School of Architecture holds 2017 Recognition Day ceremony

May 10th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2017 Recognition Day ceremony

Class of 2017: Front (L to R): Aryn Phillips, Kapish Cheema, Rachel Patronas, Jarrod Robinson, Josh Johnson; Middle (L to R): Morgan Powell, David Kett, Nathan Thomas, Ryan Fierro, Walter Carter, Sam Goodwin, Zac White, Garrett Yelverton, West Pierce, Mary Sanders, Ria Bennett; Back (L to R): Cody Smith, Tyler Warmath, Kevin Flores, Aaron Ellzey, Ashton Aime, Lucas Posey, Joseph Rose, Brandon Fairbanks, Ben Marshall, Luke Marshall.

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 5, 2017, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, welcomed everyone and thanked parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and other guests for supporting the graduates.

Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk introduced MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.

Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

Belinda Stewart, FAIA, principal of Belinda Stewart Architects PA presented the 27th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2016-2017 School of Architecture awards:

Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient:  Jassen Callender
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winners are selected by the fifth-year graduating class.

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Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President:  Ben Webster
Faculty Advisors:  Professor Jacob Gines and Professor Hans Herrmann
Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-year.

TSD Initiates:
Jake Gartman, Mitchell Hubbell, Matthew Lewis, Karly Morgan, Asher Paxton, Emily Turner, Leah Welborn

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett, Ryan M. Fierro, Ben Marshall, West Pierce, Joseph Rose, Mary Sanders, Cody Smith

TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient:  Professor Emily McGlohn
The Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award is presented by the third- and fourth-year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them
to excellence.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President:  Diondria Bingham
Presented By:  Elizabeth Bueche
Faculty Advisor:  Professor Emily McGlohn
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is the student arm of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Students participating seek to enhance the educational experience of its members by fostering diversity within the School of Architecture and the community at-large.

The 2017 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient:  Diondria Bingham
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the School and the larger community.

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Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President:  Asher Paxton
Faculty Advisor:  Professor Justin Taylor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.

Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient:  Lucas Posey
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year
architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has
furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.

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American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President:  Hannah Hebinck
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Fred Esenwein
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient:  Hannah Hebinck
The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The qualifications for this award are:  “…that the student goes above and beyond what
has been asked of him/her; has shown initiative and leadership qualities; has been
an AIAS leader within his/her year level; and does well academically.”

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First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator:  Professor Jacob Gines
Recipient:  Sarah Hoing
This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator:  Dr. Fred Esenwein
Recipient:  Meredith Hutto
This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator:  Professor Emily McGlohn
Recipients:  Mitchell Hubbell and Asher Paxton
This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator:  Professor Hans Herrmann
Recipient:  Zachary Henry and Austin Schnitzlein
This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth- 
year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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ARCC King Award
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Recipient:  West Pierce
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty.  Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC-member school. Selection of the recipient is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.

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Ryan Fierro

West Pierce

Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by:  Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients:  Ryan Fierro and West Pierce
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.

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Academic Achievement Award
Recipient:  Ria Bennett
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average. 

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Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
($1,500) Ria Bennett
In September 2004, Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors; and David Morris, Marvin Windows representative, established this traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year.

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Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Recipient:  Aryn Phillips
The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB-fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.

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Certificate: Ria Bennett

Medal: Ryan Fierro

AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient:  Ria Bennett
Medal Recipient:  Ryan Fierro
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal are considered to be the most important awards given to graduating students. They are awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and the certificate is awarded to the runner-up. Selection is made by the entire faculty.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2016-2017:

Mississippi State University Presidential Scholar
Krishna D. Desai
Krishna was one of thirteen students selected for Mississippi State’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. The annual award covers the current cost of university tuition, fees, books, and room and board, as well as research and study-abroad expenses. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum 30 ACT/1330 SAT score, as well as have graduated with a minimum core or overall 3.75 high school grade-point average. Selected from more than 700 qualified applicants, the 2016-17 group joins 37 others already participating in the program, which is part of MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College. They are expected to maintain an overall 3.4 GPA while in their respective academic majors.

Aydelott Travel Award
Daniel Smith
A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. As MSU’s recipient, Daniel Smith will travel this summer to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Berlin, Germany; Firminy-Vert, France; and Dhaka, Bangladesh, to study four unique buildings. He will work next semester with his faculty advisor, Dr. Fred Esenwein.

Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
Emily Turner
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter) is awarded to the second-place recipient of the Aydelott Travel Award. The award provides $4,000 for student travel. Emily will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France; and Tokyo, Japan, this summer.

Briar and Michelle Jones Travel Fellowship
Zachary Henry
Alumnus Briar Jones and his wife, Michelle, provided $2,000 to support Zachary’s travel to research and interview architect Glenn Murcutt in Australia in July 2016. Zachary received the Best Undergraduate Paper Award from the 2017 Building Technology Educators Society International Conference, landing him a $500 travel scholarship, free conference admission, and BTES membership. He will present the paper, “Ecological Functionalism in the Work of Glenn Murcutt,” at the conference in Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2017. (Research was conducted under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn’s Audit Squad.)

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Fall 2016
Omkar Prabhu
Omkar received a $3,000 stipend award and worked on research in the fall semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines. Omkar was then invited (with honorarium funding) to present his research, “Launch Pads: A Generational Response to Urban Housing,” to the Sr. Leadership Team at Method Studio, Inc., in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 10, 2016. 

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
Lara Lynn Waddell
This $500 award was established in 1997 in honor and memory of William Lincoln Giles, a charter member of ARF. It is given each year to a student selected by the School of Architecture on the basis of academic excellence and overall leadership within the school. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.

Poster – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Anna Barr
Anna’s poster, titled “Learn & Grow – Educational and Community Garden,” was accepted to the AASHE Conference and Expo at the University of Arizona, Baltimore, Maryland, held Oct 10-11, 2016. Her work was created under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory. Anna received $750 in matching funding from the MSU Shackouls Honors College to travel and present her poster.

Merit Award: 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects
Kirby Lockard and Carter Smith
The ASLA Mississippi Chapter received a merit award in the 2016 ASLA Student Award Program for the landscape design and installation at the MSU Golf Course Storm Shelter at Hole #4. The work was completed in a 2015 Maymester landscape architecture exterior design build class led by faculty instructor: P. Summerlin with architecture advisor Associate Professor Hans Herrmann.

Harrison Lecture
Lara Lynn Waddell
Lara Lynn was invited to present the February 2017 Harrison Lecture. Waddell presented her research resulting from travel funded by the 2016 Aydelott Travel Award. Her research was guided by her mentor,   Emeritus Professor Michael Fazio.

Office of Research and Economic Development 2017 Undergraduate Student Research Award
Cody Smith
Cody was recognized at ORED’s annual Research Awards Banquet on April 27, 2017.

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2017-2018 Scholarships:

McCarty Architects Student Housing Team Architecture Scholarship
($2,500) Rashida Momoh, Damion Hardy
Candidates must be third, fourth, or fifth-year architecture students in good standing.

Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000) Omkar Prabhu
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.

Mockbee Hall & Drake Annual Scholarship
($1,350) Anna Barr
Applicants must be: entering the fifth-year design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; be of good moral character; and have demonstrated leadership ability.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Donald Murray
Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000/year) De’Vion Dingle, Danny Osman, Mattison Ping, Calvin Smith, Caley Watts
Open to incoming freshman and transfer students majoring in the College of Architecture, Art & Design with a minimum 3.0 GPA; transfer students must have a minimum of 48 transferable community college credit hours.

Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Austin Keaton
This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.

Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Cory Moxley
Students must be entering their third-year; have a 2.80+ GPA; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can show financial need; and a resident of: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo Counties.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship
($1,000) Maria Degtyareva, Hannah Hebinck, Rashidat Momoh, Yerix Morel
Candidates must be full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their second-year of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Jake Gartman
Candidates must be full-time students; have completed their second-year in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Joseph L. Echols Scholars Program
($850) Patrick Greene, Rashida Momoh
($500) McKenzie Johnson
Candidates for the Joseph L. Echols Scholarship must: be a current undergraduate and underrepresented architecture student; show strong work ethic by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; present a satisfactory work portfolio; demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Diondria Bingham, Maria Degtyareva, Patrick Greene, Damion Hardy, Sarah Hoing, Austin Keaton,
              Donald Murray, Hannah Strider
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(software) Sarah Hoing, McKenzie Johnson, Hannah Strider
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.

Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600) To Be Determined  
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and high school students interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) To Be Determined  
Candidate must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.

Photos from the event can be downloaded until July 30, 2017 here.

Download the program here.

‘Sharing Experience’ helps promote diversity, inclusion at MSU

May 5th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Sharing Experience’ helps promote diversity, inclusion at MSU

Marion Sansing of Starkville, an authority on international culinary traditions, prepared all rice, maize and wheat dishes served during the “Shared Experience: Heritage, Home and History” spring workshop at Mississippi State. (Photos by Megan Bean)

Assistant history professor Muey Saeteurn discusses the global history of rice during “Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History,” a recent workshop for students at Mississippi State.

Renée Matich serves a rice dish to students during a “Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” workshop recently held at Mississippi State University. She was an organizer of the multi-cultural, interdisciplinary project that included meals featuring rice, maize and wheat dishes.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Organizers of a special spring-semester workshop at Mississippi State are deeming successful the multi-part cultural experience that brought together a diverse group of university students.

“Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” was the title of the research project made possible by an interdisciplinary grant from MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development. Co-principal investigators were School of Architecture assistant professors Emily McGlohn and Andreea Mihalache. Mihalache now teaches at Clemson University.

Other co-principal investigators included two faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ food science, nutrition and health promotion department—Renée Matich, who coordinates the expanded food and nutrition education program, and assistant professor Terezie Mosby, who directs dietetic internships. Also participating was assistant professor Muey Saeteurn of the College of Arts and Sciences’ history department.

To launch examinations of culture and diversity, the nearly two dozen students brought along personal recipes from their respective homes. With them, each began researching the origins and foodways—the cultural, social and economic practices of production and consumption—of their recipes’ various ingredients.

Each of the workshop’s three sessions involved a “focus food”; in this case, rice, maize and wheat. At each session, an informational lecture by a workshop’s organizer was followed by a multi-course meal of cultural dishes featuring the “focus food” of the day.

All meals were organized and prepared by Marion Sansing of Starkville, a recognized authority on international culinary traditions.

Bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to share personal memories, recipes and a meal in the context of their unique cultural backgrounds proved a fun and enriching way to build empathy and promote cultural and global awareness, McGlohn said.

“Sharing a meal is a sensitive, respectful way to understand, learn and start a conversation about our heritage, home and history,” she explained. “We gained a better understanding of each other’s heritage through our culinary traditions, and we also learned about each other’s history and background through stories shared around the table.”

Using the “wheat” session as an example, McGlohn said the main dish was lamb tagine with couscous. For dessert, students enjoyed topfenpalatschinken, a sweet, filled pancake of Austrian heritage that is similar to a French crèpe. Workshop participants also were served mote con huesillo, the national drink of Chile made from a blending of wheat berries and dried peaches in water flavored with cinnamon and lemon rind.

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Faculty, staff recognized during annual MSU awards program

May 4th, 2017 Comments Off on Faculty, staff recognized during annual MSU awards program

CAAD faculty were recently honored at the annual MSU Faculty Awards and Recognition Reception. From left: Interior Design Director and Professor Beth Miller, Professor Marita Gootee (art), Professor Jamie Mixon (art), Assistant Professor Michele Herrmann (building construction science), Dean Jim West, Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn (architecture) and Associate Professor Hans Herrmann (architecture). | Photo by Russ Houston | © Mississippi State University

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State is a place where faculty and staff are driven to excel in teaching, research and service while inspiring younger generations of Bulldog students to do the same. During the April 27 Faculty Awards and Recognition Reception, the university recognized individuals who have made such commitments over the course of the 2016-17 academic year.

Joanne E. Beriswill officially was designated a John Grisham Master Teacher, the tribute to classroom instruction excellence named for the MSU alumnus and internationally recognized author. An assistant professor in the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Beriswill joins the highly select group serving as role models and mentors for campus colleagues.

Representatives of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Forest Resources and Veterinary Medicine also were honored at the annual spring-semester program. They include (alphabetically):

—College of Arts and Sciences Academic Coordinator Tracy M. Britt, staff recipient of the Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Award;

—Assistant Extension Professor Leslie Burger of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, faculty recipient of the Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Award;

—Associate Professor of History James C. “Jim” Giesen, the MSU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award;

—Professor Robert L. “Bob” Linford of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences, the MSU Alumni Association’s Graduate Teaching Excellence Award; and

—Associate Professor Molly K. Zuckerman of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, the MSU Alumni Association’s Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.

Additionally, leaders from the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, MSU Libraries and all eight of the university’s academic colleges offered words of praise for exceptional work and achievements of faculty during the 2016-17 academic year.

Among those recognized was Janice E. Chambers, Mississippi State’s recipient of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. A William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine, she is a longtime member of the College of Veterinary Medicine faculty who already holds major international commendations as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.

During the afternoon ceremony, MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner praised Mississippi State as “a very special place for students to come and learn, for faculty and staff to enjoy working, and for alumni to come back and cherish the wonderful times that they had while they were students.”

Bonner said, “One of the most exciting parts of the academic year is that as it comes to a close, we’re able to host ceremonies like this where we can recognize those who have excelled and done extraordinary things.”

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Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet

April 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet

Photo via Instagram (Alexis Gregory)

By Jim Laird | Mississippi State University

More than 50 Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2017 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors.

The honorees, their guests and senior administrators celebrated the university’s research achievements during a campus awards luncheon today [April 27] in the Hunter Henry Center’s Hal and Linda Parker Ballroom.

Dr. Henry Wan was recognized with the afternoon’s top honor: the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.

Wan is a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Basic Sciences. Currently, he has seven active grants totaling more than $4.5 million. Most of these funding awards are highly competitive, including a National Institutes of Health R01 grant for which funding rates are generally less than 10 percent.

“Dr. Wan is internationally recognized by leading scientists for his innovative laboratory and computational approaches to understanding and developing more effective and efficient approaches that prevent and treat influenza,” said Greg Bohach, vice president for MSU’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

The program and banquet are co-sponsored by the offices of the vice presidents for Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

Wan has published 105 peer-reviewed papers, and he has developed 14 software programs, including widely used antigenic cartography software. He has presented more than 100 posters and almost 150 oral presentations at prestigious venues all over the world. He has mentored 69 trainees ranging from high school students to visiting faculty members.

He also serves on editorial boards of three journals, including Nature’s Scientific Reports. He has been invited to serve on several grant review panels for agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, CDC and Food and Drug Administration. He has organized several major scientific meetings and symposia, including the First Animal-Human Interface Symposium in Shanghai, China.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from Jiangxi Agricultural University in Nanchang, China. He earned a master’s degree in avian medicine from the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China. He earned a master’s degree in computer science at Mississippi State, and a Ph.D. in veterinary medical sciences at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Powe Award is a memorial to the MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president who died in 1996. It is selected at the university level from nominations received from the MSU community.

The annual research awards program honors individuals who contribute significantly to MSU’s mission of research. In addition to faculty, it recognizes and rewards students and staff for accomplishments and creative endeavors, as well as for increasing awareness of the university’s many research programs and capabilities.

“This annual awards banquet brings together researchers from across campus and from a wide range of programs to showcase the depth and reach of our overall research enterprise,” Bohach said.

David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development, echoed that assessment.

“The collaborative culture we have at MSU and the wide-ranging interests of our researchers are two of the key components in our success, and we look forward to celebrating our research achievements and the outstanding work of our faculty, staff and students every spring,” he said.

Other 2017 research award winners include (alphabetically, by academic unit):

–Bagley College of Engineering: Tom Lacy, faculty; Sheri Johnson, research support; Mohammad Mathtabi, graduate student; and Alex Calhoun, undergraduate student.

–College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station: Jeff Gore, faculty; Jesse Morrison, research support; Zhenghong Bao, graduate student; and Lucas Ferguson, undergraduate student.

–College of Architecture, Art and Design: Jacob Gines, faculty; Lori Neuenfeldt, research support; and Cody Smith, undergraduate student.

–College of Arts and Sciences: Sam Winer, faculty; Kimberly Rayborn, research support; Fadi Sun, graduate student; and Taylor Prislovsky, undergraduate student.

–College of Business: Brandon Cline, faculty; Andrew Dhaenens, graduate student; and Josh Bedi, undergraduate student.

–College of Education: Kun Huang, faculty; Tiffany Middleton, research support; Jeffrey Simpson, graduate student; and Alana Joy Turner, undergraduate student.

–College of Forest Resources: Jilei Zhang, faculty; Florent Bled, research support; Austin Omer, graduate student; an Jacob Jones, undergraduate student.

–College of Veterinary Medicine: Chinling Wang, faculty; Shirley Guo-Ross, research support; and Stephen R. Reichley, graduate student.

–MSU-Meridian: Lyle Wallace, graduate student.

–Office of Research and Economic Development: Jennifer Sappington, undergraduate student.

–University Centers and Institutes: Renee Brannon, research support.

Also honored were new graduates of the university’s 2016-2017 Benjamin F. Hilbun Faculty Leadership Program:

–Amy Crumpton, associate professor, interior design.

–Darrin Dodds, associate extension/research professor, plant and soil sciences.

–Deborah Eakin, associate professor, psychology.

–Jeffrey Eells, associate professor, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Yong Fu, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering.

–Jeffrey Haupt, professor, art.

–Alexandra Hui, associate professor, history.

–Melissa Moore, professor and department head, marketing, quantitative analysis and business law.

–Andy Perkins, associate professor, computer science and engineering.

–Edwin Webster, professor, chemistry.

Mississippi State’s success with developing intellectual property and licensing new technology also was part of the day’s celebration as nine inventors were recognized for obtaining patents in Fiscal Year 2016:

–Janice Chambers, Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine and director, Center for Environmental Health Sciences.

–Howard Chambers, a professor in MSU’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology until his death last December.

–Attila Karsi, associate professor, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Leland Lanford, farm manager, Delta Research and Extension Center.

–Mark Lawrence, associate dean and professor, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Edward Meek, laboratory manager, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Philip Steele, Warren S. Thompson Professor Emeritus of Wood Science and Technology, College of Forest Resources.

–Qiangu Yan, assistant research professor, Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

–Fei Yu, associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

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Senior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

April 24th, 2017 Comments Off on Senior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

Daniel Smith (Photo by Megan Bean)

A senior architecture student is the second at Mississippi State University to receive a $20,000 award for travel and research.

Daniel P. Smith, a graduate of Canton Academy and son of Clark and Rai Smith, will use the endowed Aydelott Travel Award to visit and research four late modern buildings this summer. They include: the São Paulo Museum of Art designed by Lina Bo Bardi located in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies Van der Rohe located in Berlin, Germany; Church of Saint-Pierre designed by Le Corbusier located in Firminy-Vert, France; and the National Assembly Building designed by Louis Kahn located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“The quality and rigor of this year’s Aydelott applications made by our undergraduate students conceivably rivals the submissions made at the graduate school level,” said F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk, director of Mississippi State’s School of Architecture. “Daniel’s focus on ‘urban space’ and its contextual fit to the four selected buildings truly impressed the jury.”

Junior Emily Turner, a graduate of Starkville High School and daughter of Steve and Jenny Turner, was runner-up and received $4,000 to support her research and international travel on modern architecture. The 2017 Paul Grootkerk Travel Award is funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter.

“The Aydelott Travel Award offers a student an opportunity that can and should change the trajectory of their architectural career,” said MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West.

Smith, who plans to pursue a career as a professor, agreed.

“This award is a great opportunity to kickstart my research career,” he said, adding that he has always been fascinated with how modern architecture came about and how it began to relate to humans and cultures.

“My research will focus on trying to understand how buildings relate on two scales – macro and micro,” he said. “How people move through and use the spaces and how the buildings relate to the city itself.”

The architecture student will return to MSU in the fall to work with his faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Fred Esenwein, to compile his research and observations into a report to be judged against his fellow Aydelott Travel Award recipients.

One student will receive the Aydelott Prize and an additional $5,000.

“This award enables students to research, visit, study and comprehend four visionary pieces of architecture in a way never available to them before. I look forward to observing a true transformation in the recipients of this award,” West said.

The $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides an award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at Mississippi State and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; and the University of Tennessee.

For more information about the Aydelott Travel Award and other fellowships in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/fellowshipsandawards.

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School of Architecture mourns loss of founding fifth-year faculty member

April 12th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture mourns loss of founding fifth-year faculty member

Chris Risher Jr. (right) accepts an award from Associate Dean Chris Saccopoulos at the 1991 School of Architecture Recognition Day ceremony.

The School of Architecture is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Chris Risher Jr.

Risher was the intellectual leader of the school’s fifth-year program for its first quarter century.

“Chris was a ‘bigger-than-life’ figure, packing a highly-evolved philosophy of phenomena as it relates to architectural experience,” said F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture. “This pioneering position clearly placed him at the forefront of our academic discipline . . . he will be missed.”

Risher continued his father’s pioneering work of creating exceptional modernism in Mississippi.

He served as invited critic, lecturer and visiting professor at numerous institutions, including Berkeley, the Cooper Union and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he was the Eliot Noyes Distinguished Chair.

Through these activities, Risher gained recognition as an inspiring educator, painter and non-professional philosopher in divergent places across the country.

“His was a singular and irreplaceable voice,” said Associate Professor Jassen Callender, the current director of the Jackson Center. “His loss will be felt by many for years to come.”

Vaughan Risher, Christopher’s son, has assembled some of his father’s art and invites friends to gather and view the pieces at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, on Sat., May 27, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Christopher left explicit directions that he wanted no memorial service. His son wants to show what his father was up to as an artist in the last ten years since leaving the practice of architecture.

Mississippi State University AIA National Convention alumni reception update

April 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State University AIA National Convention alumni reception update

Due to a conflict with academic schedules, the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design will not be hosting an alumni reception at the 2017 AIA National Convention, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., from April 27-29.

The college has enjoyed hosting numerous alumni receptions across the country in recent years, including events this year in Jackson and Dallas, Texas.

We have identified several cities for future receptions and welcome interest from alumni in hosting receptions in their cities.

If you’d like to get involved with coordinating an alumni event in your area, please contact Associate Dean Greg Hall, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, at 662-325-2202 or ghall@caad.msstate.edu.

AIA College of Fellows Class of 2017 includes two MSU S|ARC alumnae

April 7th, 2017 Comments Off on AIA College of Fellows Class of 2017 includes two MSU S|ARC alumnae

Two Mississippi State University School of Architecture alumnae were elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows for 2017.

Election is awarded by a jury of peers and recognizes achievements of national significance in advancing the architectural profession.

The 2017 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 178 members out of a total membership of more than 90,000. Fewer than 3% of members have been distinguished with elevation to fellowship nationally.

The newly elected Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2017 National AIA Convention in Orlando, Fla., on April 21.

Anne Marie Decker, FAIA, principal of Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., a Jackson architectural firm, was granted Fellowship in the category of Design, which is granted to architects who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design. Her elevation represents the third elevation of a female architect from Mississippi and the only member elevated from the state this year. Decker founded Duvall Decker in 1998 with her partner, Roy Decker. Her architectural experience ranges from community planning, K-12 schools, state institutions, university buildings and affordable housing. She is recognized as a contributor to the advancement of the profession and is often invited to share her expertise as a lecturer, teacher, design jury chair and published author. She has been an adjunct instructor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. She is a 1994 summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. In 2004 she was honored by the Mississippi State University School of Architecture with the Alumni Fellow Award for her achievements in practice. In 2015, she was selected to serve as Eminent Architect of Practice for Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and Design. She is currently serving as a member of the AIA Trust Board of Trustees.

Daria F. Pizzetta, FAIA, was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. After receiving her degree, Pizzetta worked in Gulfport for Shaw Walker Architects. She relocated to New York City in 1984, working first for Ferrenz Taylor Clark Architects and then at Soo Kim Associates, Inc., where she was a partner from 1988 to 1992. In 1992, Pizzetta joined Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and was named to the position of Senior Associate in 2000. When HHPA dissolved in August of 2004, Hugh Hardy asked Pizzetta to join a select group of staff to form H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. She is now a principal at H3, where her projects have included the Botanical Research Institute of Texas’ facility in Fort Worth and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Building. Her project for the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi received a MS/AIA Honor Award in 2015. She chaired the American Institute of Architects/New York Chapter Interiors Committee from 1998 until 2002 and was on the Board of Directors for the AIA/NYC. Pizzetta is a member of the American Library Association and the Library Administration and Management Association. She was named the 1998‐1999 Alumni Fellow for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, and she continues to support the School of Architecture with a merit scholarship and by sponsoring co‐op students for yearlong tenures in H3’s New York office. She is also a member of the MSU School of Architecture’s Advisory Board, advising the school on student curriculum and funding opportunities. Pizzetta and her husband, Charlie Brown, live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with their daughters, Stephanie and Charlotte.


Mississippi State architecture project featured in Architecture Boston magazine

April 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture project featured in Architecture Boston magazine

More than 100 Mississippi State students contributed to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that was on exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City in late September 2016. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Architecture Boston looks at the SuperUse Pavilion and rain gardens at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, a design-build collaboration between Mississippi State University’s architecture and landscape architecture programs.

Check out the article: https://www.architects.org/architectureboston/articles/tonics-and-provocations

Mississippi State architecture alumni join CDFL leadership

April 5th, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture alumni join CDFL leadership

Architects Chris Myers and Newell Watkins (standing, from left); Matthew Buchanan and Katie Lightsey Browning (sitting, from left) Image Credit: CDFL

Via CDFL

CDFL is proud to share some exciting news about additions to our firm’s leadership team! Architects Chris Myers, AIA; Matthew Buchanan, AIA; and Newell Watkins, AIA, have recently been named Principals of the firm. Additionally, architect Katie Lightsey Browning, AIA, has been elevated to the position of firm Associate.

“We are thrilled to add these incredibly talented architects to our leadership team,” said CDFL President Rob Farr. “As we look to the future of the firm, we know that Chris, Matthew, Newell, and Katie’s experience and fresh perspective will be invaluable tools for both our team and our clients.”

Upon graduating from Mississippi State University in 2001, Chris Myers joined the CDFL team where he has accrued a wide variety of experience in military, institutional, and corporate projects. His primary expertise is in project management, and his passion lies in community involvement. Chris served as an Associate of the firm for three years prior to being named Principal.

Matthew Buchanan, a member of the CDFL team since 2001, is experienced in civic, institutional, and educational project types. These days, however, Matthew’s primary focus is athletic facility design. Matthew is a graduate of Mississippi State University and served as an Associate of the firm for three years prior to being named Principal.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Newell Watkins focuses on integrating BIM technologies with the firm’s design strategies. Newell has a broad range of experience, having worked with educational, institutional, and civic clients and is licensed in Mississippi and Georgia. Newell has been a part of the CDFL team for four years.

Katie Lightsey Browning has over 9 years of experience providing architectural and planning services for a wide range of project types. She has gained valuable experience providing design services for the University of Mississippi, the State of Mississippi, and private entities. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University.

Congratulations to this outstanding group! We are grateful for their continued commitment to CDFL and look forward to watching them grow in their respective new roles.

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