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Three days packed with keynote speeches, panel discussions and appreciation awards highlighted the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

 

More than 300 attendees, including 56 vendor exhibits, took part in the second annual conference hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

NASCAR President Mike Helton offered a salient question to a packed crowd on the opening day of the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.

 

“How do you place a value on being safe?” asked Helton, who delivered one of the keynote addresses to those gathered at the Roosevelt Hotel for the three-day conference. “For us in the sports industry, we have to be able to sleep at night knowing we did everything possible to keep our fans safe.”

Three days packed with panel discussions, keynote addresses and vendor exhibits will highlight the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

To say University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors and students are developing high-tech materials for today’s fast-paced world would be a profound understatement.

 

Try jet engines. Indeed, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials stands at the forefront of research designed to create advanced composite materials for aircraft engines and systems.

Metal artifacts from the collapsed World Trade Center twin towers will become part of a permanent memorial at The University of Southern Mississippi thanks to a special arrangement with the City of Hattiesburg.

A total of 13 sports facilities will be recognized for their achievements in security as part of the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.

Internationally recognized author and journalist Amanda Ripley will share her insights on disasters through the voices of survivors when she speaks at the awards luncheon for the University of Southern Mississippi National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) second annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition.

Dong-Young LEE has an extra spring in his step, and for good reason. A visiting security scholar from South Korea at The University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), Young is celebrating the news that Pyeongchang, South Korea was chosen as the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Creating the ultimate fan experience remains a cornerstone for sport venue operators, organizers, researchers and developers across the globe.

 

And few people are more qualified to discuss the myriad technology geared toward sports fans’ satisfaction than Cisco Systems executive David Holland, who will deliver one of the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.

The role of social media in today’s society has taken on greater significance with the unprecedented explosion of networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

 

And the 2011 National Sport Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition will address this growing phenomenon with a panel discussion titled, “The Role of Social media in Understanding and Managing Spectator Sports Events.” The conference, hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, is set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.

Members of an NBC film crew got to see exactly how a new oil dispersant created by University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors works while videotaping an addition to the NBC Learn library.

With more than 100,000 fans attending races on any given weekend, NASCAR President Mike Helton keeps safety and security at the forefront of his thoughts.

 

And that makes Helton the ideal expert to deliver one of the keynote addresses at the 2011 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans. Helton is scheduled to deliver his speech on the conference’s opening day.

Recent grants provided by NASA to The University of Southern Mississippi have not only enhanced research efforts but also helped strengthen the partnership between the space agency and the university.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen five current and former University of Southern Mississippi students in its effort to prepare the next generation of top science educators and researchers.

Jeff Miller, chief security officer for the National Football League, and Todd Barnes, senior event planner for Populous, will team up to lead a keynote session of the 2011 National Sport Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 in New Orleans.

Dr. Kenneth Mauritz, professor of polymer science and engineering at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as an expert for a recent article published by Fuel Cells Magazine.

Mauritz helped offer some insight into the importance of polymer materials and science to the advancement of PEMFC/DMFC component design and manufacture.

"These systems could not demonstrate viable technology without polymers, as there are no other materials with all the requisite properties," Mauritz explained in the article.

University of Southern Mississippi polymer science students Vipul Padman and Kathleen Davis took home impressive awards recently from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Annual Scientific Seminar in Las Vegas.

What began as a fledgling idea 11 years ago has blossomed into a successful, internationally recognized post-graduate program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi.

Companies considering locating at The Garden, The University of Southern Mississippi’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park, now have another good reason to make the state-of-the-art facility their home.

Dr. Frank Heitmuller, associate professor of geography and geology at The University of Southern Mississippi, says the devastation wrought by the recent Mississippi River flooding should come as no great surprise.

Dr. David Butler,director and associate professor of the International Development (IDV) Doctoral Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Dr. Edward Sayre, assistant director and associate professor for IDV, will use a $450,000 federal grant to continue their research on Hurricane Katrina by studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

University of Southern Mississippi student Christopher Brady Davis of Nashville, Tenn., has been awarded $250 and a selection of books by the Paleopathology Association for his research of the first documented incident of tuberculosis (TB) in Mississippi and one of the oldest in North America.

An advanced foam padding system for football helmets took home the top prize in the seventh annual Invent Your Future competition held Tuesday, April 26 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The sight of pelicans and other native waterfowl coated in oil from last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico sent University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professor Dr. Robert Lochhead straight to the laboratory.

 

After countless hours of testing and experimentation, Lochhead, along with polymer science colleagues Dr. Sarah Morgan and Dr. Daniel Savin, developed a dispersant that could make future oil spills a lot less catastrophic.