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CONCORDE, a GoMRI-funded scientific consortium based out of The University of Southern Mississippi, recently completed a large-scale research mission that was actually five efforts rolled into one.

 

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have placed even greater significance on the partnership between the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and the International Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL.

The 2015 Southeast Regional IDeA conference held earlier this month in Biloxi, Miss., showcased biomedical research from more than 250 researchers. Over the course of the three-day conference, 27 students from The University of Southern Mississippi competed against undergraduate and graduate students across the region to win awards for their biomedical research.

Mississippi Gulf Coast anglers young and old are invited to the 2015 Mississippi Marine Fisheries Workshop on Monday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs.

The IDeA program in Mississippi served as host for the 2015 Southeast Regional IDeA Meeting held at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., on Nov. 11-13.

 

Five University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park students have been selected for the spring 2016 class of the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR). The University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research selected the students based on the quality of their research proposals.

More than 20 University of Southern Mississippi undergraduate students have been selected for the spring 2016 class of the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR). The University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research selected the students based on the quality of their research proposals.

Marathon officials from across the country will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss. on Dec. 8-10 for the National Marathon Safety and Security Summit, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its annual Research Awards Day Friday, Nov. 13 in the Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

They left the comforts of home more than 70 years ago, many of them fresh out of high school, to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and help defeat an enemy bent on enslaving the world.

 

That’s the legacy of the men who fought in World War II with the U.S. Army’s 103d Infantry Division – one of bravery, sacrifice and patriotism – and it is being preserved by The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi has formalized an agreement with four organizations to form a consortium that will examine and develop programs for restoration of native coastal plant life along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s graduate students will showcase their research in a competitive format in the Second Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Nov. 4-6, from 2-5 p.m. each day at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesurg campus. The preliminaries will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5. Eight students will compete in the finals on Friday, Nov. 6.

Weather permitting, scientists from Rutgers University will release an autonomous underwater robot in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 21 to monitor temperature, salinity, oxygen levels, chlorophyll levels, and sediment concentrations.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced today that the Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE) has been selected as the RESTORE Research Center of Excellence.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore stands outside the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy upon arrival at the North Pole earlier this month. Whitmore, a native of Palmer, Alaska, is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis) conducting experiments as part of a unique 65-day research cruise sponsored by GEOTRACES. Her research focus involves the study of dissolved methane distribution and transport in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. The research cruise will conclude in late October.

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In an effort to broaden opportunities for budding marine biologists, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center has expanded its popular After School Marine Biologist program to include 7th and 8th grade students.

 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore and a team of fellow researchers arrived at the North Pole on Saturday, Sept. 5 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the first U.S. surface ship to reach that destination unaccompanied.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a reception Aug. 21 recognizing the fall 2015 class of Eagle Scholars. The faculty recipients of the 2015 Donald Drapeau Undergraduate Mentorship Award were also honored.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is pleased to announce that Indiana University is now the 11th institution in the nation to earn the prestigious Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated continued recovery from Hurricane Katrina with a groundbreaking on Wednesday, Aug. 26 for the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) new Marine Education Center (MEC) in Ocean Springs. The facility replaces the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

The groundbreaking event comes during the week of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Common themes during the official groundbreaking ceremony included resilience, restoration, recovery, and continued rebuilding.

 

Success is hard to come by — it isn’t a given in any field. Harder, perhaps, is continuing an elevated level of success. In football, for instance, only a few quarterbacks have followed Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks with a Super Bowl victory of their own. More often than not, replacing a legend in the field is a difficult, almost impossible task.

 

Such is the challenge facing Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Wiggins and fellow faculty members follow in the footsteps of academic giants who built USM polymer science into one of the world’s best.

After the Deepwater Horizon incident, the coastline oiling that occurred raised questions about oil movement and impact. For example, before a surface slick reached land, was there oil below the surface waters and how might that affect coastal environments and organisms?

 

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded CONCORDE a grant to study nearshore currents and circulation flows and their potential role in creating sub-surface oil exposure pathways.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore hopes to discover a bit of magic at the North Pole this summer, whether she detects any signs of Santa’s workshop or not.

 

Whitmore, a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis), will participate in a unique 65-day research cruise to the top of the world aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Healy.” Her Arctic Ocean adventure begins Aug. 9 with departure from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) announced the release of TOPVenue, a software system designed to address the needs of training, operations and planning during the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.