August 28, 2014  

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A joint team effort by pianist Elizabeth Moak, University of Southern Mississippi School of Music Director Michael Miles and FestivalSouth’s Jay Dean is bringing high quality piano performances to Hattiesburg.

 

Jamie Powell, an alumnus of the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation, has achieved great success on and off the softball field since his days as an outstanding academic at the University.

Powell is a Marion County native and graduated cum laude in 2005 with a dual degree in coaching administration and school health licensure. Powell was also awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Dual Major Scholar Award from his department while at Southern Miss.

The new year brought a new tenant to The Accelerator at The University of Southern Mississippi as pharmaceutical distributor South Point Distributors LLC moved into the University’s technology park earlier this month.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, was recently interviewed by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) for a future episode of its “Natural World” series. The show airs on the Animal Planet channel.

 

The interview focused on Kuczaj’s behavioral and cognitive research on walruses, which has been ongoing for the last five years at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a group of students from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin as part of a service outreach program.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the first Eagles Nest Poetry Reading of the spring semester Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is seeking volunteers to participate in research related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Peck House for University of Southern Mississippi Professor Kenneth Vance Watson. The Peck House, which is part of the Southern Miss campus, is located at 3601 Pearl St.

A faculty member with an exemplary record of research and service in public health and an Honors College student heading to medical school are The University of Southern Mississippi’s recipients of the annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

Dr. Sarah Morgan, associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation that will be used in her continuing solar cells research.

Dr. Philip Kolin, University Distinguished Professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has published his fifth book of original poetry with the highly respected Catholic press--Kaufmann Publishing. Entitled Reading God's Handwriting: Poemsand available on Amazon.com, each of the book’s 50 poems is anchored in a Biblical parable, prophecy, setting, or allusion.

SimMan, a fully computer-operated total body simulator used by University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast nursing faculty to bring more realism into replicated clinical settings for their students, was among the first to call the new 10,000 square foot Nursing Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach home.

Dr. William Odom, professor of German at The University of Southern Mississippi, will sign copies of his translation of Hellmut Haasis’ biography of Georg Elser, Bombing Hitle, from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the Hattiesburg campus. The bookstore is located in the Thad Cochran Center.

Environmental disasters, both manmade and natural, have prompted the need for improved, comprehensive understanding of the waters and resources of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

To that end, The University of Southern Mississippi has taken the lead role in formation of the new Center for Gulf Studies (CGS). The center represents a partnership between Southern Miss and the state’s other research universities – Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi and Jackson State University.

Thanks to the generosity of Lights Jewelers and Gemologists, The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi is holding “A Sweetheart of a Raffle.” The Grand Prize is an antique-inspired, 18-karat white gold and diamond pendant, valued at $1,950.

Dr. Mohamed Elasri, associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $439,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to assist in his research of the staphylococcus aureus human pathogen.

The Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee (MAAC) will host a public hearing on current issues in Mississippi for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and invites everyone affected by or interested in Autism to attend the hearing.

University of Southern Mississippi Vice Provost for Research Dr. Gordon Cannon has announced that Chase Kasper will become the director of the Office of Technology Development, effective Feb. 1.

The School of Music at Southern Miss welcomes alumna mezzo-soprano Hope Fairchild Thacker back to campus for a solo recital on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. 

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi will offer an online Sports Security Management Professional Certificate beginning Feb. 4 through April 15.

The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi added a memorable chapter to its storied history by welcoming the inaugural class of the Nurse Anesthesia Program to the Hattiesburg campus.

The Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the Second Annual Safe Schools and Communities: Building Resistance and Resiliency to Violence, Defiant Groups and Bullying Symposium on Feb. 8 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Micky Harrington, an alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 28th Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo, set for Feb. 15-16 at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center on U.S. 49 South in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Innovate Mississippi (formerly the Mississippi Technology Alliance) has announced that Startup Weekend Jackson will take place Jan. 18-20 at Millsaps College. Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event powered by the Kauffman Foundation that operates worldwide and brings together like-minded entrepreneurs for a weekend of company creation.