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It’s the stuff of dreams that became a reality in a University of Southern Mississippi laboratory.

 

Inspired by his own dream of a technology now considered revolutionary in the world of plastics research, polymer science professor Marek Urban developed a unique type of plastic material that turns red or “bleeds” when damaged.

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi received a special surprise when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves stopped by for a visit on Tuesday, July 10.

Sarah Garrison, visiting instructor and Pat Sims, visiting associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Child and Family Studies, presented the workshop “Ethical Decisions Related to Confidentiality and Family Systems” recently at the 24th annual Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. Conference in Meridian, Miss.

More than 200 key healthcare professionals from across Mississippi convened at The University of Southern Mississippi on June 29 for the 2nd Annual Mississippi Health Summit.

Chris McGee, associate director of facilities at recreational sports at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently enjoyed one of the most acclaimed opportunities a softball umpire can experience.

Dr. Ray Newman, a longtime health care executive and higher education scholar, has been named chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been named one of the nation’s top sales universities in an annual report announced by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).

 

Southern Miss is the only Mississippi university listed among the top 60 recognized in the foundation’s annual salute to collegiate sales programs.

Faculty and graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work will aid in the Gulf Coast’s recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by addressing the mental health needs of those still impacted by the April 2010 disaster.

 

An allocation of more than $100 million in funds from the BP Health Settlement was designated for expanding residents’ access to health care and enhancing the skills of health care providers in the affected area. More than $8.2 million of that is going to Southern Miss for its role in the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Building Project (MBHCBP).

Freddie White-Johnson believes that The University of Southern Mississippi’s mission to illuminate and educate young minds is further enriched by its role as a life-saver.

 

And White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention (MNCCP), will not rest until every underserved Mississippian becomes aware of the measures available in the fight against cancer.

The Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg recently presented a check for $2,500 to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi that will be used to help fund student scholarships.

Kristen Dupard may not write acclaimed poetry, but she certainly ranks among the elite when it comes to reciting and interpreting poems.

 

Dupard, who graduated from Ridgeland (Miss.) High School in May, was crowned the 2012 Poetry Out Loud national champion during the annual competition held last month in Washington, D.C. She plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi as a freshman for the upcoming fall semester.

The University of Southern Miss History Department recently sponsored 42 students participating in the National History Day (NHD) competition at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., and returned with improved results for Mississippi.

Mississippi police officers and behavioral health practitioners received special training designed to assist them with creating Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) in their communities during a workshop sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi.

As Mississippi continues to struggle with high rates of obesity and negative health outcomes, a plan must be developed to guide the state to a healthy future. To assist with this plan, The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2nd Mississippi Health Summit on Friday, June 29 at the Thad Cochran Center.

The Walmart Foundation recently awarded the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi a $33,000 grant to purchase new technology for the classrooms. DuBard School used the grant to buy 30 iPads.

Madeleine Lowrey of Sheridan, Ark. is the recipient of a prestigious Presidential Scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where she plans to major in vocal performance.

Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, will see her title elevated to dean when the school officially returns to college status on July 1.

Dr. Brent Hales, interim chair of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently published a text entitled “Entrepreneurship Economics” targeted to high school entrepreneurship teachers.

Pelagia noctiluca, a relative of the common sea nettle, has been found in large numbers near the barrier islands in recent days.

From left, University of Southern Mississippi associate professor of art Jennifer Torres and her sculpture students Matt Scott of Magnolia, Miss. and Holly Loyd of Brookhaven, Miss. pause during a sculpture installation Wednesday in the lobby of the Southern Miss Liberal Arts Building. The exhibit, titled “Life is But a Dream” features red boats created by Torres and is inspired by a verse from her favorite childhood bedtime song sung to her by her mother.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre will bring love and laughter to the stage this summer.

 

Ellen Ruffin, curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, was recently elected to the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee of ALSC, a division of the American Library Association.

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Hattiesburg presented the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi with a check for $4,600 on Tuesday, June 1. The club recently hosted a 5K run/walk and chose to give the proceeds to DuBard School.

University of Southern Mississippi political science professors Allan McBride and Marija Bekafigo see the race for president between incumbent Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney shaping up to be a hard fought struggle.