HATTIESBURG -A recent
trip overseas by a polymer science professor from The University
of Southern Mississippi has resulted in collaborative agreements
with the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Marek Urban was an invited speaker last month
at the seventh International Science and Technology Conference in
Ekaterinburg, Russia, where he gave a lecture on stimuli-responsive
polymers and coatings.
"Part of my mission was to develop potential
partnerships with physicists and chemists working on polymer-related
areas," said Urban, who was invited to the historic city by
the U.S. Department of State.
Urban, along with two other prominent American scientists,
was part of the U.S. delegation to the conference, which was sponsored
by the International Science and Technology Center. An organization
with membership from 32 countries, the ISTC promotes nuclear nonproliferation
with $500 million in research funding.
"This organization coordinates the efforts of
numerous governments, international organizations, and the private
sector, providing weapons scientists from Russia and other countries
new opportunities in international partnerships," Urban said.
Dr. Rex Gandy, dean of the College of Science and
Technology at Southern Miss, said the collaboration with the Russian
Academy of Sciences is "just another indication of the strength
and world-class quality of the research programs at Southern Miss."
"Dr. Urban and his co-workers are internationally
recognized for their work with novel materials, and collaborations
such as this will only increase this international recognition,"
Urban said that with the research activities at Southern
Miss, "we have a great opportunity to tap into some of the
projects and funding opportunities through this organization and
other government agencies."
Along with collaborations recently established with
universities in Portugal and the Czech Republic, this opportunity
will allow Southern Miss to become the "World Polymer Center
for Science and Innovation," opening potential new markets
for new technologies developed at Southern Miss, Urban said.