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Monday, December 07, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491.

• Karnes Co-Authors Book Chapter (with photo)
• Southern Miss Grad Presents at KDP Convocation

Southern Miss Professor, Alum Co-Author Book Chapter

HATTIESBUG, Miss. -- Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished Professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education and Director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies; and one of her former students, Duke University Assistant Professor of the Practice Program in Education Dr. Kristen Stephens, have co-authored a chapter in the International Handbook on Giftedness. The chapter, Legal and the Gifted, focuses on many areas involved in mediation, due process, and court cases within gifted education.

Established in 1979, the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and its mission to further the education of gifted students and those with leadership abilities through teaching, research and service. An international leader in gifted education, it provides a wide variety of services for children and youth in grades kindergarten through 12 and support for teachers, school administrators, counselors, university faculty and instructors, as well as parents and grandparents of the gifted. For more information, call 601.266.5236; online, visit

Southern Miss Graduate Presents at Kappa Delta Pi Convocation

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Dr. Yuko Iwai, who earned a doctorate from The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE), represented Southern Miss’ Theta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at the organization’s bi-annual convocation held in October in Orlando, Fla. where she presented findings from a PRAXIS workshop she conducted for Southern Miss and William Carey University students this past summer. She conducted the workshop along with Dr. Sue Whitcomb, who also holds a doctorate from Southern Miss CISE.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honorary educational society. It inducts individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Founded in 1911, it is the largest honor society in education, representing 572 undergraduate and professional chapters and more than 45,000 active members. Its distinguished membership has included Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver and current leaders in education Howard Gardner, Maxine Greene and Carol Gilligan.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
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