Jackson State University is releasing a series of videos to raise awareness of the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. The videos are part of a pair of initiatives called Community Resilience Engaging Advanced Training and Education and Females Advancing Science and Technology, both of which provide information on urgent notifications, shelters, evacuations, public safety and more.
The Department of Homeland Security recently awarded JSU an interdisciplinary grant of $ 469,000 to prepare underrepresented minority under-graduate students to successfully enter graduate programs or careers in emergency management or preparedness. to disasters. The program targets students of all genders seeking degrees in computer science, emergency management technology, meteorology, psychology, journalism, and media studies.
CREATE is aligned with Jackson’s National Weather Service and works with JSU’s FAST project, which targets women and aims to strengthen their studies in STEM and psychology. As part of the grant program, CREATE produced five weather readiness videos with JSU Journalism and Media Studies, which interviewed people in the community who have been affected by weather disasters.
The national preparedness campaign aims to encourage people to communicate and create a disaster preparedness plan based on the recommendations of the CDC; gather supplies in advance and update disaster kits; and sign up for CDC Alerts. JSU has also partnered with the National Weather Service for a virtual town hall to promote safety and preparedness.
MSU works to make Native American remains
The Cobb Institute of Archeology at Mississippi State University recently received a grant from the National Park Service to assess and return human remains found at the Lyon’s Bluff local historic site in partnership with the Native American nations of Mississippi.
Lyon’s Bluff is a large complex of Native American mounds and villages located in the Black Prairie region of northeastern Oktibbeha County. AMEC faculty members Anna Osterholtz and Molly Zuckerman will consult with all Native American nations that have cultural and historical ties to Mississippi to begin the repatriation process and return the remains to their respective descendant communities.
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grant of $ 90,000 is part of a larger federal fund of $ 1.9 million that the National Park Service has distributed through 11 grants across the States- United to support the transport and return of cultural objects. NAGPRA ensures compliance with applicable federal law regarding human burial collections and ancestral to present-day Native American communities, according to a statement from MSU. The grant also meets and exceeds standards and expectations for ethical practice in archeology and bioarcheology regarding the treatment of human burials.
For more information visit cobb.msstate.edu.
Wesley Worldwide wishes to USM
The Wesley Foundation at the Hattiesburg Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi is currently running its “Wesley Worldwide Wishes” initiative, which allows participants to “adopt” an international student at the university and purchase their Christmas wish list. .
The USM Sections of the Association of Office Professionals and Sigma Alpha Lambda support the Wesley Worldwide Wishes program. WWW will run until December 20. Attendees can visit the Wesley Foundation, located at 3200 Montague Blvd., and pick up an international student’s wish list from their Christmas tree.
For more information call the Wesley Foundation at 601-268-6889 or email [emailÂ protected].