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Aaron Francois, Christopher Phillips, Dr. Yongqin Zhang

MAS-GIT students and faculty represent DSU at state conference

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Dr. Yongqin Zhang, assistant professor and director of the MAS-GIT program in the Department of Biological Sciences, and three MAS-GIT students recently gave presentations at the fourth Mississippi Geospatial Conference held at Long Beach on Oct. 20 and 21.

MAS-GIT student Kory Iman received the student poster award.  His research, “A Geospatial Method to Develop Infrastructure of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations,” demonstrated the geospatial applications in transportation analysis.  He used multi-factor analysis to identify optimal locations for installing EV charging stations for the walking public, and gave the government some spatial considerations and guidance for transportation planning.

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Kory Iman

Iman was not able to show up in the conference due to a training session in Washington D.C. Dr. Zhang brought the award of a $50 check back on behalf of Iman.

The other two MAS-GIT students Aaron Francois and Christopher Phillips gave presentations titled “Study of the Zika Virus using Disease Mapping and Ecological Niche Models” and “Determining Species of Greatest Conservation Need Occurrence in the Yazoo River Drainage, Mississippi,” respectively. Dr. Zhang gave a presentation titled “Investigating the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Natural Gas Production and Vegetation Change through Remote Sensing.” Their research utilizes GIS and remote sensing technologies in vegetation and natural gas production analysis, mosquito disease mapping and modeling, and fish species and habitat analysis.

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Dr. Zhang

“As the advisor, I am so proud of these MAS-GIT students for their excellent research ability and motivation in applied research using GIT. All of them represented DSU so well. This brings up the reputation of our master’s program.” said Zhang.

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BPAC School Matinee Series Begins with “A Year with Frog and Toad”

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center presented “A Year with Frog and Toad” on Oct. 25, the first show in its School-Time Matinee Series.

Approximately 1,500 students in pre-kindergarten to sixth grades from schools in Mississippi and Arkansas attended the musical which was nominated for three TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The performance was locally sponsored by Monsanto.

Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books, the whimsical musical featuring a jazzy, upbeat score follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends along the way. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, “A Year with Frog and Toad” tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” is produced by Casa Mañana, the same theatre company who produced the acclaimed 2013 tour of “Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” that was presented at the BPAC.

The next performance in School-Time Matinee Series will be Parsons Dance Company on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Parsons Dance is a New York City-based modern dance company internationally renowned for its athletic ensemble work. Recommended for middle and high school audiences, teachers and students alike will be amazed by these talented dancers. A complete study guide is available to complement the production.

Scholarship tickets are also available for public schools through partnerships with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and Double Quick, Inc. For more information, schools groups can visit www.bolognapac.com/education or call 662-846-4844.

Board of Trustees to meet this week

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 9 a.m.  Members of the Board may participate in the meeting via teleconference.  Members of the public and media may attend the meeting in the IHL Board Room, located in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Miss. An Executive Session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Academic Affairs Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning chaired by Trustee Tom Duff, will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to consider authorizations to plan. Members of the Board may participate in the committee meetings via teleconference. The public may attend the meeting in the IHL Board Room, located in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. An Executive Session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Health Affairs Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning chaired by Trustee Ford Dye, will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to discuss University of Mississippi Medical Center projects and priorities. Members of the Board may participate in the committee meetings via teleconference. The public may attend the meeting in the IHL Board Room, located in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. An Executive Session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.