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More than 50 students from 7 high schools in the state will participate in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials High School Competition Thursday, Nov. 13 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. The competition will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center, concluding with an awards ceremony.

Careers in chiropractic medicine will be the topic of a presentation set for Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5:10 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi in the Bobby Chain Technology Building, room 102.
 

Jellyfish, long regarded as the pests of the sea, may play an ever-larger role in defining the relationship between humans and the world’s oceans, according to a new paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

For the first time, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Graduate School will offer a unique opportunity for students to showcase their thesis or dissertation work in a competitive format.

 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of his/her thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less. Cash prizes will be awarded to the eight finalists – ranging from $250 for finalists to $1,000 for the Grand Champion.

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism within the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has received a federal grant to study the impact of the increased use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on freight transportation distribution patterns.

A U.S. Small Business Administration award of $523,742 will help the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at Stennis Space Center fortify its mission to put Mississippi on the map as a “center of activity” for the nation’s marine science and technology industry.

The University of Southern Mississippi Roots N’ Shoots chapter, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, is hosting the Haunted Halloween Science Trail on Friday, Oct. 31 in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), located in the basement of Mississippi Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

Oak Grove middle school student Jonathan Myers, who excelled in regional science fairs held at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently named a semifinalist in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS program for his project: “The Effect of Ocean Acidification on the Bioluminescence of Pyrocystis fusiformis.”

With approximately 86,000 cases and 11,000 deaths per year in the United States, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), better known as Staph infection, is a threat that graduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi have taken to task.

 

Efforts to better serve the students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus have been enhanced with the filling of two associate dean positions so that each of the University’s six academic colleges now have a full-time academic administrator working locally in Long Beach.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that its Fall 2014 entering class is the most academically talented in the institution’s recorded history.

 

With a renewed focus on student recruitment, retention, progression and graduation, the University’s newest students have the highest grade point average of any entering class. In addition, retention and graduation rates have improved.

 

Daniel Murin is using the research skills he honed in the biochemistry laboratories at The University of Southern Mississippi in the fight against one of the world’s most feared diseases.

 

Murin, a doctoral student at the renowned Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, is on a team of scientists that contributed to the development of a treatment for the Ebola virus known as ZMapp. The antibody cocktail, which showed promise in animal models, was recently used to treat two patients who contracted the disease in Africa.

Educators and scientists at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and Marine Education Center have introduced a new after school camp designed to promote and stimulate the interest of young students in marine biology.

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized with a prestigious Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company presents the award annually to honor partners who have achieved superior performance.

A research team at The University of Southern Mississippi has spearheaded a shark monitoring program to help maintain the population of the ocean predator that is essential to the Gulf Coast ecosystem.

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces to create high performance head protection materials, by combining the efforts of the School of Human Performance and Recreation and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Can algae from deep below the ice of Antarctica possibly survive on Mars?

 

This is a question researchers from The University of Southern Mississippi, along with dozens of high school students in Mississippi and Alabama, are hoping to have answered after their research project, “Pioneering Mars,” boards the International Space Station (ISS).

Polymer science students at The University of Southern Mississippi will see how their research translates into the marketplace in a project supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi will be recognized during a special ceremony set for Thursday, July 31 at the Stennis Space Center campus in Hancock County, Miss.

Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor emeritus in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, will receive the Eminent Parasitologist Lectureship Award at the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) Conference set for July 24-27 in New Orleans.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Philip Bates finds himself in elite company as the winner of the 2014 Paul K. Stumpf Award  -- presented biannually to exceptional scientists in plant lipid research.

This summer, Mississippi INBRE Research Scholars are proving that ground-breaking research is not solely conducted by those with a doctorate degree. This dedicated group of 31 undergraduate students from all parts of Mississippi is making biomedical research discoveries that could save lives in the future and will further them in their goals of entering the biomedical research field.

 

One such student is Terra Parker, recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in biology and a chemistry minor.

The University of Southern Mississippi Panama Study Abroad Group – which included students focused on business, logistics and human capital development -- visited the offices of InfosGroup in the City of Knowledge in Panama recently.