November 21, 2017  

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of January 15-19, 2018 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida.  

From the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 to putting man on the moon in 1969, the 20th Century was a remarkable time for the aerospace field. In the 21st Century, we have even greater opportunities for more incredible progress in flight and space. Through education, research and service, Mississippi Public Universities are at the leading edge of that progress. Seizing these opportunities takes teamwork of many, including government, military, business and academia.

For the past 17 years, approximately 425 graduate students have benefitted from the prestigious McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi. A recent five-year grant renewal worth $1.16 million ensures that those benefits will keep coming for students who might otherwise miss post-graduate opportunities.

High school students from across the Pine Belt participated in demonstrations, quizzes, and other activities in celebration of Mole Day on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USM sponsored the event.

Twelve students from across Mississippi presented their research at the 2017 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia earlier this month.

A remarkable donation to a culinary research project at the University of Southern Mississippi has been made in honor of a 1920 alumna of the school.

Anderson Orr, a resident of Norfolk, Va. and native of Carthage, Miss. recently gave more than 2,500 cookbooks he has collected to the McCain Library and Archives at USM. The donation is a tribute to his mother, the late Lessie Katherine Amsler of Leakesville, Miss., who graduated from Southern Miss when it was known as Mississippi Normal College (MNC).

University of Southern Mississippi students once again to have an opportunity to study issues and create solutions facing the country’s national defense as part of a Hacking for Defense (H4D) course being offered for the second time during the Spring 2018 semester.

 

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced grants for The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) totaling $1 million toward researching the use of seaweed to produce energy.

Junior ROTC cadets from the Jackson Public Schools and the Mobile County Public Schools will convene on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Sept. 29-30 for a unique conference focused on cybersecurity and coding.

From September 12-14, 2017, the NCS4, in collaboration with INTERPOL Project Stadia, delivered an all-new, 3-day Sports Security Executive Management course at Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France.

 

Major international sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup tournaments and Olympic Games present policing and security challenges for host countries. As well as taking place in large, complex and dispersed locations, such events can attract a range of criminal activities from disorder and violence to cyberattacks and even terrorism.

On September 1st, The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sport Security Research, Training and Operations Center at the National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL). The new center helps bring to life NCS4’s vision of being the world’s leading academic research institution in addressing sport safety and security risks and threats.

In a newly announced multi-year sponsored research agreement with Perciformes Group, the University of Southern Mississippi will develop methods to culture and breed Tripletail (scientific name Lobotes surinamensis) for commercial production in land-based aquaculture facilities.

At The University of Southern Mississippi, research and innovation are fueling new discoveries in technology that offer real-world applications in the private and commercial sectors.

 

Nothing illustrates this synergy better than a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps grant fostered within the University’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. The $50,000 grant – the first of its kind awarded to a Mississippi university – helped yield a cellulose reinforced thermoplastic polymer composite created in the lab of USM Polymer Professor Dr. Joshua Otaigbe.

The University of Southern Mississippi recently honored 12 students in a graduation ceremony held Aug. 3, upon completion of the rigorous Master of Science in hydrographic science program.

This summer, 61 of the best and brightest undergraduate students from across the state of Mississippi were able to experience hands-on biomedical research through the Mississippi INBRE Scholars program.

The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research’s Community-Engaged Research Summer Institute July 9-14 2017 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Students in the inaugural Hacking for Defense (H4D) class at The University of Southern Mississippi made their final team presentations on Wednesday, July 26 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi Senior Research Scientist Jim Franks was recently presented a $5,000 donation from Release Marine, Inc. to help further the pelagic fish research being done in the University’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST). The donation was made last month at the 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic fishing rodeo.

Larry Buendorf, Chief Security Officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2017 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. The event is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Jameela Lares, professor of English in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has been named the Charles W. Moorman Distinguished Alumni Professor of the Humanities for 2017-2019.

University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) Director Monty Graham was recently announced as chairman of the newly formed Ocean Task Force by Gov. Phil Bryant on June 1.

A passion to address the plight of low-income areas in Mississippi and beyond inspired Dr. Mark M. Miller, professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at The University of Southern Mississippi, to author his latest book: Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities.

The University of Southern Mississippi made history on June 1 with 15 students completing a first-of-its-kind certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS).

 

“This is akin to what NASA first did with spaceflight,” Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet said. “This class should be mighty proud because the national impact of this certification and the skills taught throughout the course will be felt for decades.”

For the 10th consecutive year students majoring in international business at The University of Southern Mississippi conducted research and presented senior capstone projects critical to the export of Mississippi goods and services around the world.