Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Walnut teacher one of two in state to win national geography award
PORTLAND, Ore. – Walnut Elementary teacher Mary Jane Jackson was one of two Mississippi educators to win national awards for excellence in geography teaching.
Jackson received the K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geography Education. Martha Hutson, professor of history and geography at Mississippi College, won the NCGE’s Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award.
NCGE’s Distinguished Teaching Awards are designed to recognize educators and advocates who have made outstanding contributions to geography education.
One of Jackson’s students, Brook Pulliam of Walnut, also won NCGE’s Why Geography Matters video contest.

NASA announces student engineering contest focused on space exploration
HAMPTON, Va. – NASA is challenging university students to solve space exploration challenges. The RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage) contest, sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace, seeks engineering ideas that could potentially provide solutions to issues faced by current NASA projects.
In addition to addressing the technical aspects of various themes, the 2012 RASC-AL competition includes focused criteria on reliability and human safety options, including a variety of human health components that teams may address.
For more information, visit

St. Louis Fed unveils series to help educators teach economics, business
ST. LOUIS – The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently unveiled the first part of a series designed to help high school educators teach economics and business courses.
The first episode, which explores the concept of supply, is available free of charge on the St. Louis Fed’s YouTube Channel and website at
The Economic Lowdown Video Companion series helps high school students better understand economics. Additional videos, explaining the concepts of demand and market equilibrium, will be available in the fall.
For more information on the St. Louis Fed’s economic education programs, see

Ole Miss offers 10 new need-based scholarships worth $5,000 each
OXFORD – A new University of Mississippi scholarship endowment will provide 10 need-based scholarships of $5,000 each to Mississippians.
The endowment was created by Jackson businessman Carl Herrin of Jackson and his wife, Nancy.
“I relate to poor students who need scholarships,” said Carl Herrin, a 1949 graduate. “My family was very poor, and I accelerated my studies at Ole Miss in order to graduate early.”

$52,466 grant will allow MUW to offer scholarships for nursing
COLUMBUS – Master’s level nurse practitioner students at Mississippi University for Women who will provide care for under-served areas after graduation may be eligible for scholarship aid through the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Grant.
MUW’s graduate nursing program was awarded a $52,466 AENT grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will cover expenses for about 30 graduate nurse practitioner students.
For more information about MUW’s nursing programs, contact the Office of Admissions at (662) 329-7106 or visit
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