Presenter:  Juanwei Wang, Ph.D., Geology and Geophysics, LSU:  
Title:  Mollecular Simulations of Earth Materials and Geochemistry for Environment and Energy Applications
Date: Friday, March 20th
Time:  1:00 - 2:00pm
Location:  Polymer Science Auditorium, USM Campus


Please check for upcoming announcements as we announce speakers for the Spring 2015 semester. 


Presenter:  Brian Schubert, Ph.D., School of Geosciences, UL-Lafayette
Title:  Climate Reconstructions From a New Analysis of Modern and Fossil Tree Rings
Date: March 27th
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Location: Polymer Science Auditorium, USM Campus



Presenter:  Nadine Kabengi, Ph.D., Department of Geosciences, Georgia State University
Title:  TBA
Date: April 10th
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Location: Polymer Science Auditorium, USM Campus



Presenter:  Davin Wallace, Ph.D., Marine Science, USM
Title: Paleotempestological Reconstructions from the Atlantic Ocean
Date: April 17th
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Location: Polymer Science Auditorium, USM Campus



Presenter:  Ethan Allen, M.S.; Environmental Management Services, Inc.
Title:  Emerging Technologies for Managing Contaminated Sediments in Waterways
Date:  April  24th
Time:  1:00 - 2:00pm
Location:  Polymer Science Auditorium, USM Campus 




Department News and Faculty Updates


2014 USM Undergraduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to Taylor Runyan (Geology) who won first place in the Environmental/Sustainability session.  Taylor's research paper was, Reactions in Riparian Soils and Their Impact on PO43- and NO43 Retention.  Dr. Harvey was Taylor's advisor.


2014 Graduate Student Symposium

Kayla Pendergrass (GHY) and Zach Kalina (GHY) presented research papers at the 2014 Southern Miss Graduate Research Symposium.  Kaya presented - Climate Reconstructions From Multiple Co-occurring Tree Species: Case Study from an Old Growth Deciduous Forest in Indiana, USA.  and Zach prsented - A Settlment Geography of Three Ports on the Noarthern Gulf of Mexico: The Role of Rivers, Railroads, and Hurricanes: 1830 - 1930.  Kayla's presentation received the department best paper award.  Congratulations you guys!


Rebecca Lanier (GHY MS Graduate Student)

Has accepted a position as a GIS Analyst with the 911 Communications Center in Mobile, AL.  She begins her new job in June.  Congratulations!!


Skeeter Dixon Elected SEDAAG President

Skeeter Dixon has been elected President of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers.  The term is for 2014 - 2016.  Previously Skeeter served as Vice President 2004 - 2006.  The Geography program at Southern Miss continues to play a major role in SEDAAG as the journal The Southeastern Geographer is also edited at Southern Miss.


Mark Miller Receives International Education Award

Mark Miller received the 2013 Excellence in International Education Award from the Mississippi World Trade Center.  Dr. Miller has spent his career developing and leading study abroad programs to Cuba and Jamaica; he served as Dean and Associate Dean of the Colege of International and Continuing Education; and he developed the university's degree in International Development where he still teaches courses.


Bandana Kar and David Cochran Receive NSF Funding

Bandana Kar and David Cochran have received $306,000 from the National Science Foundation.  Their project "Economic Resilience of the U.S. Gulf Coast Communitis to Coastal Hazards" begins this Fall and is funded for three years.




Upcoming Professional Meetings


2.26-27.2015  79th Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting at USM, Thad Cochran Center, Hattiesburg, MS

3.19-20.2015 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section, GSA in Chattanooga, TN, USA

4.21.2015 - 4.25.2015 Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Chicago, IL.  For more information.

5.4.2015 - 5.8.2015  Spring meeting of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  For more information.