Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently presented at the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference is being held June 24-28 in Helsinki, Finland.
Kyriakoudes was a guest speaker for the conference’s session, “Manipulated scientific disputes: Media, scientific experts and common knowledge on health hazards” held June 25. His presentation was on his research into the tobacco industry’s efforts to affect media coverage of the science of smoking and health in order to shape the public’s understanding of the impacts of cigarette use.
An expert in the social and economic history of the 19th and 20th-century U. S., Kyriakoudes and is the author of The Social Origins of the Urban South: Race, Gender and Migration in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 1890-1930. He is a recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council's Outstanding Humanities Teacher Award; an Arthur H. Cole Grant-in-Aid from the Economic History Association; and a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He has also earned Southern Miss’ Award for Excellence in Basic Research and Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Faculty Excellence Award.
Kyriakoudes is currently working on two projects, including a history of cigarette use in the 20th century and a study of the demography of rural poverty in the American South in the 19th and 20th centuries.