may be interested in it too.

How 2 men In blazers brought soccer to U.S.

CNN World - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 13:35
For many people, the lasting memory of the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy was Zinedine Zidane's shocking headbutt.

Categories: International News

How one grad cut her student loan debt by $20,000

Business News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 13:33
Looking for an easy way to reduce your student loan debt?

7 things that happened at this year's British Fashion Awards

CNN World - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 13:33
Last night, some of the biggest names in fashion were in London for the British Fashion Awards -- an annual event that has celebrated the contributions of British fashion figures to the international landscape since 1989.

Categories: International News


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