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Released April 25, 2003

FACULTY MEMBERS RECOGNIZED FOR RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS

HATTIESBURG - Six Southern Miss faculty members and one graduate student are recipients of the university's Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards presented annually for individual contributions to research and academic fields.

The awards were presented at a dinner Thursday, April 24 that capped off the university's first LETTERS (Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship) Day.

"This inaugural event has focused on our faculty awarded for their outstanding and significant contributions," said Dr. Anita Davis, assistant professor of choral music education and chair of the University Research Council (URC).

The awards honor faculty members' lifelong contributions to their research and academic fields. Each of these recipients have achieved national recognition through scholarly publications, funded research or creative activities, said Davis.

The URC awards committee evaluated 22 applicants submitted by deans from across the university. The faculty winners were each awarded $2,500 cash, and another $2,500 was awarded to each individual's department for further assistance with research and teaching duties. The graduate recipient received a $500 award.

This year's recipients are: Basic Research - Dr. Yuan Luo, assistant professor of biology and Dr. Ras Pandey, professor of physics; Applied Research - Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor in the College of Marine Sciences, Department of Coastal Sciences, Marine Parasitology and Pathobiology and Dr. Marek Urban, professor of polymer science; Creative Research - Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, professor of music and director of bands; and Graduate Research/Creative Endeavor - Monique LeBourgeois, psychology.

A Southern Miss faculty member since 1998, Luo holds a doctorate from State University of New York and bachelor's and master's degrees from Peking University in Beijing, China. Luo's current research is focused on herbal medicines for disease prevention.

Pandey holds a doctorate from the University of Roorkee in India and has been a Southern Miss faculty member since 1988. His major research interests are biomimetics and scientific computing.

Overstreet's research is focused on the use of parasites and other disease conditions to indicate environmental, aquaculture and public health. He holds a doctorate from the University of Miami, Institute of Marine Sciences. Overstreet, a longtime senior researcher with the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory since 1969, has been on the Southern Miss faculty since the formation of the Department of Coastal Sciences in 1998.

Urban earned a doctorate from Michigan Technological University and has been a member of the Southern Miss faculty since 1999. His major research areas are film formations and advanced polymeric materials.

Fraschillo, a Southern Miss Faculty member since 1984, holds a doctorate from The University of South Carolina. He is an international music scholar with extended work in Italian musical composition.

LeBourgeois received her master's degree from Southern Miss and will complete her doctoral degree in experimental psychology this month. Working with Dr. John Harsh, she has been involved with beginning a pediatric sleep research program at Southern Miss.

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