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New federal policy in place for dual use research of concern

MSU News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:56

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) went into effect. The issue of DURC is a shared responsibility between the federal government and institutions receiving funding for life science research.

Mississippi State University through the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has been reviewing research using biohazardous material for dual use potential since 2011. Based on the federal DURC policy, a subset of the IBC called the Institutional Review Entity (IRE) will now officially review this type of research.

While a subset of the IBC will act in the capacity of the IRE, they are both separate and distinct with different charges, responsibilities, policies and procedures.

The 15 agents/toxins that comprise the material with dual use potential are all select agents, and 14 out of 15 require a minimum of biosafety-level 3 containment. The lone toxin, if used below a certain quantity, does not require select agent registration and may be used at biosafety level 2 if the risk assessment determines that it is safe to do so.

In order for research to be considered DURC, two conditions must be met:

* The research involves one of the 15 listed agents/toxin; and,

* Can produce one or more of the effects listed in the seven experimental categories described in the U.S. government policy.

Mississippi State's Institutional Review Entity will review all research identified by the principal investigator as having dual use potential following the procedure outlined in IRE-SOP-001.

Please direct any questions to Patricia Cox at 662-325-0620 or

Man got onto JFK tarmac, hoping to meet Pope

CNN - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:55
He supposedly wanted to give the Pope his business card and talk to him and other world leaders about changing the world.

Categories: National News

Chicago family gunned down

CNN - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:52
On a day when a new FBI report showed little change in Chicago's murder count, many were outraged at news that at least one gunman shot at a family returning home from an outing Monday night, wounding an 11-month-old boy and killing his mother and grandmother.

Categories: National News

California artist named new MSU-Refuge artist-in-residence

MSU News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:52
“Vulnerability Rocks!” by Nancy Mizuno Elliott

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

“Vulnerability Rocks!” by Nancy Mizuno Elliott

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s newest artist-in-residence is beginning her 11-day stay at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

Through her scheduled October 6 departure date, watercolor artist Nancy Mizuno Elliott plans to conduct research and host small discussions on her artwork. She also will visit classes and interact with art students at the university.

Located 12 miles south of the Starkville campus, the more than 48,000-acre federal land reserve spanning Oktibbeha, Noxubee and Winston counties was established in 1940. It serves as a feeding and resting area for migratory birds and resident wildlife, including white-tailed deer, alligators and beaver. Wetlands, cypress groves, prairie grasslands and forest also are among its many features.

A watercolor instructor at City College of San Francisco, Elliott attempts to create personal urban folk art through the use of common materials and discussions of everyday situations that make up a life.

“In general, my work examines intimacy, power and human behavior,” she said. “I confront embarrassing moments, unpleasant feelings and difficult situations, while maintaining a wry humor that tempers the discomfort of my subject matter.”

Elliott said images often come to her in the form of reactionary flashes to what she has heard, seen or experienced.

“My work is a visual diary, brimming with suffering and sap that rests in the space between memory and imagination,” she said. “Through the use of confessing characters and tattletale personas, I guide the viewer down a multi-layered narrative path.”

Currently residing in Oakland, California, Elliott holds a Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from the University of Georgia, as well as bachelor’s degrees in psychology and art from University of California at Berkeley. For more biographical information, visit

In addition to the MSU art department, the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife artist-in-residence program is a collaborative effort of the refuge and its Friends organization, along with the Starkville Area Arts Council.

Previous participants in the artist-in-residence program have included painter and Webster County native William “Bill” Dunlap; printmaker Kathryn Hunter of Decatur, Alabama; Pennsylvania ceramicist Lilly Zuckerman; mural artist and illustrator Michael Roy of Jackson County; New Orleans artist and critic Marian S. McLellan; New York artists Caetlynn Booth and Tyson Washburn; Mississippi Audubon Master Naturalist and artist Robin Whitfield of Grenada; Iowa artist Barbara Fedeler; MSU fine arts/sculpture graduate Shelby Nichols of Aberdeen; and San Francisco artist and curator Jenny Balisle.

Complete refuge information is found at,, and

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the art department offers a bachelor of fine arts degree, with concentrations in graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). For more information, visit, and

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Chesapeake slashes 15% of workforce

Business News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:45
Chesapeake Energy is aggressively eliminating jobs as it wrestles with cheap oil and natural gas prices.

Puerto Rico Congressman: We feel like 2nd class citizens

Business News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:31
Puerto Ricans feel like second class citizens in the United States.

Tesla has delivered the first Model X SUVs

Business News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:12
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Maintenance men demanded sex for repairs?

CNN - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:12
A young single mother arrived at Gilmor Homes in 2008 after fleeing an abusive relationship.

Categories: National News

Tesla to deliver first Model X

Business News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:08
It's a little late, but it's almost finally here.

NYT reporter criticized for tweeting sexual taunt to female critic

Business News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:00
New York Times reporter Alan Feuer was scolded Tuesday by the newspaper for the "inappropriate" language he used in tweeting a crude sexual suggestion to a female critic.

Google launches new Nexus phones and Chromecast Audio

Business News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:47
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Jim Carrey 'deeply saddened' by death of ex-girlfriend

CNN - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:42
Actor Jim Carrey offered condolences to the family of close friend Cathriona White, who was found dead in her home on Monday night.

Categories: National News

Residence hall construction to close parking spaces temporarily

MSU News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:30

The ongoing construction of new residence halls at Mississippi State will temporarily close several parking spaces.

Beginning Friday [Oct. 2] at 8 a.m., approximately four parking spaces in the Memorial Hall parking lot will be closed until Wednesday [Oct. 7] at 8 a.m. No thru-traffic will be allowed during the closure. Please see the accompanying map for details.

Thank you for your patience during this temporary closure.

Tim Cook wants to play nice with Microsoft, get into businesses

Business News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:30
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Meet Your Diamond Dawgs: Jake Mangum

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:25
STARKVILLE, Miss. – During the fall, will interview select Mississippi State newcomers as an introduction to the MSU fanbase.

Oktibbeha Countian assumes MSU Foundation leadership role

MSU News - Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:08
Ally Walker (Photo by Russ Houston)

Contact: Amy Cagle

Ally Walker (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Sidney A. “Ally” Walker is Mississippi State’s new associate director of annual giving.

In a new role that began earlier this month, the Starkville native is working to secure major annual giving commitments, assist with special campaigns and focus on specific university programs such as the Compass Scholarships.

Walker is a 2009 MSU communication/public relations graduate with a minor in marketing.

Focusing on business development, outside sales, and project management, she worked previously at Beech Street Capital in Bethesda, Maryland, and Skyline DFW Exhibits and Events in Grand Prairie, Texas.

“Ally brings knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm to this position, and I am confident she will be a strong asset to the Annual Giving team,” said Jana Berkery, director of annual giving for the MSU Foundation. “Her skillset and passion make her an excellent addition to our professional staff.”

As a fourth-generation MSU graduate, Walker said she is excited “to be working for the university I love."

“I’m looking forward to partnering with many dedicated alumni and friends to advance Mississippi State for its students, faculty and programs,” she added.

The MSU Annual Fund provides an avenue for donors to support any area of the 137-year-old land-grant institution. Gifts may be designated specifically for a college or school, academic department, scholarship fund or any other area.

The program also includes a telefunding center employing more than 50 students that make telephone solicitations of alumni and friends. In addition to solicitations, center staff members work to update MSU Alumni Association records during the contact process.

Mississippi State currently has more than 132,000 living alumni.

Offices for the MSU Foundation are located in the Hunter Henry Center. For more information on campus fundraising activities, visit Walker may be contacted at or 662-325-5977.

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