Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

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Taking college courses online is becoming more popular in Mississippi and nationwide

As people around the world are increasingly connected by technology, universities are using the Internet to attract more students. Online courses — distance learning — are growing with a long list of offerings, and university officials say almost any course can be taught online. “I believe distance education is growing nationally,” said Michael K. Busby, […] [...]

Community colleges lead state’s workforce training

Ask any manufacturer or business leader in Mississippi what the number one challenge is, and they will most likely answer “workforce training.” The importance of training the state’s workers is often stressed. The state’s community colleges serve as the primary workforce training provider with short-term, non-credit and longer-term for-credit career and technical education. Dr. Eric […] [...]

Economic study touts virtues of offshoring

Here’s a little something that might not go down easy for workers in Mississippi and elsewhere in the United States: Offshoring of jobs and the influx of immigrant labor into the country do not — on the whole — damage the U.S. labor force, says a new paper from the London School of Economics Center […] [...]

‘Coaching math’ gets through to kids

>> Northwest Rankin’s Morrison honored as one the best educators in Mississippi Sometimes high school coaches aren’t thought of as the best teachers. But one of the top high school principals in the state spent many years coaching while also showing a passion for teaching math. “I see coaching and teaching as interchangeable,” said Northwest […] [...]

USM applying for oil dispersant patent

A team of polymer science professors from the University of Southern Mississippi have made headlines recently with their new biodegradable oil dispersant that won’t stick to birds or beaches. They have caught the attention of National Geographic and most recently NBC Learn. The USM team – consisting of Dr. Robert Lochhead, Dr. Daniel Savin and […] [...]

JSU ethanol research

A Jackson State University professor has found that a technique called “immobilization” can be used to make enzymes used for ethanol production more stable and cost effective. Ethanol can be produced by microbial fermentation of sugar, and enzymes are used to convert polymer sugars such as starch into simple sugars. Dr. Huey-Min Hwang has shown […] [...]

MSU professor removes corn’s fiber

A Mississippi State University professor has found a unique way to remove fiber from corn and has filed for a patent for the process called Elusieve. Dr. Radhakrishnan Srinivasan of the MSU Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering invented Elusieve with Dr. Vijay Singh of the University of Illinois. The process is valuable for efficiency […] [...]

New Summit breaking the mold

by Published: February 13,2011

Tags: education, MBJ Focus, Nancy New, New Summit School

The late Mark Twain once said that he never let his schooling interfere with his education. The celebrated author would have fit in perfectly at New Summit School. Founded in 1991 by executive director Nancy New, the school began as New Learning Resources, a one-on-one learning laboratory with five students. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, […] [...]

Always tending to his garden

by Published: February 13,2011

Tags: Oliver Young, Southwest Mississippi Community College

A famous horticulture writer once penned that gardens are a form of autobiography. In the case of Oliver Young, that may be an understatement. That’s because Young, the energetic president of Southwest Mississippi Community College has been nurturing vegetables and students the same way for the past five decades — with tender, loving care. The […] [...]

Crossing the language barrier

Northeast Mississippi and the People’s Republic of China are a little more than 7,000 miles apart. Culturally-speaking, the distance between the two regions is immeasurable, not unlike the difference between Oxford’s town Square and China’s Great Wall. However, the Chinese Language Flagship Program at the University of Mississippi is chipping away the barriers between two […] [...]

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