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Front cover of the 2016 DAFVM Annual Report Top: Dr. Gregory Bohach (left), Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine vice president, discusses the new partnership between MSU, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities with (from left) UMMC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Richard Summers, and MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development Dr. David Shaw. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Bottom: Dr. Gregory Bohach (center) welcomes administrators from China’s Jiangsu University to the MSU campus during a reception at the M-Club at Davis Wade Stadium. The administrators met with graduate students and visiting scientists to share potential career opportunities. Dr. Jianzhong Sun (right), director of the Biofuels Institute of Jiangsu University, previously served as assistant professor of entomology with MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Poplarville, and he was instrumental in establishing the original agreement between the two universities in 2009. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Pg. 4: Post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sathish Samiappan (left) and UAV pilot Sean Meacham, both with the MSU Geosystems Research Institute, work with scientists and students on precision agriculture activities. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a concentration in precision agriculture and a new certificate program to train students in using these tools. (Photo by Dominique Belcher) Top: Senior fashion design and merchandising major Jesse Newton discusses a design with visiting professor Dr. Catherine Black. In addition to winning first place in the 2016 New Orleans Fashion Week student designer competition, Newton landed a summer internship in Moscow, Russia, with designer Iva Ksenevich. (Photo by Megan Bean)
Bottom: Kellie Mitchell, a Mississippi State biochemistry major, is conducting research she hopes will one day help save lives. By studying the heart cells of swine with metabolic syndrome, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student is working to unlock clues to help detect heart disease in humans. (Photo by Russ Houston)
Numerous MSU athletes major in Human Development and Family Science. Former football player and intern Matt Wells plays with children at the MSU School of Human Sciences Child Development and Family Studies Center. (Photo by David Ammon) Associate Extension and research professor Dr. Darrin Dodds (left) discusses the 2016 cotton crop with Lucas X. Franca, a Mississippi State doctoral student from Brazil and recipient of the university’s Will D. Carpenter Distinguished Field Scientist Graduate Assistantship. Franca is pursuing an agronomy/weed science degree in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. (Photo by Dominique Belcher) Top: Agricultural and Biological Engineering associate professor Dr. Lakeisha Williams researches ways to protect people from serious injuries and even death. Using high-performance computer modeling and simulations, her research mimics what happens to soldiers’ legs when the vehicles they are in run over improvised explosive devices and other explosive materials. Her research also includes working to improve football helmets to better prevent concussions and other injuries. (Photo by Megan Bean) 

Bottom: Dr. Shien Lu, professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, examines a culture of strain MS14, a bacteria that produces the compound occidiofungin. The patent-pending compound has great potential as a novel pharmaceutical drug or as an agricultural fungicide. (Photo by David Ammon) Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station research associate Caitlin Hart examines the uterine blood flow of pregnant dairy cattle. Scientists are evaluating how melatonin, a hormone naturally produced in humans, might help pregnant Holstein heifers give birth to healthier calves. (Photo by David Ammon)
Forestry major Jeff Roman Clayton IV serves as the president of the nationally ranked MSU Bass Fishing Club and an ambassador for the College of Forest Resources. (Photo by Megan Bean)  Top: Shandong Agricultural University Vice President Xinsheng Dong (left) and MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum (center) sign a memorandum of understanding between the two universities in late 2015 to offer a dual degree in forestry. Dr. George Hopper, dean of the MSU College of Forest Resources, witnesses the historic event. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Bottom: Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture major Taylor Hackemack examines skulls in the mammalogy laboratory during one of the many hands-on training opportunities offered by the College of Forest Resources. (Photo by Russ Houston )


Senior Forestry major Scott Martin (left) and junior Forestry major Clay O’Neal participate in the summer field program, a 9-week outdoor classroom experience for students enrolled in forestry. The MSU College of Forest Resources is one of the only universities in the nation providing students hands-on learning in forests. (Submitted photo) Forestry graduate student Katie Limpert and forestry undergraduate student Lisa Garrigues obtain a soil sample to determine soil nutrients in heavily forested areas.  (Submitted Photo)
Top: MSU assistant Forestry professor Dr. Heather Alexander (left) and graduate student Homero Pena are studying how much carbon is being released by wildfires in Siberia, the focus of a National Science Foundation-funded investigation. Their scientific team is housed in MSU’s Forestry department and Forest and Wildlife Research Center. (Submitted photo)

Bottom: Lanre Raji, a graduate student in Sustainable Bioproducts, prepares samples for analysis. Raji is examining the use of nanoparticle chitosan, a substance found in the exoskeletons of marine crustaceans, as a wood protectant against pests and rot. (Photo by David Ammon)

Dr. Kristine Evans, a Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture assistant professor in the MSU College of Forest Resources, geo-references data from a forest in Noxubee County. Evans is the geomatics coordinator for the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, a partnership between MSU and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support long-term conservation planning and design across 180 million acres in 12 states. (Photo by Russ Houston) A Class of 2018 veterinary student (left) and Dr. Amelia Woolums, professor in the MSU-CVM Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, check a calf for signs of pneumonia. Teaching students at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine to accurately identify signs of disease in animals is an important foundation for their future work in veterinary practice or in research. (Photo by Tom Thompson) Top: A Class of 2019 veterinary student meets with Starkville-area public school students to spark their interest in careers in veterinary medicine. This outreach is part of efforts made by the student group Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity, or VOICE, which is designed to recruit more diverse students to the profession. (Photo by Tom Thompson) 

Bottom: Dr. Jennifer Gambino, an assistant professor and board-certified radiologist at MSU-CVM, performs an ultrasound on a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle to evaluate his recovery from a fishing hook injury. These sea turtles are one of the most critically endangered in the Gulf of Mexico, and Gambino serves as a skilled resource for helping with emergency rescue operations at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport. (Photo by Tom Thompson) 

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      <a class=A Class of 2019 summer research scholar worked with first-year internal medicine resident Dr. Katie Cooley-Lock to study the use of microaggregate filters during blood transfusions. They investigated the effects these filters had on red blood cells and correlated their findings with the clinical aspects of their patients. (Photo by Tom Thompson) Allen Eubanks and his wife, Janice, owners of Eubanks Produce Farms near Lucedale, grow diversified fruit and vegetable truck crops and traditional row crops using best practices advocated by MSU Extension specialists and county agents. (Photo by Kevin Hudson) Top: Sha Boyd, a 12-year childcare provider with Barbara Henson’s Nursery and Pre-K in Meridian, implements the Healthy Homes Initiative for Childcare training she received to make the learning environment safer. Begun in 2016 and delivered by the MSU Extension Service, Healthy Homes training is available to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and environmental health practitioners, among others. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Bottom: David Carter (far right) heads the popular Farm Camp program each summer. The Adams County Extension agent organizes hands-on activities to teach young participants more about cattle, chickens, horses, fish, wildlife, and gardens. (Photo by Linda Breazeale)

Regional agronomic specialist Dr. Dennis Reginelli (left) works with Mississippi agricultural producers, including 2016 Mississippi Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Paul Good. Reginelli shares the latest science-based management practices to maximize productivity, efficiency, and sustainability. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Top: Dr. George Hopper (far right) serves ice cream during an MSU ice cream giveaway in July for MSU students. Hopper, director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, as well as dean of the colleges of Forest Resources and Agriculture and Life Sciences, shares ice cream alongside Dr. Reuben Moore, associate director of MAFES. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

Left: Extension Day was held in late October when the Bulldogs took on Samford University in a 56-41 win. (From left) MSU Vice President Gregory Bohach, Mississippi Farm Bureau President Mike McCormick, and Extension Director Gary B. Jackson celebrate the longstanding partnership that MSU and Extension both share with the Mississippi Farm Bureau. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)

Right: Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith spoke at the 2016 Row Crop Short Course, which broke previous attendance records with more than 700 producers representing all parts of the state. DAFVM Vice President Gregory Bohach (left) and MSU Extension Director Gary B. Jackson discussed the future of agriculture with her. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Bottom: DAFVM administrators (from left) include MSU College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Kent H. Hoblet, Extension Director Gary B. Jackson, DAFVM Vice President Gregory Bohach, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Forest Resources Dean George H. Hopper, who is also director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center. (Submitted photo)


A very large cowbell was presented in 2016 at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona. From left are Sen. Chad McMahan; Interim Center Head Reuben Moore, also the associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and Forest and Wildlife Research Center; Facilities Manager Tracy Brown, who built the bell; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; Dean, Director, and Professor George Hopper; and MSU Extension Director Gary Jackson. (Photo by David Ammon) DAFVM Vice President Gregory Bohach and research associate Yan Campbell discuss the growth of the Food Science Club in the MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion at a welcome reception for representatives from Jiangsu University. Administrators from both MSU and Jiangsu encouraged students to investigate collaborative projects and career opportunities. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)