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University of Southern Mississippi chemistry Professor and Associate Provost Dr. Doug Masterson has been chosen as one of 50 national Advocates by the Society for Science & the Public who will work to assist underrepresented students in finding opportunities to participate and compete in science research competitions.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s polymer program has a renowned reputation for cultivating some of the country’s brightest young research scholars. As the 2017-18 academic year winds down, five more high-achieving polymer students have earned distinction from several national scholarship programs.

 

The honorees include senior William "Blake" Martin; senior Sarah Swilley; senior Nathaniel Prine; sophomore Erin Crater; and sophomore Michael Sandoz.

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the scholarly work of its students April 21 when it hosted the annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity. Supported by Southern Miss alumnus Donald Drapeau, the event showcased undergraduate student research in a wide array of disciplines through oral and poster presentations, as well as creative and performance art.

The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School announced its two most prestigious awards at the Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium Awards Luncheon held March 26 on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Abagail Williams has been chosen to receive a prestigious Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Williams is one of only 60 graduate students nationwide to earn the honor.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrated the opening of the new $16.1-million Marine Education Center (MEC) early Monday morning with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Cedar Point site in Ocean Springs.

 

“This facility is the crown jewel of marine education at USM,” said Dr. Monty Graham, Director for the USM School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST). “I have been to many marine laboratories around the world. The MEC is by far the best of all of them. It will catapult us far ahead of some very prestigious marine education powerhouses.”

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has awarded a contract to ASV Global for the provision of a C-Worker 5 Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The 18’ USV will be used for testing, training, and establishing procedures and protocols for use of the system by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on future hydrographic programs. 

Exciting research conducted by University of Southern Mississippi geology Professor Mark Puckett will be featured during a special TV presentation “35 Million Years Down the Chickasawhay” set to air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

Six University of Southern Mississippi students presented their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Edmond, Okla. April 4-7, along with 4,000 other students from across country. The event, which featured participants from more than 400 institutions, was first established in 1987 by the Council on Undergraduate Research as a way to both celebrate and promote the research and creative activities of undergraduates.

With a mention of the word “engineering,” one’s thoughts might drift to images of bridges, roads, and railways under construction. At the University of Southern Mississippi, a unique and transformative type of engineering is making news – that of plants.

Approximately 800 researchers, professors and students from across the state converged on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi for the 82nd Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting held Feb. 22-23 on the Hattiesburg campus.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has again been recognized for excellence in student mentoring.

Dr. Brad Dufrene, professor of psychology and director of the School Psychology Service Center at Southern Miss, has earned the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). The award acknowledges and honors faculty members for outstanding success in mentorship of graduate students through excellent guidance, modeling of integrity and ethical behavior, and preparation for personal and professional success.

Dr. Kelly Lucas, Director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, spoke in Washington recently on the importance of aquaculture in the United States.

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined a Department of Energy funded university consortium led by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that will address knowledge gaps connected to the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS).

University of Florida’s Chief of Police Linda J. Stump-Kurnick was recently recognized during the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 16, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

O’Rourke Elementary School Pre-K teacher Allison Peavy uses words like “exciting,” “unbelievable” and “phenomenal” to describe the unexpected receipt of Samsung tablets fitted with the multi-faceted Speakaboos app for her students.

 

The tablets were provided by The University of Southern Mississippi through a $900,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation. More than 700 students at four elementary schools in the Mobile (Ala.) County Public School System have received the tablets, which helps them learn concepts in language, mathematics, and science.

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) will honor University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of psychology Dr. Michael Anestis with its prestigious Shneidman Award at its 51st annual conference April 18-21 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Jason Azoulay, assistant professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a coveted research prize by the Nokia Bell Labs.

 

Dr. Joseph Weinberg, assistant professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, says that a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help foster better communication and more collaborative research between agricultural economists and political scientists.

The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi recently named recipients of funding awards from the fall 2017 Eagle Wings and NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research) competitions. The programs support undergraduates who will present the results of their scholarly activities at professional conferences.

Groundbreaking research being conducted in polymer science labs at The University of Southern Mississippi could lead to enhanced protective wear for United States warfighters.

 

A $4.9 million grant provided by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has enabled the School of Polymer Science and Engineering to acquire a state-of-the-art Xeuss 2.0 Small-Angle/Wide-Angle (SAXS/WAXS) scattering system.

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.  

One current and one former graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Master of Business Administration program delivered presentations during the annual Society of Marketing Advances conference held earlier this month in Louisville, Ky.

A grant-funded program administered through The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is helping underserved fifth-grade students in a tri-county area of the state improve their self-esteem and develop better eating habits.