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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Contact Jeannie Peng 601.266.5568   

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor faculty achievements and showcase innovative research during LETTERS (Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship) Day on Friday, Oct. 31, in the ballroom of the Thad Cochran Center.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Presentations from University Research Council Innovation Awards winners will begin at 9 a.m. with a research poster session following at 1:30 p.m. Summer Faculty Research Grant recipients will also display their work at that time.

"We hope to showcase each of the colleges and major research units, in addition to individual faculty efforts," said Dr. Denise Brown, co-chair of the LETTERS Day committee with Dr. Kyna Shelley.

Members of the university community who have made outstanding research, creative and other scholarly contributions are recognized each year on LETTERS Day. Nominees who show a strong, innovative and significant pattern of work are submitted to the URC for consideration for the award categories of basic research, applied research and creative activities. A tenured member of the senior faculty whose career has made a significant impact on their discipline is considered for the lifetime achievement honor.

This year's Innovation Award recipients and times of their presentations include:

• Basic Research Award - Dr. Michael Neiberg, Department of History professor, 9 a.m.

• Applied Research Award - Dr. Charles Jordan, School of Accountancy and Information Systems professor, 9:50 a.m.

• Creative Activity Award - Robin Carr, Department of Theatre and Dance associate professor, 10:30 a.m.

• Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. Robin Overstreet, marine parasitology and pathobiology professor with the Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 11:20 a.m.

"I'm quite thrilled about this award and very honored," said Overstreet, who also received the Applied Research Award in 2005. "I find it very interesting when I go up there (to the Hattiesburg campus) for LETTERS Day to find out the exciting things going on across the whole university."

Overstreet first joined Southern Miss in 1969 as a parasitologist at GCRL. He is internationally-renowned for his research in the areas of parasitology and diseases, aquaculture and fisheries science and environmental biology and neoplasms.

His research with parasites and diseases include taxonomy, systematics, development and life histories, diagnoses and management of diseases, ecology, pathogenesis and host-parasite relationships, and public health. In aquaculture, he studies penaeid shrimps, the blue crab, crustaceans like crayfishes, finfishes and other species. Since 1975, he has conducted experimental studies to determine the effect of carcinogens or other toxicants on fishes and shrimps. 

A LETTERS Day luncheon ceremony will be held in honor of Overstreet and the Innovation Award winners. Dr. Cecil Burge, vice president for Research and Economic Development at Southern Miss, will present a State of the Research Enterprise Report.

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