2001
Graduate School Catalog


Research Organizations

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Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology
Center for Applied Research and Evaluation
Center for Archaeological Research and Evaluation
Center for Educational Research and Evaluation
Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology
Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Managment
Center for Population Studies
Center for Rural Studies
Center for Science, Engineering and Mathematics Education
Center for Speech and Hearing Research
Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Center for Water and Wetland Resources
Croft Institute for International Studies
Delta Rural Systemic Initiative
Environmental Toxicology Research Program
Gatlin Center for Economic Education
Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics
Laboratory for Applied Drug Design and Synthesis
Marine Minerals Technology Center
McLean Institute for Community Development
Military Personnel Research Science Institute
MS Center for Supercomputing Research
MS Law Research Institute
MS Mineral Resources Institute
National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering
National EDP Audit Archival Center
National Food Service Management Institute
National Tax History Research Center
Pharmaceutical Marketing and Managment Research Division
Public Policy Research Center
Remote Sensing Space Law Center for Excellence
Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Rural Environmenal Health Research Program
Sarah Isom Center for Women
Social Sciences Research Laboratory
Thad Cochran National Center for Natural Products Research
Univ. of MS Field Station
Univ. of MS Geoinformatics Center

Research Activities
Professor Ronald F. Borne, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of Research
125 Old Chemistry Building
(662) 915-7482

Organized research units are maintained by the University to conduct research on practical and theoretical problems. Faculty, students, and staff participate in research efforts of organized research groups. For the most part, the studies conducted through the special research units complement the research accomplished by undergraduates for senior research projects in their major fields and by graduate students for theses and dissertations.

Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology
Professor Waheed Uddin, Director
218 Carrier Hall
(662) 915-5363

The center develops and implements advanced computer simulations and remote sensing technologies for building longer-lasting airfield pavements and intermodal facilities, monitoring and preserving the transportation infrastructure, and developing cost-effective procedures for improving antiterrorism readiness, mobility through assessment and airfield suitability analysis, and security evaluations for troops and personnel deployment during emergency, humanitarian, and war operations.

Center for Applied Research and Evaluation
Professor Daniel Landis, Director
207 Peabody Hall
(662) 915-7797

CApRE, a unit of the Department of Psychology, provides research and consultative services to help solve human resource problems for agencies and companies. Staffed by social psychologists, clinical psychologists, and cross-cultural trainers, CApRE offers help in the following areas: evaluation of human service programs, evaluation and research design in applied settings, intercultural communications, intercultural training programs in mental health and industrial settings, and statistical design and implementation.

Center for Archaeological Research and Evaluation
Professor Robert Thorne, Director
26A West Bondurant Hall
(662) 915-7316

The mission of the center is to improve the general understanding of prehistoric and historic events in the state and region. Human behavioral patterns, as chronicled in the archaeological record, are nonrenewable cultural resources. By providing cultural resource management expertise, the center helps ensure that construction projects comply with federal laws concerning cultural resources.
The National Clearinghouse for Archaeological Stabilization provides technical advice and counseling on the preservation and stabilization of archaeological resources that are being destroyed by cultural and natural forces. Clearinghouse projects are national in scope and are cooperative efforts between the center, the National Park Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the private sector.

Center for Educational Research and Evaluation
207 Education Building
(662) 915-5017

The center functions as an interdisciplinary organizational unit for research, training, information dissemination, and technical assistance in the field of developmental disabilities and other handicapping conditions. The center provides assistance, knowledge, and expertise to public institutions, schools, state agencies, and community programs striving to improve their services to handicapped citizens. The center pulls together current resources and a broad range of generically trained professionals to address complex issues in the health, education, and social problems of handicapped persons.

Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology
Research Professor J. Robert Woolsey, Director
220 Old Chemistry Building
(662) 915-7320

The CMRET encourages the development of selected mineral resources from U.S. seabeds by providing opportunities for engineering systems research, development, and technology transfer within academic, governmental and industrial communities. It provides primary leadership and facilities for the education and training of the nation's scientists and engineers in the field of marine minerals. The CMRET is administered through the School of Engineering and the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI).

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Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management
Professor Mickey Smith, Director
217-A Faser Hall
(662) 915-5948

The center promotes efficiency and effectiveness in marketing and management of pharmaceutical products and services in all segments of the industry. Through a unique strategic alliance between the School of Pharmacy and the School of Business Administration, the center applies The University of Mississippi's distinctive competencies to focused research and innovative educational programs involving health care.

Center for Population Studies
Professor Bob Woolsey, Director
102 Leavell
(662) 915-7271

The center promotes population education and research for the University, state and region. It is the lead agency of the State Data Center for Mississippi, a joint program of the US Bureau of the Census and the state of Mississippi. In this capacity, the center distributes census and other statistics, provides instruction on data analysis, and acts as a liaison between the Bureau of the Census and data users in Mississippi. The center also undertakes research on Mississippi's population and on broader demographic problems; current research concerns population movement and redistribution over the past 50 years in the state.

Center for Rural Studies
Professor Scotty Hargrove, Director
301 Peabody Hall
(662) 915-7383

The center facilitates research and demonstration programs designed to improve the quality of rural life in Mississippi and to serve as models for other rural settings, both nationally and internationally. The center's areas of emphasis include health and mental health services, legal services, business development, education, social services, environmental concerns, multicultural issues, and manpower and leadership concerns.

Center for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
Professor Charles Alexander, Director
227 Hume Hall
(662) 915-5405
mmcca@olemiss.edu

The center addresses the full spectrum of science, engineering, and mathematics educational needs with the goals of developing a competitive work force in Mississippi, addressing the particular needs of groups underrepresented in this area (including women and minorities), and improving the interface between groups working in this field. The center analyzes census data and national projections to determine the areas of greatest need and potential impact, and it serves as a coordinating body for information about science, engineering, and mathematics education.

Center for Speech and Hearing Research
Professor Thomas Crowe, Director
303 George Hall
(662) 915-7652

The CSHR was established as an ancillary part of the Department of Communicative Disorders in the National Center for Physical Acoustics to facilitate research opportunities for individuals in the field of speech and hearing science with an interest in acoustic research. The CSHR's mission is to advance understanding of the acoustic aspects of speech and hearing disorders among adults and children, and to develop and investigate innovative research ideas aimed toward the diagnosis, treatment, and (re)habilitation of individuals having such disorders. Research projects at present include assessing speech intelligibility, laryngeal physiology, and hearing physiology in Navy divers under adverse speaking and listening conditions; auditory perception in listeners with impaired hearing; and the development of digital hearing aids.

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Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Professor Charles R. Wilson, Director
Barnard Observatory
(662) 915-5993
staff@barnard.cssc.olemiss.edu

The center is a focal point for innovative education and research on every aspect of Southern culture. The award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published in 1989, has been widely hailed as a major contribution to the multidisciplinary study of the South and was a phenomenal publishing success. Other center publications include The South: A Treasury of Art and Literature; a five-volume anthology, Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth; the series Cultural Perspectives on the American South; The Blues: A Bibliographical Guide; and a magazine on an indigenous Southern musical form: Living Blues. The center documents regional experience through taped recordings, photography, and film. Through center efforts, the University Library acquired the Kenneth S. Goldstein Folklore Collection, the B. B. King Record Archive, the Lewisohn Collection of books and films on Native Americans and blacks, and the O'Neal Living Blues Collection.

Center for Water and Wetland Resources
Associate Professor Marjorie Holland, Director
228 Shoemaker Hall
(662) 915-5479

The center, based at the UM Field Station, will assist American agriculture by addressing the impacts of agricultural practices and chemicals on the environment and human health. Proposed facilities include a laboratory building, education/demonstration building, a culturing facility, and experimental field sites. The center will research nonpoint and point pollution, aquatic systems as tools for integrated management of agricultural production, agricultural water quality, and optimal agricultural water use. Research issues to be addressed include use of biologically based technology to clean water and reduce impacts of contamination; enhancement of the quality of runoff from farms to achieve waste-minimizing agriculture while meeting regulatory requirements; conservation of agricultural water supplies through renovation and reuse; reduction of sedimentation, contamination, and surface water degradation through use of constructed aquatic environments; effective and economical protocols for pesticide use; preregistration mesocosm testing of new environmentally compatible chemicals; and detoxification and microbial biotransformation of agrichemicals.

Croft Institute for International Studies
Professor Michael F. Metcalf, Executive Director
George Street University House
(662) 915-1507
croft@olemiss.edu

The Croft Institute for International Studies promotes teaching, research, and service activities in international studies. The Croft Institute helps prepare majors in international studies and other students at The University of Mississippi for leadership in business, public service, and other fields in an increasingly interdependent world. In order to promote improvements in international studies throughout the state and the region, the institute conducts professional development workshops for high school foreign language and social studies teachers, as well as for foreign language, history, and social science faculty members at institutions of higher education.

Delta Rural Systemic Initiative
Professor Charles Alexander, Principal Investigator
103 Somerville
(662) 915-1087

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Delta Rural Systemic Initiative unites three states-Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi-to redress the performance gap experienced by students in the rural, economically disadvantaged school districts of those states. Their mission is to bring about systemic school reform to ensure the Delta youth demonstrate globally competitive levels of knowledge of skills in science, mathematics, and technology and skills.

Environmental Toxicology Research Program
Professor Dennis Feller, Interim Director
343 Faser Hall
(662) 915-5958

Part of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ECHR-RIPS conducts research and educational activities focused on identifying and resolving problems of health services utilization and environmental quality, and their relationships to health status. Research areas include pharmaceutical marketing and management, rural health, and environmental toxicology.

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Gatlin Center for Economic Education
Associate Professor William F. Chappell, Director
212 Conner Hall
(662) 915-5835

The Gatlin Center for Economic Education promotes the goal of economic literacy by supporting economic education in the state's schools. Teachers of economics can obtain materials from the center to assist them in using innovative approaches to teach economics. The center also promotes quality teaching through regular seminars and workshops.

Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics
Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor Henry Bass, Director
National Center for Physical Acoustics Building
(662) 915-5905
ncpa@ncpa.olemiss.edu

The NCPA has a three-fold purpose: To perform basic and applied research in acoustics; to educate a cadre of professional scientists and engineers who have a research specialization in acoustics; and to develop products, designs, and techniques that can be commercially exploited and used to improve the economy of the region. The staff consists of a group of world-class scientists and engineers who have established themselves as leading experts in many areas of acoustics research and education. In the congressional act that established the center, funds were appropriated to construct and equip a state-of-the-art research facility, especially designed for acoustics research. Research projects underway at the center include studies of thermoacoustics, entomology acoustics, soil characterization by acoustical techniques, solid state acoustics, the physics of sound propagation, the use of acoustics in aquaculture, infrasound, physics of hearing, aeroacoustics, and aerodynamic noise.

Laboratory for Applied Drug Design and Synthesis
Professor Mitchell Avery, Director
417A Faser Hall
(662) 915-5880

The center designs, synthesizes, and develops new and novel pharmacotherapies, pharmaceutical intermediates and medicinal chemistry methodologies through collaborative and partnered R&D projects. It conducts R&D that synergizes the collective interdisciplinary medicinal chemistry skills and expertise of the academic, government, and private sectors.

Marine Minerals Technology Center
Research Professor James Woolsey, Director
220 Old Chemistry Building
(662) 915-7320

The MMTC encourages the development of selected mineral resources from U.S. seabeds by providing opportunities for engineering systems research, development, and technology transfer within academic, governmental, and industrial communities. It provides primary leadership and facilities for the education and training of the nation's scientists and engineers in the field of marine minerals. The MMTC is administered through the School of Engineering and the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI). The University of Mississippi concentrates on the operation of the Continental Shelf Division of the MMTC, while the operation of the Ocean Basins Division is subcontracted to the University of Hawaii. The center conducts conferences, workshops, and instructional courses that will complement its research endeavors.

McLean Institute for Community Development
Associate Professor Vaughn Grisham, Director
214 Leavell Hall
(662) 915-7326

The institute works directly with community representatives to apply knowledge to the solution of community problems. It sponsors a nine-month leadership conference which allows participants to develop effective and broad community leadership skills. The institute is currently working in more than 30 states on a variety of economic/community development projects. It has helped establish leadership development programs in more than 200 counties throughout the South. Its areas of research and application include school reform, downtown redevelopment, community assessment, leadership and leadership development, and a variety of economic development topics.

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Military Personnel Research Science Institute
Professor N. Keith Womer, Director
253 Holman
(662) 915-5820

The Mississippi Center for Military Personnel Research oversees and conducts relevant research on a variety of military personnel issues. Of particular importance is efficiency and effectiveness in recruiting, selection and classification, and retention of military personnel. The center attracts national and international experts to the region who add their experience to the growing core of high-quality military personnel researchers in the area. The center is closely associated with the Navy Personnel Research Science and Technology Office (NPRST).

Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research
David G. Roach, Director
303 Powers Hall
(662) 915-7206
mcsr_info@mcsr.olemiss.edu
http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu

The primary goal of the MCSR is to provide high-performance computing support of the instructional and research goals of Mississippi's state universities. The MCSR makes at least one supercomputer available to researchers and students at no charge and with equal access for all state universities. The current high performance computers are a Cray Y-MP8D and a Cray J-916. In addition, there is a Silicon Graphics Power Challenge L workstation. There are FORTRAN and C++ compilers on these machines, as well as complex engineering and scientific applications software.
The statewide higher education network connects the computers of the MCSR to the Internet, which includes the supercomputers of the Department of Defense MSRC's at Vicksburg and Bay St. Louis. The presence of these supercomputer centers makes Mississippi sixth in the United States in supercomputer power.

Mississippi Law Research Institute
Dr. William Hooper, Jr., Director
518 Law Center
(662) 915-7775

The institute is an official advisory law revision, research, and reform agency. It provides in- depth legal assistance to the legislature and to state agencies on questions of law requiring extensive research. The institute has the most complete law research facilities in the state, a staff of full-time research attorneys, senior law student research associates, and the expertise of the faculty of the School of Law. Research findings and opinions are published in formal comprehensive reports, briefs and monographs of narrow issues, together with proposed statutes, ordinances, or regulations where appropriate. The institute participates in sponsored research projects both as sole grantee and as a law component of larger research projects.

Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute
Research Professor J. Robert Woolsey, Director
220 Old Chemistry Building
(662) 915-7320
inst@mmri.olemiss.edu

MMRI's mission is to provide both the public and private sectors with the expertise necessary for making responsible decisions regarding Mississippi's mineral resources and environmental well-being. To achieve these directives, the MMRI promotes mineral resources research and education within the state, provides academic background and practical expertise to interested agencies of industry, academia, and government, promotes technology transfer between academia, industry, and government, and ensures that future scientists and engineers receive appropriate training by providing educational opportunities, work experience, and financial support to students in the fields of mineral resource research and development.

National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering
Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor Sam Wang, Director
102A Carrier Hall
(662) 915-7788

The center's missions include advancing the understanding of mechanisms of water flow and sediment transport, and developing better methodologies for conducting cost-effective research in the areas of hydrodynamics, hydrology, hydraulics, and sedimentation engineering for the enhancement of water resources, environment quality, ecological balance, and soil conservation.

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National EDP Audit Archival Center
Professor Dale Flesher, Director
303 Conner Hall
(662) 915-7623
acdlf@olemiss.edu

The center is housed in the School of Accountancy and is co-sponsored by the Academy of Accounting Historians.

National Food Service Management Institute
Research Professor Jane Logan, Executive Director
National Food Service Management Institute Building
(662) 915-7658
nfsmi@olemiss.edu

The National Food Service Management Institute's mission is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of the Child Nutrition Programs. The NFSMI conducts applied research, develops educational programs and materials, and provides technical assistance and professional development opportunities for child nutrition professionals. The institute's national audience includes all schools, school districts, child care centers, and child care sponsors that provide meals for children through the federally funded Child Nutrition Programs. It is a partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state administering agencies to provide research-based education and resources that will enhance the operation and administration of those programs in providing healthful, appealing, and cost-effective meals.
Authorized by the U.S. Congress, the NFSMI is funded with a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. The educational development and delivery, technical assistance services, and sales distribution center are located at The University of Mississippi. In cooperation with the University of Southern Mississippi, the Applied Research Division is located at the University of Southern Mississippi.

National Tax History Research Center
Professor Tonya Flesher, Director
302 Conner Hall
(662) 915-5731
actonya@olemiss.edu

The National Tax History Research Center is co-sponsored by the School of Accountancy and the Academy of Accounting Historians. The center is the nation's only research center and library devoted to the development of income taxation in America.

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Research Division
Professor Benjamin F. Banahan III, Coordinator
107 Waller Research Complex
(662) 915-5948
ribfb@olemiss.edu

The Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Research Division of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) in the School of Pharmacy conducts research on pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical marketing issues, supports graduate research training in pharmaceutical marketing, assists with graduate teaching in the Department of Pharmacy Administration, and conducts professional seminars and workshops on pharmacy/pharmaceutical issues and marketing research techniques. Approximately half of the research projects each year are internally funded as pilot projects or graduate research projects. Although the majority of research projects utilize national mail surveys of retail and hospital pharmacists, the research program personnel are skilled in and routinely utilize focus groups, convention interviews, telephone interviews, and secondary data sets. Studies also have been conducted that focus on pharmacists in other practice settings, as well as physicians and consumers. The offices and laboratories for the Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Research Division are located at the Waller Research Complex on the southwest edge of The University of Mississippi campus. Staffing for the Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Research Division consists of full-time research faculty and staff in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, faculty holding joint appointments in the division, and graduate students in the Department of Pharmacy Administration. The division's Web site is at www.olemiss.edu/depts/rips/pmmrp.

Public Policy Research Center
Professor Robert Brown, Director
301 Dupree Hall
(662) 915-5901
ssrl@olemiss.edu

The PPRC is home to the Social Science Research Laboratory (described separately in this section). The PPRC provides a range of public services and research related to Mississippi government. The SSRL includes a state-of-the-art survey facility that is used for research on public policy issues, as well as for academic research.

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Remote Sensing Space Law Center for Excellence
Professor Richard McLaughlin, Director
525 Law Center
(662) 915-7775

The center aids in the effort to create high-tech businesses and jobs in Mississippi. The center works closely with the Mississippi Space Commerce Initiative researching various aspects of the commercial remote sensing industry. Remote sensing is satellite technology used to observe the Earth from distant vantage points. The center conducts a study to determine whether existing laws that govern geospatial information are adequate.

Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Acting Dean Robert Sindelar, Executive Director
1018 National Center for Natural Products Research
(662) 915-7265

The Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS), which exists within the School of Pharmacy, conducts its research activities through the Environmental and Community Health Research initiative and the National Center for Natural Products Research. Both of these research units are listed separately.

Rural Environmental Health Research Program
Coy W. Waller Laboratory Complex
(662) 915-5948

The mission of REHRP is to identify and investigate health and health-related problems of rural residents in Mississippi. In this capacity, REHRP conducts basic health and social research, and demonstration and education research, on evaluating new health care delivery models for both African-American and white rural populations. In addition, REHRP provides health information and consultation to state health officials, community organizations, university researchers, and individual medical practitioners.

Sarah Isom Center for Women
Professor Sheila Skemp, Acting Director
104 Isom Hall
(662) 915-5916
isom_center@olemiss.edu

The center is dedicated to the development of curriculum and scholarship about women, the dissemination of information about their expanding career opportunities, and the establishment of mutual support networks for women of all ages and backgrounds. Through the John Davis Williams Library, the center is helping to develop research collections and to recover materials once neglected as unimportant, so that the faculty and students may further important research in women's studies.

Social Sciences Research Laboratory
Professor Robert Brown, Director
301 Dupree Hall
(662) 915-5901

The mission of the SSRL is to provide comprehensive facilities for the formulation and execution of funded social science research projects, provide program evaluation services to the University community, and to make The University of Mississippi the state's center for conducting social science research on issues of state, national, and international importance that affect Mississippians.

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Thad Cochran National Center for Natural Products Research
Alice Clark, Director
1016 Thad Cochran Research Center
(662) 915-1005
ncdnp@olemiss.edu

Part of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NCNPR-RIPS is devoted to discovering, developing, and commercializing new pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals derived from nature's rich source of biologically active natural products. NCNPR emphasizes two broadly defined research areas: improved human health and safety through the development of anti-infective agents, drugs that modulate the immune system, and cancer chemotherapeutic agents; and increased agricultural productivity through the development of animal and plant growth regulators, insect control agents, and high value crops, including the development of medicinal plants as alternative crops.

University of Mississippi Field Station
Associate Professor Marjorie Holland, Director
228 Shoemaker Hall
(662) 234-8021

The field station, located 10 miles northeast of campus, consists of more than 740 acres of pine and mixed hardwood forest, bottomland forest, open fields, springs, wetlands (including eight constructed wetlands), and more than 200 stream-fed ponds and mesocosms that offer unique opportunities for experimental research on aquatic ecosystems. Facilities are currently being expanded to include a Visitor Center/Education Building, state-of-the-art communication capabilities, general research and toxicology laboratories, and an animal and plant culture building.

University of Mississippi Geoinformatics Center
Professor Gregory Easson, Director
118-E Carrier Hall
(662) 915-5995

The center serves as the focal point for programs in the research, development, and use of geospatial information and to educate, train, and prepare undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the development of new applications of geospatial information technology in Mississippi and the nation. It also furthers research ranging from environmental to business-oriented projects through the use of satellite technology. These technologies include remote sensing, geographic information systems, global positioning systems and other methods of describing the Earth's surface.

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In addition to the programs of the groups above, the University, through its various departments, participates in programs of the OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY, the OAK RIDGE ASSOCIATED UNIVERSITIES, the MISSISSIPPI-ALABAMA SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, the MISSISSIPPI NASA SPACE GRANT PROGRAM, and the GULF COAST RESEARCH LABORATORY. The University is a member of the MISSISSIPPI RESEARCH CONSORTIUM, a coalition of Mississippi's four comprehensive/research universities, and of MERG, which consists of all eight public universities. The Research Division consists of full-time research faculty and staff in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Administration holding joint appointments in the division, and graduate students in the Department of Pharmacy Administration.

The Graduate School
113 Old Chemistry Bldg.
PO Box 1848
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-7474 Fax: (662) 915-7577

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