Mississippi Business Journal
Sweet Potato Event Wins Award For Promoting Research
by MBJ Staff
STARKVILLE (November 14, 2013)— A sweet potato production conference organized by Mississippi State University faculty and collaborators in other states won a national award on Nov. 10 for excellence in promoting multistate research. MSU faculty Ramon Arancibia, Raja Reddy, Steve Meyers, Mark Shankle, Juan Silva, Jason Ward and Filip To are members of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators working group that planned the annual conference of sweet potato researchers.
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Georgia State Tops in Nation For Efforts to Boost Graduation Rates
By Carla Caldwell
Nov. 13, 2013--Georgia State University is the national leader in efforts to dramatically increase graduation rates, according to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The association, which represents 219 public research institutions and other organizations, has named Georgia State the inaugural winner of its Most Visible Progress Trailblazer Award for the school’s “exceptional progress with increasing retention toward or completion of a bachelor’s degree during the last three years.”
UM among 4 schools nationally honored for fostering entrepreneurship, economic prosperity
By Tom Henderson
November 13, 2013 -- The University of Michigan is one of four public universities in the U.S. honored for its work in entrepreneurship, technology transfer and business development. UM, the State University of New York, the University of Cincinnati and Northern Illinois University won the inaugural Economic Prosperity Award from the Washington, D.C.-based Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities.
Homeland Security News
Sequestration already eroding U.S. research capabilities
November 14, 2013 -- As congressional budget leaders continue negotiations over Fiscal Year 2014 spending levels, three organizations representing the U.S. leading public and private research universities say that the results of a new survey reveal the pernicious impact of sequestration on scientific research across the country. Budget cuts have already led to fewer grants, cancelled projects, staff reductions, and reduced learning opportunities. “If Congress fails to reverse course and doesn’t begin to value investments in research and higher education, then the innovation deficit this country is facing will worsen as our foreign competitors continue to seize on this nation’s shortfall,” the leader of one of the organizations said.
Savell receives regional national teaching award
November 13, 2013 – Dr. Jeffrey W. Savell, regents professor and E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal chair in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, recently received a regional national teaching award for food and agriculture science from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The award was presented at the association’s 126th annual meeting, which honored university faculty for the use of innovative teaching methods and service to students.