MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from

Murray State University for the week of Jan. 14-18.


Dr. Dan Wann, Murray State University psychology professor, has been selected to include a publication in the Olympic World Library.

His book, “Sport Fans: the Psychology and Social Impact of Fandom,” examines the affectivie, behavioral and cognitive reactions fans experience when viewing sports. This holistic approach is achieved by exploring a variety of topics, including the process of becoming a sports fan, how fandom can provide a sense of belonging and the personality characteristics and aggression sports fans encounter.

“It is a unique honor to have this book included in the Olympic World Library,” Wann said. “Hopefully individuals will be able to utilize the text as a resource in understanding the psychology of fandom, including fans of the Olympic Games.”

The Olympic World Library is a library catalog, information portal and search engine for Olympic

knowledge at the Olympic Studies Center.  Through the Olympic World Library, readers can access

official Olympic publications, books and articles by academics and professionals.

Wann is the leading scholar on sports fandom.  He has published four books and numerous

journal articles in addition to giving countless presentations on sports fandom.  Wann teaches classes in the Department of Psychology, including a course on sports fandom.


Earth and environmental science graduate student Kevin Takashita-Bynum was awarded a $10,000 Early Career Grant from National Geographic to conduct environmental research in Gona, Ethiopia.

Gona, Ethiopia, is an area within the cradle of humankind that contains one of the most established archaeological records in the world.  As a National Geographic Explorer, Takashita-Bynum plans to reconstruct the environments of one of the main hypothesized corridors of early human migration out of Africa. This study will help shed light on how these individuals responded to localized shifts in climate and environment.

Takashita-Bynum is a graduate student in the Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) working with Dr. Gary Stinchcomb. He is interested in the geochemistry of ancient soils and sediments within the East African Rift System and their application toward reconstructing ancient environments.

The National Geographic Society also provided additional funding for undergraduate student Marie White, of O’Fallon, Missouri, for her notable academic aptitude and potential that she has demonstrated throughout her undergraduate career.

Future updates on Kevin’s work will be available via


The Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence is hosting events in celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, the Campus and Community Breakfast will occur at 8:30 a.m. in the Curris Center Banquet Room. Keynote speaker Rev. Olugbenga Akindele of Louisville will address the attendees. The breakfast is co-sponsored by the City of Murray Human Rights Commission,  Murray State University President’s Office, Office of the Provost and the Division of Student affairs, and co-hosted by the Emerging Scholars Institute and Black Student Council.

After breakfast, members will participate in sorting, packing and delivering items for United Way agencies and other regional nonprofit organizations. Donated items can be brought to the Curris Center Banquet Room from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Jan. 21.

Individuals with questions can contact the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence at or at 270-809-6836.


The Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program will be hosting guest speaker Augustine Akimanzi on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Curris Center Barkley Room.

Akimanzi is a leadership development consultant and trainer with over 13 years of experience mentoring emerging leaders. He presently serves as a consultant at African Enterprise International in Uganda. His experience in various organizations and cultural contexts will be an asset to those who attend his presentation.
All are welcome to attend this free event sponsored by Beyond Uganda and the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program.  For more information, please contact Dr. Kelly Rogers at 270-809-3144 or

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