Education Notebook March 31, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

UM adds degrees for special education teachers
OXFORD – Two new graduate degrees at the University of Mississippi School of Education are being added in an effort to meet a growing need for special education teachers in the state.
The online Master of Education program caters to working teachers who would like to earn a master’s degree in special education to advance their careers on their own schedule. Face-to-face time may be scheduled with instructors, but is not required. The new Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in special education will be available in the fall of 2013. The program is designed for educators who want to teach special education instruction at the collegiate level, move into administrative K-12 roles or become specialists in their field.

UM’s Quinn to explain significance of Higgs boson
OXFORD – Breese Quinn, a University of Mississippi associate professor of physics, and his colleagues in the university’s High Energy Physics group were among those excited by this summer’s announcement of the possible discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson. This is a tiny particle crucial to understanding all matter in the universe. Quinn plans to share some of that excitement in a free public presentation this week on campus.
“The Higgs Particle: Who, What, Where, When, How and Why?” is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Centennial Auditorium of the Thad Cochran Research Center. Besides explaining what the Higgs boson is and why the discovery matters, Quinn also plans to explain how Ole Miss physicists contributed to the project.

Booneville’s Cunningham wins Congressional Art Competition
FULTON – Booneville High School’s Baillie Cunningham won the annual Congressional Art Competition held at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Cunningham’s piece “Blue Beginnings” bested the field of 79 participants. Others to place at the competition included Saltillo High School’s Melina Wilson (second), North Pontotoc High’s Diana Sandovel (third), Tupelo High’s Tequila Shareese Shumpert (fourth), Saltillo High’s Justin Stowers (tie fifth) and Tremont High’s Audrey Yielding (tie fifth).
“We had an amazing group of students enter this year’s competition,” Congressman Alan Nunnelee said.

Distinguished band director to visit MSU
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University’s Famous Maroon Band will celebrate its teachers and mentors with a series of events from Monday through Thursday featuring Ray Cramer. Emeritus Director of Bands/ Wind Conductor at Indiana University, Cramer is the first guest in the new series “Legends and Mentors: Honoring Those Who Have Influenced Us.”
During his time on campus, Cramer will work with the MSU concert bands, speak to students, conduct open rehearsals and teach classes. For a complete list of events, go to http://www.msuband.msstate.edu. All events are free and open to the public.

Author to speak inOxford about charter schools
OXFORD – Education reporter Sarah Carr will be at Square Books in Oxford on Tuesday at 5 p.m. to speak about her new book “Hope Against Hope.” The book tells the story of the New Orleans public school system after Hurricane Katrina and analyzes the proliferation of charter schools in the city. It weaves together the narratives of a student, a teacher and a principal in telling the larger story.
Carr will also speak about the growth of the charter school movement and lessons learned in Mississippi from New Orleans’ experience with charters. Carr is a contributing editor with The Hechinger Report. She has worked as a staff writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
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MSU contributes to research on crime TV
STARKVILLE – Research published in the Journal of Health Communication shows that television viewers who watch Law & Order, CSI or NCIS are more likely to help prevent sexual assault or intervene in a sexual assault if they have the opportunity.
Emily Garrigues Marrett, an instructor of management and information systems who teaches organizational communication in Mississippi State University’s College of Business, is the research paper’s second author. Stacey Hust, associate professor of communication with Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communications, was lead author of the research article.
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