February 22, 2018  

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Economic Development Expert Feldman to Speak at Graduate Symposium

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Dr. Maryann Feldman

A noted researcher on economic development will be the keynote speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Graduate Student Research Symposium Friday, March 18 from 8 am – 5 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center.

Dr. Maryann Feldman, the S.K. Heninger Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will give the Martha D. Saunders Keynote Address at the event’s luncheon, titled “Graduate Education, Economic Development, and Entrepreneurship.”

Feldman will also make two presentations on Thursday, March 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Trent Lott Center, second floor classroom, and from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the USM Accelerator Conference no. 216 at “The Garden,” the university’s innovation and commercialization park. 

Feldman’s research and teaching interests focus on innovation, the commercialization of academic research and the factors that promote technological change and economic growth.  She formally held the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Tornoto, and is a member of the Advisory Panel for the National Science Foundation’s Program on Societal Dimension of Engineering, Science and Technology.

The Southern Miss Graduate School and the Graduate Student Senate are presenters for this symposium, which provides graduate students an opportunity to present their research to faculty, staff, students and members of the broader university community. It is designed to enhance the scholarly environment for graduate students and to highlight the quality, innovative and diverse scholarship of Southern Miss graduate students.

The research efforts of top graduate students will be recognized, including recognition of those students designated as Yarborough Scholars. This recognition is named in honor of former longtime Southern Miss Vice President for Research Dr. Karen Yarborough.

For more information on the March 17 presentations by Feldman, call the Southern Miss Department of Economic and Workforce Development at 601.266.6666. For information on the March Graduate Student Research Symposium, contact the Graduate School at 601.266.5137.