October 21, 2014  

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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.

Dr. Robin Overstreet, longtime scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), is being featured as part of a special series on influential researchers at the lab who are retiring or near retirement.

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.

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.

Dr. Mike Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as one of the top 100 Awesome Deans of Public Health by the online publication MPHProgramsList.com.

Dr. Heather Annulis, associate professor and assistant director of the Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi, delivered a presentation during the 12th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change Management earlier this month in Chicago.

The topic of her paper was "Change Leaders' Reflections of Hurricane Katrina: A Qualitative Review." Janea McDonald, a current doctoral student in human capital development, served as co-presenter.

Two University of Southern Mississippi administrators have been promoted, with Fran Jones as the new director of Union and Programs and Josh Duplantis director of the Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL).

Dr. Robert Lochhead, director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, can offer living proof that a voice alone is enough to produce an award-winning presentation.

Chad Driskell, executive assistant to the president at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Area Development Partnership’s Board of Directors created when former Southern Miss President Martha Saunders stepped down in June.

What do Antarctica and Mars have in common? Turns out, just enough to suit University of Southern Mississippi marine science Assistant Professor Scott Milroy.

 

Thanks to a NASA-funded research grant, Milroy is embarking on a year-long project that includes an attempt to grow a form of blue-green algae – known as cyanobacteria – in incubation chambers at the Stennis Space Center. Milroy hopes to mimic conditions that exist on the surface of Mars.

It’s the stuff of dreams that became a reality in a University of Southern Mississippi laboratory.

 

Inspired by his own dream of a technology now considered revolutionary in the world of plastics research, polymer science professor Marek Urban developed a unique type of plastic material that turns red or “bleeds” when damaged.

Sarah Garrison, visiting instructor and Pat Sims, visiting associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Child and Family Studies, presented the workshop “Ethical Decisions Related to Confidentiality and Family Systems” recently at the 24th annual Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. Conference in Meridian, Miss.

Chris McGee, associate director of facilities at recreational sports at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently enjoyed one of the most acclaimed opportunities a softball umpire can experience.

Faculty and graduate students in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work will aid in the Gulf Coast’s recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by addressing the mental health needs of those still impacted by the April 2010 disaster.

 

An allocation of more than $100 million in funds from the BP Health Settlement was designated for expanding residents’ access to health care and enhancing the skills of health care providers in the affected area. More than $8.2 million of that is going to Southern Miss for its role in the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Building Project (MBHCBP).

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi endorses an innovative textbook to support training and educational programs in sport safety and security.

University of Southern Mississippi political science professors Allan McBride and Marija Bekafigo see the race for president between incumbent Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney shaping up to be a hard fought struggle.

Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi recently released a new textbook that expands upon the multisensory teaching methods that the school has used to educate students with severe communication disorders for 50 years.

Dr. D. Jay Grimes, professor of marine microbiology in the Department of Coastal Sciences at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) has been chosen to chair the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Oceans and Human Health at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine on June 3- 8.

Tara Burcham, coordinator of public relations in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi, won two professional awards at the 2012 Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) awards banquet held recently in Columbus, Miss.

Dr. Frances A. Karnes, distinguished university professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Dr. Kristin R. Stephens, assistant professor at Duke University, have co-edited another book in the Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education published by Prufrock Press.

Wendy Atkins-Sayre, assistant professor of Communication Studies and Speaking Center director at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently published a co-edited book on communication centers and oral communication programs in higher education.

University of Southern Mississippi Professor Charles L. McCormick was named a POLY Fellow at the 243rd meeting of the American Chemical Society last month in San Diego Calif.

Alexandra Castillo, a researcher with the National Food Service Management Institute, Applied Research Division (NFSMI, ARD) at The University of Southern Mississippi led a national webinar presentation on school nutrition and marketing strategies earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.

The list of career accolades continues to grow for University of Southern Mississippi polymer science researcher Dr. Robert Lochhead, who has been selected to receive the Chemical Pioneer Award by the American Institute of Chemists (AIC).