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The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes Dr. Brian Cuevas as its new Director of the Office of Technology Development for the Office of the Vice President for Research.

 

Cuevas, who began his role on May 13, works closely with the University’s Vice President for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon in support of technology transfer, intellectual property, commercialization, corporate relationship development, and economic development.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School has selected polymer science and engineering associate professor Dr. Derek Patton and graduate teaching assistant Brianna Bingham as its 2019 Mentor of the Year and 2019 Graduate Assistant of the Year, respectively. The awards were officially announced last month at the Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium at the Thad Cochran Center.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is joining four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions to form The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI).

 

USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE), Ocean Exploration Trust, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island will work with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) to survey an estimated 3 billion acres of submerged U.S. territory.

Top-performing graduate students were recently honored at The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium at the Thad Cochran Center. The event featured more than 90 oral and poster presentations showcasing outstanding research of graduate students throughout the university.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) sports a well-documented tradition of excellence in producing Goldwater Scholarship winners. And now the bar has been raised even higher as three USM students have earned the prestigious award for 2019.

 

Not since 1995 has the University seen three winners in the same year. No other Mississippi college or university had more than one winner for 2019. This year’s trio brings the total number of USM Goldwater Scholarship recipients to a state-leading total of 24.

Jennifer Brannock, professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Libraries’ Special Collections, has earned the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)’s Learning History Research and Innovation Award, sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company.

Dr. Julie Cwikla, Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at The University of Southern Mississippi, experienced a day like no other earlier this week. 

 

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, hand to her chest with tears in her eyes, Cwikla walked on stage to receive the 2019 Ada Lovelace Award in New Orleans. Cwikla was honored with the 2019 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Educator Award. She was the only Mississippi educator to be nominated.

More than 100 safety and security officials from high schools across the country will be in attendance for the fifth annual National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit.

 

The event is being held April 3-5 at Katy, Texas, and is hosted in conjunction with Katy Independent School District and The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

More than 800 scientists and students from across the state will convene at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center on Feb. 21-22 for the 83rd Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting.

Sharing fascinating subject matter with a broader audience, while gaining valuable research and exhibit production skills, is central to the purpose of the Student Curator Program offered through University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the pre-eminent classification of top doctoral research universities.

 

USM’s inclusion in the “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” category places the University in the distinguished company of institutions like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and others. Only 130 institutions in the nation are classified as R1, which represents the highest level of research activity for universities.

From the opening of new facilities, to a substantial enrollment increase, to success on the athletic fields, the year 2018 proved to be dynamic and memorable at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

The Gulf Coast Business Council called upon the research expertise of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship recently to produce a Quality of Place report for the region.

DOHA, QATAR - During the Milipol Qatar 2018 Exhibition on October 29-31, 2018, the The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and INTERPOL, signed a training cooperation agreement with the State of Qatar, represented by the Security Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.

University of Southern Mississippi Research Professor YuanYuan Zhang has secured a $130,000 national highway grant that she says could transform how pedestrian data is collected across the United States.

The University of Southern Mississippi Sport Management program collaborated with the National Center for Spectator Sport Safety & Security (NCS4) in its Sport Facility and Event Management class this fall semester that enabled undergraduate students to become more aware of the center’s goals and objectives.

Visitors to the Mississippi Polymer Institute’s (MPI) 25th anniversary open house were treated to a fun-filled agenda packed with interactive workshops, company demonstrations, facility tours and more. The day-long open house was held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at MPI’s headquarters in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Accelerator.

 

Established in 1993, MPI was originally housed within USM’s Department of Polymer Science with the goal of assisting polymer and advanced-material businesses and entrepreneurs in their growth efforts.

Ashleigh Bristol, a doctoral student in polymer science and engineering, captured the Grand Champion award in the University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held last week on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of their thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less.

Graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their research and compete for significant prizes during the 5th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition set for Nov. 7-9 at the Trent Lott National Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi will take part in a $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI). The initiative coordinates Department of Defense efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy, and transfer technology, items, and equipment to federal, state, and local first responders.

 

Dr. Joshua Hill, assistant professor of criminal justice and forensic science at The University of Southern Mississippi, USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and Kopis Mobile will lead this year-long project to identify Department of Defense technology and equipment that can enhance public safety and improve homeland security.

LYON, France – Senior police officials from 22 countries are participating in a hands-on training course next week in order to prepare for evacuation challenges in securing major sporting events.

 

Taking place on October 16-19, the three-day course, Evacuation Challenges for Major International Sporting Events, has been developed and co-organized by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and INTERPOL's Project STADIA.

In response to the constantly evolving threat to mass spectator gatherings and public assembly areas, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi conducts adaptable and responsive comprehensive training courses that are designed to build resilience in communities and venues.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrated the opening of the new $12.2-million Marine Research Center (MRC) Friday, Sept. 21, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Port of Gulfport.

 

Located on Highway 90 at the Port’s entrance, the new research center is the centerpiece for a new maritime blue economy in South Mississippi. The MRC provides shoreside support to USM’s 135-foot oceanographic research vessel, the R/V Point Sur, and to a number of academic programs.

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.