April 20, 2014  

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The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials will honor and memorialize the late Sidney Lauren, a leader in the coatings industry, on Friday Sept. 23 with the dedication of the Sidney Lauren Memorial Learning Center. The center is made possible by a generous donation from the Coatings Industry Education Foundation (CIEF).

A University of Southern Mississippi professor and his students hope their inventory of trees on the Hattiesburg campus will reveal their full environmental and economic value and be a key resource for their management and preservation.

Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, a faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi since 1987, has been named chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

 

Heinhorst came to Southern Miss as a research associate professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. In 2005, she was named the Thomas Waring Bennett Distinguished Professor in the Sciences.

Dr. Joe Paul, vice president for Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi, implores students constantly to remember one basic tenant: “Leave it better than you found it.”

 

Garrett Wright, 21, a senior construction engineering major from Gulfport, Miss., has taken that challenge to heart.

Dr. William “Monty” Graham has been named chairman of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science (DMS). 

 

Graham, a native of Danville, Kentucky, earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), a master of science in marine sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz and a bachelor of science degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

To say University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors and students are developing high-tech materials for today’s fast-paced world would be a profound understatement.

 

Try jet engines. Indeed, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials stands at the forefront of research designed to create advanced composite materials for aircraft engines and systems.

One of the hardest things for college graduates can be translating their education into a job in the real world, but thanks to a workshop sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), some Southern Miss doctoral students have a leg up on their competition.

Dr. Terry Hazen, a leading authority on oil biodegradation will deliver a free seminar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in the Caylor Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

In an effort to restore valuable information the City of Long Beach lost when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and assistant professor of geography, Dr. David Holt have spent the past six months piecing together research and data for the city’s cemetery.

 

The project, funded by a $7,250 grant from the Learn and Serve America program, involved Holt and more than 50 geography students working diligently on mapping, photographing and researching each plot within the 100-year-old cemetery.

Members of an NBC film crew got to see exactly how a new oil dispersant created by University of Southern Mississippi polymer science professors works while videotaping an addition to the NBC Learn library.

Recent grants provided by NASA to The University of Southern Mississippi have not only enhanced research efforts but also helped strengthen the partnership between the space agency and the university.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen five current and former University of Southern Mississippi students in its effort to prepare the next generation of top science educators and researchers.

Students who enjoy the television drama “CSI” will want to participate in the hands-on experience provided by two University of Southern Mississippi forensic files camps set for later this month.

Dr. Kenneth Mauritz, professor of polymer science and engineering at the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, served as an expert for a recent article published by Fuel Cells Magazine.

Mauritz helped offer some insight into the importance of polymer materials and science to the advancement of PEMFC/DMFC component design and manufacture.

"These systems could not demonstrate viable technology without polymers, as there are no other materials with all the requisite properties," Mauritz explained in the article.

University of Southern Mississippi polymer science students Vipul Padman and Kathleen Davis took home impressive awards recently from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ Annual Scientific Seminar in Las Vegas.

What began as a fledgling idea 11 years ago has blossomed into a successful, internationally recognized post-graduate program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi.

How many 9-year-olds can truly understand the concept of “diminishing returns?”

 

After a few minutes of conversation with Fort Lauderdale, Fla., third-grader Peyton Robertson, one ascertains quickly he is anything but the typical elementary school student. Thus, it comes as no surprise to learn Robertson was named one of three nationwide winners in the 3rd annual Kids Science Challenge.

Dr. Frank Heitmuller, associate professor of geography and geology at The University of Southern Mississippi, says the devastation wrought by the recent Mississippi River flooding should come as no great surprise.

Registration for Sea Camp, the popular marine science day camp for ages 6-13, has been extended through June 3. The focus of this year’s camp, now in its 24th consecutive year, is threatened and endangered marine species.

Faculty members in the College of Science and Technology at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $10 million Science Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Saturday, May 14. The faculty members decorated shovels representing their educational discipline for the event.

An ocean divides the United States and United Kingdom but scientists and researchers in both countries are discovering new ways to create intellectual bridges.

 

That was never more apparent than during a recent visit by an 18-person contingent from the U.K. to The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Formulation Science Laboratory located in the business and technology incubator known as The Accelerator.

There are inquisitive kids … and then there are youngsters like Peyton Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who take curiosity to a different level.

 

Robertson, a third-grader at Pine Crest School and an avid golfer, kept noticing that his tee shots went farther on warm days than on cold ones. And that led to his idea for a device that golfers could use to keep their golf balls warm in cold weather.

Thirty high school student presentations will highlight the annual Statewide Business Plan Competition set for Monday, May 9 at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.