Education Notebook

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ole Miss professor wins coveted national honor for his book
– OXFORD – A University of Mississippi English professor received one of the Modern Language Association of America’s most prestigious honors at its national convention.
Robert E. Cummings was awarded MLA’s Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for his book “Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia.” The prize is given for outstanding work in the fields of language, culture, literacy or literature with strong application to the teaching of English.
Cummings is director of UM’s Center for Writing and Rhetoric. He was among 17 honorees to be recognized during the MLA annual meeting in Los Angeles.

UM’s chief research officer receives top honor
– OXFORD – The National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review has named Alice M. Clark the 2010 winner of its top honor for extraordinary commitment to peer review.
Clark is the university’s vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs and F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy. She will receive the Marcy Speer Outstanding Reviewer Award, which highlights vital contributions of CSR reviewers who evaluate NIH grant applications.
In an average year, about 16,000 reviewers volunteer some 150,000 days to assess the scientific merit of more than 58,000 grant applications.

MSU professor selected for national engineering program
– STARKVILLE – A Mississippi State University assistant professor of chemical engineering was among 53 of the nation’s most innovative young professionals selected to participate in a National Academy of Engineering program.
Keisha B. Walters was selected to attend the “Frontiers of Engineering Education” symposium in Irvine, Calif.
During the event, early career faculty in a variety of engineering disciplines shared ideas and learned from education research.

Study abroad available for students at Ole Miss
– TUPELO – When the University of Mississippi begins its spring semester later this month, at least one student at Ole Miss-Tupelo will be in England. Senior education major Daytra Riley will spend the final semester of her undergraduate career studying at Liverpool Hope University in England.
While many students on the university’s Oxford campus often study abroad, the university wants to remind students on its regional campuses, such as Tupelo and Booneville, that the option is available for them as well.
For more information about UM Study Abroad or student teaching abroad, contact Maury Breazeale at or go to

ICC to present workshop for educators on differences
– TUPELO – Itawamba Community College’s office of College and Career Planning will present a professional development workshop for educators on Jan. 21 on the Tupelo campus.
Entitled “OUCH: That Stereotype Hurts,” the workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Technical Education Building Lecture Demonstration Room. It focuses on dealing with students who are different than their teachers.
There is no charge for the workshop. Lunch is provided, and continuing education units are available at no charge.
For more information or to preregister, contact Marcus Simmons at or (662) 620-5136.

H&R Block offering grants for finance curriculum
– KANSAS CITY – H&R Block Dollars & Sense can provide free personal finance curriculum to high schools nationwide. The company is offering $500,000 in curriculum grants and scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year through Feb. 28.
All U.S. high schools are eligible, and it typically takes only 10 minutes for a teacher or school official to apply.
Grant recipients receive Virtual Business Personal Finance interactive software and lesson plans that cover 18 real-world topics, such as managing a budget, handling taxes, avoiding credit card debt, saving and investing.
For more information or to apply for free curriculum, teachers can visit Beginning March 1, website visitors can vote to help select grant recipients.

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