Education Notebook

By Chris Kieffer

Grant helps Rust College student on biomedical research at Ole Miss
– Thanks to a program funded by the National Science Foundation, Rust College senior LaVar Craine recently flew to North Carolina to present work he conducted at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.
Craine, a 22-year-old from Byhalia, spent his summer testing a group of compounds called paullones to determine whether they would bind with, and thus suppress, three enzymes associated with diseases such as cancer, Type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Craine received a 2010 undergraduate research assistantship to work in the University of Mississippi laboratory.
Applications being accepted for Mississippi Governor’s School
– The Mississippi Governor’s School is accepting applications for the 2011 session from current 10th- and 11th-grade students enrolled in Mississippi high schools. MGS will be held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women June 5 to 24. The theme for the session is Courage to Risk.
MGS is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for a limited number of rising high school juniors and seniors.
Application materials are available on the MGS website, Applications should be postmarked by Jan. 31. For information, call (662) 241-6096 or e-mail
Tupelo Middle School students will host art show
– Tupelo Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade art students will host a show and sell on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Civic foyer. The students will have artwork on display, and various pottery and paintings will be on sale on a first-come, first-served basis. All items were created by students and their instructors and will range in price from $2 to $40. Thursday’s event will be held in conjunction with the chorus concert that will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the main auditorium.
NEMCC accepts Walmart donation
– The Walmart foundation recently presented a $5,000 check to Northeast Mississippi Community College. President Johnny Allen said the school planned to use the funds to support the Northeast NOW program.
At Northeast’s NOW, about 1,400 district high school seniors who are considering collegiate studies visit the Northeast campus in Booneville, where they are assisted in pre-planning their college studies and are introduced to the school.
Wayne Holley, the manager of the Walmart Supercenter in Booneville, presented the check. Billy McCoy, the speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, and state Sen. J.P. Wilemon were on hand for the presentation.
ICC receives $100,000 FEMA grant
– Itawamba Community College received a $100,000 Hazard Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Mitigation plans form the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses, according to Buddy Collins, vice president of Student Services, who submitted the grant proposal.
“The plan creates a framework for risk-based decision-making to reduce damage to lives, property and the economy from future disasters,” Collins said.
FEMA funds up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of the project with a 25 percent match from the grantee.
ICC has contracted with Jackson-based Neel-Schaffer Inc., to write the plan. A Hazard Mitigation Council of community members, government officials, community leaders and business owners will be appointed.
Science essay contest seeks entries
– In its 25th year, the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is seeking entries until Jan. 31.
The DuPont Challenge gives seventh- to 12th-grade students the opportunity to write a 700- to 1,000-word essay discussing a scientific discovery, theory, event or technological application that has captured their interest. The range of possible essay topics is as broad as science itself. Essays are judged based on ideas and content, mechanics and conventions, organization, style and creativity and originality.
Essays are evaluated in two divisions: Junior division (grades 7-9) and senior division (grades 10-12).
The competition was first created to honor the memory of the crew of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle. For more information about competition, visit

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