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Media Advisory: Live Video Question and Answer Session with Dr. Lou Marciani from Lyon, France

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TO: News editors, directors

WHAT: A live video question and answer session with Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) from INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon, France.

WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 9 a.m.

WHERE: The National Sport Security Laboratory, Room 204 of the Trent Lott Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg Campus.

SPECIFICS:  Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 director, will be available via video to answer questions from media concerning NCS4’s ongoing safety and security training of law enforcement officials around the world. Marciani is currently at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France, conducting the fourth of a six-part training program for law enforcement officials from INTERPOL’s 194-member countries. The program is part of NCS4’s expanding worldwide impact that includes the work with INTERPOL, a new partnership with the Republic of China (Taiwan), and an agreement with the State of Qatar to provide training for security officials in advance of the 2022 World Cup.

Media, please confirm plans to attend by Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m., in order for USM to communicate a list of attending individuals to INTERPOL in advance of Thursday morning.

CONTACT: Alison Crumpton, Director of Communications and Logistics, The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, 601.266.6183, Alison.Crumpton@usm.edu.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit usm.edu.