January 22, 2018  

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The Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold its Parenting Gifted Children Workshop Series Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The free workshops are from 10-11 a.m. in room 204 of the J.B. George Building on the Hattiesburg campus. This workshop series coincides with the center’s Saturday Gifted Studies Program.

Links between firearms safety and suicide rates is the focus of research by an associate professor of psychology and two graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi that was recently featured in an academic journal.

Dr. Michael Anestis, director of the USM Department of Psychology's Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation Laboratory, along with clinical psychology doctoral students Sarah Butterworth of Fairfax, Va. and Claire Houtsma of Chicago, recently published “Perceptions of firearms and suicide: The role of misinformation in storage practices and openness to means safety measures” in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Some of The University of Southern Mississippi’s top undergraduates have earned the title of Eagle Scholar and will be able to further advance their academic goals, after securing funding through the Southern Miss Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research’s Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

Shawn Arrington’s academic and career path took shape after he enrolled in a new course offered by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology.

“Orientation to the Psychology Major” (PSY 203) is designed for the incoming cohort of psychology majors at Southern Miss, including freshmen and new transfer students. The one-hour course meets once a week and was launched in the fall 2017 semester. It focuses on helping students become familiar with the university, engage with the department through meetings with faculty members, establish connections with peers, improve study habits and identify areas of interest in their curriculum, as well as learning about careers in psychology and graduate education in the field.

University of Mississippi Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, will deliver a multimedia presentation on the history of music in Mississippi in the final event in the series, “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Blu Jazz Café in downtown Hattiesburg. The series is presented by Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

Eleven undergraduates have been chosen for the second class of the Psychology Scholars program at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The program, which begain in 2017, offers high-achieving students - particularly those from diverse backgrounds - the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for new students in the department and other experiences through specialized workshops designed to foster success in graduate education and careers. Applications are accepted in the fall of the junior year.

The Saturday Gifted Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi will be held Jan. 20- Feb. 17, 2018 on the Hattiesburg campus. The application deadline is Nov. 27.  

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi is marking a variety of accomplishments, just two years after it was established.

University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate Latisha Swygert has been accepted to two national programs designed to promote diversity in psychology graduate education.

Dr. Keith Radley, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was named the 2017 Lightner Witmer Award winner by the American Psychological Association’s Division of School Psychology.

Several graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science master’s degree program (MLIS) recently earned recognition for their work, were published or took on new roles in their field.

Angelina Gilfeather, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s program, was recently awarded the Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources (PBMHR) Scholarship.

A research paper regarding the effects of alcohol-related cues on racial discrimination co-authored by Dr. Elena Stepanova, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted for publication by the European Journal of Social Psychology: Stepanova, E. V., Bartholow, B. D., Saults, J. S., and Friedman, R. S. (2017) Effects of Exposure to Alcohol-related Cues on Racial Discrimination. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2325

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate programs in School Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology continue to enjoy a 100 percent internship placement rate for their doctoral students at some of the top American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited institutions in the U.S.

Some of the region’s top middle school students were honored June 3 on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus when the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) held its ‘Draping of the Medals’ ceremony at Bennett Auditorium. The annual event recognizes seventh-grade students for scoring as well as entering college freshmen on the ACT or SAT, and showing promise for future academic success.

Four University of Southern Mississippi faculty members have been chosen as recipients of the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship for the 2017-18 academic year, with two each from the College of Arts and Letters and College of Education and Psychology.

Dr. Diane J. Fisher, professor and associate dean in the College of Education and Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently awarded the 2017 John Robert Gregg Award at the National Business Education Association (NBEA) convention in Chicago. Dr. Fisher will also lead the NBEA as president for 2017-18. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Autism and Treatment (SMART) Lab is offering two programs for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their peers, beginning May 31 on the USM Hattiesburg campus.

Abagail Bryant looks forward to enhancing the skills she’s gained as a psychology major at The University of Southern Mississippi by serving as a mentor for fellow students in the fall 2017 semester as a Psychology Scholar.

Representatives from the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center (MECIC) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies have been invited to speak at the 2017 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute hosted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Five children's literature authors and illustrators earned prestigious recognition for their work at the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award ceremony April 6 during the The University of Southern Mississippi's 50th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has extended application deadlines for its summer 2017 programs.

For 17 years, Kate DiCamillo has written books for children – a fact brought home to her when a sales associate helping her with a recent computer purchase was thrilled to learn her customer wrote one of her favorite childhood books, The Tale of Despereaux.