April 18, 2015  

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University Libraries, the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently awarded a Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network mini-grant to develop a nanoscience-based outreach program for non-science teachers and librarians.

Gov. Phil Bryant, along with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney D. Bennett, today announced USM’s plan to launch an emphasis area in Applied Behavior Analysis in its psychology master’s degree program. Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA therapy, is widely regarded as an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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.

In celebration of National Undergraduate Research Week, the Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi will hold a colloquium Wednesday, April 15 at noon in room 110 in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus, showcasing Eagle Scholar research projects that have won external recognition.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) are excited to offer a new Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Security Management.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) will host a seminar series, Deepwater Horizon:  A scientist’s perspective,” which will begin on April 20, the fifth anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, distinguished professor in marine science at the University of South Carolina, as the 2015 Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecturer in Ocean Science. As the distinguished lecturer, Benitez-Nelson will give two presentations focused on the marine environment.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory have spent decades studying soft-shell blue crabs. The research has led to the development of one of just two blue crab hatcheries in the U.S.

After making its three-week voyage from San Jose, Calif. through the Panama Canal and into the Gulf of Mexico, The University of Southern Mississippi’s newest research vessel, the Point Sur, has made its way to its new home at the Port of Gulfport.

 

More than 30 Southern Miss faculty, staff, and students, as well as Port of Gulfport representatives, greeted the Point Sur upon arrival into the Port on Sunday (March 29) afternoon.

Anthony Abshire, a senior Chemistry (ACS Certified Chemistry) major in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, was awarded first place in the biochemistry/organic oral presentation at the 47th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference held recently at the University of Alabama.

More than eight million students participate in interscholastic athletics sports and after-school programs each year, along with 336 million spectators attending these events. When a school-based emergency or incident occurs, oftentimes it is the school personnel who are first to arrive on the scene.

Katrina Knauer, a doctoral student in the polymer science program at The University of Southern Mississippi, took home a third-place award in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Regional Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) competition held earlier this month in New Orleans.

Students representing the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi will conduct a research study on March 21 and 28 visiting residences in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties.

The data collected will be used for a research study on the adaptation and resilience of Mississippi Gulf Coast residents with regard to psychological implications of different hazards, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

For questions, contact Dr. Bret Blackmon at 228.214.3275.

With five successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) expect the sixth edition to be even better with the addition of several new programs this year.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) received three separate donations this past week from local and regional fly-fishing groups -- The International Federation of Fly Fishers, Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC), and the Historic Ocean Springs Saltwater Fly Fishing club (HOSSFLY).

The University of Southern Mississippi has added a valuable resource to its exploration and research efforts beneath the Gulf waters with the purchase of the “Point Sur” vessel from the San Jose State University Research Foundation.

The Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications through March 18 for its Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).

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.

 

More than 1,000 researchers, students and professors from across the state will convene at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center on Feb. 26-27 for the Mississippi Academy of Sciences’ Annual Meeting.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Ann Rodio and Alexandria Camp will serve as hosts of a special Pre-Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance for residents of Alden Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), has developed a national risk management training and assessment program for interscholastic athletics and after-school activities across the country.

Citing a desire to streamline his focus on other responsibilities, Dr. Eric Powell has announced his resignation as executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), effective Dec. 16, 2014.

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.

A new group of students chosen for the Eagle SPUR (Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research) by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Undergraduate Research will get an opportunity to see their research ideas advanced to the next level.