Education Notebook Dec. 12, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Carver educator honored by Hall of Master Teachers
COLUMBUS – Carver Elementary teacher Kimberly Correro Fandel was one of five Mississippi educators recently recognized by the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers ceremony at Mississippi University for Women.
Fandel, a first-grade teacher at Carver, said, “The rewards I have found in teaching are many. I have fun and experience pleasure being with young children.”
Teachers were judged on the basis of their professional activities, educational leadership, contributions to curriculum and course development, teaching philosophy and influence on students and other teachers.
Other recipients were Verniece Goode of Laurel, Ann Lathrop of Bay St. Louis, Dennis Reed of Columbus and Suzie Welch of Purvis.

Pontotoc High School earns National School of Distinction status
PONTOTOC – Pontotoc High School recently received a National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program. Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned that level of distinction in the 2010-11 school year.
The status is awarded to schools that demonstrate notable enthusiasm, creativity or dedication in getting involved with the hunger cause. The Schools Fight Hunger program is a two-year-old initiative focused on connecting schools nationwide with the hunger cause, helping those schools fight hunger most effectively, celebrating the good work of schools and students and inspiring our next generation of leaders on the value of service.
For more information, visit www.schoolsfighthunger.org.

Students can compete in national recycling contest
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of local schools around the country are gearing up to recycle millions of beverage cans in a nationwide effort to raise tens of thousands of dollars for school activities, local charities or other special causes.
The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) announced the launch of its Second Annual Great American Can Roundup (GACR) School Challenge. Participating schools are rated on a per capita basis, with winners selected based on a comparison between the pounds of cans recycled and the number of enrolled students. CMI awards $1,000 per state to the school recycling the most beverage cans per capita and an additional $5,000 to the national champion school.
Interested schools can register at www.cancentral.com/roundup. The program ends on Earth Day, April 22.

MSU technology licensed for international energy market
STARKVILLE – An innovative wastewater technology developed at Mississippi State is entering the international energy market as part of a licensing agreement with a Canadian company.
The university’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer recently formed an agreement with Montreal-based New Forest Industries to use technology created by Rafaeal Hernandez and Todd French, associate professors in the Bagley College of Engineering’s Swalm School of Chemical Engineering.
Hernandez, whose research specializes in biofuels and alternative energy, said the technology enables wood producers to create value from what would otherwise not be used again.
As part of the licensing agreement, New Forest Industries will build a commercial facility that incorporates the MSU technology with the other propriety methods to generate alternative fuel.
Daily Journal reports