Mississippi Business Journal: Oxford‑Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce unveils 2014 class of the Leadership Lafayette

The Oxford‑Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its 2014 class of the Leadership Lafayette program. Read the blog post.

Jackson Free Press: American Heart Association Honors UM Freshman

JACKSON, Miss. – Chloe Sumrall’s life changed March 3 of last year. A freshman at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School at the time, Sumrall was at Burgers and Blues enjoying lunch when she heard 7-year-old Freddie Cayia scream in terror across the restaurant as his father Fred lay unconscious on the floor. Read the story.

Pointe Innovation: The Innovation Hub at Insight Park Cultivates Biomedical, Pharmaceutical Partnerships

When Jim Sabatier earned his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi (UM), he knew one day he would put his research discoveries to commercial use. Now, 30 years later, he’s getting his shot at the school’s Innovation Hub at Insight Park, a 62,000-square-foot high-tech center that provides support and infrastructure to startup companies in the knowledge business, including biomedical and pharmaceutical industries.

Sabatier became the first tenant of the Innovation Hub with his company, Soair, an outgrowth of his life’s work as an acoustical physicist at the National Center for Physical Acoustics located on the university’s Oxford campus. Read the full story in the most recent issue of Pointe Innovation magazine by Jim Beaugez.

PBS NewsHour: Former university chancellor offers memoir of moving on at Ole Miss

PBS NewsHour – During his time as chancellor of the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, Robert Khayat made moves to repair the university’s segregated past, drawing backlash for his efforts. Judy Woodruff talked to Khayat about his memoir, “The Education of a Lifetime,” and what he learned about human nature along the way. Read the transcript.

English Historical Review: At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz , by Susan R. Grayzel

The title of Susan Grayzel’s book cleverly encapsulates the basic thesis of her compelling study of the role of aerial bombardment in British culture between the First World War and the Blitz. By exploring how British civilians experienced and came to terms with aerial warfare, Grayzel demonstrates how the extension of the battle zone to the home ultimately obliged the state to consider the domestic sphere as a fundamental element in the national war effort. The state’s recognition that civilians mattered as never before in mobilising a nation for war led to the creation of an apparatus of civil defence provision that required both an enlarged conception of state power and the necessity of voluntary participation by the home-front population. The prospect of attacks on women and children in their homes had to be rendered quotidian, a process that effectively amounted to ‘domesticating the air raid itself ’. Read the entire review.

Gulf Live: Heart studies in Mississippi, Massachusetts to join forces

JACKSON, Miss. – Heart studies in Massachusetts and Mississippi are teaming up to better understand why people respond differently to treatments for cardiovascular disease.

Researchers want to tailor heart-disease treatment for individuals. The $30 million study will be funded by the American Heart Association over the next five years.

The effort, still in the framework stages, would link the Framingham heart study in Massachusetts with the Jackson heart study in Mississippi.

“There are new opportunities to dig deeper and broader in the science to understand the causes of heart disease and stroke,” said University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, who founded the Jackson study of more than 5,000 African-Americans. It was meant to supplement the 65-year-old Framingham study, which had a low proportion of black participants. Read the entire story.

NBC News: New effort launched to personalize heart treatment

REUTERS – Cardiologists are taking aim at treating and preventing heart disease, the world’s No. 1 killer, with a more personalized approach under a new research collaboration that will marry data with the evolving understanding of genetics.

The effort, being billed as Heart Studies v2.0 and which was announced on Sunday, will be a collaboration of the American Heart Association (AHA) along with Boston University and the University of Mississippi, which oversee ongoing landmark population studies, the Framingham Heart Study and the Jackson Heart Study, respectively.

Read the story.

NerdWallet: Space Tourism Insurance: What Happens When You Crash into a Space Station?

For tourists, space travel represents an exciting and unexplored frontier. For insurers, the prospect of insuring commercial space travel offers great opportunity, but it is also riddled with uncertainty.

Companies such as Space X and Virgin Galactic are taking steps to offer space tourism to the mainstream public. If Space X and Virgin Galactic succeed in providing mainstream commercial space flight, they will need to offer insurance. Insurance helps commercial space flight operators to better manage and assess risk and therefore allow them to grow. However, since commercial space flight is a fledgling industry, insurers will have trouble calculating insurance risks and premiums.

“In my opinion, two of the most pressing issues faced by insurance companies hoping to cover space tourism is first, lack of a track record upon which a statistical analysis can be made,” University of Mississippi Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz said. “The second is a large enough pool of funds that needs to be available in the event a claim is made for which a payment has to be made.”

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My Monticello News: UAM to Honor Maten

MONTICELLO, Ala. – A college administrator, a public school superintendent, a businessman, and an insurance executive have been selected to receive the 2013 Alumni Awards for Achievement and Merit presented annually by the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Lionel Maten, assistant vice president for enrollment management and housing at the University of Mississippi; Dr. Tony Thurman, superintendent of the Cabot School District; Bobby Jelks, president of Franks Management Company LLC, of Shreveport, La., and Martha Carlson of Alma, a regional executive with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will receive the awards during a banquet as part of UAM’s homecoming celebration October 25. Read the story.

Symmetry Magazine: ‘Why Particle Physics Matters’

At a major particle physics planning meeting this summer, a couple of dozen physicists volunteered to speak on camera about why they do what they do. We at symmetry chose our top five explanations and asked you to vote for your favorite.

The results are in: University of Mississippi physicist Breese Quinn is the winner of the very first symmetry “Excellence in Science Communication” award, affectionately nicknamed the “Symmy.” Yesterday he gamely agreed to pose for an awards-show-themed photo with his prize. Read the entire story.