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SoS delivers Point Cadet settlement check to USM

HATTIESBURG — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has presented the University of Southern Mississippi with a check for $432,307 in the President’s Conference Room at the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. The funds are part of a settlement agreement reached in 2002 resolving long standing land issues on a piece of property located at Point ...

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New plant means more active partnership with university

ELLISVILLE and HATTIESBURG — The official opening of GE Aviation’s new plant in Ellisville will mark a significant uptick in the partnership between the manufacturer and the University of Southern Mississippi. Tomorrow, GE Aviation opens its new facility at the Howard Technology Park in Ellisville. Previously, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials collaborated with GE Aviation ...

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Senator quizzes NASA administrator about test stand

HANCOCK COUNTY – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) wants NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to continue providing Congress information that will help ensure the upgrade of the Stennis Space Center’s B-2 test stand remains on schedule. Cochran addressed the NASA budget at a Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee hearing where Bolden provided testimony on the President’s FY2014 budget requests ...

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Beachcombers can look for research project's 'drift cards'

GULF OF MEXICO — A Texas A&M University research program could put cash in a finder’s pocket for something that washes ashore along the Gulf of Mexico. So-called “drift cards” are meant to study ocean currents. People who report the location of the biodegradable notes will be eligible to win a $25 gift card. Piers Chapman, who is head of ...

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NASA awards Space Launch System grant to MSU

STARKVILLE — NASA has awarded grants to nine universities for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The agency is providing approximately $2.25 million that will be shared by all the proposals under this NASA Research Announcement to seek solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial lift capability to a larger, ...

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Scientists studying rooftop gardens on Coast

GULFPORT — Horticulture scientists at Mississippi State University are studying and recording the effects of the coastal climate on rooftop gardens in Gulfport. When they learned the eight green roofs at the Armed Forces Retirement Home were struggling to survive, Christine Coker and Gary Bachman, both horticulture scientists at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center, knew they could help. “We ...

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Beetle-prevention program earns national recognition

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently gained national recognition for a program designed to protect the state’s timberlands from an insect pest. The Mississippi Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received the 2012 Family Forests Education Award at the Society of American Foresters’ national convention, held in Spokane, Wash. The honor is given annually by the National Woodland ...

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New water management strategy could save farmers money

STONEVILLE — Ten years of research indicates that a water management strategy can save rice producers money on fuel and conserve water without hurting yields. Joe Massey, a scientist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and professor in Mississippi State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has focused his career on water conservation in agriculture. With funding ...

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Farmers concerned about disease that threatens bats

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Bats, an organic method of pest control, may become rare in the United States and Canada. The primary predators of night-flying insects, bats reduce the need for chemical pesticides and save the agriculture industry an estimated $3 billion per year in pest-control costs. But bat populations across the Eastern United States are decreasing at alarming rates because ...

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MEP.ms: Polymer group assists in plant expansions

HATTIESBURG — The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) reports the Mississippi Polymer Institute provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies, yielding $2.9 million in direct financial impact during the 2012 fiscal year. This assistance also led to the creation of 18 news jobs in the state. This work was reflected by independent auditors during the national survey ...

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