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Media Advisory: USM Doctoral Student to Discuss Collaboration with NASA

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TO: News editors, directors

WHAT: Special Coverage Opportunity

WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WHERE: Thames Polymer Science Research Center, Room 343, on USM’s Hattiesburg Campus.

SPECIFICS: USM polymer science doctoral student Witold Fuchs has been working on new materials in collaboration with NASA, and some of these materials are scheduled to go up for testing on the International Space Station. Fuchs will be available to discuss the nature of his research efforts in a laboratory setting at the Thames Polymer Science Research Center.

CONTACT: Van Arnold, University Communications, 601.266.5568,

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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 24 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