Education Briefs April 9, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Itawamba County quiz bowl team places second in state
FULTON – The Itawamba County Career and Technical Center quiz bowl team lost the state championship by one point.
The seven-member team finished second, losing in the finals to a Biloxi team that placed 10th in the country last year.
“It was a little bit of an upset, but I really feel proud of it,” said team captain Zack Hamm. “We had a new team, but I think we pulled together and really performed well.”
The competition, hosted by national vocational career organization SkillsUSA, was held March 22-23. Question topics ranged from academics to current events to the history of the SkillsUSA organization.
Batesville honors student named Ole Miss’ 13th Goldwater Scholar
OXFORD – Honors student Dana Nicole “Nikki” Reinemann has been named the University of Mississippi’s 13th Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.
The Ole Miss senior from Batesville is the 10th UM student to receive the prestigious award since 1998 and the fifth in the past seven years. Reinemann is the first author of the paper “Vibrational Spectroscopy of N-Methyliminodiacetic Acid (MIDA)-Protected Boronate Ester: Assignment of the B-N Dative Bond Stretching Frequency,” published and featured on the cover of the Journal for Physical Chemistry A. She was a NASA Academy research associate in the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems branch of Marshall Space Flight Center in 2010.
She plans to graduate with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.S. in chemical engineering in May 2013.
Mississippi State researcher looks at homework distractions
STARKVILLE – A new regional study by a senior learning researcher and Mississippi State University faculty member is the first to link homework distractions to a wide range of variables.
The multi-level analysis by Jianzhong Xu, a professor in the university’s College of Education, examined a range of variables affecting homework distraction, at both the student level and the class level. He hypothesized that homework distraction is affected by such variables as gender, academic achievement and student attitudes toward the work.
Xu said that affective attitude toward homework, such as the favorability of homework as compared to other activities, affect homework distraction the most. The study found that girls were more likely to be distracted than boys and that 11th graders were more likely to be distracted than younger students while doing homework.
Northeast Community College to hold honors day on April 19
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s sixth annual Honors Day program is set for Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Slated for recognition are the school’s top students in each division, Who’s Who Among American Junior College nominees, HEADWAE recipients, All Mississippi Academic Team members, Northeast Development Foundation Scholarship recipients, Scholars’ Bowl Team and others. The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees also will be announced.
Corinth native and Northeast alumnae Dr. Jennifer Hussey Garrett will address the participants. Garrett is a refractive surgeon certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. The program is open to the public.