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The Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Heather Stur and Dr. Kevin Greene the new co-directors of the University’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage (COHCH) effective July 1.

A remarkable collection of artwork is now on view for the second time at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Drawing on Katrina: Mississippi Children Respond to the Storm” was first introduced in the summer of 2006 and featured approximately 300 works of art from South Mississippi children in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Many know the phrase “the big bang theory.” There’s even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe began with the “big bang” and expanded to the size it is today. Yet, the gravity of all of this matter, stars, gas, galaxies, and mysterious dark matter, tries to pull the universe back together, slowing down the expansion. 

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visited the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday, June 18 to announce new legislation to benefit students with special needs across the state.

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome the nation’s first class of undergraduates seeking a degree in Marine Science with an emphasis in hydrography when the 2015-16 Fall Semester begins in August.

After two weeks of training, 34 undergraduate students are prepared to better serve the health needs of their community through the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) Service Scholars program in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper out of Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Sheree Watson, an associate professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, died June 9 at Forrest General Hospital. She was 58.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.

 

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for its new jet engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College (JCJC) partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism has announced the names of the participants for the 2015 Remembering Hurricane Katrina Multimedia High School Workshop, to be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 14-21.

Kristen Dupard wrapped up her spring semester and looks back at an an amazing time in her life.

When she got on a plane in New Orleans in early spring, Dupard knew she was in for an exciting four days. But she had no idea exactly how exciting. She traveled to Miami for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

The University of Southern Mississippi honored the outstanding achievements of students, faculty, staff and graduating seniors at their 2014-2015 Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (IMAGE) awards banquet.

Dr. Joy Greiner, a former professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi, died May 19 in Dallas.

A memorial service for Dr. Greiner will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. A reception for friends and colleagues will follow at 2 p.m. in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

He doesn’t claim the moniker “dolphin whisperer,” but Dr. Stan Kuczaj’s expertise on the popular marine mammal has earned him international recognition for his study of the species’ cognitive and communicative abilities, including in a recent edition of National Geographic

Emily DeVoe a 2014 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and the winner of a plethora of Associated Press awards for her coverage of the Pine Belt during her time at Southern Miss, recently accepted a job as a reporter with television station WKRG in Mobile, Ala.

 

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia specialists and other professionals who work with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities in reading now have access to a new product to aid in the remediation of dyslexia.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi released today (June 3) the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP), a program for students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.

 

Jennifer Brannock and Sarah Mangrum in University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi are recipients of a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Brannock and Mangrum will receive $10,000 and University Libraries was one of 75 organizations to receive the grant, which total more than $1 million.

The United States Army has awarded a $4.9 million research contract to The University of Southern Mississippi for development and evaluation on a helmet liner designed to provide enhanced head protection for warfighters.

 

The Southern Miss Pneumatic Cushioning helmet liner was developed in the laboratories of Dr. Jeff Wiggins, director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, in collaboration with Dr. Trent Gould, associate dean in the College of Health and professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Dr. Scott Piland, assistant director and associate professor in the School of Kinesiology. The primary objective of this two-year program is to develop next generation pneumatic cushioning systems which exceed the blunt impact performance standard of current Army helmets in cold, ambient, and hot testing conditions.

Dr. Michael Anestis, an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and members of his research team recently had a paper accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health, titled “The association between state laws regulating handgun ownership and statewide suicide rates.” 

 

The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its long-term relationship with The Boeing Company by signing a new master agreement to serve as the technology incubator of next generation composite material systems.

To found a new festival in the Music Capital of Colombia [Ibague] is not an easy task, not to mention the difficulties involved in bringing guest artists from all over Latin America to Ibague, but this did not stop Jesus Castro from making Ibague Music Festival (IMF) a reality.

Approximately 41 undergraduate students from across the State of Mississippi participated in biomedical research training earlier this month at The University of Southern Mississippi as a part of an Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has received the “Madison Career and Technical Center’s Business Partner of the Year” award for 2014-2015. 

A student from The University of Southern Mississippi will be awarded a scholarship by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee.