July 26, 2014  

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The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a donation of $11,065 from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, which represents proceeds from the organization’s annual “Night in Italy” benefit dinner.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi will be recognized during a special ceremony set for Thursday, July 31 at the Stennis Space Center campus in Hancock County, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kristin Howard has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Leadership Academy class which honors rising stars in the accounting profession.

 

Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, will receive the Eminent Parasitologist Lectureship Award at the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) Conference set for July 24-27 in New Orleans.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Philip Bates finds himself in elite company as the winner of the 2014 Paul K. Stumpf Award  -- presented biannually to exceptional scientists in plant lipid research.

Dianne Coleman, assistant to College of Health Dean Dr. Michael Forster for recruitment and special projects, was nominated for the Mississippi Organ Donor Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donation Advocate Spero Award. The inaugural Spero Award Ceremony was held July 10 in Jackson, Miss.

Melissa Ziegler, instructor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named a Fellow by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA).
A kinesiotherapy instructor, Ziegler also serves as executive director of the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), a national non-profit organization based in Hattiesburg.

A unique exhibit, titled “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey is currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

Several administrative changes have taken place in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi for the start of the 2014-2015 year.

 

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 6.  He will become President-Elect at the August 2014 APA meeting, take over as President in August 2015 and become Past President in August 2016.

The Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications for admission into the fall 2014 master of education in school counseling and guidance services degree program offered at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Panama Study Abroad Group – which included students focused on business, logistics and human capital development -- visited the offices of InfosGroup in the City of Knowledge in Panama recently.

 

Lorenzo Spencer, a junior at University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP). Lorenzo is the son of Lorenzo and Cheryl Spencer of Hattiesburg, Miss.

Ten students from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently participated in Digi Day, an opportunity for students in SLIS to obtain service hours and digitization experience while assisting the digital lab with existing projects. Elizabeth La Beaud, manager of the University Libraries’ digital lab, and Emilie Aplin, president of the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), organized the event.

As temperatures rise throughout the long, hot days of summer in South Mississippi, so too does the presence of mosquitoes. And with that pesky insect comes the threat of West Nile Virus.

 

The mosquito-transmitted disease has been on the upswing nationwide over the past several years. It is estimated that the virus has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 50,000 Americans in the last 15 years.

Polymer researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi are conducting studies that could revolutionize the drug delivery process for cancer patients.

 

A research team under the direction of Dr. Daniel Savin is hoping to create a cancer treatment that will deliver drug therapies to targeted locations, instead of current treatments that impact almost every organ in the body.

Presenting research to a room full of professors and researchers can be daunting for students, but recently several students from Mississippi stepped up to the task and represented their state in front of an audience of seasoned biomedical researchers from across the nation.

The closing program of the 2014 University of Southern Mississippi Summer Math Institute will be held from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at the Trent Lott National Center, rooms 101-102.

Miriam Cabana, a former laboratory coordinator with The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing, died Friday, June 20. She was 67.

 

Sixteen high school students from across Mississippi spent the week of June 15-20 at The University of Southern Mississippi learning how to be journalists as part of the Remembering “Freedom Summer” Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

Voting rights. Jim Crow. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The murders of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner in Philadelphia, Miss. The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer has focused the nation’s attention on the Civil Rights Movement in the state, and The University of Southern Mississippi is leading the way in preserving the divisive era’s history.

Lines are memories, costumes are stitched and sets are ready for the 39th season of Southern Arena Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi. This year, the wonderfully talented summer theatre company will present Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn and One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s masterpiece “Servant of Two Masters.”

 

Taking Steps opens June 19 in Hartwig Theatre. All show times are 7:30 p.m. for performances on June 20, 21, and 28; and July 3, 5, 9 and 11. A matinee performance is scheduled for July 6 at 2 p.m. One Man, Two Guvnors opens June 26 in Tatum Theatre. All show times are 7:30 p.m. for performances on June 27 and July 2, 4, 10, and 12.  Matinee performances will be held June 29 and July 13 at 2 p.m. 

The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research have approved research proposals of students competing for inclusion in the spring 2014 class of the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR). This select group of undergraduates received up to $1,000 each in the competition for research grants, with just over half of 30 proposals earning acceptance.  

Dr. Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a national organization that certifies dyslexia therapists and practitioners.