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9 things to know about Social Security as it turns 80

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:44
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Probe photographs comet outburst

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MSU, Argonne sign MOU for joint energy research

MSU News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:34
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum (from left) and Argonne National Laboratory Director Peter Littlewood signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday [Aug. 13] which will create a research partnership between the two institutions. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum (from left) and Argonne National Laboratory Director Peter Littlewood signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday [Aug. 13] which will create a research partnership between the two institutions. (Photo by Megan Bean)STARKVILLE, Miss.—A new partnership between Mississippi State University and Argonne National Laboratory has made the university home to a major regional joint research initiative.

On Thursday [Aug. 13], MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Peter Littlewood, director of the Illinois-based Argonne National Laboratories, signed a memorandum of understanding which will create a research partnership between the two institutions.

The ceremony also was part of a daylong Joint Center for Energy Research (JCESR) symposium in the Mill at MSU Conference Center that brought researchers, energy business leaders and MSU faculty and staff together to discuss the future of energy storage. MSU was the host for the Southeast regional hub for JCESR.

David Shaw, MSU vice president for research and economic development, said the MOU would essentially combine Argonne’s lab resources, computing and analytics with the scientific expertise of MSU’s faculty and students to “accomplish things neither MSU nor Argonne could do alone.”

Specifically, he said the two entities would work together on developing longer lasting, more cost-effective batteries for utility use, as well as explore ways to develop alternative energy sources like solar and wind.

Further, he hopes MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and its meteorology department, respectively, can work with Argonne’s automotive center and weather modeling division on research initiatives.

“This is not as much about a financial commitment as it is about building a scientific partnership,” Shaw said. “This is a broad, wholesome agreement ranging way beyond energy storage.”

Littlewood said the MOU fits well with Argonne’s legacy of working with businesses, universities and other research labs toward promoting “safe, reliable and sustainable energy resources.” He said Argonne chose to bring its regional JCESR center to MSU because of the university’s science, engineering and technical capabilities.

“I look forward to this partnership,” Littlewood said. “Together, we have the potential to transform the utility and transportation markets.”

The MOU ceremony on Thursday also paid homage to, and brought full circle, efforts by the late U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee to strengthen research opportunities in the state.

A member of both the Energy and Appropriations committees, Mississippi’s 1st district congressman brought national laboratories from all over the country to Mississippi in 2012 in an effort to inspire the state’s higher education institutions to partner with them, Shaw said.

Nunnelee, who passed away in February, wasn’t able to see the fruits of his labor, but his wife, Tori, and daughter, Emily, were on hand for the luncheon and MOU signing. Newly-elected 1st District Congressman Trent Kelly delivered the keynote address, in which he called Nunnelee a “solution-driven” leader with a passion for research and collaboration.

“We’re doing things now we never even dreamed were possible when our nation was founded,” Kelly said. “That’s because people came together, not worried about who got the credit, but worried about making our nation a better place to live.”

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Raising of Old Glory in Havana

CNN World - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:32







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48% paycut for Diageo CEO

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:15
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Apple now lets you restore deleted iPhone files

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:06
Did you delete that file off your iPhone by mistake? No need to panic: Restoring deleted iPhone files just got easier with a new iCloud update.






Goldman Sachs: A kinder, gentler Vampire Squid?

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 11:04
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'Modern Family' star explains breast reduction

Health - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:56







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Fear factor: Why China scares investors

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:50
Everyone has scary dreams. Lately Wall Street's nightmares always seem to involve chaos in China.






The biggest cell phone ripoff: $100 for 32 GB of storage

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:36
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48% paycut for Diageo CEO

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:05
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Stressed out parents: 'Never again'

Health - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:51







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Why Hurricane Katrina changed my life for the better

Health - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:50
Whispering in her ear as she lay in a coma, a New Orleans man told his mother to go before the storm came.






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Is the British pub dying? 29 close each week

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:48
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U.S. investigating 'credible' reports ISIS used chemical weapons

CNN World - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:47
The U.S. is investigating what it believes are "credible" reports that ISIS fighters used mustard agent in an attack against Kurdish Peshmerga this week, causing several of them to fall ill, U.S. officials working in at least three separate parts of the Obama administration said Thursday.






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Baby Boomers have too much retirement savings in stocks

Business News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:45
It won't matter how hard you worked to save for retirement if you lose a big chunk of it in the stock market a few years before you quit the workforce.






MSU graduate teaching assistants conclude weeklong workshop

MSU News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:42
MSU President Mark E. Keenum speaks to nearly 300 new graduate teaching assistants during a training workshop in preparation for their formal GTA certification. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

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MSU President Mark E. Keenum speaks to nearly 300 new graduate teaching assistants during a training workshop in preparation for their formal GTA certification. (Photo by Keats Haupt)STARKVILLE, Miss.—Nearly 300 new graduate teaching assistants at Mississippi State are participating in a workshop to enhance class preparation skills while introducing them to the many university policies and procedures.

GTAs closely assist faculty and staff members with grading, attendance monitoring and other course responsibilities, but also are called on to handle lectures and related duties as necessary.

Concluding Friday [Aug. 14], the weeklong program of lectures and other learning activities leads to their formal certification.  

President Mark E. Keenum headed a list of speakers during the week that included, among others, Lori Bruce and Thomas Bourgeois, respective deans of the graduate school and students. Participants also heard from various faculty and staff members, as well as experts in a variety of education-related specialties.

In his presentation, Keenum stressed the importance of the GTAs’ role in learning experiences of undergraduate students.

“We are a very research-oriented university, but we also are a very student-oriented university, and that is where you come in,” Keenum said, adding that the land-grant institution is “very proud you have chosen to continue your education at Mississippi State.”

Sessions on classroom material, communication and culture were supplemented with a panel discussion led by current GTAs who shared their experiences and advice with the new campus family members.

The entire Friday session will be devoted to individual evaluations of this year’s group conducted by 70 volunteer faculty members.

To learn more about MSU’s graduate programs, visit www.grad.msstate.edu.

MSU, Mississippi's flagship research university, is online at www.msstate.edu.

Oklahoma man dies from brain-eating amoeba

CNN - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 09:39
A deadly brain infection caused by an amoeba killed an Oklahoma man after a recent lake swim, state health officials said.






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