Education Notebook March 24, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Caterpillar gift supports robotics education
STARKVILLE – Mississippi students will receive a boost through a Caterpillar Foundation initiative to support K-12 education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology through the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University.
Roberto Ortega, manager of the Caterpillar plant in Corinth, recently presented a $20,000 check to Dean Sarah Rajala to support the Bagley College’s efforts in introducing robotic engineering to area middle and high school students.
The gift will support VEX Robotics and SeaPerch. A $10,000 gift last fall supported the Mississippi BEST Robotics Competition.

MUW offers masters in global commerce
COLUMBUS – This summer Mississippi University for Women will launch its Master of Science in Global Commerce program, which will be delivered completely online. Its purpose is to prepare graduates to manage global business operations.
During a student’s first semester, he or she must declare a region or country of the world on which to complete a portfolio. Every course will require the student to write a portfolio paper on the declared region.
For more information, call the College of Business and Professional Studies at (662) 329-7152, email deansoffice@bu.muw.edu or visit http://www.muw.edu/globalcommerce.

March science cafe focuseson environmental toxicology
OXFORD – Pharmaceuticals and chemicals that may show up as environmental contaminants are examined in this month’s installment of a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Lusa Pastry Cafe, 1120 N. Lamar Ave. Kristine Willett, UM associate professor of pharmacology, will discuss environmental toxicology. The program is free and open to the public.

MUW’s Karen Lott receivespolitical science award
COLUMBUS – Karen Lott, a senior political science major at Mississippi University for Women, presented the “Best Undergraduate Paper” at the Mississippi Political Science Association annual meeting held at Delta State University in Cleveland.
Her paper was titled “Educational Equality vs. Economic Competitiveness: An Analysis of German Vocational Education.” It was originally written for Brian Anderson’s comparative politics class last fall. She was chosen out of 15 undergraduate political science students in the state.
Lott will graduate in May and will enter service for Teach for America.

Event offers screening of Delta documentary
OXFORD – The troubled lives of people struggling against prejudice, poverty and HIV infections in the Mississippi Delta and other parts of the South will be explored in a new documentary, “deepsouth,” to be screened this week at the University of Mississippi.
The presentation at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Overby Center Auditorium is free and open to the public. It is part of the Women’s History Month program at the university’s Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and is co-sponsored by the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.
The showing will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Lisa Biagiotti, and two of the principal figures for the documentary, Joshua Alexander and Cedric Sturdevant.
Daily Journal reports