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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 (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) held a graduation ceremony at their Marine Research Center (MRC) for the third graduating class of their Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Certificate Program.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) doctoral student Reese Sloan is the latest in a long line of outstanding scholars to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award.

The University of Southern Mississippi will host its first Hackability.camp on July 7-11, an interactive week of training sessions designed for wheelchair users in high school who are interested in technology.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) hosted this year’s Southern Association of Marine Laboratories’ (SAML) annual meeting May 5-6 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Marine Education Center (MEC) in Ocean Springs.

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.

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.

“In surgery, we talk a lot about grit – the measurable perseverance to complete the training and the tasks at hand. And when I think about Southern Miss and our people, I think about grit.”

– DR. CHRIS ANDERSON ‘95

 

Dr. Chris Anderson graduated summa cum laude from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 1995 with a leadership resume almost as long as his current medical curriculum vitae. Outstanding Freshman Male, Excellence in Mississippi Scholar, Oliver Austin Scholar, Analytical Chemistry Award, Outstanding Junior in Chemistry, Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award, Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, Best Undergraduate Research Presentation, Undergraduate Student Hall of Fame and induction into every honor society available for students. A member of the Honors College, Anderson left his mark in the academic ranks of Southern Miss alumni. And today, he is leaving his mark on the health of Mississippi.

Governor Phil Bryant appointed Dr. Read Hendon, Associate Director for the School of Ocean Science and Engineering’s (SOSE) Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC). Hendon will serve as the citizen representative on the Commission for Mississippi.

Research presentations, laboratory tours, an evening social and special recognition of a distinguished faculty member will highlight the 2019 School of Polymer Science and Engineering Conference and Alumni Event at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

To encourage more young women of color to pursue STEM careers, The University of Southern Mississippi and Craig Newmark Philanthropies will host the 2nd annual iD 8 Hackathon on April 12-13 at USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host a discussion on cybersecurity and cyberattacks on Thursday, April 11 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Fleming Education Center Auditorium.

 

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.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Trenton Gould as dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Sciences, effective April 1.

 

Gould has served as interim dean of the new College of Education and Human Sciences since July 2018, when the college debuted as part of the University’s ongoing academic reorganization plan. He is the inaugural dean of the college.

An education partnership agreement between The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the U.S. Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport (NUWCDIVNPT) hopes to encourage and enhance study in many scientific disciplines.

Hundreds of students from across Mississippi showed off their innovative skills during the VEX Robotics State Championship held March 1-2 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus. This marked the second straight year that USM hosted the event.

 

The competition included elementary, middle and high school students from approximately 50 Mississippi schools in an educational competitive robotics program.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Scientist Danielle Bailey was recently selected to join the 2019 Ocean Exploration Trust’s (OET) Science Communication Fellowship Program.

More than 700 young innovators from across the state will converge at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) March 1-2 for the annual Mississippi VEX Robotics State Championship.

 

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.

For a third time in four years, a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has won the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award. The award acknowledges and honors a full-time, tenured faculty member from its 106 CSGS-member institutions who has successfully mentored graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level in the Southern region.

Pam Moeller, Director of External Relations for The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering, has been selected to take part in the 2019 Class of Leadership Mississippi.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Randy Schekman will share his research related to cell membrane vesicle trafficking during a guest lecture on Jan. 23 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Joe Paul Student Theater. The free lecture, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the School of Polymer Science and Engineering, Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Honors College – University Forum, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Vice President for Research.

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.