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University of Southern Mississippi Chief Communication Officer Jim Coll is one of approximately 60 marketing and public relations professionals who lent their social media expertise to the first edition of PR News’ Social Media Guidebook.

Dr. Vickie Stuart, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, was recently inducted as a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) during a special membership banquet held last month in Alexandria, Va.

Several University of Southern Mississippi marketing and public relations professionals were honored for their work at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards in April in Tupelo. The awards program recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals within the state of Mississippi. In all, Southern Miss picked up six awards in the competition.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Physics and Astronomy are engaged in radiation detection efforts aimed at detecting how air chemistry is altered due to the presence of radiation.

Audiologists and speech language pathologists from across the state gathered for the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Continuing Education Conference in Jackson March 30 through April 1.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010 not only triggered an unprecedented contamination of the northern Gulf of Mexico, but also yielded an unparalleled research effort to gauge the effects of the massive oil spill.

 

Five years after the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi continue to lead the way in mapping and analyzing the oil spill’s effects on the Gulf waters’ fragile ecosystem.

A graduate education training project spearheaded by polymer Professor Derek Patton has placed The University of Southern Mississippi among an elite group of awardees in the inaugural National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program.

 

Patton, associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as the principal investigator on a collaborative proposal titled: “NRT: Training Next-Generation Scientists with Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Competencies for Complex Interfaces (INTERFACE).” The award is just above $2.8 million, covering five years.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney D. Bennett following a careful review of the university under his leadership.

 

“Dr. Bennett’s leadership has been a tremendous advantage for Southern Miss,” said Trustee Aubrey Patterson, President of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. “From leading the recovery effort after the tornado to numerous other building and beautification projects on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park Campuses, he has provided students with an excellent environment in which to live and learn. His focus on the students is evident in the progress made during his tenure.”

Dr. Bernd Schroeder, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recognized as Distinguished Teacher at the recent Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Louisiana/Mississippi Section meeting.

While attending the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas held last month in St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, was elected to serve as chair of the AHRD Program Excellence Network.

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a contingent of current Human Capital Development doctoral and master’s program students to participate in the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas held last month in St. Louis, Mo.

Francesca Linthicum, assistant director of creative services at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus Office of University Communications, was recently awarded a silver ADDY by the American Advertising Federation for the entry, “Changing America.”

Dr. Lissa Stapleton, assistant professor in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award presented by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrates Black History not just in February, but also throughout the year in its faculty research, courses and internships, sponsored readings and performances and exhibits.

With antibiotic-resistant Staph infection becoming more prevalent – especially in the southeastern U.S. -- researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi and Forrest General Hospital embarked on a campaign to reduce the morbidity and mortality in those affected by Staph infections.

 

Dr. Tom Lansford, professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, is editor for the “Political Handbook of the World 2014.”

Multiple staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi have received recognition for their work in the field of public relations from the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, was re-elected to the board of directors for the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), an accrediting organization for multisensory structured language education training courses.

Kathryn Kellett, a doctoral student at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, recently completed a research collaboration with University of Southern Mississippi researchers Dr. Karl Wallace and graduate student Hugh Broome in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

 

Kellett came to Southern Miss for 12 weeks as a part of her fellowship provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She is the first Winston Churchill Fellow to collaborate with Southern Miss researchers.

While you are reading this article, two-to three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease - a life-threatening illness that killed more than 83,000 people in 2010 alone.

 

However, with the help of Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Southern Miss Professor Vijay Rangachari is furthering research on the disease to help find better treatments, or a cure, for those affected.

Dr. William “Monty” Graham, professor and chair of the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named to the advisory board of the Gulf Research Program.

William C. Takewell, student activities manager at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the Outstanding New Professional for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region III. Takewell was recognized during the ACUI Regional III Conference last month in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, coordinator for Community Inclusion and Volunteer Services, at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), was elected to the board of directors for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) during the organization’s 2014 annual conference in Washington D.C.  

A research consortia led by The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded $11 million by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil and dispersant on the Gulf’s ecosystem and public health.