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Southern Miss Faculty, Students Presenting at Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

More than 115 University of Southern Mississippi students and faculty will be making oral and/or poster presentations at the 74th annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS), scheduled today through Friday, Feb. 12 at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center.

The MAS is an organization that includes scientists, engineers, technicians, science educators and others from schools and universities, government, industry and business. Lectures, symposia, workshops, scientific papers, and exhibits of interest to its members are presented at the annual meeting.

Dr. Mary Currier, the new State Health Officer, will deliver the keynote address Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8:30 a.m. Later that day Jim Lane, editor and publisher of Biofuels Digest, will present the meeting’s annual Dodgen Lecture at 5:15 p.m.

Nine Southern Miss professors serve as chair or vice-chair six of the 13 divisions of the academy, including Dr. Tim McLean, chair, Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology; Dr. Sandra Leal, vice-chair, Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology; Dr. Karl Wallace, chair, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Dr. Mac H. Alford, chair, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Dr. David Rosenfield, chair, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; Dr. Kevin Yeager, vice-chair,  Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; Dr. Michael Vera, chair , Physics and Engineering; Dr. Sheree Watson, chair, Psychology and Social Sciences; and Dr. Jacob Blickenstaff, vice-chair, Science Education.

Presentations are made in divisional meetings which include agriculture and plant science; cellular, molecular and developmental biology; chemistry and chemical engineering; geology and geography; health sciences; marine and atmospheric sciences; mathematics; computer science and statistics; microbiology and immunology; physics and engineering; psychology and behavioral neuroscience; science education; and zoology and entomology.

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