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Renowned astrophysicist Dr. David Spergel will share his research into the origin of our universe as the guest speaker for the third annual Rayborn Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy, set for Oct. 2 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Bennett Auditorium. The free lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is being held in conjunction with the University Forum series sponsored by USM’s Honors College.

Currently, one in every 10 babies is born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation) in the United States. And thanks to ever-evolving technology and care, survival rates of babies born prematurely have come a long way. Thirty years ago, less than 25 percent of premature babies survived, while today that number has risen to almost 90 percent, including infants born as early as 24 weeks.

Brain on Fire author Susannah Cahalan joined University of Southern Mississippi alumna Jasmine Whiteside for a unique edition of the school’s University Forum Sept. 18, featuring both discussing their battle with a rare disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

The Lessac Training and Research Institute (LTRI) has recognized University of Southern Mississippi faculty member Robin Aronson with the highest honor it bestows to one of its members.

Aronson, professor of voice and acting in the USM Department of Theatre and a Lessac Certified Trainer, recently earned the institute’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership contributions to the Institute. Lessac Kinesensics Voice and Body Training is a respected and established system for individuals seeking vocal clarity and physical flexibility.

The University of Southern Mississippi Dance Program presents “London Exposed: An Immersive Art Experience” on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre and Dance (TAD) Building, Studio 115 on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. Presented by the British Studies in Dance students, the event is $5 at the door.

A $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will spur creative discovery and economic opportunities through Mississippi’s research universities.

 

With the grant funding, the state of Mississippi will establish the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics, an inter-disciplinary, multi-institution materials research program. Mississippi State University (MSU) will serve as the project’s administrative lead, and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will serve as the science lead.

More than 300 University of Southern Mississippi students seized the unique opportunity to interact with professionals from the business world during the “Experience Business Casually” event held Sept. 13 on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series concert, featuring Dr. Jackie McIlwain, clarinet, and Dr. Ellen Elder, piano, on Sept. 26. This free recital starts at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The renewal of a $19 million grant for the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will allow Mississippi researchers and students to continue to enhance biomedical research in the state through the Mississippi INBRE program.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Artist Series recital, featuring cellist Dr. Alexander Russakovsky with accompanist Yumi Nomoto at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24. Located in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus, the event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature the 2018 Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) on Sept. 24 and 25 at two different venues in Hattiesburg, Miss. The conference allows students from across the region to work and interact with some of the finest choral teachers in the country.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents a Faculty Lecture Recital with Dr. Ed Hafer, Dr. Galit Kaunitz, and Dr. Ellen Elder on Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This free recital will feature music written for oboe and piano by composers affected by the Holocaust and World War II.

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker will gather with staff at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi and dyslexia education specialists from throughout the city to proclaim October as Dyslexia Awareness Month in Hattiesburg. The event will be held on Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the DuBard School on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Writers program presents The Visiting Writer Series with Ada Limón on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building (LAB), room 108 on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus proudly announces a new Cultural Arts Series. The series begins on Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. with an inaugural cello and piano concert by Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, USM professor of music, and Yumi Nomoto, collaborative pianist.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music will feature Mark Zanter, along with Brigid Burke and Steve Hall, as a free Guest Artist Series performance on Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. They will premiere a new four movement work for oboe and electronics commissioned by Dr. Richard Kravchak entitled “Recycle+Shuffle+Repeat”.

University of Southern Mississippi accounting students Jenna VanDan and Aubrey Sanders have been awarded the Rhyne E. Neubert Scholarship by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Foundation.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in September.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Music presents the first of many Guest Artist Series events on Tuesday, Sept. 11. This free recital will feature trumpet player Dr. Douglas Lindsey at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is set to feature artist Stacey Johnson demonstrating and lecturing on Monday, Sept. 10 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the 3D Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission for the lecture is free.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will feature a showing of National Theatre Live’s (NTL) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Monday, Sept. 10. This special one-night movie event is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

Companies and students turned out in record numbers this year for the annual “Meet the Firms” event hosted by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Pride of Mississippi Marching Band will welcome hundreds of area band students, their directors and families to All-South Marching Band Day on Saturday, Sept. 8. Participants will experience a full day of activities with the Pride, culminating in a performance at M.M. Roberts “The Rock” Stadium.

The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opening reception of the Faculty Art & Design Show on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Gallery of Art and Design, George Hurst Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The free, month-long exhibition will feature recent works created by the Art & Design faculty of Southern Miss.