February 25, 2017  

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Patients with X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH) are living the theme of this year's Rare Disease Day: "Research brings hope to people living with a rare disease." One of these patients is the daughter of a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member in Hattiesburg.

Dr. Kimberly Ward, assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Medicaid Committee.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters will present the 2017 Moorman Lecture featuring 2015-2017 Moorman Professor Dr. Susannah Ural Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 101. Ural, who teaches history at Southern Miss, will present “The Challenges of War and Memory: Three Case Studies from the American Civil War.”

University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Professor of English (Emeritus) Dr. Philip Kolin has published his eighth collection of poems--Benedict's Daughter--with Wipf and Stock Publishing, known for books in theology, the arts, and history.

Krystyna Varnado, right, the new Associate Vice President for Human Resources at The University of Southern Mississippi, visited with USM faculty and staff Jan. 25 during a reception for her at the Baptist Student Union on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was hosted by the USM chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of Office Professionals (AOP). (USM photo by Danny Rawls)

The University of Southern Mississippi chapter of the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) has launched an office supply collection drive to provide William Carey University office professionals with supplies needed to continue supporting their faculty, staff and students following the recent tornado that damaged the WCU Hattiesburg campus. The drive will continue through Feb. 28.

On Jan. 1, Dr. Neil Shubin spent his winter ‘holiday’ searching for fossils in below zero temperatures in Antarctica. On Tuesday Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. he will present the lecture “Your Inner Fish: Evolutionary Biology” at the Thad Cochran Center (third floor) on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus for the first spring 2017 University Forum.

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Dr. Larry A. Sparkman, director of the Luckyday Citizenship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to a second year as President of the Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). Sparkman has been a board member for the past four years serving on various national committees.

 

Dan DeMott has been named the new technology manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Technology Development funded through the Department of Defenses (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment National Security Technology Acceleration and Economic Diversification Efforts for the State of Mississippi initiative.

Now with their degree in hand, graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi should take the next steps using what they’ve learned to secure successful careers or advance their education through professional and graduate degree programs.

A strategic teaching initiative launched in September by The University of Southern Mississippi has enabled faculty participants to hone skills that will enhance their classroom instruction and foster student success.

 

Dr. William C. “Bill” Smith, a recently retired University of Southern Mississippi College of Business marketing professor who earned several honors for teaching, research and service in his 37-year tenure at the school, will give the keynote address for its fall commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Robert Thomas "Bob" van Aller, a retired University of Southern Mississippi faculty member and administrator, died Dec. 1. He was 83.

A $900,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation has been awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM.  Funds will be used to help school children along the Gulf Coast learn math in new and exciting ways. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology  (SOST) has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center (TMAC).

Dr. Edward Nissan, a Professor Emeritus of Economics in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, died Nov. 19 in New York. He was 90.

Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the Security Industry Association with the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award.

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at The University of Southern Mississippi served as the invited plenary speaker for the National Association of Math Circles (NAMC) meeting at New York University (NYU) on Oct. 29th. Cwikla is a graduate of NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Douglas Vinzant has announced the hiring of Krystyna Varnado as Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Varnado will be responsible for all aspects of human resources and serve as the University’s chief human resources officer.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently packed her crystal ball and traveled to Pennsylvania to participate in the Human Performance Work Group.

University of Southern Mississippi students interested in pursuing a career in publishing are invited to hear a panel of editors from the University Press of Mississippi (UPM) discuss their careers and how to follow in their footsteps in a discussion at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 in R.C. Cook Union Room B on the Hattiesburg campus.
 

Dolly Loyd, Instructor Emerita of Marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi, died Oct. 29 in Hattiesburg. She was 73.

A memorial service for Loyd will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at the church. Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Faculty and students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently attended the 34th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile, Ala.