MURRAY, Ky. — See below for the latest news from Murray State University, including student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments, announcements, upcoming events and much more for the week of Oct. 12-16, 2020.

Dr. Shea Porr, Animal/Equine Science Department Head for the Hutson School of Agriculture, has been selected as the Distinguished Educator for the Non-Land Grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities (NARRU). Dr. Porr was the lone recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Educator Award by NARRU and was recognized in a virtual ceremony October 7.

“It made me feel really good to see the support my colleagues and students gave me as they worked on the application for this award,” said Porr. “I try my best to help my colleagues and students be the best they can be, and this experience showed me how my efforts are interpreted by them. It made me feel like I really do a good job!”


Dr. Abdul Yarali, professor and coordinator of the Murray State University cybersecurity and network management program, recently had a new book in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) come out of production and is now available. The book, titled Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN): Technology and Applications, covers wireless networking sensors’ evolution, technological advancements, and applications.

Said Yarali: “The subject of WSN is a significant factor enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) systems by collecting data for smarter decisions in applications such as consumer devices, industry 4.0, medical, agricultural, and farming. The book has an in-depth discussion on technology and the application of WSN and integration into IoT. I am delighted that technology, academic, and industry communities discuss this critical and fast-growing industry. I am confident that the content of this book will shed some light on this subject.”


The Murray State University Bass Anglers fishing team won the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley.  

President Adam Puckett, a senior from Bloomington, Indiana, said Murray State has a great group of anglers who strive to win and be the best they can be.

“Murray State is a student run fishing team and one of the strongest collegiate fishing programs in the country,” Puckett said. “We have a great group of anglers who strive to win and be the best they can be.”

Dalton Kelly, a senior wildlife conservation and law major, won Session 3 of the tournament and claimed first place overall for the event. Kelly received a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card, Abu Garcia Revo Ike spinning reel and an Abu Garcia Veritas rod. 

Kelly’s win earned the team 1,000 points to go along with their second-highest finishing angler inside of the Top 100. The team has consistently finished at the top of the School of the Year standings over the course of the last ten years.

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