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The highly successful McNair Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is saying farewell to a devoted advocate and hello to a new home as the program enters an exciting transitional phase.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory recently retired the R/V Tom McIlwain with a ceremony aboard the vessel in Biloxi.

 

The vessel was named after former GCRL Director Tom McIlwain, who died in 2012. McIlwain spent more than 50 years in the field of marine fisheries sciences and all, but nine of those years (1994-2003), with GCRL.

Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities will share their research and creative activities on topics ranging from healthcare to cultural heritage to agribusiness with legislators and state leaders at Posters in the Rotunda, which will be held in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on Thursday, March 24. The students will show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

Three students from The University of Southern Mississippi will present their undergraduate research to state legislators during the Posters in the Rotunda program set for Thursday, March 24 in Jackson, Miss.

On any given day, you can find Jim Franks inside the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) or out on Gulf Coast waters, studying the habitats and conditions of fish along the Mississippi Coast and beyond.

An internationally prominent theoretical physicist whose research could revolutionize understanding of the universe’s foundational properties is the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s inaugural Grayson H. and Jane Dishong Rayborn Lecture in Physics and Astronomy April 7.

The boat launch at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which has been open for public use during weekends, will close March 11 due to the beginning of a construction project.

Research in the development of spatial insect repellents continues to be of paramount importance as insect-transmitted diseases remain a threat wherever mosquito populations exist.

 

Dr. Paige Buchanan, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been working with the Army on topics related to the development and application of spatial insect repellents.

Kristen Dupard, a senior biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to present her research at the 30th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

The University of Southern Mississippi Research Foundation and Pelagic Research Systems are announcing the signing of a joint asset and expertise collaboration. The pairing of resources in the Gulf of Mexico will greatly expand ocean research capabilities for offshore works.

Nationally recognized speakers and round table discussions will highlight the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast ADVANCE faculty retreat set for Friday, Feb. 26 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point research facility in Ocean Springs.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education will partner with Mississippi State Science & Engineering Fairs (MSEF-Region I) to host a Science and Engineering Fair for middle and high school students in grades 7-12 on Friday, Feb. 26. This all-day affair will be located in the Thad Cochran Center at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The R/V Jim Franks made its way from New Iberia, La. after a 12-hour journey to the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi last week. The 60-foot research vessel is the newest addition to The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) fleet and will replace the R/V Tom McIlwain, which is being retired later this year.

 

Planning for the R/V Jim Franks began in 2012 with the actual on-site construction at the GEO Shipyard beginning in early 2015.

Despite trends that show many colleges and universities losing traction in the highly competitive battleground for research funding, The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained its position in the latest ratings from the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Concerns about textbook costs are on the rise among college students nationwide. Each semester begins with finding which textbooks are required, price-comparison, and the daunting decision of whether to rent or buy. 

 

André Heath, assistant to the dean for recruitment, retention, and strategic initiatives in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual observance of Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 4 at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Douglas Masterson has been awarded the 2015 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Mentor Award. Masterson serves as an associate professor of organic and bioorganic chemistry and associate dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Science and Technology at Southern Miss.

 

Last spring, Masterson was selected as Southern Miss’s inaugural recipient of the Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, which is supported by the Southern Miss Graduate School and the Office of Research. Masterson was then nominated for the CSGC award.

Dr. Song Guo, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Award (CAREER) for his project “Morphology and Property Correlations of Chemically Doped 1D Conjugated Polymer Aggregates.”

External funding for research and sponsored programs at The University of Southern Mississippi totaled $72,976,047 for fiscal year 2015 – a 24.1 percent increase from the previous year.

 

Primary funding for FY 2015, which covers the time period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015, came from federal agencies (64 percent). Business and industry awarded the next largest percentage (25 percent). For FY 2014, Southern Miss received $58,790,269 in research and other sponsored program funding.

Frustration fueled inspiration which led University of Southern Mississippi professor Scott Milroy to author his first textbook -- “Field Methods in Marine Science: From Measurements to Models,” available now and published through Garland Science.

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences awarded a project led by University of Southern Mississippi researchers with $507,000 in data synthesis grants. The two-year grant will go towards a project working to advance marsh preservation and restoration in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral students Dave Krzeminski and Nadine Lippa earned internships at Adidas headquarters in Germany.

Krzeminski and Lippa presented their research in the United Kingdom at the 2014 Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA). After presenting, they were approached by the senior director of engineering at Adidas, Tim Lucas, and asked on the spot if they were interested in completing a six-month internship at the world headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is participating in the Audubon Nature Institute’s OCEARCH Shark Week Nov. 30 through Dec. 6 in New Orleans, La.

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.