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To say University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors and students are developing high-tech materials for today’s fast-paced world would be a profound understatement.

 

Try jet engines. Indeed, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials stands at the forefront of research designed to create advanced composite materials for aircraft engines and systems.

Extensive research conducted by international business students at The University of Southern found that questions still linger about the shrimp industry along the Mississippi Gulf Coast one year after the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Rabbi Uri Barnea of Hattiesburg’s Congregation B’nai Israel will present “A Survey of the History of Jewish Music from Biblical Time to Contemporary Blues and Hip Hop” Thursday, Aug. 11 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library. This program is free and open to the public.

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is conducting open enrollment for the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP).

With a gift commitment of $5 million to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Charles “Chuck” C. Scianna Jr. is making an investment in the future of education by providing the gift that will also name the proposed College of Business building Scianna Hall.

 

The commitment is the largest one-time gift to the USM Foundation by a Southern Miss alumnus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will feature the exhibit of Bear Point Woodworks, a display of distinctive bowls created from fallen trees during Hurricane Katrina by Frank Reed, from Aug. 3-Sept. 9. A reception honoring the artist will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 12 p.m. on the first floor of the library.

Secondary school teachers from across Mississippi converged on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus last week for the ASM Materials Camp, an initiative of the ASM Materials Education Foundation supported by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

The second in a series of workshops designed for caregivers will be held Wednesday, July 20 from 12:05 – 12:50 p.m. at the College of Arts and Letters’ dean’s conference room in the the Liberal Arts Building on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Hubble-Burchell Retires

Dr. Susan Hubble-Burchell, associate professor in the Department of Human Performance and Recreation and associate dean of the College of Health, recently retired after 32 years of service to The University of Southern Mississippi.

Hubble-Burchell served as a leader in the field of recreation as well as a co-director of the university’s Center on Aging.

One of the hardest things for college graduates can be translating their education into a job in the real world, but thanks to a workshop sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), some Southern Miss doctoral students have a leg up on their competition.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a book talk and book signing with Betty Hancock Shaw, author of “Images of America: Gulfport,” on Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Dr. Terry Hazen, a leading authority on oil biodegradation will deliver a free seminar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

Fan violence at sporting events will be the focus of one of the panel discussions making up the schedule of events for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition Aug. 2-4 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Danielle Bishop, center, assistant curator for The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, talks to a delegation of national librarians to the 2011 American Library Association (ALA) convention, held recently in New Orleans. The delegates took time out during the convention to visit the Hattiesburg campus and learn more about the collection’s holdings. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Dong-Young LEE has an extra spring in his step, and for good reason. A visiting security scholar from South Korea at The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), Young is celebrating the news that Pyeongchang, South Korea was chosen as the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The founding director of the state’s Museum of Southern Jewish History will present at the opening reception for a University of Southern Mississippi exhibit spotlighting the work of an internationally acclaimed children’s literature author and illustrator.

In an effort to restore valuable information the City of Long Beach lost when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and assistant professor of geography, Dr. David Holt have spent the past six months piecing together research and data for the city’s cemetery.

 

The project, funded by a $7,250 grant from the Learn and Serve America program, involved Holt and more than 50 geography students working diligently on mapping, photographing and researching each plot within the 100-year-old cemetery.

Members of an NBC film crew got to see exactly how a new oil dispersant created by University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors works while videotaping an addition to the NBC Learn library.

Excitement came in the form of new wheelchairs at the Technology Learning Center (TLC) on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Four new sportschairs -- the largest order received since Hurricane Katrina -- were delivered to the TLC by Harlon Matthews, a nationally ranked wheelchair athlete and representative for Eagle Sportschairs.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Miranda Minor of Columbus, Miss., captured first place honors for her business launch plan at the 2011 Emerging Minority Business Leaders (EMBL) program held at West Liberty University in Wheeling, W.V.

Minor’s team wrote a launch plan for a new type of protective wear that can be worn by nurses to prevent finger pricks when using needles to administer medication. Her team consisted of fellow EMBL participants from across the country.

University of Southern Mississippi alums Kimberly Schramm and Tanya Powell were recognized recently as the Physical Therapy/Physical Therapist Assistant Team of the Year by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Schramm and Powell have worked together for six year at Petal Physical Therapy, a service of Hattiesburg Clinic.

Margaret Buttross-Brinegar gave The University of Southern Mississippi more than 30 years of unfailing service. Along the way, she gave thousands of developmentally challenged children unwavering support and direction. And now she’s ready to give retirement a try.

 

Buttross-Brinegar, longtime director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss, is retiring at the end of this month noting that “the center and I am ready for a new chapter. This change just feels right.”

Students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi were treated to some Irish dance steps courtesy of the Kreisler family on Wednesday, June 22. Brian, Debbie and Erin Kreisler of Petal, Miss., mixed the dancing with music on the flute and drum for the students who have been studying about Ireland this summer.

Debbie Kreisler has been performing and teaching Irish dancing for approximately 15 years.

Jeremy Noble of Mobile, Ala., a doctoral student in counseling psychology in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology, is the recipient of a prestigious competitive travel grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institute on Drug Abuse.