Interned with Congressman Scott Garett, New Jersey district 5.
“I had such an amazing experience interning with Congressman Dave Joyce of Ohio this summer. Since he is a member of the Appropriations Committee, I had the unique opportunity to sit in on a number of their meetings. I learned so much about the legislative process and am looking forward to spending more time on the Hill.”
UM McLean Institute, Department of Political Science collaborate to create opportunities
OXFORD, Miss. – Dozens of middle school students have gotten a close-up look at their state government in action this spring, thanks to the Kids in the Capitol program, developed by the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement and Department of Political Science.
The goal of the outreach project was to increase political awareness by taking fifth-grade students from Charleston Middle School on a field trip to the Capitol in Jackson during legislative session. Daniel Fudge, a McLean Institute graduate fellow, and Sue Ann Skipworth, an instructional assistant professor of political science, collaborated on the program.
Fudge said he developed the idea based on his own experience as child in Arkansas, when his class was taken to the state Capitol in Little Rock.
“I can recall sitting up in the gallery and being mesmerized at watching policy in action, knowing that the work done in the legislative chambers could impact the lives of many across the state,” Fudge said. “That memory has stayed with me throughout the years and I wanted a chance to give that same opportunity to students right here in Mississippi.”
The project was funded by both the McLean Institute and the political science department.
“In learning more about the poverty levels in the Delta and combining this with my personal desire to help educate young students about the political process, I helped to forge a partnership with the McLean Institute and the Department of Political Science,” Fudge said. “This allowed me to put this trip together and give the fifth-grade class of Charleston Middle School the opportunity to see their government in action, meet their legislator and, furthermore, see the state capitol.”
The students were given an architectural and historical tour of the Capitol building, allowed to sit in the gallery for the House and Senate to witness the political process firsthand and met with their district representative, Tommy Reynolds.
“This outreach project was successful on many fronts,” Skipworth said. “It was an opportunity to expose students to a different environment. For many of these students, the largest town they had been to was Grenada or Batesville, so it was quite an experience to see a much larger city like that of Jackson.
“The success of this outreach project would not be possible without the help of the political science department and the McLean Institute, as well as the administrative staff and teachers at Charleston Middle School.”
Skipworth hopes to have continued support from the Department of Political Science and the McLean Institute to carry the project forward for many years.
Contribution to endowment is one of the first by a major corporation
OXFORD, Miss. – AT&T has donated $100,000 to help establish the Gov. Haley Barbour Endowment for the Study of American Politics at the University of Mississippi Department of Political Science.
AT&T is one of the first major corporations to contribute to the fund that will support a new faculty position led by a prominent American politics scholar. The initiative to create the endowment was announced last fall.
“Gov. Barbour’s impact on American politics is notable and far-reaching,” said Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T Mississippi. “It’s worthy of continued dialogue and study by scholars and political science students.
“We’re fortunate the University of Mississippi recognizes the importance of preparing the next generation of policymakers with thought-provoking education and exchange of ideas. AT&T is pleased to recognize Gov. Barbour’s successes and accomplishments with this well-deserved endowment.”
The Department of Political Science and the University Foundation established the endowment to honor Barbour in perpetuity, for recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and to ensure quality teaching, research and service are available for future Ole Miss students.
The campaign goal is to raise $1 million for initial efforts. While $1.5 million is the standard goal to endow a chaired faculty position, the University Foundation has set a goal of $2.5 million.
“This gift from AT&T is an extraordinary vote of confidence in the work of our political science department and in the legacy of Gov. Barbour,” UM Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter said. “Developing sound policy solutions that can impact many requires a world-class education, and our graduates must be ready to understand and solve countless domestic policy issues.
“We thank AT&T for contributing to this endowment in honor of Gov. Barbour at the University of Mississippi. Their generosity underscores our approach to political science studies that is important to our campus and to public policy across the state.”
Barbour is a former two-term governor and remains one of the nation’s top political strategists. His handling of the Gulf oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, when he worked with local, state and national leadership to assist victims, received widespread praise.
He is also the author of “America’s Great Storm: Leading through Hurricane Katrina” (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), which explores leadership during a crisis.
“My life has been accentuated by numerous efforts to provide students with opportunities to successfully compete in the political arena and in any field rooted in public service,” Barbour said. “There is no place I want to do that more than at my alma mater, Ole Miss.
“If we can attract the brightest scholars, that will only benefit the young people who have so much to offer our great state and nation. I’m humbled by this endowment in my honor and look forward to strengthening the academic reputation of the University of Mississippi.”
This endowment is open to gifts from individuals and organizations. To contribute, send checks with the Gov. Haley Barbour Endowment noted in the memo line to the University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38655; contact Denson Hollis, senior director of major gifts, at 662-915-5092 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit http://www.umfoundation.com/makeagift.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs issues request for new proposals
OXFORD, Miss. – The research projects of 11 University of Mississippi faculty members were funded recently, thanks to a competitive internal grants program piloted in 2015 by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
The program, known as ORSP-IG, was created to support promising research in its earliest stage of development. The winning proposals were selected on the basis of their strengths in several categories, including intellectual merit, plan soundness, expected impact (at the institutional, state or national level) and the potential for attracting external investment.
“The university’s research enterprise is strong and growing thanks to the dedication of our talented faculty and researchers,” said Alice Clark, vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. “I congratulate the 2015 award recipients and wish them continued success as they carry out their projects.”
Ranging in value from $2,750 to nearly $10,000, the awards will sponsor projects across campus. Thirty-four faculty members will directly benefit from the studies, while 69 undergraduate and nine graduate students will participate in research.
Additionally, the projects are expected to lead to at least 14 external funding proposals to major federal funding agencies, including the National Institutes for Health, National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense and others.
“We believe that the Investment Grants program has value beyond the sum of the internal dollars awarded,” said Jason Hale, UM director of research resources. “The competition and feedback loop should help to elevate the project narratives to a level that will be attractive to external sponsors.”
Conor Dowling, assistant professor of political science, is the principal investigator of one of the winning proposals, “Collaborative Political Science Survey Research.” Six political science faculty members joined the proposal as co-principal investigators.
The award will allow the faculty members to generate original survey data through participation in the 2016 edition of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, a survey that reaches 50,000 Americans. The process is expected to lead to scholarly publications, external grant proposals and increased graduate and undergraduate student research involvement.
“The funding of the proposal will enable the investigators to generate their own original survey data during the course of the 2016 U.S. elections,” Dowling said. “This unique opportunity, which is a part of a collaborative effort with other institutions, will form the basis of several scholarly publications and external grant proposals.
“Not only will faculty in the department be able to pursue research questions on a national scale, but graduate students and interested undergraduates will have opportunities to take part in this research project as well.”
Other 2015 “ORSP-IG Round 1” winning proposals and principal investigators were:
* “An International Graduate Program in Gravitational Physics,” Emanuele Berti, associate professor of physics and astronomy;
* “Mapping Language and Culture,” Allison Burkette, associate professor of modern languages;
* “Characterizing Gunshot Residue from a Firearm Containing 3-D Printed Components: Feasibility of Collecting and Fingerprinting Polymer Residue Using Thermal Analysis and Mass Spectrometry,” James Cizdziel, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry;
* “Archeology Chemistry: Identifying Migration and Trade in Mesoamerica,” Carolyn Freiwald, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology;
* “Recovering the Lost Library of Chartres: Pioneering the Digital Future of the Past at the University of Mississippi,” Gregory Heyworth, associate professor of English.
* “Toward a Better Understanding of Groundwater Recharge in the Mississippi Delta in Support of Sustainable Aquifer Management,” Andrew M. O’Reilly, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering;
* “Documenting Mississippi Stories,” Ted Ownby, professor of history, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture;
* “Visualization and Development for the SHE™ Application,” Phillip Rhodes, associate professor of computer and information science;
* “Identifying Neural Correlates of Increased Fluency Due to Multi-Modal Speech Feedback in a Stuttering Population,” Dwight Waddell, associate professor of electrical engineering;
* “The Effects of Authoritarian Iconography: An Experimental Test,” Yael Zeira, Croft assistant professor of political science and international studies;
The guidelines for the 2016 competition, known as “ORSP-IG Round 2,” have been released. Proposals by eligible researchers are invited on any topic of research, scholarly or creative interest, and special consideration will be given to those addressing issues related to race.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs received a high volume of proposals during 2015’s Round 1 competition. To evaluate the proposals, ORSP enlisted several Ole Miss faculty and research staff members who responded to a campuswide call for readers.
For Round 2, a similar process will be used, but a pre-proposal will no longer be required and the proposals will be submitted via a new online portal.
Public Policy Student Rod Bridges and Political Science Professor Bob Brown Recognized for Academic Excellence
Public Policy Student Rod Bridges and Political Science Professor Bob Brown Recognized for Academic Excellence
The 29th annual Mississippi Universities Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program recognized Robert Brown, professor of political science (left), and Rod Bridges, president of the University of Mississippi Associated Student Body and a public policy leadership and pre-med major in the Sally McDonnell Honors College, and other outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi universities and colleges on February 2, 2016.
HEADWAE was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning.
International Conference at UM Focuses on Global Conflict Management
49th annual meeting of Peace Science Society unites preeminent group for discussion, research
NOVEMBER 16, 2015 | BY EDWIN SMITH
David Carter of Princeton University answers questions after speaking at the 49th Annual North American meeting of the Peace Science Society (International). Photo by Kevin Bain/Communications
A prestigious annual event that encourages the development of peace analysis and conflict management around the globe met at the University of Mississippi’s the Inn at Ole Miss this weekend.
The 49th Peace Science Society International Conference, which began Thursday (Nov. 12) and ended Saturday (Nov. 14), focused on how social science theory relates to international relations. Presenters included scholars and experts from a wide variety of fields.
Representing UM as participants were Jeffery Carter, assistant professor of political science; Benjamin Jones, assistant professor of political science; and Susan Allen, associate professor of political science.
“The Peace Science Society Annual Conference is one of the largest conferences featuring rigorous academic research on peace, violence and conflict around the world,” said Carter, one of the event’s organizers and presenters. “The University of Mississippi is honored to host the conference for the first time in this region.”
Carter presented findings from his paper “You Must Choose, but Choose Wisely: Interstate Conflict and Endogenous Leader Selection.” His talk focused on whether leaders’ personalities influence their decisions on responses to conflict situations.
“We ask questions like, ‘Can the domestic population influence the likelihood of international conflict based upon the leaders’ personal choices?’” he said.
Jones’ presentation, titled “Sequencing Peace: Civil War Termination as a Path-Dependent Process,” included original research on when and how countries plan their recovery after a civil war has ended. Allen chaired a group of presenters Friday morning in Ballroom B.
Besides providing speakers for the conference, the political science department held the event to get students involved.
“It was a great opportunity to see how an academic conference is run, but more importantly, I was able to meet so many young professionals doing amazing new research in my field,” said Nate Andrew, a doctoral student from Mapleton, Utah.
The conference is sponsored by the university’s Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Department of Political Science.
For more about the Peace Science Society (International), visit http://sites.psu.edu/pssi/.
UM political science alumni and friends have honored Goberdhan Bhagat, who taught in that department for 30 years before retiring in 1994, with a scholarship endowment in his name. Bhagat (affectionately known as GB) joined the faculty after serving as a diplomat for the Indian government in the United Nations.
“GB introduced several generations of students to the world of international politics,” said Rich Forgette, chair of the political science department. “He has influenced the lives and thinking of many alumni, including many Mississippi political leaders. We are thrilled to have a scholarship that honors this great educator.”
The Bhagat Scholarship Fund began as a project of the Political Science Alumni Advisory Board. Once fully endowed, the scholarship will be awarded to a political science student in the “Take 5” program, in which exceptional undergraduates can earn a master’s degree with only one additional year of study.
The department welcomes alumni to be part of this group and encourages donations to the Bhagat Scholarship Fund.http://libarts.olemiss.edu/scholarship-honors-retired-professor/