Category

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton (right), assistant professor of chemistry, works with Sarah Tierce of the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science.

Hamilton host MSMS student for summer research

By | Academics, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty/Staff, Students | No Comments

Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry, recently coordinated a two-week research experience at Delta State University for Sarah Tierce, a rising senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus.

Tierce, a Cleveland native, also worked with Katie Penton, a graduate student in Hamilton’s lab, as they explored the creation of a new degradable nanofiber that can be used in biomedical applications such as drug delivery and wound healing.

Tierce’s experience is part of a renewed effort to reestablish connections between the Delta State University Chemistry and Physics Department and the science faculty at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

“Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, a chemistry teacher at MSMS, and I worked together to make this high school research experience possible,” said Hamilton. “Dr. Morgan helped identify interested and motivated students that would benefit from working in a research lab over the summer. I believe Sarah, a rising senior at MSMS, gained great insight into what research means and how a research lab functions.”

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

Hamilton added that this experience provides a great opportunity for high caliber students to learn about Delta State and its great learning atmosphere on campus and in the department.

“Moreover, this provided a chance for one of my graduate students, Katie Penton, to provide mentorship to a younger student — an invaluable skill in the workforce,” said Hamilton. “I would love to host more high school students in my lab. I believe it gives students a cutting edge when it comes to college applications, and it puts Delta State at the forefront of their mind when applying for colleges their senior year.”

The research is a collaborative effort between Hamilton and Dr. Gisela Buschle-Diller in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. The work is supported by the Mississippi INBRE, funded by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103476.

Dr. Joseph Bentley, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Delta State, was also thrilled to rekindle the relationship with MSMS.

“Our department is very pleased to have a student from MSMS doing research with Dr. Sharon Hamilton this summer,” said Bentley. “Dr. Hamilton is our new organic chemist and is doing exciting polymer research. This collaboration is just one of several efforts reestablishing a connection with MSMS that our department enjoyed previously, in large part thanks to Dr. Henry Outlaw, who was instrumental in maintaining the DSU/MSMS relationship. In the past, faculty from MSMS helped DSU host education workshops for local Delta teachers and this is a tradition the Department of Chemistry and Physics and MSMS look forward to renewing. In the future, we hope to host more MSMS students in research experiences at Delta State.”

Learn more about the department at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/chemistry-and-physics.

crinoids slab- UW Geology Museum, July 2016

Baghai-Riding represents Delta State University at the Earth Educators Rendezvous

By | College of Arts and Sciences | No Comments

Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding was one of 20 participants selected nationally to attend the Earth Educators Rendezvous (EER) that met from July 18-22, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

She received a travel stipend by applying through a Geo-Needs Project funded by an NSF in early March 2016.

Baghai-Riding was selected because she advises undergraduate DSU Environmental Science majors, teaches two regularly scheduled geology courses that many minority students complete as part of their environmental science/biology degree requirement, incorporates geological concepts into other environmental science classes. In addition, Delta State University serves many minority students that major in the sciences.

As part of the stipend requirement, Baghai-Riding was expected to complete an action plan on her Physical Geology for Life Sciences course. As part of the action plan, she provided strategies and methods that will ensure success for all students, plans for outreach to recruit students to the course, and curriculum plans. In addition, the action plan included plans for evaluation and assessment. Her action plan received favorable comments and will be published by the end of the fall 2016 semester.

Overall, more than 310 attended the Earth Educators Rendezvous, and Baghai-Riding attended numerous workshops throughout the week. One titled Designing Effective Assignments and Activities focused on new ways of teaching including gallery walks, jigsaw, and concept mapping. Other workshops emphasized the components of writing a successful NSF grant proposal, teaching demonstrations of various geological and environmental science concepts, incorporating thinking about the Earth across disciplines, and broadening participation in the geosciences workforce.

Handouts and Power Points of all the various workshops and activities are free to download and can be found under the program header of the Earth Educators Rendezvous website: http://serc.carleton.edu/earth_rendezvous/2016/program/index.html.

Baghai-Riding said she intends to utilize many of the concepts she learned this coming academic year.

“The Rendezvous was exceptionally well done,” she added.

Contact Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding (nbaghai@deltastate.edu) for more information about the environmental science program at Delta State University.

Photography professor Kim Rushing’s new book, “Parchman,” will be available for purchase from the University Press of Mississippi beginning in September.

Rushing completes photo book on Parchman

By | Academics, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty/Staff | No Comments

Delta State University photography professor Kim Rushing’s new book, “Parchman,” will soon be available for purchase.

In 1994, Rushing was given the unique access to photograph and interview inmates in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

The 10-inch by 10-inch book, being published by the University Press of Mississippi, features 125 black and white photos and stories written by the inmates.

According to the book’s forward, Rushing’s visit to Parchman was the first time an outside photographer was allowed to photograph its inmates. For almost four years, he was given access and created images about their lives and prison conditions.

The men featured in his work volunteered to be photographed and permitted Rushing to share their experiences.

“The images I made in Parchman Penitentiary, and the stories the inmates wrote, were completed almost 20 years ago,” said Rushing. “The process of making the book happened only during the past two years. The work at Parchman evolved into what felt like a natural way for me, but making the book was a real education.

“University Press allowed me creative control throughout the process, and they were a pleasure to work with. It’s great to see the book completed, but I’m ready to start the next one.”

Beginning in September, the book will be available here: http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1932.

Rushing will also take part in a panel discussion with four other authors during the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson on Aug. 20. He will talk at 3 p.m. in the Capitol Building, and a limited supply of books will be available for Rushing to sign and sell at the event.

Rushing, has taught photography at Delta State for 23 years. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Garden and Gun.

Learn more about photography courses at Delta State and the Department of Art at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art.

 

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University

Brooks certified by U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

By | Academics, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty/Staff, GIS, Uncategorized | No Comments

This spring, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation officially launched its Universal GEOINT Certification Program at its GEOINT 2016 Symposium.

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, was one of six professionals to receive designation as a Universal GEOINT Professional.

The certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her education and training, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of geospatial information technologies.

Brooks’ certification is extremely relevant in the field because the Undersecretary of Defense has mandated these credentials for employment within the intelligence and military geospatial community.

“Our curriculum (at Delta State) directly supports these credentials,” said Brooks. “The underlying body of knowledge will serve as the base for professional accreditation of our degree.”

Brooks is one of two persons working in academia to have earned the professional distinction.

To learn more about the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/center-for-interdisciplinary-geospatial-information-technologies.

This year's DMI Summer Camp final showcase will be held July 16 at 6 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

DMI Summer Camp celebrates tenth year of showcasing talent

By | College of Arts and Sciences, Delta Music Institute, Faculty/Staff | No Comments

The Delta Music Institute Entertainment Industry Studies program at Delta State University is celebrating its tenth year of developing and showcasing young talent through a summer camp for high school students.

This year’s student campers at the DMI Summer Camp will present a showcase of original songs and commercial music on July 16 at 6 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State. The concert will include material from various commercial music genres, along with several original songs created by the camp’s songwriting students. The show will also include a performance by select DMI Summer Camp alumni.

Over 20 students ages 15-18 from Mississippi and Alabama are participating in the 2016 program. The intensive six-day residential camp experience explores three integrated music industry tracks, including audio engineering, band performance and songwriting. The camp culminates with a recording session at the DMI studios followed by the showcase.

Instructors for the camp are DMI faculty members along with entertainment industry professionals.

“For the past 10 summers, it has been amazing to see talented young people write original music, rehearse, and put together such a great show in only a week’s time,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “It’s also fun to watch them form friendships with other like-minded campers from all over the state.”

The July 16 showcase is free and open to the public. Supporters of these talented young musicians are encouraged to attend and enjoy the show.

The DMI Summer Camp is supported by grant funds from the Mississippi Arts Commission and Entergy Mississippi.

The Delta Music Institute offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies at Delta State University. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business and creative areas of the entertainment industry. For more information, call the DMI office at 662-846-4579 or visit www.deltastate.edu/dmi.