September 20, 2014  

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Several University of Southern Mississippi students currently involved in solar cell research will be recognized for their efforts as part of Gov. Phil Bryant’s “Energy and Economic Development in the 21st Century” summit set for Oct. 4 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

Like all scientific processes, biochemical research in the lab of University of Southern Mississippi Professor Dr. Vijay Rangachari begins with a theory. And there is no shortage of theories when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease research.

Research teams that include University of Southern Mississippi professors Dr. Daniel Savin and Dr. Joseph Griffitt have received additional grant funding to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.

Washington Monthly magazine has recognized The University of Southern Mississippi among the nation’s top 70 institutions of higher learning for “best value” in its 2012 College Guide and Rankings. 

 

Southern Miss sits at No. 69 in the national rankings. Jackson State University leads the way at No. 47 among the state's eight public universities, while Mississippi State University comes in at No. 96 and the University of Mississippi ranks No. 196.

Dr. Shahid Karim, associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the disease-transmitting agents present in ticks and other blood-feeding anthropod vectors.

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi has just wrapped up the fifth successful year of project SEED, a high school mentoring program.

Six years ago, Mississippi schools were given a mandate to provide healthy living initiatives to thousands of students statewide. And now, a recent study shows that message may be getting through to the state’s youngest students.

 

Since 2003, Dr. Jerome Kolbo, with the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Health, and a team of researchers have looked at obesity rates among students in Mississippi. For the first time ever, obesity rates are declining for elementary-aged students.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) recently received a Gary LaGrange Endowment that will be used to support the Center’s activities and mission.

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms) has announced that The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies, yielding $2.9M in direct financial impact during the 2012 fiscal year.

For any youngster dreaming of one day studying sharks and shark behavior, the Shark Fest Summer Camp offers a real-life glimpse.

 

Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Marine Education Center in Oceans Springs, the five-day camp gives junior and senior high students a chance to visit the top shark fishing hotspots around the Barrier Islands aboard a research vessel.

While most of us can’t imagine life without a laptop or smart phone, powering up these high tech devices on-the-go can be a challenge. 

 

Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials are working to develop a portable energy source using light from the sun to produce organic solar cells.

Ryan Hensarling, a doctoral student in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been accepted to attend the 14th Annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering Aug. 12-25 in Argonne, Ill., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab, led by Director Dr. Stan Kuczaj, has emerged as one of world's leading authorities on dolphin behavior.

The renowned Dore Program learning system, with an office already in Jackson, Miss., has now expanded to Hattiesburg by opening a new branch inside the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

IDS Co-Director Dr. Jane Siders said the partnership with Dore provides an opportunity for Southern Miss to be involved in ground-level research of a treatment procedure that shows tremendous success internationally.

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.

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.

University of Southern Mississippi student Courtney Smith and Mississippi State University student Clifford P. Hutt have been selected to participate in the highly competitive John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. They were nominated for the program through the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC).

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.

More than 200 key healthcare professionals from across Mississippi convened at The University of Southern Mississippi on June 29 for the 2nd Annual Mississippi Health Summit.

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).

Freddie White-Johnson believes that The University of Southern Mississippi’s mission to illuminate and educate young minds is further enriched by its role as a life-saver.

 

And White-Johnson, program director of the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention (MNCCP), will not rest until every underserved Mississippian becomes aware of the measures available in the fight against cancer.

The University Of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) will hold a workshop on fair housing/homeownership on Monday, June 18, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizens Complex located at 299 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Grenada.

Every available minute finds University of Southern Mississippi industrial engineering technology student Andrew Adams laboring tirelessly on research that could have a huge impact on the environment should another catastrophe like the Gulf oil spill occur.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) at The University of Southern Mississippi has increased significantly its impact for businesses across the entire state over the past two and a half years. 

 

In keeping with this increased performance, MPI completed a rebranding process, which includes the recent launch of its new website (http://www.usm.edu/mpi/).