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As temperatures rise throughout the long, hot days of summer in South Mississippi, so too does the presence of mosquitoes. And with that pesky insect comes the threat of West Nile Virus.

 

The mosquito-transmitted disease has been on the upswing nationwide over the past several years. It is estimated that the virus has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 50,000 Americans in the last 15 years.

Polymer researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi are conducting studies that could revolutionize the drug delivery process for cancer patients.

 

A research team under the direction of Dr. Daniel Savin is hoping to create a cancer treatment that will deliver drug therapies to targeted locations, instead of current treatments that impact almost every organ in the body.

Presenting research to a room full of professors and researchers can be daunting for students, but recently several students from Mississippi stepped up to the task and represented their state in front of an audience of seasoned biomedical researchers from across the nation.

The closing program of the 2014 University of Southern Mississippi Summer Math Institute will be held from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at the Trent Lott National Center, rooms 101-102.

A classroom full of energy and excitement is a rarity during the hot summer months when students would prefer to be sleeping in or out on the beach. Yet, for the past two weeks, 22 student interns with the Mississippi IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (Mississippi INBRE) have been eagerly attending training sessions before they begin work throughout the community.

Leaders with a vested interest in the economic potential of maritime industries and marine technologies along the northern Gulf Coast gathered on Thursday, June 5 for the 2014 Marine Technologies Economic Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi on its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) at The University of Southern Mississippi, along with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), will be releasing approximately 5,000 juvenile spotted seatrout this week, which have been reared in ponds at the Lyman Fish Hatchery.

Five students who are part of the Summer Field Program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) have been awarded scholarships to assist with their marine studies this summer.

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC) has signed an agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi, formalizing an accord that will bring together the two major South Mississippi entities to address military transportation, logistics, and freight-based economic development innovations across the Gulf South.

The Industry Advisory Board of the Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) met on April 30-May 1 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to implement the research program for 2014.

 

For the third consecutive year, a portion of the proceeds from the Spraberry-Schankin Memorial Trout Tournament has been donated to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) to support fisheries research. 

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT), in collaboration with the 184th Sustainment Command, will present a free webinar “Logistics within the Mississippi National Guard” at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 5.

Some 376 miles from the Gulf of Mexico sharks were spotted in downtown Memphis, Tenn. But not to worry, these sharks were preserved specimens taken to Memphis area elementary and middle schools as part of an outreach program by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center (MEC).

The Office of Disability Accommodations at The University of Southern Mississippi presented awards of recognition to an outstanding instructor, staffer and student for exemplary service during the 2013-14 academic year.

 

Dr. Patricia Biesiot, left, interim dean for The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, and Dr. Gregory A. Carter, interim associate dean for the Gulf Coast operations of the College of Science and Technology, were awarded the 2014 Dean’s Cup presented by the Office of the Academic Dean at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Receiving its first Dean’s Cup recognition, the College of Science and Technology was presented the award based on overall student grade point average, student retention from the previous year to the current year and the college’s graduation rate. The Dean’s Cup was presented at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Awards Day Ceremony on April 10. (Southern Miss University Communications photo by Charmaine Schmermund)

The University of Southern Mississippi Premedical and Health Professions Office, housed in the College of Science and Technology Dean’s Office, recently hosted faculty from the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Dental Hygiene program who presented information on the program to students.

Tyler Brown, a senior polymer science major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) with financial support to attend graduate school.

More than 35 years in higher education, which includes extensive administrative and engineering credentials, made Dr. David T. Hayhurst the clear choice to become the new dean of the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Hayhurst previously served as dean of the College of Engineering at both San Diego State University (2002-2013) and the University of South Alabama (1992-2002). Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning, Hayhurst will begin his new role at Southern Miss on August 15.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, along with Dr. D. Jay and Beverly Grimes, will be hosting a free seminar by Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education. This will be the sixth presentation in the Grimes Distinguished Lecture Series.

Did you know that a landlord cannot “steer” a person to a particular apartment or listing? Did you know a landlord cannot refuse to rent to a family with kids? Did you know a service animal is not a pet?

 

All of the above questions are important ones to remember during April, which serves as National Fair Housing Month.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Biological Sciences will host "Fire in the Forest" day camp March 22 in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association and representatives from the Mississippi State Extension Service. This camp will introduce children to fire safety and teach them about the importance of prescribed fire in forest management.

Dr. Eric Powell, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs has been selected to be part of this year’s 2014 Masters Program announced by the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation.

A team of computer science students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus placed third at the 2014 Deloitte Consulting’s Hattiesburg Invitational Programming Competition in February. The team competed against 19 other teams from universities throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Stephanie McCracken, a junior at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, has moved a significant step closer to becoming the school’s fourth winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

McCracken, who is majoring in geography/geographic information systems, recently learned that she had been named a Truman Finalist – joining more than 200 students from across the country vying for the coveted prize. She is Mississippi’s only Truman Finalist selection.