September 17, 2014  

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Dr. Shahid Karim, associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the disease-transmitting agents present in ticks and other blood-feeding anthropod vectors.

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has just wrapped up the fifth successful year of project SEED, a high school mentoring program.

Six years ago, Mississippi schools were given a mandate to provide healthy living initiatives to thousands of students statewide. And now, a recent study shows that message may be getting through to the state’s youngest students.

 

Since 2003, Dr. Jerome Kolbo, with the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, and a team of researchers have looked at obesity rates among students in Mississippi. For the first time ever, obesity rates are declining for elementary-aged students.

Does a school board’s management style play a significant role in student academic achievement?

 

That’s the question University of Southern Mississippi educational leadership professor Dr. David Lee and some of his graduate students hope to answer through a research project examining correlations between high and low-achieving school districts and the behavior, decisions and personalities of the boards that govern them.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Hattiesburg for Dr. Dana Ragsdale, professor emeritus in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music, who died Aug. 1 at her residence. She was 66.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently enrolling for an after-school program to serve young struggling readers.

 

The Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP) is designed for students ages 5 through 10 with challenges in reading, spelling and written language, who may or may not have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

Dr. Noel Polk, a University of Southern Mississippi professor emeritus of English and international expert on the work of Nobel Prize-winning Mississippi author William Faulkner, died Tuesday in Jackson, Miss. He was 69.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi welcomed six new members to its staff this fall, including three speech-language pathologists (SLPs), two teacher assistants and a communications coordinator.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) recently received a Gary LaGrange Endowment that will be used to support the Center’s activities and mission.

The University of Southern Mississippi hopes to alleviate some of the stress military personnel already face by providing free textbooks to soldiers at Camp Shelby.

 

Thanks to a recent initiative conceived by Southern Miss Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg and the University’s deans, soldiers taking introductory courses in English, math and psychology at Southern Miss can obtain their textbooks free of charge from the Camp Shelby Educational Support Fund established through the USM Foundation.

Lucy Matthews Hunt of Vicksburg, Miss. was honored during the spring 2012 semester as The University of Southern Mississippi’s top student teacher by the Mississippi Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (MACTE).

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) has announced that The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies, yielding $2.9M in direct financial impact during the 2012 fiscal year.

While most of us can’t imagine life without a laptop or smart phone, powering up these high tech devices on-the-go can be a challenge. 

 

Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials are working to develop a portable energy source using light from the sun to produce organic solar cells.

Next year, the Mannoni Performing Arts Center will reopen after a brief hiatus following renovation work. To celebrate the refreshed hall, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music plans a show on an epic scale and a first for Hattiesburg – Stephen Sondheim’s chilling, Tony Award–winning musical, Sweeney Todd. Performances will be Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013.

When Dr. Jay Dean takes to the podium to open the 93rd season of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, it will be a much different group than the one he stepped in front of 25 years ago.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) recently held its fall 2012 strategic planning meeting, which brought together members of the CLTT Industry Advisory Council (IAC) representing a broad range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a comprehensive Multisensory Math seminar on Sept. 13-14 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Seatrout Population Enhancement Cooperative, a partnership among the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Mississippi since 2005, will release thousands of spotted seatrout fingerlings into the waters of Saint Louis Bay the week of Aug. 13-17 at Cedar Point Boat Launch, Bay St. Louis, Miss. and Merlin Necaise Boat Launch on the Wolf River.

University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing professors Dr. Vickie Stuart and Dr. Marjorie Geisz-Everson are taking part in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Meeting this week in San Francisco.

Ryan Hensarling, a doctoral student in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted to attend the 14th Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering Aug. 12-25 in Argonne, Ill., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Jasmine Thomas, an elementary education major with endorsements in mathematics and social studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently received the Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship Award. Thomas is the only recipient of the $1,000 scholarship this year in the state of Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economic and Workforce Development is offering the True South Economic Development Course Sept. 17-20 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing will be well represented when Dr. Vickie Stuart and Dr. Marjorie Geisz-Everson take part in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Meeting set for Aug. 4-8 in San Francisco.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab, led by Director Dr. Stan Kuczaj, has emerged as one of world's leading authorities on dolphin behavior.