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Jackson, MS, United States

Millsaps College is a private liberal arts college located in Jackson, in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Founded in 1890 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Millsaps is home to 985 students. Millsaps College is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives and is one of only 21 private colleges nationwide named a Best Buy in the 2013 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Wikipedia.


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News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its ranking of the best colleges and universities in Mississippi for 2017. Of the 15 four-year schools that qualified for the list, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, University of Mississippi, Belhaven University and Mississippi State University scored as the top five schools. Of the 15 two-year schools included in the ranking, East Mississippi Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “These Mississippi schools have a proven track record of setting up their students for post-college career success,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Our analysis shows the value of the education each of these schools provides, with academic and employment resources for students translating to strong post-college earnings.” To be included on Mississippi’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on more than a dozen additional data points including diversity of program offerings, career services, educational counseling, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Mississippi” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Mississippi for 2017 include: Alcorn State University Belhaven University Blue Mountain College Delta State University Jackson State University Millsaps College Mississippi College Mississippi State University Mississippi University for Women Mississippi Valley State University Rust College Tougaloo College University of Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi William Carey University The Best Two-Year Colleges in Mississippi for 2017 include: Coahoma Community College Copiah-Lincoln Community College East Central Community College East Mississippi Community College Hinds Community College Holmes Community College Itawamba Community College Jones County Junior College Meridian Community College Mississippi Delta Community College Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Northeast Mississippi Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Pearl River Community College Southwest Mississippi Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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BATON ROUGE, LA--(Marketwired - October 24, 2016) - OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( : OBMP) ("OncBioMune" or the "Company"), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer products and a proprietary vaccine technology, is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Dr. Brian Barnett has joined the OncBioMune Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Barnett currently serves as Senior Medical Director, Neratinib, Medical Affairs at Puma Biotechnology. Prior to accepting his position at Puma Biotechnology, Dr. Barnett held numerous senior level positions at Roche Group subsidiary Genentech providing oversight in the FDA approval and launch of the potential blockbuster breast cancer drug Kadcyla. These positions at Genentech included Associate Medical Director, Kadcyla, U.S. Medical Affairs; Medical Director, Kadcyla, U.S. Medical Affairs; and Medical Director, Kadcyla, Global Product Development Oncology. Before his time at Genentech, Dr. Barnett served as Director of Medical Oncology at the Elliott, Barnett, Head Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center. Throughout his career, Dr. Barnett has authored and been integral to many peer-reviewed publications on immunotherapy and delivered oral and poster presentations at leading oncology conferences on regulating cancer with immunotherapy approaches. Dr. Barnett earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry from Millsaps College, a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed his medical training as a Fellow, Hematology and Medical Oncology at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. He is an active member of the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. "I'm well aware of the potential of the vaccine technology that OncBioMune is developing after working closely with Drs. Head and Elliott at their breast cancer center," said Dr. Barnett. "I am impressed with what I see in the clinical data of ProscaVax as a novel prostate cancer vaccine and look forward to sharing my clinical experiences going forward as ProscaVax commences mid-stage studies." "On behalf of our entire team, I'd like to formally welcome Dr. Barnett to our Scientific Advisory Board," said Dr. Jonathan Head, Chief Executive Officer at OncBioMune. "Brian is highly-respected as a thought leader in the immunotherapy space and brings years of highly relevant experience to our team in Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical research. His knowledge and network will be a invaluable assets as we move forward with not only ProscaVax, but our entire pipeline." Sign up for OncBioMune email alerts at: http://oncbiomune.com/email-alerts/. OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products, with a proprietary Vaccine Technology that is designed to stimulate the immune system to attack its own cancer while not hurting the patient. Our lead product, ProscaVax® is scheduled to commence a Phase 2 clinical study in 2016. OncBioMune also has a portfolio of targeted therapies, some of which are biosimilars to blockbuster drugs. OncBioMune is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in this offering, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer solicitation or sale are unlawful prior to registration or qualification under securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals' actual results and experience to differ materially from anticipated results and expectations expressed in these forward looking statements. OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals has in some cases identified forward-looking statements by using words such as "anticipates," "believes," "hopes," "estimates," "looks," "expects," "plans," "intends," "goal," "potential," "may," "suggest," and similar expressions. Among other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements are OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals' need for, and the availability of, substantial capital in the future to fund its operations and research and development; the fact that OncBioMune Pharmaceutical's vaccines and therapeutics may not successfully complete pre-clinical or clinical testing, or be granted regulatory approval to be sold and marketed in the United States or elsewhere. A more complete description of these risk factors is included in OncBioMune Pharmaceutical's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to any such forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by applicable law or regulation.


News Article | February 5, 2016
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A newly discovered tarantula sports a black coat that is as dark and brooding as its celebrity namesake: the renowned singer Johnny Cash. Tarantulas, the hairy spiders that stole movie scenes and won hearts in popular films like "Home Alone," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Dr. No," take a starring role in a new study that reorganizes their group, reclassifying the majority of 55 known tarantula species and adding 14 new ones, including the creepy-crawly named for Cash. The study researchers evaluated close to 3,000 tarantulas from across the American Southwest. Scientists integrated tarantula DNA into the study alongside anatomy, geography and behavior gleaned from spiders that were gathered by the researchers, contributed by "citizen-scientists" and borrowed from museum collections, to deliver the most comprehensive overview of tarantulas ever assembled, according to the new study, published online Feb. 4 in the journal ZooKeys. [Tarantula Photos: Gallery of 'Eight-Legged Teddy Bears'] Even though tarantulas as a group are generally well known and easily recognized by the public from their appearances in popular culture, far less was known to science about their distribution, diversity and how they lived in the wild, according to the study's lead author, Chris Hamilton. Hamilton, an arachnologist and graduate student at Auburn University's Department of Biological Sciences, told Live Science that "not much behavioral or ecological work has been done to understand these species and the settings they live in," he said. So he set out to do something about that. While tarantulas can vary greatly in size — from a leg span measuring about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long to tiny individuals able to fit comfortably on the face of a U.S. quarter — tarantula species generally don't vary much in their anatomical features. For tarantula taxonomists of the past, this posed a frustrating challenge, resulting in classifications that divided tarantulas into many more species than the group required, Hamilton found. "There was huge murkiness as to what was a species," Hamilton told Live Science. For more than 10 years, Hamilton and his colleagues gathered and analyzed tarantulas from a range of habitats in the southwestern United States. Brent Hendrixson, study co-author and chairman of the Department of Biology at Millsaps College in Mississippi, set up a Web page that allowed citizen-scientists to send the researchers hundreds of specimens from locations across the U.S., including some where tarantulas had never been collected before, Hamilton said. Tarantulas stored in museum collections proved to be useful, too. The Auburn University Museum of Natural History (AUMNH) houses a tarantula collection containing more than 2,300 specimens, which played an important part in the study, according to Jason Bond, the study's senior author and AUMNH director. Spanning more than 50 years of collecting, the AUMNH tarantulas provided critical data on variations between tarantula populations and biogeography, "essential elements to understanding how diversity of life on our planet has evolved and become spatially distributed," Bond told Live Science in an email. [Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider] When the researchers' work was done, the tarantula group that originally contained 55 species had been pared to 15, with the 14 new species bringing the grand total to 29, they reported in the study. One of the new spider species, Aphonopelma johnnycashi, had a particularly well-known namesake — famed singer and songwriter Johnny Cash. The spider was abundant near Folsom State Prison in California, which had inspired Cash's song "Folsom Prison Blues" and where he performed and recorded a live album in 1968. And the tarantula's dark coloration reminded Hamilton of Cash's preference for head-to-toe black attire, which had earned Cash the nickname, "The Man in Black." But with 14 new spiders, the scientists had to come up with a lot more names, and A. johnnycashi was the only one inspired by a celebrity. "We tried to tie them into something about the species," Hamilton told Live Science. Some were named in reference to where they were found, like A. saguaro (Saguaro National Park) and A. superstitionense (the Superstition Mountains). Hamilton named A. moellendorfii to commemorate mentor, educator and fellow arachnologist Dave Moellendorf, who introduced Hamilton to tarantula distribution in Texas and supported his early interest in the spider group. And A. xwalxwal (pronounced “hwal-hwal") got its name from the word for "a type of small spider" in the language of Cahuilla Native Americans. "As a Native American myself — a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma — I do try to look for ways to tie Native Americans into new species, if possible," Hamilton said. But finding new species isn't just about scoring naming rights, Hamilton said. "We do it because we love what we do. We really love the organisms, and we want to know what's here on Earth and what their relationships are," he said. And if naming a new species after a celebrity brings some of that excitement about biodiversity and evolution to a wider audience, then everybody wins.  "It's a really important mechanism for reaching out to the public and getting them involved," Hamilton said. "We want the public to love these new species, too." Follow Mindy Weisberger on Twitter and Google+. Follow us @livescience, Facebook & Google+. Original article on Live Science. 10 Things You Didn't Know About Spiders Copyright 2016 LiveScience, a Purch company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


News Article | November 30, 2016
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Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC (Bellwether Enterprise), the commercial and multifamily mortgage banking subsidiary of Enterprise Community Investment Inc. (Enterprise), today announced the appointment of real estate private equity veteran Todd Johnson as Director of Equity Products. Mr. Johnson will be based in Bellwether Enterprise’s New Orleans office. “We are thrilled to welcome Todd to the New Orleans office and our national team, where he will play a pivotal role in driving the development of our equity markets business,” said Ned Huffman, president of Bellwether Enterprise. “With close to 15 years of real estate equity financing experience, Todd’s robust industry experience and entrepreneurial spirit will be a valuable asset in expanding the capacity of our work nationwide.” Prior to joining Bellwether Enterprise, Mr. Johnson was the founding and managing partner of Brush Island Capital, a boutique, private equity real estate firm specializing in arranging institutional joint venture equity for real estate transactions and real estate operators throughout all markets. Mr. Johnson's work primarily focused on transactions pertaining to multifamily developments, acquisitions, and recapitalizations. Before founding Brush Island Capital, Mr. Johnson worked for MINERVA Real Estate Investments where he led urban, condominium development. He holds a B.B.A. in business administration from Millsaps College. “Over the course of my career, building strong relationships has been a crucial component of my work, and something I prioritized at Brush Island Capital,” said Todd Johnson. “I look forward to working with a firm that also places a high value on strong industry ties and lending my extensive experience to expand Bellwether Enterprise’s reach across the country.” Bellwether Enterprise provides flexible financing solutions for clients covering the entire spectrum of commercial and multifamily real estate. For more information on Bellwether Enterprise’s services, visit us at: http://www.BellwetherEnterprise.com. Bellwether Enterprise is a national, full-service commercial and multifamily mortgage banking company. As a subsidiary of Enterprise Community Investment, Bellwether Enterprise has production offices across the country and an integrated servicing platform based in Cleveland. With local market expertise, national lending relationships and financing structure experience, we provide clients with competitive, creative solutions for their financing needs. Bellwether Enterprise provides loans for a range of institutional investors including life insurance companies, pension funds, commercial banks and CMBS lenders and is a direct Special Fannie Mae Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS®) lender, Freddie Mac Targeted Affordable Housing lender and Program Plus®Seller Servicer, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approved Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) lender and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Section 538 Rural Development lender.


Patent
French Institute for Research in Computer Science, Automation, University of Udine, Millsaps College and French National Center for Scientific Research | Date: 2013-06-05

Method for shooting and editing a film comprising at least one image of a 3D computer-generated animation created by a cinematographic software (18) according to mathematical model of elements that are part of the animation and according to a definition of situations and actions occurring for said elements as a function of time,said method being characterized by comprising the following steps :- computing of alternative suggested viewpoints by the cinematographic software for an image of the 3D computer-generated animation corresponding to a particular time point according to said definition;- instructing for displaying on a display interface, all together, images corresponding to said computed alternative suggested viewpoints of the 3D computer-generated animation at that particular time point.


A comparison of the largest and the smallest tarantula species in the United States. These are adult females of Aphonopelma anax (L) from Texas and Aphonopelma paloma (R) from Arizona. Credit: Dr. Brent Hendrixson (A. anax) and Dr. Chris A. Hamilton (A. paloma) A new species of tarantula named after the famous singer-songwriter Johnny Cash is one of fourteen new spiders discovered in the southwestern United States. While these charismatic spiders have captured the attention of people around the world, and have been made famous by Hollywood, little was actually known about them. The new descriptions nearly double the number of species known from the region. Biologists at Auburn University and Millsaps College have described these hairy, large-bodied spiders in the open-access journal ZooKeys. "We often hear about how new species are being discovered from remote corners of the Earth, but what is remarkable is that these spiders are in our own backyard," says Dr. Chris Hamilton, lead author of the study. "With the Earth in the midst of a sixth mass extinction, it is astonishing how little we know about our planet's biodiversity, even for charismatic groups such as tarantulas." Tarantulas within the genus Aphonopelma are among the most unique species of spider in the United States. One aspect of this distinctiveness that is particularly intriguing is the extreme size differences that can be found between species. Some species are quite impressive, reaching six inches (15 centimeters) or more in leg span, while others can fit on the face of an American quarter-dollar coin (see Image 1). Within the United States, Aphonopelma are found in twelve states across the southern third of the country, ranging west of the Mississippi River to California. These spiders are conspicuous during the warmer months when adult males abandon their burrows in search of mates, yet very little was known about these spiders prior to the study. Dr. Hamilton notes that more than fifty different species of tarantulas had been previously reported from the United States, but that many of them were poorly defined and actually belonged to the same species. To gain a better understanding of the diversity and distributions of these spiders, the research team spent more than a decade searching for tarantulas throughout scorching deserts, frigid mountains, and other locations in the American Southwest, sometimes literally in someone's backyard. They studied nearly 3,000 specimens, undertaking the most comprehensive taxonomic study ever performed on a group of tarantulas. Because most species of tarantula in the United States are very similar in appearance and cannot be distinguished from each other using anatomical features alone, the research team implemented a modern and "integrative" approach to taxonomy by employing anatomical, behavioural, distributional, and genetic data. Their results indicate there are 29 species in the United States, 14 of which are new to science. Of the new species, one has been named Aphonopelma johnnycashi after the influential American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. Dr. Hamilton coined the name because the species is found in California near Folsom Prison (famous for Cash's song "Folsom Prison Blues") and because mature males are generally solid black in coloration (paying homage to Cash's distinctive style of dress where he has been referred to as the "Man in black") (see Image 2). While the researchers found that most species are abundant and have relatively large distributions, they also noted that some have highly restricted distributions and may require conservation efforts in the not-so-distant future, as they lose their habitats due to climate change and human encroachment. "Two of the new species are confined to single mountain ranges in southeastern Arizona, one of the United States' biodiversity hotspots," says Brent Hendrixson, a co-author of the study. "These fragile habitats are threatened by increased urbanization, recreation, and climate change. There is also some concern that these spiders will become popular in the pet trade due to their rarity, so we need to consider the impact that collectors may have on populations as well." In addition to spider specimens collected by the research team, the study used a tremendous number of specimens gathered from museum collections across the United States, including the Auburn University Museum of Natural History (AUMNH). Project senior author Dr. Jason Bond, director of the AUMNH, notes that studies like these highlight the critical role that museum collections play in understanding our planet's biodiversity. The AUMNH, located in Auburn, Alabama, possesses the second largest collection of Aphonopelma in the world, behind the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Tarantulas have gained notoriety for their imposing appearance and perceived threat to humans, but Dr. Hamilton notes that the fear is largely unfounded and that the species in the United States do not readily bite, are not dangerous, and are really just "teddy bears with eight legs". Explore further: The Auburn Tiger trapdoor spider: New species discovered from college town backyard More information: Chris A. Hamilton et al. Taxonomic revision of the tarantula genus Aphonopelma Pocock, 1901 (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae) within the United States, ZooKeys (2016). DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.560.6264


News Article | February 4, 2016
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Meet Aphonopelma johnnycashi, one of 14 new species of tarantula identified as part of a decade-long effort to describe as completely as possible the taxonomy and geography of the American tarantula—a surprisingly limited field of research. Across 12 southern states spanning from the Mississippi River to the California coast, biologists with Auburn University and Millsaps College searched mountains ranges, deserts, and everything in between, eventually coming up with 3,000 individual tarantula specimens. The result represents the largest taxonomic study of a group of tarantulas ever conducted, and is based on a new "integrative" approach to spider taxonomy involving anatomical, behavioral, distributional, and genetic data. The group's work is described this week in the open-access journal ZooKeys. So, yes, as it turns out our knowledge of the American tarantula has been fairly limited and scattershot. Researchers had previously counted about 50 different tarantula spider species in the US, but as the Auburn group explains, many of those were poorly defined and/or referred to the same species. The aim here was to take a more unified, coordinated approach to describing the tarantula genus. Part of the problem in classifying tarantulas is in that one species can be wildly different in size and appearance from another. On the one hand, we have furry six-inch rat-spiders; on the other, we have real little dudes that could fit on top of a quarter. You can see the scale range above. So, what a tarantula looks like isn't all there is to it and this is where the integrative approach comes. It's not enough to just see the spider, one must also watch the spider go about its spider life. One characteristic behavior occurs during tarantula mating season, in which male spiders start roaming around in the open en masse looking for mates; I've been in tarantula country when this happens and it's about as fucked up as you can imagine. Anyhow, the "johnnycashi" name was chosen because the species was discovered near Folsom Prison (of "Folson Prison Blues" fame) and because the mature males of the species happen to be solid black in color (the "man in black"). To the researchers' knowledge, they do not write and record country music, but we still have much to learn.


The purpose of this study is to describe and explain river channel cross-sectional change in tributary streams within the 60-km scour zone of the Trinity River, Texas, downstream of Livingston Dam. This study investigates changes within the tributary systems to base level changes triggered by incision, associated with scour and channel migration within the dammed trunk stream. The dam represents a precise moment and place of a system perturbation and therefore represents an opportunistic geomorphic experiment. Geomorphological effects of the lower Trinity River tributaries were investigated through three different types of data: resurveys of bridge cross sections, planform change as measured from aerial photographs, and field mapping of changes in channel geometry using fallen trees, undercut banks, and other geomorphic indicators of change. While field evidence of channel change was found at sites well upstream of tributary confluences with the Trinity, these were not consistent with responses to lower base level. Downcutting and lateral changes in response to lowered base level were confined to lower tributary reaches. This suggests distance decay and lag times in transmission of responses upstream and/or masking of dam-induced effects by other processes and controls. The most dynamic locations of geomorphic change are near the confluences of the tributaries with the Trinity River, where the response to dam-induced incision is strongly influenced by local trunk stream morphology, indicating a high degree of historical and geographical contingency. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ARCHAEOLOGY | Award Amount: 162.25K | Year: 2012

The Projekti Arkeologjikë i Shkodrës (PASH), the Shkodër Archaeological Project, is a collaboration between Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and the University of Tirana, Albania. Michael Galaty, the Principal investigator proposes to investigate the appearance of social inequality in northern Albania, a strategically important region located in the western Balkans along the Adriatic coast. The transition to social inequality in northern Albania was marked by the construction of nucleated, hill-top centers (hill forts) and burial of elite individuals (warrior chiefs) in mounds (tumuli) at the start of the Early Bronze Age, about 3000 B.C. In order to understand better the transition to social inequality in Albania, and in Europe generally, the research team is conducting three years of interdisciplinary archaeological research focused on hill forts and burial mounds. The methods will allow the identification of the various factors that alone or in combination contributed to the dramatic changes in social organization in northern Albania that marked the Bronze Age. The team plans two seasons (2012 and 2013) of geological and archaeological survey and rescue excavation of tumulus burials, followed by excavation at a representative hill fort (2014).

The study region encompasses the Shkodra Plain and surrounding hills, and is situated along the eastern shore of Shkodra Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans. Geological surveys will be conducted in order to date lake shore and river course changes, which can be correlated with shifts in settlement, as established through intensive archaeological survey. Archaeological survey, along with excavation of tumulus burials and a representative hill fort, will produce artifacts and human remains. These will be subjected to a battery of analytical tests, including radiocarbon dating. Radiocarbon dating will allow determination of whether hill fort and tumulus construction occurred simultaneously or sequentially. The warrior chiefs buried in tumuli seem to have accessed multiple sources of power, ranging from violence and warfare to control of land, food, and trade. In addition, episodes of migration may have affected the course of events, bringing new blood and ideas at the start of and throughout the Bronze Age. Conflict and migration will be addressed through physical-anthropological assessment and strontium-isotope analysis of human bone remains and teeth from tumuli. Changes in economy and subsistence will be gauged through study of botanical and faunal remains and residue analysis of pottery. And the degree and direction of inter-regional interaction will be measured through the chemical characterization of clays and pottery.

Recently, some archaeologists have suggested that elite institutions and social hierarchy spread north into Europe from the Near East via Greece in the later Bronze Age (2000-1000 B.C.). This project is designed to test this model. Time is of the essence, though. Hill forts and tumuli are being fast destroyed in Shkodër as the city expands northward. PASH also includes, therefore, a cultural-heritage educational program targeting landowners and farmers, and will instruct dozens of Albanian and American students in methods of archaeological reconnaissance and rescue excavation.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Izaak Walton League of America is pleased to announce that Jared Mott joined our staff as Conservation Director. Mott will lead planning and implementation of the League’s conservation work, including developing a national legislative and public policy agenda and engaging grassroots advocates in support of this effort. Mott has dedicated his career to conserving habitat and natural resources while advocating for public access to healthy lands. He spent four years as Policy Director for the Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance, where he executed the organization’s strategies for natural resource management, public lands access and protection, and sportsmen’s issues. Most recently, as Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, he worked with members of Congress and their staff to address Mississippi River conservation issues. “We’re excited to have Jared join our team as Conservation Director,” says IWLA Executive Director Scott Kovarovics. “He has the skills and experience in policy and advocacy the position demands. Jared also has a passion for conservation and the outdoors shared by Ikes across the country.” One of the League’s priorities this year is our Clean Water Challenge. Our goal: to monitor 100,000 more stream sites by the League’s 100th anniversary. And there is an urgent need to expand stream monitoring. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 20 percent of America’s streams and rivers are monitored for water quality. Run-off from parking lots, backyards, and farm fields presents a serious threat to water quality across the nation. With potential pollution sources so dispersed, it’s nearly impossible to accurately assess stream health – good or bad – unless more stream sites are monitored more frequently at the local level. Citizen-based stream monitoring is a proven solution. The Izaak Walton League has the tools – and decades of experience with citizen science – to do it. Visit our Clean Water Challenge web page for more details. “I’m excited about this opportunity to join the Izaak Walton League’s team and be part of the League’s work to expand volunteer stream monitoring across the country,” says Mott. “Clean water is critical to the outdoor recreation that I love. I look forward to continuing to protect the places that played such an important role in my life and working to ensure future generations can enjoy the same opportunities." Mott holds a law degree from the University of Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League of America protects America's outdoors through education, community-based conservation, and promoting outdoor recreation.

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