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Success is hard to come by — it isn’t a given in any field. Harder, perhaps, is continuing an elevated level of success. In football, for instance, only a few quarterbacks have followed Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks with a Super Bowl victory of their own. More often than not, replacing a legend in the field is a difficult, almost impossible task.


Such is the challenge facing Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Wiggins and fellow faculty members follow in the footsteps of academic giants who built USM polymer science into one of the world’s best.

After the Deepwater Horizon incident, the coastline oiling that occurred raised questions about oil movement and impact. For example, before a surface slick reached land, was there oil below the surface waters and how might that affect coastal environments and organisms?


The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative recently awarded CONCORDE a grant to study nearshore currents and circulation flows and their potential role in creating sub-surface oil exposure pathways.

Thirteen graduates of the Joint International Hydrographic Applied Science Program (JIHASP) at The University of Southern Mississippi were recognized during a special ceremony held by the Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) at John C. Stennis Space Center.

Balloons filled the sky and the smell of freshly boiled seafood filled the air, as the ribbon was cut to officially introduce MBK South, a new My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. wellness center, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Friday, July 24.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore hopes to discover a bit of magic at the North Pole this summer, whether she detects any signs of Santa’s workshop or not.


Whitmore, a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis), will participate in a unique 65-day research cruise to the top of the world aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Healy.” Her Arctic Ocean adventure begins Aug. 9 with departure from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

The University of Southern Mississippi is on a seven-year roll when it comes to producing Phi Kappa Phi National Fellows. And with the steady influx of high-achieving Honors College students, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.


The seven-year streak began with Justin Poelma in 2009 and continued this year with Stephanie McCracken’s selection.

The green light has been given to begin work on the Marine Education Center (MEC) at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point Teaching Site in Ocean Springs, replacing the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The University of Southern Mississippi Thad Cochran Center was recently filled with people from all over the campus who assisted the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) program over the last year.

Gary Cook, senior laboratory coordinator and equipment manager in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, is hanging up his lab coat after 35 years.

Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Dupard ascended to the role in place of Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.

The University of Southern Mississippi research community applauded the news today that Mississippi has reached an agreement in principle with British Petroleum (BP) to settle claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor Hannah Roberts, 2015 Miss Mississippi, with a welcome home reception at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg Campus on Saturday, July 11, at 2 p.m.


Roberts, who is a May 2015 Southern Miss graduate, was crowned Miss Mississippi last Saturday in Vicksburg. Remarks from University President Rodney D. Bennett and Roberts will be made at 3:15 p.m. The reception is open to the public.

The Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs made a donation of live seatrout this week to the Scranton Museum in Pascagoula.


Former astronaut Bernard A. Harris Jr., reminded a group of attendees at a summer camp bearing his name that the same wide-eyed wonder they exhibit today helped catapult him to heights he once considered unrealistic.


Harris addressed a group of 46 elementary and middle school students on Friday, June 26 to close out the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Southern Miss camp, held June 14-27, featured rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from 33 different schools in 21 cities across the state.

Dr. Davin Wallace, an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a prestigious Early-Career Research Fellowship by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program.

The 2015 edition of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Summer Math Institute will hold its closing program Friday, June 26 from 1-3:30 p.m. in rooms 101-102 of the Trent Lott National Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Today, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program (EPA Gulf Program) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will serve to increase cooperation between the two in areas of mutual interest.


USM President Rodney D. Bennett and Diane T. Altsman, EPA Gulf Program Chief of Staff signed the MOU at the University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss. The agreement formalizes a partnership between Southern Miss and the EPA Gulf Program and will provide environmental education opportunities to students at GCRL.

Many know the phrase “the big bang theory.” There’s even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe began with the “big bang” and expanded to the size it is today. Yet, the gravity of all of this matter, stars, gas, galaxies, and mysterious dark matter, tries to pull the universe back together, slowing down the expansion. 

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome the nation’s first class of undergraduates seeking a degree in Marine Science with an emphasis in hydrography when the 2015-16 Fall Semester begins in August.

After two weeks of training, 34 undergraduate students are prepared to better serve the health needs of their community through the Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) Service Scholars program in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper out of Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.


When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for its new jet engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College (JCJC) partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

Kristen Dupard wrapped up her spring semester and looks back at an an amazing time in her life.

When she got on a plane in New Orleans in early spring, Dupard knew she was in for an exciting four days. But she had no idea exactly how exciting. She traveled to Miami for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

The University of Southern Mississippi honored the outstanding achievements of students, faculty, staff and graduating seniors at their 2014-2015 Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (IMAGE) awards banquet.