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Renowned astrophysicist Dr. David Spergel will share his research into the origin of our universe as the guest speaker for the third annual Rayborn Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy, set for Oct. 2 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Bennett Auditorium. The free lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is being held in conjunction with the University Forum series sponsored by USM’s Honors College.

A $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will spur creative discovery and economic opportunities through Mississippi’s research universities.

 

With the grant funding, the state of Mississippi will establish the Center for Emergent Molecular Optoelectronics, an inter-disciplinary, multi-institution materials research program. Mississippi State University (MSU) will serve as the project’s administrative lead, and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will serve as the science lead.

The renewal of a $19 million grant for the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will allow Mississippi researchers and students to continue to enhance biomedical research in the state through the Mississippi INBRE program.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrated nine students in a graduation ceremony held Aug. 2 for their completion of the Master of Science in hydrographic science program.

More than 400 attendees from 25 college and universities were on hand for the state’s largest biomedical research conference held July 27 in Jackson, Miss.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is proud to announce the establishment of the Center for Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, to be housed within the School of Polymer Science and Engineering. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning approved USM’s plans for the center on April 19.

 

The center will feature advanced instrumentation to conduct pure and applied research in emerging areas of soft matter optoelectronics, lead important research that drives the creation of knowledge, and improve various products and technologies used in fields like energy, biomedical, and environmental sciences.

Rear Admiral Ken Barbor, U.S. Navy (ret), founding director of the Hydrographic Science Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Department of Marine Science, died Sunday evening in Bay St. Louis.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Marine Education Center (MEC) has received two new sponsorships from Biloxi-based businesses, Sharkheads and Killer Bee Bait, towards the future development of summer camp programming.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education will host a unique and interactive forum regarding human genetic editing from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Donald Yee, assistant professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, and two of his graduate assistants are preparing to embark upon a research project in Puerto Rico that could yield transformative benefits to that U.S. territory and its 3.3 million inhabitants.

Grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has enabled The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) to develop and complete two distinctive competitions designed to help companies with promising dual-technologies.

An education partnership agreement between The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) paves the way for scientific collaboration between two of the state’s research titans.

 

USM President Rodney D. Bennett and ERDC Director Dr. David W. Pittman were on hand to sign the official Memorandum of Understanding during a special ceremony held Wednesday, June 6 on the Hattiesburg campus. The agreement establishes the basis for mutual understanding and cooperation between USM and the ERDC in the implementation of a Partnership in Education program.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Ocean Science and Engineering Director Monty Graham has recently been named to the national Board of Directors for Ocean Exploration Trust, Inc.

University of Southern Mississippi chemistry Professor and Associate Provost Dr. Doug Masterson has been chosen as one of 50 national Advocates by the Society for Science & the Public who will work to assist underrepresented students in finding opportunities to participate and compete in science research competitions.

A pair of Pine Belt area high school teachers have been recognized for their mentorship in materials science as winners of the William Dahlgren Teacher of Excellence Award through the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s polymer program has a renowned reputation for cultivating some of the country’s brightest young research scholars. As the 2017-18 academic year winds down, five more high-achieving polymer students have earned distinction from several national scholarship programs.

 

The honorees include senior William "Blake" Martin; senior Sarah Swilley; senior Nathaniel Prine; sophomore Erin Crater; and sophomore Michael Sandoz.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Abagail Williams has been chosen to receive a prestigious Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Williams is one of only 60 graduate students nationwide to earn the honor.

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Winstead as the founding dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1, pending approval from the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrated the opening of the new $16.1-million Marine Education Center (MEC) early Monday morning with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) Cedar Point site in Ocean Springs.

 

“This facility is the crown jewel of marine education at USM,” said Dr. Monty Graham, Director for the USM School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST). “I have been to many marine laboratories around the world. The MEC is by far the best of all of them. It will catapult us far ahead of some very prestigious marine education powerhouses.”

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has awarded a contract to ASV Global for the provision of a C-Worker 5 Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The 18’ USV will be used for testing, training, and establishing procedures and protocols for use of the system by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on future hydrographic programs. 

Exciting research conducted by University of Southern Mississippi geology Professor Mark Puckett will be featured during a special TV presentation “35 Million Years Down the Chickasawhay” set to air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

With a mention of the word “engineering,” one’s thoughts might drift to images of bridges, roads, and railways under construction. At the University of Southern Mississippi, a unique and transformative type of engineering is making news – that of plants.

Presentation of exciting new research and laboratory tours are just part of the festivities planned for the first annual Polymer Science and Engineering Conference set for Friday, March 23 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Talented young innovators from all corners of the state demonstrated their creative engineering and coding prowess during the 2018 Mississippi VEX Robotics State Championship held March 2-3 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

A total of 108 teams, comprised of almost 700 competitors, took part in the event. Students in grades 2-12 competed for state titles. Twenty-two teams will now advance to the 2018 VEX World Championship to be held next month in Louisville, Ky.