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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.

To describe the race to acquire national scholarships in higher education as competitive is a little like saying Niagara Falls is wet.

 

Under the tireless guidance of National Scholarship Officer Robyn Curtis, the University of Southern Mississippi has emerged as a major player in these fierce competitions. And nothing exemplifies that success more than the current year which has produced two Goldwater Scholars; a Truman Scholar and two Fulbright Student Finalists.

The Department of Marine Science and Center for Gulf Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the inauguration of the “Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science.”

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a viewing event Saturday, April 20 from 8 - 9:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus in conjunction with national Astronomy Day. This free event will be held adjacent to the intramural fields and the public is invited.

Dr. Stuart Rowan, a professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio will give the 11th annual Bayer Distinguished Lecture Thursday, April 25 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The lecture series is sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience and hosted by the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Dr. John O. Dabiri, Engineering and Applied Science Director, Center for Bioinspired Wind Energy, California Institute of Technology, will present “Jellyfish-Inspired Engineering” Tuesday April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center. 

The Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society (GRITS) and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the Spring 2013 Regional Workshop that focused on Weigh-in-Motion technology and Interagency Coordination. The workshop was sponsored by Temple, Inc. and Neel-Schaffer.

University of Southern Mississippi students Michael Sims of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Hannah Roberts of Mount Olive, Miss., have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships which recognize the nation’s next generation of top research scientists.

 

Sims is a junior majoring in polymer science and chemistry, while Roberts is a sophomore chemistry major. Southern Miss accounts for two of the four Goldwater Scholarships awarded this year to students in Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrated the completion of two new buildings with a ribbon cutting ceremony March 28 at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

When the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, researchers from The University of Southern Mississippi were among the first to begin documenting and assessing the scope of the nation’s worst oil spill.

 

The University’s renowned expertise in the field of marine science played an integral role in determining the environmental and economic ramifications from the spill on the northern Gulf Coast.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the 2013 Industry Advisory Council Summit on March 1, for industry professionals looking to promote common goals in logistics, trade and transportation.

Dr. Joshua Otaigbe, a professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, has been awarded the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in France for the fall 2013 semester.

InnovateMEP Mississippi has announced that during the third quarter of 2012, The Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi provided outstanding technical assistance to four Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding $3 million in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 11 new jobs in the state.

This work was reflected by independent auditors during the national survey of manufacturers by NIST MEP.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Office of University Communications
MEDIA ADVISORY
2/18/2013

                         Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting Set at Southern Miss

TO: News editors, directors

Children and visitors of the INFINITY Science Center in Hancock County will benefit greatly from a new agreement between the science center and The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

On Friday, Feb. 15, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice provost for research at Southern Miss, and George Schloegel, chairman of INFINITY, partnering both institutions to allow for greater educational opportunities.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a group of special European visitors on April 24-26 as part of a clean technology project that could lead to transformative partnerships.

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster occurred along the Gulf Coast two years ago, ecologists at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg wanted to dig deep to study the impacts.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, was recently interviewed by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) for a future episode of its “Natural World” series. The show airs on the Animal Planet channel.

 

The interview focused on Kuczaj’s behavioral and cognitive research on walruses, which has been ongoing for the last five years at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is seeking volunteers to participate in research related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

A faculty member with an exemplary record of research and service in public health and an Honors College student heading to medical school are The University of Southern Mississippi’s recipients of the annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.

Dr. Sarah Morgan, associate professor in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation that will be used in her continuing solar cells research.