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Its international reputation as a leader in marine research has earned The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Marine Science grant funding from one of the top supporters of scientific discovery related to the world’s oceans.

An $18 million renewal of the Mississippi INBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable The University of Southern Mississippi and partner institutions throughout the state to foster a vision in biomedical research that began a dozen years ago.

 

The recent renewal runs from 2013-2018 and brings the total amount of the grant – established in 2001 – to nearly $54 million. Dr. Glen Shearer and Dr. Mohamed Elasri, professors in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss, serve as principal investigators for the grant which has been in effect for 12 years.

Polymer research at The University of Southern Mississippi is once again the subject of national media interest. Dr. Sarah Morgan, associate professor of polymer science at the university, was recently interviewed on the Hattiesburg campus by Stephen Anderson of NBC Learn, a division of NBC Universal. Inc. Morgan was asked about the use of low-friction polymers in the making of suits used by competitors in Olympic events that depend on speed for success in competition. NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers and lifelong learners.

Visit NBC Learn at http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn. For information about the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, including degree programs and research activity of its faculty and students, visit www.usm.edu/polymer.

One recent graduate and another current student at The University of Southern Mississippi helped organize an important one-day gathering of 13 federal, state and local agencies to discuss the criteria necessary for the Port of Gulfport to become designated a “strategic port” by the Defense Department.

 

The School of Construction at the University of Southern Mississippi, in collaboration with The Mississippi Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., will hold a Building Information Modeling Educational Seminar on Sept. 13 at the University’s Hattiesburg campus.

 

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating six years of project SEED, a high school chemistry mentoring program, with its biggest group of participants. 

Unseasonably cool weather and overcast skies greeted approximately 1,500 incoming freshmen as they moved into residence halls on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Friday, August 16 to begin the fall 2013 semester and the next chapter in their lives.

 

University employees and students, along with community members, welcomed the new students and their parents while also helping them move into their rooms in Century Park, Wilber Hall, Roberts Hall and Jones Hall.

The online Master of Science for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi has been approved by the American Society of Transportation & Logistics Board of Examiners as an approved Certified in Transportation and Logistics academic program.

Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, director of the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi, served as one of the key presenters during the Naval Air Systems Command's International Transportation Compliance and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) meeting held July 30-31 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that Dr. Patricia Biesiot, associate dean in the College of Science and Technology, will serve as interim dean during the college’s period of transition.

 

Last year the Mississippi Polymer Institute partnered with NASA to develop a new tool for evaluating cleaning solutions/solvents that are more environmentally friendly than the ones currently used on NASA’s rocket engine parts. 

 

When Zavation needed expert guidance and production of a new medical device, the company looked no further than the Mississippi Polymer Institute.

 

A University of Southern Mississippi geography professor’s research on an underwater Gulf Coast forest that may date back around 80,000 years could yield important clues about the region’s climate and habitat.

Caleb Faulkner, an incoming freshman chemistry and biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED program. This is the first SEED scholarship awarded to a Southern Miss student.

The Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS), recently funded by the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, will hold its first Industry Advisory Board meeting June 21- 22 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Cedar Point teaching site.

Over the past year, the Mississippi Polymer Institute has worked to achieve accreditation through the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) by transforming its laboratories into ISO/IEC 17025 compliant spaces.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students, Virginia Hutchinson of Long Beach and Erika Hosler of Gulfport, were both named spring 2013 scholarship recipients in the university’s NASA Space Grant program.

Dr. Frances Lucas, left, vice president and campus executive officer at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, right, director of the Southern Miss Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT), meet with Dr. Albert White, director of logistics and transportation at the Chamber of Commerce for Industry and Agriculture of Panama.

What are card beams, you may ask? They are the building toy that allows you to build gravity-defying houses of cards with the help of friction, gravity, and two types of beams - the cap and the connector.

In accordance with the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation’s (CLTT) strategic plan, Thomas Schoemann has been selected as the center’s Operations Manager. Schoemann will assume his new position at The University of Southern Mississippi on May 20.

Geography students from The University of Southern Mississippi recently joined with the Asset Development Division of the Mississippi Development Authority to study downtown McComb’s opportunities for economic development.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett joined representatives of GE Aviation, along with local, state and federal officials Tuesday for the grand opening of the company’s new 344,000-square-foot composites manufacturing facility in Ellisville.

 

The plant, known as GE Ellisville Composites, is a $56 million company investment that will create 250 jobs. Previously, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials collaborated with GE Aviation on technology and advanced material development for the company’s Batesville Composites Operation in Batesville, Miss.

Representatives from six different European countries spent three days touring the Mississippi Polymer Institute and related facilities at The University of Southern Mississippi earlier this month as part of a clean technology project.

The official opening of GE Aviation’s new plant in Ellisville, Miss., will mark a significant uptick in the partnership between the manufacturing giant and The University of Southern Mississippi.