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March 31, 2017

Karen Rowell, director of USM's Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, reflects on its 50-year history, what it takes to put the festival together, and the lasting impact of the event on the literary genre that touches the hearts of both young and old alike.  

Q: What is the Fay B Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, and how did it come to be? What’s in store for its golden anniversary?

February 14, 2017

By the time she reached her sophomore year in college, Dr. Sherita L. Johnson knew that she wanted to be an English professor.

Dr. Sherita L. Johnson is an associate professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, where she specializes in 19th-century African-American Literature, black women writers, Jim Crow literature and cultural studies. She has also taught study abroad courses of Caribbean literature in Jamaica with USM’s International Programs.

December 2, 2016

Dr. Michael Madson's research examines college student alcohol use and strategies that can help them avoid substance abuse.

Dr. Michael Madson is a professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at Southern Miss. Madson joined the USM faculty in 2005 and his research involves college student substance use, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing (MI). He directs the Department of Psychology’s Behavior and Alcohol Research Laboratory and its Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program.

November 22, 2016

Dr. Westley "Lee" Follett, associate professor of history, stresses that education is valuable not because of where it might lead you but rather for what it makesyou.

Dr. Westley “Lee” Follett is an associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi, who was recently named the University’s Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council. At the University’s Gulf Park campus, Follett specializes in religious history, with emphases on monasticism, hagiography, liturgy and manuscript studies, and a geographical focus on pre-Norman Ireland.

October 7, 2016

USM Professor Dr. Greg Bradley says that human behavior and mathematics have always intrigued him.

Dr. Gregory T. Bradley is a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Management and International Business in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to serving as a Southern Miss faculty, Bradley also owns a behavioral research firm, The Bradley Research Group, which specializes in measuring consumer behavior.

August 18, 2016

Read Hendon, associate director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, abandoned his career track in banking for a greater love -- marine science.

Read Hendon serves as the associate director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development. Recently, Hendon took a few moments to talk about the most rewarding aspects of being a research scientist and why he chose Southern Miss in a question-and-answer format.

Q. What is your hometown and educational background?

August 18, 2016

Suicide prevention efforts must go beyond designating a month calling attention to this national tragedy. 

September marks National Suicide Prevention Month.  Although I am profoundly pleased that impactful people are calling such attention to suicide, I always find myself somewhat frustrated at this time each year.  Suicide prevention does not need a month – it needs a national movement commensurate with the public health crisis it represents. 

August 4, 2016

Southern Miss researcher Jill Hendon says she first became enamored with the marine world as a sixth-grade student in Minnesota.

Jill Hendon serves as the assistant director of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Hendon’s research focuses on shark population assessments in the waters off of Mississippi as well as in shark reproduction/physiology analyses. Recently, Hendon took a few moments to offer advice to young scientists and talk sharks in a question-and-answer format.

Q. What is your hometown and educational background?

July 22, 2016

Southern Miss musician and instructor Mike Lopinto believes that life is about experiences and interactions.

Dr. Mike Lopinto is the PR/Marketing Coordinator for the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi. Under his professional leadership, Lopinto has brought a high level of recognition to the arts programs at the University, as well as the state of Mississippi.

June 15, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park instructor Robert Turnbull enjoys trying to understand why animals behave in a certain manner.

Robert Turnbull serves as an instructor of biological sciences within the College of Science and Technology on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. He can be found working with students and providing hands-on experiences in the fields of zoology, animal behavior, ecology and anatomy and physiology. He took a few moments recently to reflect on his current responsibilities and outside interests in a question-and-answer format.

Q: What is your hometown and educational background?

March 28, 2016

Acclaimed history professor and author Dr. Andrew Wiest cannot imagine doing anything else with his life.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Andrew Wiest is a University Distinguished Professor of History at Southern Miss. He is also the founding director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society. In this special feature, Wiest shares some insight into his personal and professional achievements.

Q. What is your hometown and educational background?

September 9, 2015

Recent Southern Miss graduate and reigning Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts is tearing down stereotypes as a contestant in this week's Miss America pageant.

I’d been waiting on this conversation for eight months. Then it happened on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Here’s the short version.

“Why do you have pink goggles in your office?” my 6-year-old asked me.

“It’s because we’re supporting Miss Hannah in the Miss America Pageant, and she wears pink goggles when she’s learning about science,” I said.

“She likes science?” my daughter inquired.