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Junior Auxiliary adds to endowment for T.K. Martin Center at Mississippi State
Starkville's Junior Auxiliary presented a check to the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability Education at Mississippi State Wednesday morning. The Junior Auxiliary held its seventh annual Kentucky Derby charity event last month, which included a silent auction. The auction helped raise almost $19,000 for projects throughout the community with 35 percent of the proceeds being donated to the T.K. Martin Center. Co-chair of the event and president of Starkville's JA Missy Walters told the SDN the donated check was part of an endowment to the T.K. Martin Center and was worth $6,575. "It was part of an endowment that we started for T.K. Martin in 2015 and we were able to add to it this year with some of the proceeds from our silent auction," Walters said.
 
What is a soft target? Mississippi State's police chief explains
Sporting events, festivals and malls. These events and places are what law enforcement consider to be soft targets. A soft target can be both people and places. "It's usually a venue that is looked at as a soft target, you know, the White House is obviously not a soft target. It's very much you know, hardened with very good fences and things such as that," says Mississippi State University Police Chief Vance Rice. He says there's strength in numbers when it comes to stadium security. "We bring in 60 to 80 additional officers on game weekends, as well as, we have our K9s, but plus, we often bring in additional K9s."
 
Ag Secretary vows to help 'right-size' agricultural research budget
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the administration's budget "may have missed the mark" when it comes to agricultural research funding, and he pledged to work to "right-size" that part of the budget for agriculture. Secretary Perdue's comments came during a hearing held by the Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. "You and I were just at the Delta Council at the Stoneville research facility, which in my opinion is one of the best examples of the collaboration between our land grant universities in this case Mississippi State University, and our ARS of the USDA," Perdue said. "It was a seamless operation, and I don't think those people even knew whether they had a Mississippi State shirt on, extension agent or ARS, the way they were working together collaboratively. "I think research is one of those areas where we may have missed the mark."
 
Miss Neshoba County Miriam Seale, a Mississippi State student, first in Miss Mississippi
Miriam Seale will be the first Miss Neshoba County winner to compete in the Miss Mississippi pageant. While Miss Neshoba County would normally be preparing to relinquish her crown this time of year as the 2017 Neshoba County Fair fast approaches, Seale will be headed to Vicksburg kicking off a week of festivities on Monday with a parade. Pageant Director Gail Breazeale said starting with 2016, the Miss Neshoba County pageant is a preliminary to Miss Mississippi, giving the winner the option of competing at the state level. "Growing up as a little girl in Philadelphia and going to the Fair, Miss Neshoba County Fair is someone you look up to and want to be," she said. Seale is a 2016 graduate of Neshoba Central High School and is currently attending Mississippi State University. She is pursuing a degree in biochemistry while on a pre-medical track. She hopes to attend UMMC after completing her undergraduate education.
 
Report: State still lags behind in child well-being
According to newly released data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, almost one-third of children in the state live in poverty, and even more don't have parents with secure employment. Those numbers are according to the foundation's latest Kids Count Report, which gathers data from government census information and other sources every year for a state-by-state comparison of children's wellbeing. Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of most study metrics, and this year lagged behind every other state in general wellbeing. "The high percentage of children in families in Mississippi who are living in poverty continues to be one of the core reasons (the state still places) in the bottom of these overall child wellbeing indexes," said Linda Southward, a spokesperson for Kids Count in Mississippi.
 
Armstrong Middle, Overstreet principals trading places
The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District board of trustees voted on Tuesday evening to switch the principals at Armstrong Middle School and Overstreet School. Timothy Bourne, who currently serves as AMS' principal, will swap places with Overstreet Principal Julie Kennedy. The move is effective July 1, though the administrators may assume their new positions before then in preparation for the approaching school year. Board President Keith Coble said the board discussed the move as a personnel matter in executive session during Tuesday's meeting. The board returned to open session for the vote, which was 4-0 with board member Lee Brand absent. Coble said the district made the switch in preparation for the Partnership School, which is currently under construction on Mississippi State University's campus.
 
Democratic Party affirms Lynn Spruill's mayoral victory
The Oktibbeha County Democratic Party's municipal election committee unanimously affirmed Mayor-elect Lynn Spruill's May 16 runoff victory Tuesday after opponent Johnny Moore's attorney argued the party no longer has jurisdiction over the Moore-requested challenge since the campaign filed a new petition in circuit court. Spruill, who held a six-vote lead after absentees and affidavits were processed last month, will be sworn into office in July unless a judge's ruling to count contested ballots changes the results or a new election is ordered. Moore's attorney William Starks declined to ask the municipal election committee to open ballot boxes to help substantiate his claims of election inconsistences as such an action would require a court order.
 
MDA head lauds Golden Triangle as industrial growth leader
Economic development takes leadership, and the Golden Triangle is a prime example of that, according to Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough. McCullough spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club on Tuesday at the Lion Hills Center, noting MDA is working to help build a more competitive Mississippi that can more easily attract businesses and large industrial developments. He praised recent developments in the region, such as the Steel Dynamic's recently-completed $100 million paint line and Plum Creek's $825,000 investment in West Point to move to a larger facility. McCullough also lauded Yokohama Tire Corporation in West Point as another success of industrial development in the state, along with the Toyota plant in Blue Springs and Nissan in Canton. The Golden Triangle, McCullough said, is an example of what can happen when communities work together.
 
Mississippi Votes pursues an engaged electorate
North Mississippi is ground zero for an organization that aims to increase voter registration, turnout and engagement. Mississippi Votes, a recently-incorporated nonprofit organization, has in recent weeks coordinated volunteer canvassing efforts in Lafayette and Lee counties. Under the leadership of Elle Beene, a former Itawamba County resident, these canvassing efforts aim to register new voters and collect survey data about voting behavior. "There's a lack of primary research on why Mississippians aren't voting," Beene said. The organization ultimately aims to mount canvasing efforts in 22 counties across the state, including seven in the 1st Congressional District.
 
Rep. Trent Kelly praises Capitol Police 'warriors': They were not retreating
Mississippi U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, reportedly the first target of a gunman who opened fire at a congressional baseball team practice on Wednesday, praised Capitol Police as "warriors, absolute warriors" and said they saved many lives by engaging the shooter. "They were heroic in engaging this guy," said Kelly. "But for their actions and their bravery and them being warriors, many, many more people would have been killed or hurt. We were very fortunate." Kelly, a combat veteran, was playing third base when the gunman opened fire from the third-base side of the field. The gunman wounded five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two Capitol Police officers before he was shot and later died.
 
Security fears grow on both sides of aisle
Members of Congress are debating whether it's time to adopt new security procedures after the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Virginia. Even before the attack, Republican members of Congress were on edge about threats and harassment from constituents angry with President Trump and the GOP's push to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Their concerns have only been heightened by Wednesday's assault, where the lives of lawmakers were likely saved by the presence of Capitol Police officers who were on security detail for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Lawmakers in both parties have been worrying for months about physical threats from angry protesters. Within hours after Wednesday's shooting, Rep. Claudia Tenney's (R-N.Y.) office said it received a threatening email with the subject line "One down, 216 to go."
 
Shaken Lawmakers Soften Partisan Tone While Uniting in Concern
Representative Chuck Fleischmann stood just outside the House chamber in the Capitol on Wednesday morning recounting his harrowing survival of a shooting rampage aimed at a group of lawmakers practicing for an annual charity baseball game. He was still wearing his cleats and red jersey with "Republicans" emblazoned across the front. But for once, such party labels were not the defining trait. Badly shaken members of Congress -- both Democratic and Republican -- were united in concern for those wounded and in shock at the events as they assessed where the nation's increasingly harsh political climate had led them: an early-morning playing field sprayed with gunshots that could have killed dozens of their colleagues, aides, security personnel and volunteers involved with the game.
 
Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity
The gunman who shot a top GOP congressman and several other people Wednesday at a baseball practice outside the nation's capital had a long history of lashing out at Republicans and recently frightened a neighbor by firing a rifle into a field behind his Illinois home. James T. Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House Rep. Steve Scalise before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip. In the hours after the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, a picture began to emerge of a shooter with a mostly minor arrest record who worked as a home inspector and despised the Republican Party.
 
President Trump attacks reports he's under investigation as 'phony'
President Donald Trump on Thursday dismissed reports that he was being investigated for obstruction of justice, suggesting online that such allegations have been cooked-up to replace accusations that his presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election. "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice," Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. In a subsequent post, Trump attacked those investigating him, calling them "very bad an conflicted people," although he did not specify if he was referring to the Congressional probes into hit 2016 campaign or the special prosecutor's. On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller, charged with leading an independent Russia investigation, had expanded that investigation to examine whether the president committed obstruction of justice.
 
Fed Raises Key Interest Rate For 4th Time Since 2015
Federal Reserve policymakers have raised their target for the benchmark federal funds interest rate by a quarter-point, to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent. Despite the increase -- the fourth since December 2015 -- interest rates remain near historic lows, but the move will mean higher borrowing costs for consumers. The Fed previously raised rates in March, and on Wednesday, it signaled plans for one more rate increase this year. In a statement Wednesday, the policymakers said that "the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising moderately so far this year."
 
Southern Baptist Convention reconsiders, condemns white supremacy
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a revised resolution condemning the "alt-right" movement. The vote came a day after the SBC rejected a similar measure, drawing sharp criticism from its sponsor during the group's national meeting in downtown Phoenix. "Alt-right" -- short for alternative-right -- is a term often applied to those whose political views embrace white nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism. The new resolution passed almost unanimously among the 5,000 members in attendance at a Wednesday afternoon session, after language was removed that leaders objected to Tuesday. Frank Page, SBC Executive Committee chief, told the Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail the original resolution was extreme, but the subsequent resolution forcefully condemns racism, which, he said, the convention has done for decades.
 
Ole Miss Parking retracts new policy in face of opposition
University of Mississippi Parking and Transportation released an email Wednesday afternoon in response to criticism from students, faculty and staff about a new parking policy that was slated to go into effect July 1. The new policy would have made pulling through or backing into a parking spot a violation on campus. Wednesday's email stated that "based on feedback received over the past two days, we have reconsidered and will not be implementing the policy." "As with all decisions sometimes they work and sometimes they do not. This is one of those times it did not," Director of Parking and Transportation Mike Harris said. "We however will continue to look for ways to be more efficient in our operation and help the university to move forward."
 
Jeanette Phillips, former co-owner of the Oxford Eagle and Ole Miss professor, passes away
Dr. Jeanette Collier Phillips, a former University of Mississippi teacher and co-owner of the Oxford Eagle, died Tuesday evening, according to her family. She and her husband Jesse Phillips -- who passed away in May 2016 -- once co-owned the Oxford Eagle. During her career at Ole Miss, Dr. Phillips served in all professional ranks as well as chair of the Department of Home Economics. She received numerous honors, including Outstanding Teacher Award, the University of Mississippi; Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Education; Magnolia Award; Mississippi Dietetics Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession of Nutrition; Leston L. Love Award for Outstanding Service in the Area of Students; Teacher of the Year Award; and Mortar Board. A native of Kewanee, Mississippi, she graduated from Blue Mountain College in 1953.
 
Community colleges across Mississippi make cuts along with tuition increases
Community colleges across Mississippi are eliminating nearly 250 jobs for the upcoming year to close budget gaps, and five are dropping at least one intercollegiate sport. The moves come as the 15 community colleges increase tuition by an average of 13 percent, mostly because state funding has fallen. Average tuition and fees will rise to $3,104 annually, up from $2,748 this year. Community College Board Executive Director Andrea Mayfield said Tuesday in a statement that 81 people will be laid off, while 122 jobs will be eliminated after employees leave or retire. Colleges plan to cut 35 student jobs, a way many students earn money for school, and will eliminate three vacant positions.
 
Community college tuition is rising across state
Tuition for a year at a Mississippi community college is up an average of 13 percent. Kell Smith is with the Mississippi Community College Board. He says despite cost increases, attending junior college is a viable choice for many students. "The community college system is an affordable post secondary option for Mississippi, and hopefully we'll be able to keep our tuition steady but that largely depends on the state's economy." Smith says the colleges faced a $26 million cut in state funding, leaving the individual institutions to make-up the difference. The new tuition will take effect in the 2017-2018 school year. Smith says each college is working to ensure the academic programs continue to provide a quality education.
 
Pine Belt community colleges react to tuition increase
The cost of tuition is increasing for community colleges in the state of Mississippi. Tuition and fees for Jones county junior college will cost $3,480, while tuition and fees for Pearl River Community College will be $3,410, according to the Mississippi Community College Board. "I'm worried about the trends and the impact on our state down the road," PRCC President-elect Adam Breerwood said. "I hope our students can handle these cuts," Breerwood said. "That's really who it's going to affect. Once you get rid of a program, it's very difficult to get it back."
 
MGCCC tuition increase lowest in the state
Right now, students around Mississippi are facing a more expensive community college education than ever before. Community and junior colleges are seeing an average 13 percent tuition increase this coming year due to cuts in the state education budget. When Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, heard that her state funding would be decreasing by 10 percent starting this summer, she knew she was going to have to get creative. A tuition hike was likely, but the question was, how much? "When you make those tough decisions, you just have to make sure that quality and student success are at the forefront of your decision making," Graham said. Statewide, the average tuition hike at the 15 community and junior colleges was 13 percent. MGCCC increased by around 5 percent -- the lowest percent change in the state. Graham said fundraising and partnership programs made that possible.
 
Northeast Mississippi Community College sees one of highest tuition hikes, president blames cuts
Updated tuition costs for Mississippi's community colleges were announced Tuesday, and as has been the case in recent years, all fifteen of them raised rates. Of the tuition hikes, Northeast Mississippi Community College has one of the largest for the 2017-2018 academic year with an 18.5 percent increase in the cost of tuition from last year. The cost for two semesters of tuition at NEMCC will be $3,202 in the upcoming year. Itawamba Community College saw a 7.7 percent increase, bringing the cost of tuition for two semesters at ICC to $2,800 in 2017-18. According to NEMCC president Ricky Ford, Northeast has become increasingly dependent on self-generated money as state funding has dwindled in recent years.
 
Alabama's new monument law could affect colleges, local governments
Administrators with the state's two-year colleges and the University of Alabama System are still trying to determine how a sweeping new state law meant to protect Confederate monuments and other historic structures will affect projects involving campus buildings. Meanwhile, Tuscaloosa city and county officials don't anticipate any issues with the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which was sponsored by state Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale. The administrations for UA and the Alabama Community College System are researching what the new state law means for their campuses, which are dotted with buildings, courtyards and other structures named in honor of donors and historic figures. The UA System now has hundreds of millions of dollars in construction projects and many spaces on its campuses named for historic figures, donors, and others who have played roles in the history of the institutions.
 
Push to bolster college aid vetoed by Florida governor
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a far-reaching bill that would have boosted financial aid for high school students heading to college while attempting to lift Sunshine State schools into the ranks of elite counterparts. The legislation, which was a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron, required the state to cover 100 percent of tuition costs for top performing high school students who attend a state university or college. Florida used to pay 100 percent of tuition for those eligible for the top level of the state's Bright Futures scholarship, but that was scaled back when the economy soured. The Republican governor, who criticized Florida's 12 public universities in the past for seeking tuition hikes and called on them to spend less money on degree programs, said he vetoed the bill because it was too onerous for the state's 28 colleges.
 
Texas A&M Transportation Services internationally recognized
Texas A&M Transportation Services has been recognized with a highly regarded international accreditation that officials said certifies it as a forward-looking leader in its field. Debbie Hoffmann, associate director for transportation services, said the organization is one of three institutions in the U.S. to receive the prestigious status of Accredited Parking Organization with Distinction. Hoffmann said the accreditation ultimately came in March after several months of preparation, including the compilation of nearly 19,000 pieces of data for submission to the International Parking Institute, which operates the APO program.
 
System president lays out plans to address enrollment, U. of Missouri's public image
The University of Missouri's enrollment goal should be about 5,000 new freshmen and about 1,000 community college transfer students each year on its Columbia campus, President Mun Choi said Wednesday. The university also should target high achievers, including National Merit Scholars and semifinalists, to improve the quality of the student body, increase graduation rates and raise its profile as a top university, Choi said. Speaking to the Regional Economic Development Inc. Board of Directors, Choi was asked how to repair the university's public image and increase enrollment. One problem, Choi said, is that MU did little for two years to change public perceptions following the November 2015 campus protests. "During the past two years, I don't think the university has been very proactive in helping to shape the message," Choi said.
 
Gathering Place B&B to close in December as result of U. of Missouri budget cuts
Julie Ganey couldn't always get a room at The Gathering Place Bed & Breakfast, but she loved staying there when she could. Ganey and her husband Richard, both University of Missouri alumni, would stay there when they came to Columbia to visit their son Phillip, who graduated from MU in May. Unfortunately, her most recent visit to The Gathering Place during a football weekend might have been one of her last chances. After over 20 years of business, The Gathering Place will close in December. The bed-and-breakfast, located on College Avenue across from MU's campus, is one of several programs facing the ax in the wake of substantial budget cuts across campus. "We had hoped the B&B would provide experiential learning for our hospitality students, including managerial and operational experience," said MU spokesman Christian Basi in an email Tuesday. "Unfortunately, this was not the case as the students' responsibilities were primarily restricted to breakfast service and room refreshing duties."
 
What Betsy DeVos's 'Reset' on 2 Major Consumer Rules Means for Colleges
Immediately after President Trump was elected, borrower advocates and lawmakers expressed concern about what would happen to the Obama-era regulations aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable. On Tuesday, their concerns were validated. The Education Department announced that it would delay and renegotiate two of the previous administration's signature regulations: the borrower "defense to repayment" rule and the gainful-employment rule. Here's what the two rules do: The gainful-employment regulation, which is already in effect, aims to penalize programs whose graduates' loan payments exceed a set percentage of their earnings. The defense-to-repayment regulation, which was set to take effect July 1, gives borrowers who say they have been defrauded by their colleges a simpler process for having their loans forgiven by the federal government.
 
Education Department to hit pause on two primary Obama regulations aimed at for-profits
The U.S. Department of Education is hitting pause on two of the Obama administration's primary rules aimed at reining in for-profit colleges. Department officials said they will block a rule, set to take effect next month, that clarifies how student borrowers can have their loans forgiven if they were defrauded or misled by their college. The plan was first reported by Inside Higher Ed Wednesday. The Trump administration will pursue a do-over of the rule-making process that produced that regulation, known as borrower defense to repayment, as well as the gainful-employment rule. The largest higher ed lobby groups said they were prepared to work with the administration to make improvements to existing regulations. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, called borrower defense and gainful employment critical, if imperfect, consumer protections.
 
Can Scientists Help End the Teacher Shortage?
Two years ago, LaTeira Haynes was working in a quiet laboratory at UC San Diego finishing up her doctorate in biomedical engineering. Now, she's teaching a 9th-grade biology class in South Los Angeles that is so large she uses a microphone to be heard over the constant din of teenage chatter, rustling worksheets, and the zipping and unzipping of backpacks. But to her, there is no sweeter sound. "These students are here. They want to be here. I want to be here," said the energetic second-year teacher. Named a rookie-teacher-of-the-year in Los Angeles Unified last year, Haynes, 30, is among a growing number of science, technology, engineering, and math professionals in California who've forsaken the comforts of laboratories, office parks, and six-figure salaries to teach high school -- often in schools with a majority of students living in poverty, learning English, or facing other challenges.


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Jake Mangum decides to return to Mississippi State after drafted by Yankees
Jake Mangum was trying to unwind. Fresh off a trip to the NCAA tournament Super Regionals with the Mississippi State baseball team and prior to playing in the Cape Cod League in Massachusetts, Mangum was with family Tuesday in Florida when his phone started ringing. Offers were coming in from teams with picks early in the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Mangum's gut reaction was one he couldn't deny. "I've loved every minute of wearing the maroon and white and two years isn't enough. It really isn't enough," Mangum told The Dispatch. "I'm getting calls (Tuesday) and I'm thinking, 'I've been here for two years. That doesn't even feel right.'" On Wednesday, the New York Yankees used the 902nd pick in the 30th round to select Mangum, but the sophomore outfielder told The Dispatch he will return to MSU for his junior year. "I love it. I love Starkville. I love Mississippi State. Two years is not enough to wear that uniform," Mangum said.
 
Jake Mangum to stay at Mississippi State; A's draft Ryan Gridley
One Mississippi State star position player has already made up his mind on where he will be next season while another has a decision to make after getting drafted. Mississippi State shortstop Ryan Gridley was drafted Wednesday by the A's in the 11th round with 321st overall pick of the MLB Draft. Gridley now has an interesting decision to make and sources close to MSU said it is unclear whether or not he will return to Starkville. The potential loss of Gridley would be a significant blow to MSU's lineup, which lost Brent Rooker to the Twins in the first round and Cody Brown to graduation.
 
Three Diamond Dogs receive honors
Three Mississippi State players were recognized on Wednesday for their exceptional play on the diamond this season. Junior first baseman Brent Rooker was named a first team All-American by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game. Rooker was also added to the American Baseball Coaches Association South All-Region first team as well as one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award. Sophomore relief pitcher Spencer Price was picked as a third team All-American by the NCBWA while junior shortstop Ryan Gridley was selected to the ABCA South All-Region second team.
 
Getting foot in door: Mississippi State's Blair Schaefer looks into possible future TV career
Want to know what your favorite celebrities are doing? Who's getting married? Who had a child? Who is starring in another big film project? Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Blair Schaefer might be who you turn to for those answers. Schaefer, a guard on Mississippi State's women's basketball team, spent much of the month of May in California as an intern with the television show Entertainment Tonight. For Schaefer, it was a chance to get her feet wet in the television industry, which is the career she hopes to pursue when her time at MSU is done. "I have a huge interest in TV," Schaefer said. "I feel like I want to end up being a talent on camera. "It fits so many things I love to do. I love to travel. I love to talk to people. I'm a people person. I just feel like, right now, that's what I'm looking at doing."
 
To honor Steve Scalise, LSU sending baseball hats, t-shirts lawmakers will wear during game
The congressional baseball game will go on as planned Thursday -- with a distinct Louisiana influence. After U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was one of five injured in a shooting at a practice Wednesday morning in Virginia, the Republican and Democratic teams will wear official LSU gear, provided by the university, during the game to honor the majority whip. LSU confirmed it's sending LSU team hats and t-shirts to Washington D.C. for lawmakers to wear. Scalise graduate from LSU in 1989 with a computer science degree and a political science minor. "We are grateful to Congress for thinking of Rep. Steve Scalise during this difficult time and recognizing him by wearing LSU gear in support of his recovery," LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement. "Rep. Scalise is a proud LSU alumnus and great supporter of the university, and we are proud to help out even in this small way. The thoughts and prayers of the entire LSU community are with Rep. Scalise, his family and all of those injured."
 
Institute puts U. of Kentucky on cutting edge of sports medicine research
The University of Kentucky, supported in part by a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, on Wednesday unveiled the Sports Medicine Research Institute, dedicated to studying injury prevention and recovery and performance enhancement. "The elite warriors of the U.S. military are expected to be at peak performance in extremely dangerous and unpredictable situations, and there's no room -- either financially or personally -- for them to sustain a preventable injury," said Dr. Scott Lephart, dean of the UK College of Health Sciences and founder of SMRI. "Our research with athletes both military and civilian is mutually beneficial, and it will result in strategies for injury prevention and performance for every walk of life."



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