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Southern Miss News – Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today’s message includes news releases about USM doctoral student Chris Hair being named a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow; a preview of the upcoming National Marathon Safety and Security Summit sponsored by USM’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and a preview of the Southern Miss Activities Council annual USM Has Talent Show. In addition, geography and geology visiting Assistant Professor Tommy Patterson is available to discuss the potential impacts from Hurricane Michael as it takes aim at the Florida Panhandle.

SPECIAL NOTE: Students at USM’s Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses will be out on Thursday and Friday for fall break. All University offices will be open as usual.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnold@usm.edu or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 ord.g.tisdale@usm.edu.

Today’s Top Story

USM Ph.D. Student Named Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow

University of Southern Mississippi Ph.D. student Chris Hair has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to support his international research.

Hair, 36, of Spokane, Wash. will spend six months in Ecuador working with indigenous farmers in Cotacachi, a town in the Imbabura Province more than 60 miles north of Quito. Hair will use drones to survey and map small-scale farms in Ecuador to record agrobiodiversity, while conducting surveys and leading workshops with indigenous farmers, who are often women, to understand farm management and technology.

http://news.usm.edu/article/usm-phd-student-named-fulbright-hays-doctoral-dissertation-research-abroad-fellow

Additional News Releases

National Marathon Safety and Security Summit Set for Dec. 11-13

Marathon and running/endurance event officials from across the country will converge on Dec. 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. for the fifth annual National Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Summit, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

http://news.usm.edu/article/national-marathon-safety-and-security-summit-set-dec-11-13

Center Stage: SMAC Event Puts USM Talent and Eagle’s Nest Donations in Spotlight

If you’ve got extreme entertainment skills – or if you have food items you’re willing to donate – then SMAC has the perfect opportunity for you. The Southern Miss Activities Council is holding its annual USM Has Talent show on Wednesday, Oct. 17, including a donation drive to benefit the on-campus Eagle’s Nest food pantry.

http://news.usm.edu/article/center-stage-smac-event-puts-usm-talent-and-eagle-s-nest-donations-spotlight

Photo/Video Opportunity

Dr. Gordon Campbell, a world-renowned authority on the works of English poet John Milton, who wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost,will be a guest speaker on the Hattiesburg campus Wednesday Oct. 10 for the program “Milton for Mississippi.”  The free program will be held at 7 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium (room 108) in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. A member of the faculty of the University of Leicester (England), Dr. Campbell is considered at the forefront of current Milton scholarship. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdale@usm.edu

Expert Availability

Geography and geology visiting Assistant Professor Tommy Patterson is available today to discuss the potential impacts from Hurricane Michael as it bears down on the Florida Panhandle and what to expect as the 2018 season winds down. To schedule an interview, email mediaexperts@usm.edu. For a full list of USM media experts visit: http://news.usm.edu/resource/usm-faculty-experts-media-requests.

Did You Know?

Winning national scholarships is a proud tradition at USM. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at usm.edu.