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Dr. Joe Whitehead

Welcome New Faculty

2012 08 COST New faculty tea (4)

The Dean’s Office staff of the College of Science and Technology invited new fall 2012 faculty to have coffee and tea at a brief reception following the University’s New Faculty Orientation. 

The event was Monday August 20th in the Chain Technology Building conference room. 

I, along with associate Deans Dr. Patricia Biesiot and Dr. Dale Ledford, was able to speak with new faculty and welcome them to campus.  The event was a success with the deans office getting a chance to chat with new faculty. 

We are proud to have new faculty joining the Southern Miss family.

Pictures from the reception: 

2012 Fall COST New faculty tea

New COST faculty who were able to make it to the reception take time for a quick photo.

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Great Last Call Registration for Transfer Students

USM CoST Last Call Transfer Students

From Bobby Chain Technology lobby:  Southern Style members Lane Hebert (left), a nursing major, and J.D. Saucier (center), a biology major, assist a SciTech transfer student following last call registration.

Last call for fall for transfer students took place today.  The College of Science and Technology saw over 60 eager transfer students ready to register for fall classes. 

Transfer students are an important component to the Southern Miss family.  Our faculty and staff work to provide service to these students to make their transition to Southern Miss a successful one. 

Here are some photos of today’s transfer registration:

Southern Style member Ann Marie Chilcutt greets SciTech students in the small group sessions.

Department of Biological Sciences Chair Dr. Glen Shearer with a Preview Transfer student following registration.

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Curious for NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

NASA’s Mars Rover “Curiosity” has been very busy. 

It has been taking photos of “detailed crater” images as well as studying the atmosphere , including rocks.

The latest exciting news is that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted Curiosity on satellite images. 

To see the color enhanced images, visit

For more information, visit NASA’s official site,

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Successful Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Meeting

CLTT Advisory Council Meeting
CLTT Advisory Council Meeting

Leaders in logistics, trade, and transportation attend CLTT Industry Advisory Council meeting.

Recently Southern Miss hosted a wide range of logistics, trade, and transportation professionals on the Hattiesburg campus.  The meeting was part of the Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation (CLTT)Industry Advisory Council Meeting. 

I was lucky enough to greet these successful professionals in the field and welcome them to our campus. 

Attendees ranged from every imaginable field in logistics, trade, and transportation.  All of us on campus know that whenever we are able to collaborate with professionals outside our university, we are able to have a more significant impact on our community. 

Special thanks to out to attendees who took a day away from their busy schedules to give us important input on the future direction of our Center for Logistics Trade and Transportation and to our campus organizer and center director Dr. Tulio Sulbaran.  The event was a great success. 

To learn more about CLTT, visit

Here are some photos from the council meeting: 

Dr. Joe Whitehead

NASA Space Travel Touchdown

Great news for those interested in space exploration.  No, I am not talking about Star Trek; I am talking about NASA’s recent Mars rover. 

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has scored a touchdown with a rover named Curiosity.  According to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, this is part of “a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet.”  Curiosity was designed to “assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s ‘habitability.’”

NASA explains the rover “carries the biggest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the martian surface.” 

According to NASA,

  • The rover will analyze samples scooped from the soil and drilled from rocks.
  • The record of the planet’s climate and geology is essentially “written in the rocks and soil” — in their formation, structure, and chemical composition.
  • The rover’s onboard laboratory will study rocks, soils, and the local geologic setting in order to detect chemical building blocks of life (e.g., forms of carbon) on Mars and will assess what the martian environment was like in the past.

 To learn more about NASA’s exciting mission, visit NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory.