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Thursday, February 05, 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 Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491.

• Fishman Photo Exhibits at Katrina Research Center
• Psychology Clinic Expands Services for Children, Adolescents
• Karnes, Stephens Produce New Book

Katrina Research Center Presents Keith Fishman Photo Exhibits

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi will present two photo exhibits for the month of February, Silent Witness and Southern Discomfort, by Keith Fishman of Santa Barbara, Calif.

Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Fishman traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast volunteering as a Red Cross photographer. His exhibit depicts two years of the hurricane’s destruction and the endurance of the people affected by the storm. 

The exhibits are free and open to the public. The Katrina Research Center is located on the third floor of the Gulf Coast Library on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The center is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2-6 p.m.

For more information about the Katrina Research Center and these exhibits, online visit or call 228.214.3423.

Psychology Clinic Expands Clinical Services for Children, Adolescents

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The University of Southern Mississippi Psychology Clinic has expanded its clinical services for children and adolescents and is accepting referrals for children and adolescents in need of assessment or treatment for common mental health concerns such as ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, general behavior problems, depression and anxiety. 

The Southern Miss Psychology Clinic is a full-service mental health clinic offering high quality, low cost assessment and therapy services to children, adolescents and adults throughout South Mississippi. Clinicians are students pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology who are closely supervised by licensed or license eligible faculty. 

The clinic does not accept insurance, but does offer reasonable rates on a sliding scale basis.  Evening hours are available. For more information or to schedule a phone screening, call 601.266.4588.

Gifted Education Assessment Tools Focus of New Book by Karnes, Stephens

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Dr. Frances A. Karnes, director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi and Dr. Kristen R. Stephens, assistant professor of the Practice Program in Education at Duke University, have co-authored a new book, Assessment Tools for Gifted Children: Screening, Identification, and Education. It will be presented by Love Publishing Company in early spring.

Assessment Tools for Gifted Children offers ideas on nomination, screening, and identification in gifted education. Intellectual ability, general achievement, creativity, leadership, career assessments, learning styles, personality, self-concept, underachievement, emotional intelligence, kindergarten readiness and gifted rating scales are featured for pre-K-12 grade gifted students.

It also contains detailed descriptions of hundreds of appropriate instruments and rating scales for gifted children and youth.

The authors hope their new work will be an essential reference for professionals working with gifted children by serving as an in-depth compilation useful to the field of gifted education. For more information on this new book, contact Southern Miss Gifted Education at 601.266.5236.

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

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