April 20, 2014  

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The sight of pelicans and other native waterfowl coated in oil from last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico sent University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professor Dr. Robert Lochhead straight to the laboratory.

 

After countless hours of testing and experimentation, Lochhead, along with polymer science colleagues Dr. Sarah Morgan and Dr. Daniel Savin, developed a dispersant that could make future oil spills a lot less catastrophic.

Thirteen University of Southern Mississippistudents put their research know-how to the test and took home top awards and prizes from the 2nd Annual College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Conference held Saturday, April 16 on the Hattiesburg campus.
 

After four years of training and many late nights, 14 University of Southern Mississippiart students will celebrate the culmination of their academic career with an exhibition of senior projects in the Southern Miss Museum of Art from April 21 – May 13.

Family and friends of the late Leon Eubanks came together Tuesday to honor his memory and love of nature, both of which continue blooming at his beloved Lake Thoreau in Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Located on Thoreau Road off of West Fourth Street in Hattiesburg, the property was donated to the University Foundation in 2000 by the Eubanks family with the intention that it be utilized as a nature preserve for scientific, educational and aesthetic purposes. It is managed by the Southern Miss Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Jennifer Walker, assistant professor of biology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award given by the university’s College of Science and Technology.

The University of Southern Mississippiis in the process of conducting a nationwide search for a dean to take the helm of its College of Arts and Letters.

 

Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who became dean in July 2008 after having served as interim dean for 18 months, has accepted the position of Provost at Oglethorpe Universityin Atlanta, Ga. Her last day with Southern Miss will be June 30.

South Mississippi musicians will showcase their talents at Roots Reunion, a live radio show, from 7- 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theatre.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Frantz Salomon has been selected as the 2010-11 Student Employee of the Year.

 

Salomon, a music major originally from Chicago, Ill., works in the Student Activities Hub on the Hattiesburg campus.

A University of Southern Mississippi professor renowned internationally for his research on dolphin behavior and cognition will be the featured speaker for the next Science Café at Starbucks coffee shop in Cook Library Monday, April 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance & Recreation, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, will host USA Weightlifting’s Level 1 sports performance coach certificate course May 21-22 on the Hattiesburg campus.

­­Seven executives from Hearst Television, Inc. will visit The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism Friday, April 15.

With the precision, determination and mission of a World War II fighter squadron, The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music teamed with a radio-controlled (RC) airplane enthusiast and a former Tuskegee Airman to both make and preserve a part of American history.

 

It all began when Jeff Williams, who flies the radio-controlled blimp at Golden Eagle basketball games, took a liking to the Southern Miss Pep Band which performs at those games. Williams later approached Dr. Michael Miles, director of the School of Music, to see if he would coordinate the arrangement and recording of the Tuskegee Airmen Fight Song from World War II.

The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history will end The University of Southern Mississippi’s theatre season beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday., April 14 in the Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Jamye Foster, assistant professor of marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi, wants to show her students that “you don’t have to live in New York or Los Angeles to make a living as a high-profile professional.”

The general consensus among health care professionals is that Mississippi will remain near the bottom of major health-related statistics unless a unified effort is made to combat the problem.

 

With collaboration as the overarching theme, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health has taken the lead role in planning and organizing the first Mississippi Health Summit set for April 29 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

University of Southern Mississippi Centennial homecoming queen and public relations student Denotra Logan is preparing for her next conquest – the Emmy award-winning Semester in Washington Journalism program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The University of Southern Mississippi has extended the registration deadline for this year’s Leadership Studies Program, presented by the university’s Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

Training for participating students will include leadership development and avenues for becoming leaders in schools, communities and religious affiliations. The one-week residential program designed for students in grades 6 -11 will be held on the Hattiesburg campus June 12-17.

T.A. Barron left his job as president of a venture capital company more than 20 years ago, spurred by an inextinguishable desire to pour himself into writing and a deep fear of painful regret.

Thursday, he was awarded the Southern Miss Medallionat The University of Southern Mississippi’s 44th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. It was yet another accolade vindicating his decision in what has been a successful career as a children’s literature and nature book writer.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth will be held July 3-22 on the Hattiesburg campus and hosted by the Frances Karnes Center for Gifted Studies. Application deadline is Saturday, April 30. 

The three-week residential program is a cooperative effort with the Duke University Talent Identification Program that provides a balance of educational, cultural, and recreational experiences. It serves eligible students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 10.

American Indian POW WOWs have become a tradition at The University of Southern Mississippi. Each year, Southeastern tribes gather in Hattiesburg for a lively blend of ceremonial dancing, social gathering and native artistry.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Gordon Cannon its new Associate Vice President for Research, pending approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippiwill offer a basic digital photography course for those who have always wanted to learn the basics of photography and to shoot with a 35mm-type Digital Single Lens Reflex camera.

A mouth-watering dinner, a delicious assortment of wine and scrumptious prizes will all be on tap for the Seventh Annual Passions of the Palette event set for Monday, April 11 at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center.