University of Southern Mississippi alum Daniel Murin is assisting in laboratory experiments at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego that have led to significant breakthroughs in the fight against Ebola. (Submitted photo)
Daniel Murin is using the research skills he honed in the biochemistry laboratories at The University of Southern Mississippi in the fight against one of the world’s most feared diseases.
Murin, a doctoral student at the renowned Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, is on a team of scientists that contributed to the development of a treatment for the Ebola virus known as ZMapp. The antibody cocktail, which showed promise in animal models, was recently used to treat two patients who contracted the disease in Africa.
Recent gifts from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation included $400,000 to the Nursing Building Campaign at The University of Southern Mississippi, which helped push the private fundraising initiative above the $6 million mark.
The contribution to the USM Foundation in support of the campaign will be used for the creation of an endowment to assist with the maintenance and operations of the new building, which will be called Asbury Hall, and will also result in the naming of the facility’s lecture hall.
On July 1, 2014, the Southern Mississippi Alumni Association installed its executive committee for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and on Aug. 15, 2014, during the organization’s annual board of director’s orientation, welcomed six appointed board members, who will serve a three-year term. Individuals include alumni who are accomplished leaders in their communities who demonstrate strong commitment to the betterment of the University.
Residence halls at The University of Southern Mississippi were bustling Friday, Aug. 15 as freshman students began moving in for the 2014 Fall Semester. The upcoming semester includes the opening of a new residential complex on the Hattiesburg campus – Century Park South. Two of the complex’s three buildings will be occupied immediately with the third building scheduled to open in January. Classes for the 2013-14 academic year begin on Wednesday, Aug. 20. (Photo by Kelly Dunn)
The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), located at the Technology Learning Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, was recently named a U.S. Paralympic Sports Club. This designation, only one of two in the state of Mississippi, allows IDS to train athletes as a way to qualify for various U.S. Paralympics events.
Keynote addresses by renowned experts and interactive breakout sessions will highlight the 18th Annual DuBard Symposium: “Dyslexia and Related Disorders” set for Sept. 17-18 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.
Ellen Ruffin serves as an associate professor and curator for University Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi, and is passionate about the unique items that can be found in its renowned de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.