Education Briefing October 10, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe to speak at MSU today
STARKVILLE – Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe will share her personal experiences at Mississippi State University today.
The free program begins at 4 p.m. in McCool Hall’s Taylor Auditorium. It is sponsored by the university’s Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
In her presentation, the retired educator of Jewish studies will stress the need for tolerance in today’s society.

ICC instructor attends Princeton institute
FULTON – Kelvin Harris of Fulton, a biology instructor at Itawamba Community College, was one of 18 teachers selected to attend an institute at Princeton University this summer.
The goal of the institute, offered through a partnership between the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is to help teachers bring cutting-edge molecular biology into their classrooms.
Teachers used sophisticated techniques and equipment to perform procedures such as DNA polymerase chain reactions, bacterial transformation and DNA sequence analysis.

MSU math head selected as Fulbright scholar in Romania
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s mathematics and statistics department head will spend part of the 2011-12 academic year in Romania as a Fulbright Scholar.
Mohsen Razzaghi will teach and research at the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, Romania. He begins his Fulbright appointment this month.
The MSU scholar has a personal interest in Romania. He visited the nation twice to present research at academic conferences, and he said he admires the people and geographic beauty of the country bordering the Black Sea.
While in Romania, he will lead graduate-level seminars and workshops featuring techniques he developed for the study of “orthogonal functions and wavelets in dynamical systems and engineering.” He also will research reasons for the comparatively high success rates Romanian high school students have in learning math.

Area seniors to participate in ICC career expo in Fulton
FULTON – About 2,000 seniors from 20 area high schools will participate in Itawamba Community College’s Career Expo at the Davis Event Center at the Fulton campus on Oct. 18.
ICC’s Career Expo is different from a typical job fair or career day in that it helps participants make the connection between education and employment, according to Marcus Simmons, ICC college and career coordinator and organizer of the event.
Educators and business people will discuss how education and jobs partner, Simmons said. Not only are ICC’s technical faculty participating, but the Career Expo will also include academic and transfer programs.
Major employers in the region are scheduled to attend, and ICC educators representing more than 30 early career and 50 university transfer programs will be available.
Home-schooled seniors are also invited but should call to schedule in advance, Simmons said. For more information, contact Simmons at (662) 620-5136 or

UM-Tupelo will host fall visit day on

TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi residents who are interested in completing their bachelor’s degree close to home are invited to stop by The University of Mississippi-Tupelo’s Fall Visit Day on Thursday. There will be day and evening timeframes for visiting with Ole Miss-Tupelo admissions, financial aid and academic advisors.
Area residents can stop by the ICC-Tupelo Student Services Center any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can also come to the UM-Tupelo Advanced Education Center building from 4 to 6 p.m.
Advisors will also be available to discuss the two newest bachelor’s degree programs at Ole Miss-Tupelo, the Bachelor of General Studies and Bachelor of Integrated Marketing Communications.
For more information, call (662) 844-5622 or visit

Click video to hear audio