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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.

Jean Jones, vice president and community development coordinator for Trustmark Bank, was presented the 2014 Housing Initiative Partner of the Year Award by The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at the fall meeting of the IDS Housing Advisory Council on Oct. 29.

Missy Schraeder, speech language pathologist with the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received an Innovator Award as an Outstanding Educator in a College or University from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

Dr. Megan McCay, Residence Life Coordinator for Academic Initiatives and Assessment at The University of Southern Mississippi, was honored recently by the National Association for College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) as Advisor of the Month for September.

Dr. Ngoc Phan, assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, has been selected to present two papers at the 86th Annual Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Conference in New Orleans in January 2015.

Jellyfish, long regarded as the pests of the sea, may play an ever-larger role in defining the relationship between humans and the world’s oceans, according to a new paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Michelle Jeanfreau, Ph.D., and assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, presented a lecture on Digital Citizenship to students at Long Beach Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 16.

James Wilcox, director for the Center of Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) at The University of Southern Mississippi, received the Rising Star Award at the 53rd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference Awards dinner earlier this month in Dallas, Texas.

Charmaine Schmermund, assistant director of public relations at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus, received two awards at the 2014 Southern Public Relations Federation’s (SPRF) annual conference last month in New Orleans.

 

James Wilcox, director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship and Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, delivered a guest presentation to a gathering of economic and community developers last month in Greenwood, Miss., as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis event “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development.”

Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, will receive the Eminent Parasitologist Lectureship Award at the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) Conference set for July 24-27 in New Orleans.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Philip Bates finds himself in elite company as the winner of the 2014 Paul K. Stumpf Award  -- presented biannually to exceptional scientists in plant lipid research.

The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi was recognized with the “Chapter of Excellence” Award and the “Founder’s Cup” at the fraternity’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., June 25-29.

 

Dr. Maureen K. Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a national organization that certifies dyslexia therapists and practitioners.

BILOXI, Miss. – The United Way of South Mississippi recently hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Breakfast at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi to honor volunteers who contribute to the organization’s success. Southern Miss Gulf Park campus employees, Edward McCormack, associate dean and professor for Gulf Coast Libraries, and Christy Elias, coordinator of student development and leadership, were among those recognized.

The Office of Disability Accommodations at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards of recognition to an outstanding instructor, staffer and student for exemplary service during the 2013-14 academic year.

 

Dr. Frances Lucas, Vice President of the The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, was inducted into the Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Wednesday, April 23 as one of 10 top community leaders.

The Mississippi Legislature honored former University of Southern Mississippi football star Ray Guy, who was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with a plaque and resolution during a special ceremony held Tuesday, April 1 at the State Capitol in Jackson. Guy took a few moments to address the legislators and also posed for photos with members of the Legislature who are Southern Miss graduates. Guy serves as director of the University’s M-Club/Community Relations.

(Photo Courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics)

Dr. Eric Powell, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs has been selected to be part of this year’s 2014 Masters Program announced by the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Scott Milroy is not ready to prove life exists on Mars. However, he is one giant leap closer to discovering whether or not a living organism could survive on the Red Planet.

 

Milroy recently learned that his NASA-funded “Pioneering Mars” project has been selected for payload integration and flight aboard the International Space Station. Milroy’s project is one of only two chosen from the NASA ISS National Laboratory Education Project (NLEP) for transport to the ISS sometime in 2015.

Olivia Ann Hurst and Catherine Lott, staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi, were recognized at the Pine Belt chapter of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) annual awards banquet held last month in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Five members of The University of Southern Mississippi staff received the Department of Human Resources’ Staff Excellence Award for 2013 during the University Staff Council’s Holiday Open House in December, held at the Trent Lott Center.

Dr. Mark Miller, professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Geography and Geology, has been selected as the recipient of the Mississippi World Trade Center’s (MSWTC) 2013 “Excellence in International Education Award.” Miller received the award at the MSWTC annual meeting in Jackson, Miss.  

For students seeking help in navigating the mountainous paperwork associated with healthcare career planning, The University of Southern Mississippi offers an answer.

 

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office, which advises more than 500 Southern Miss students in health care preprofessional fields, is now led by Dr. Jeffrey Evans, a former Southern Miss faculty member.