The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has established the Southern Miss Oil Spill Response Fund as an opportunity for the public to support the efforts of the Southern Miss Oil Spill Response Team in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Southern Miss scientists were quick responders to the oil spill disaster and have already provided valuable information to federal agencies responsible for the clean-up. Monetary contributions for their efforts will go a long way toward enabling them to continue their work at this critical time,” said Southern Miss President Martha Saunders.
Within five days of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Saunders appointed the Oil Spill Response Team which is coordinating the university efforts in dealing with the present situation in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
The Southern Miss Department of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center is using remote sensing techniques to monitor the spill. Working in conjunction with the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it has set up a coastal radar array that will provide maps of ocean surface currents to allow for more accurate forecasting of the spill’s trajectory. Scientists at GCRL are working closely with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to examine the biological and chemical effects of the spill.
University scientists are also working with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Northern Gulf Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a multi-pronged effort to examine the oil spill and its impacts. By collaborating with federal, state and private agencies, the response team is working to monitor the spill and help manage and mitigate its impact on the Gulf Coast.
Bob Pierce, acting vice president for advancement stated, “The University of Southern Mississippi prides itself on making a difference in the lives of its constituents in both good and bad times. The fact that Southern Miss has taken a leadership role in responding to this disaster shouldn’t surprise anyone, and I know that our involvement will make a difference. The Oil Spill Response fund will give everyone who wants to participate financially in our efforts the opportunity to do so for the betterment of South Mississippi and the Gulf South.”
To make a gift to the Southern Miss Oil Spill Response fund, visit www.usmfoundation.com/oilspill. For more information about the Oil Spill Response Team, visit www.usm.edu/oilspill.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.