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Released April 12, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS FACULTY RECOGNIZED FOR RESEARCH
ACHIEVEMENTS DURING LETTERS DAY AWARDS CEREMONY

HATTIESBURG - University of Southern Mississippi faculty were recognized for their outstanding achievements in research during a special banquet in their honor April 8 as part of LETTERS Day (Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship Day).

The second annual event honored outstanding researchers, scholars, innovators, and performers among Southern Miss faculty.

"It is because of the achievement of faculty like these that I refer to Southern Miss as a world-class university," said Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames during the banquet, held at the Hattiesburg Country Club.

Among those honored at the event included Dr. Amal Mitra, associate professor epidemiology and biostatistics; Dr. Frances Karnes, professor of gifted education and director of the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at Southern Miss; Dr. Stephen Ross, professor of biology; Dr. Frank Moore, professor of biology and Luigi Zaninelli, professor of music.

Dr. Mitra received the Applied Research award. He is a past recipient of the Young Scientist Award from the Society for International Nutrition Research, the Aubrey and Ella Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Health, among others. He has published 58 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals and three book chapters; his articles have been cited at least 170 times by peer professionals, and he has presented papers at 22 national or international conferences. He earned honorary membership in Delta Omega Public Health Society Upsilon Chapter in 1994 for academic excellence, scholarship quality and contributions to public health.

Dr. Karnes received the Partnership Research award. She is widely known for her research, writing, innovative program developments, and service activities in gifted education and leadership training. Dr. Karnes is author or co-author of over 200 articles and co-author of 21 books on gifted education and related areas. She is the former president of the Association for the Gifted and is the founder and first president of the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Karnes currently serves on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children. Honors include a Faculty Research Award, granted by the Southern Miss Alumni Association; an Honorary Doctor of Education degree from her alma mater Quincy University; and an award presented by the Mississippi Legislature for outstanding contributions to academic excellence in higher education. She has received the Power of One Award bestowed by the Governor of Mississippi and recently was named one of the fifty female business leaders by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Dr. Ross received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers on the ecology and systematics of marine and freshwater fishes and is the author of the book, "The Inland Fishes of Mississippi," published in 2001 by University Press of Mississippi. His research has been supported by many different federal, state, and private agencies. He has been active in various professional societies, including the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the American Fisheries Society and the Association of Southeastern Biologists, among many others.

Dr. Ross is also a member of the Board of Governors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and past president or chair of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, the Gulf Estuarine Research Society, the southeastern division of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the Southeastern Fishes Council. He has served on the editorial boards of Copeia and the Journal of Freshwater Ecology and was the Copeia Editor for Ecology and Ethology from 1994-1998.

Dr. Moore is the recipient of the Basic Research Award. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union and T. W. Bennett Distinguished Professor in the Sciences at Southern Miss. Dr. Moore has established an internationally recognized research program, which focuses on the physiology, behavior and ecology of migratory birds when they stop over during migration. Currently, two master's and six doctoral students study under his direction. Several organizations and federal agencies have funded his research, including the National Geographic Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, NOAA/Sea Grant, and the National Science Foundation.

Zaninelli is the recipient of the Creative Research Award. He has received several honors throughout his career, including a Steinway Prize and numerous ASCAP awards. He is a five-time recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Music Award. With over 300 published works to his credit, he has received commissions to compose for virtually all mediums including opera, ballet, chamber music, orchestra, band, chorus, and solo voice. He has created several movie and television scores, including the major Italian motion picture, Una moglia Americana (An American Wife), and PBS documentaries, The Islander, Passover, and The Last Confederates.

In addition, Dr. Andrew Lowe, assistant professor of chemistry at Southern Miss, was recognized for his achievements with the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, named for a former Mississippi State University administrator. The Powe award is sponsored by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a 65-member consortium of universities of which Southern Miss is a member. ORAU incorporates the scientific resources of major research institutions to promote science and education through partnerships with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry.

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