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Two years ago, the leadership at the Mississippi High School Association (MHSAA) took the lead to enhance risk management for their interscholastic athletic programs and after-school activities. Several school districts in Mississippi were involved in state-wide pilots to identify security areas for improvement. 

 

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is proud to announce that Criterion Venue Security is now requiring their staff to attain NCS4’s Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) Certification - the nation’s first comprehensive sport and special event security credential for front line venue and event staff.

The Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi is seeking applicants for the spring Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR). The application deadline is Monday, March 3.

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.

The Center for Undergraduate Research is holding two sessions of a workshop covering preparation and submission of proposals for competition in the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), in which undergraduate students may receive up to $1,000 to support independent research conducted with a faculty mentor.

Dr. Doug Masterson in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will present the workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Both will be held in The Speaking Center in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus and will be simulcast to Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs through the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights, the USM Foundation has launched the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) will enter a transition phase at the conclusion of this year with the departure of Director Dr. Bryan Brister, who has accepted a position as chief operating officer with Voltea, an international water purification company. MPI Operations Leader Robert Thompson will assume the role of interim director.

 

Dr. Heather Pearson and Dr. Giselle Marks, both graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi doctoral program, took home significant awards from the New York Cosmetic Technology Transfer Conference held last month in Iselin, N.J.

The Office of University Communications has been honored by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) with two awards, including one prestigious Lantern Award for its development of the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) website.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $3.6M in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 22 new jobs in Mississippi, according to data compiled by InnovateMEP Mississippi during survey period Quarter 3 2012 – Quarter 2 2013.

How can emergency officials communicate effectively with the most at-risk populations on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast? That is the question two University of Southern Mississippi professors are working to answer. 

 

Assistant Professor Bandana Kar and Associate Professor Joby Bass, faculty members in the Department of Geography and Geology, are directing the project. Doctoral student Joslyn Zale of Sinking Spring, Pa. and master’s student James Dickens of West Monroe, La. are also supporting the project.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is in the process of releasing more than 20,000 Phase II Gulf Race striped bass fingerlings into the major tributaries of coastal Mississippi including the Pearl, Jordan, Biloxi, Tchoutacabouffa, Ft. Bayou and East and West Pascagoula.

Student and faculty researchers shared their work with their colleagues and community members Nov. 8 during the annual Research Awards Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, and top scholars were honored for their contributions in their respective fields.

The University of Southern Mississippi today announced its membership in the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), a national organization of universities and companies who seek to build stronger working relationships.

The University Research Council at The University of Southern Mississippi will host presentations by the 2013 Excellence in Research and Creative Activity award winners Friday, Nov. 8, during the annual University Research Awards Day.

The Bay St. Louis chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) will be announcing the donation of a fish hauling trailer to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Sunset on the Bay event at the St Stanislaus Café in Bay St. Louis.

Where can you find someone researching how to turn solid waste into fuel? Discovering how to charge a cell phone on a camping trip? Piloting innovative programs to train aspiring principals on core leadership skills? Mississippi Public Universities.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network.

University of Southern Mississippi geography and geology master’s student James Ewing has quite a story to tell. While completing research for his geography masters degree, he climbed all of Colorado’s 58 peaks -- over 14,000 feet each.

 

Wisam “Sam” Buti once held the fruit fly in contempt.

“I use to just think of them as that annoying fly that buzzed around your food,” said Buti, a University of Southern Mississippi freshman. Now the fruit fly represents the inspiration for her studies at the university and future in either medicine or scientific research – or both.

When it comes to exclusive, expansive, exciting post-graduate programs offered at The University of Southern Mississippi, few provide more unique opportunities than the Hydrographic Science program within the Department of Marine Science.

A gift commitment of $250,000 will push The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign closer to its $8 million goal and honor Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher, former dean of the College of Nursing and dedicated supporter of Southern Miss athletics, who passed away on July 22.

 

The contribution, which was made by Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna will provide naming rights for the Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher Dean’s Suite in Asbury Hall, the name for the proposed College of Nursing facility. Located on the third floor, this 4,224-square-foot space will feature the dean’s office, associate dean’s office, two staff offices, a reception area and a workroom.

Members of the Southern Miss community took time to reflect on the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 and honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks during a special ceremony held today at the Trent Lott National Center.

 

An $18 million renewal of the Mississippi INBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable The University of Southern Mississippi and partner institutions throughout the state to foster a vision in biomedical research that began a dozen years ago.

 

The recent renewal runs from 2013-2018 and brings the total amount of the grant – established in 2001 – to nearly $54 million. Dr. Glen Shearer and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professors in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss, serve as principal investigators for the grant which has been in effect for 12 years.