- The University of Southern Mississippi will significantly enhance
higher education at the Stennis Space Center on Oct. 17 with the
dedication of two new educational facilities at the south Mississippi
9:30 a.m., Southern Miss will unveil the 17,000-square-foot George
A. Knauer Marine Science Building, which includes multimedia-enhanced
classrooms and specially designed laboratories for the pursuit of
education and research in biological, geological, and physical oceanography,
marine chemistry and hydrography.
very excited to see this day finally approach," said Dr. Denis
Wiesenburg, chair of the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science,
based at Stennis Space Center. "It is very appropriate that
such a pioneering facility should be named for Dr. George A. Knauer,
the founder of the Southern Miss marine science program."
The new facility
will own the distinction of being the first building constructed
solely for higher education at the space center. In addition to
biological and geological oceanography labs, there will be specially
designed marine chemistry labs with a clean room to accommodate
the department's high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass
spectrometer used for trace chemical analysis.
Miss Department of Marine Science has 40 faculty and staff at Stennis
Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., home to the world's largest
population of oceanographers and hydrographers. The department offers
both master's and doctoral degrees in marine science and a master's
degree in hydrographic science.
following the dedication of the marine science building, the Center
of Higher Learning (CHL) will introduce the new 5,000-square-foot
High Performance Visualization Center.
chief scientist of the visualization center, researches real-time
immersive visualization of high-resolution data sets. "Visualization
of remotely sensed data allows users in real-time to view the parts
of a data set that are uniquely important to their application,"
Johnson said. "The visualization of scientific data allows
researchers to examine extremely large datasets ranging from molecules
to planets in four dimensions. The immersive capabilities of this
new facility will allow these researchers to gain a better understanding
of their complex research initiatives."
work at the visualization center has allowed scientists to view
the former town of Gainesville, Miss., the Pearl River, the Gulf
of Mexico, downtown New Orleans, La., and Columbus Air Force Base,"
said Dr. Peter Ranelli, director of CHL. "These visualizations
allow the user to become immersed in the virtual world and understand
Center scientists can work collaboratively with multiple people
on the same data sets from multiple locations, holding "virtual"
meetings with the center's ACCESS grid node. This is part of a worldwide
network of more than 180 sites. Each site is fully interconnected
and individuals from up to 20 sites at a time are able to see and
talk to each other.
of Higher Learning has a dual mission of offering advanced degrees
and conducting research to complement and support the agencies at
Stennis Space Center. The advanced degrees include three doctoral,
10 master's, and one certificate program. The research areas, which
include High Performance Computing and Algorithms, and Geospatial
Data, have been greatly enhanced by the addition of the new visualization
The High Performance
Computing and the Naval Oceanographic Office provided a majority
of the funding for the visualization and ACCESS equipment for the
projects were made possible with the approval of the Mississippi
Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning and
the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration Bureau
of Building, Grounds and Real Property Management. The $2.75 million
George A. Knauer Marine Science Building was designed by Studio
South Architects of Gulfport, Miss., and constructed by Addison
Construction of Purvis, Miss. The $ 1 million Visualization Center
was designed by Slaughter/Allred/McNabb PA Architects of Pascagoula,
Miss., and constructed by Addison Construction of Purvis, Miss.