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A magnolia blooms outside Colvard Student Union on a recent May day. PHOTO: Nic Dampier | University Relations

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Bruce becomes newest distinguished professor
The Bagley College of Engineering's associate dean for research and graduate studies has earned the university's highest honorary distinction for faculty. During an April ceremony, Lori Mann Bruce was named a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor. Of the university's 1,096 active faculty, only 13 hold this honorary title.
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BCoE achievements recognized during banquet
The Bagley College of Engineering celebrated a year of accomplishments and presented two faculty awards during the annual Faculty Excellence Program at Old Waverly in West Point. Among the night's honorees were Nicolas Younan, who received the Career Achievement Award, and Burak Eksioglu, who received the Research Award.
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Eksioglu, Elmore join BCoE's 'distinguished' ranks
Two Bagley College of Engineering faculty members have earned positions in the college's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Sandra Eksioglu, an assistant professor in industrial and systems engineering, and Bill Elmore, an associate professor in chemical engineering, were announced as the academy's newest members during an April ceremony.
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Adams named Purchasing Manager of the Year
The Mississippi Association of Governmental Purchasing and Property Agents has named Mississippi State University's Taylor V. Adams the state's Purchasing Manager of the Year. Adams is a purchasing manager in the land-grant institution's Office of Procurement and Contracts.
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ORS now offering fingerprint scanning
The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State recently purchased and installed new electronic fingerprint scanning equipment. "We installed the scanner to meet a requirement for submitting clearance requests to the U.S. government from MSU students, faculty and staff. Starting in 2013, the Office of Personnel Management will no longer accept the 'ink and roll' method of fingerprinting because there are too many instances of fingerprints being rejected with that method," said Office of Research Security Director Neil Lewis.
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This Week in Mississippi State Sports, 05/14/12
Baseball hosts Central Arkansas on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., and then welcomes Kentucky to Starkville for an SEC series with games on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m.
Staff Appreciation Day coming up Friday
Mississippi State's Staff Council will honor university employees this Friday with a Staff Appreciation Day Luncheon in the Junction from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes lunch, entertainment provided by the faculty-led Bill Cooke Band, activities, door prizes and the Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards presentation.
Faculty leadership program nominations wanted
The Office of Research and Economic Development will again be conducting an academic leadership program for selected faculty at Mississippi State University. The 2012-13 program will begin in September, and nominations are being accepted until May 31.
University hosting UAS symposium this week
As drones capture headlines and pique the imagination of the American public, some of the nation's leading experts in unmanned aerial systems will be at Mississippi State this week for the 2012 UAS Symposium. Taking place Monday through Wednesday, the professional gathering will focus on the impact of remotely-piloted aircraft technology on research, defense, homeland security, law, and public policy.
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