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Southern Miss Faculty, Graduate Students Honored at annual LETTERS Day

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Scott Klingler, assistant professor of library and information science, talks with Mary Green of Southern Miss Sponsored Programs Administration during the poster presentation session of Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship (LETTERS) Day Oct. 29 on the Hattiesburg campus. (University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)

Faculty and graduate students with outstanding records of innovative activity in multiple areas of scholarship were recognized for their efforts Oct. 29 during The University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship (LETTERS) Day.

LETTERS Day is an opportunity for faculty from a wide range of disciplines across campus to come together to discuss ideas and celebrate the achievements of their colleagues. The day’s schedule included poster presentations by faculty and students outlining their research projects and activities, followed by a luncheon honoring this year’s innovation award recipients.

“I appreciate the support the university has provided to me for my work over the last 25 years,” said professor of chemistry Dr. Gordon Cannon, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Southern Miss is a great place to do research.”

In addition to Cannon, other faculty honorees included:

·         Dr. Mohamed Elasri, Biological Sciences, Basic Research Award

·         Dr. Aimee Thomas, Biological Sciences, Creative Activity Award

·         Dr. Jerome Kolbo, Social Work, Academic Partnerships Award

·         Dr. Carl Qualls, Biological Sciences, Applied Research Award

Graduate Student Award recipients included:

·         Guangmin Yao, computational science (earned doctorate in August)

·         Joshua Ennen, biological sciences (earned doctorate in December 2009)