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University of Southern Mississippi Professor Scott Milroy is not ready to prove life exists on Mars. However, he is one giant leap closer to discovering whether or not a living organism could survive on the Red Planet.

 

Milroy recently learned that his NASA-funded “Pioneering Mars” project has been selected for payload integration and flight aboard the International Space Station. Milroy’s project is one of only two chosen from the NASA ISS National Laboratory Education Project (NLEP) for transport to the ISS sometime in 2015.

Drawing from his experiences growing up in the segregated Mississippi Delta, renowned author Clifton Taulbert says he’ll bring a message of hope when he gives the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Auditorium on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free.

Crystal Garner, a junior broadcast journalism and computer science major from Meridian, Miss., was recently selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which will be held this summer on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, La.

 

While some students learned what it takes to be a nurse, others learned more about the film industry. These hands-on activities, among a number of others, were the highlight of today’s events at The University of Southern Mississippi’s “Showcase” held on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

 

Showcase was an open house event created to give high school juniors, seniors, and college transfer students actual hands-on lessons learned while earning a university degree. These activities and lessons also showed students what their career could be like after graduation.

University of Southern Mississippi student Jasmine Thomas was awarded the Mary Peterson Scholarship to attend the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values National Black Greek Letter Conference held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Ind. The conference is designed to teach leadership skills to those involved in Greek life.

The oil and gas industry will be the focal point of Spring Lecture Series presented at The University of Southern Mississippi on Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will host Dancing Against Substance Abuse Monday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The dance event, choreographed by Performance and Choreography student Alexis Barbaresi, will be held in the Thad Cochran Grand Ballroom.

The University of Southern Mississippi Forensics Society will host a high school tournament for debate teams hoping to qualify for the Grand National Speech and Debate Tournament of the National Catholic Forensics League. The Biloxi Catholic Forensics League Tournament will be held Feb. 21-22 at Joseph Green Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

In an effort to help University of Southern Mississippi international students with transportation to the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Southern Miss Gulf Coast Vice President and Campus Executive Officer, Dr. Frances Lucas, fourth from left, initiated the new International Student Bike Loan Program. The university purchased 15 bicycles on loan to international students for the semester. Students, selected by raffle, will have the opportunity to borrow a university bicycle at the start of each academic semester.

The Center for Undergraduate Research is holding two sessions of a workshop covering preparation and submission of proposals for competition in the Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR), in which undergraduate students may receive up to $1,000 to support independent research conducted with a faculty mentor.

Dr. Doug Masterson in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will present the workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Both will be held in The Speaking Center in Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus and will be simulcast to Southern Miss Gulf Coast.

Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi has achieved continuing accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes Student Health Services from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

A live oak tree that did not survive replanting last spring at The University of Southern Mississippi was replaced today (Feb. 10) by another mature live oak. Last May five live oaks were transported from a grower in Florida and replanted on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus as part of a major landscaping restoration project. The remaining four are alive and thriving today. More than 75 trees were lost when an EF-4 tornado struck the campus on Feb. 10, 2013. (Photos by Kelly Dunn)

Olivia Ann Hurst and Catherine Lott, staff members at The University of Southern Mississippi, were recognized at the Pine Belt chapter of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) annual awards banquet held last month in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor of sport coaching education at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Human Performance and Recreation, served as guest editor for the just released edition of the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.

A discussion on why African Americans had to fight for the right to serve their country during World War II will be given by Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 11:45 a.m. The discussion will be held at the Bay St. Louis Library as part of their “Authors and Characters Speaker Series.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for the Study of War & Society will host the second War & Society Roundtable of the spring semester Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Each lecture of the War & Society Roundtable series will be held at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, located at 329 Hardy Street in downtown Hattiesburg. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, was recently a guest on a broadcast of the Scholars' Circle, a syndicated public affairs radio show in Los Angeles.
 

The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome sociologist Dr. Yuki Kato to the Hattiesburg campus Feb. 12 when its Department of Anthropology and Sociology begins a new lecture series. Dr. Kato will present “Food Justice for Whom? Examining the Opportunities and Challenges of Making Local Food Accessible to the Food Desert.”

This lecture is part of the Anthropology-Sociology Research Colloquium and will meet at noon in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204. The event is free and open to the public.

Vincent Chaney, a University of Southern Mississippi student and filmmaker who was part of a team that produced last year’s popular documentary “subSIPPI,” will speak about the film for the University Forum Series Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I.

 

A forum featuring student candidates running for elected office with the University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association (SGA) will be held Monday, Feb. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom I on the Hattiesburg campus. Members of the university community are invited to attend.

SGA elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, with runoff elections set for Thursday, Feb. 20 if necessary. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 601.266.4407 or Associate Dean of Students Wynde Fitts at wynde.fitts@usm.edu.

Children who are hearing impaired and are age five years old or younger are the focus of deaf education and early oral intervention services offered by The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The Children's Center is a clinical program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs through the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights, the USM Foundation has launched the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society Campaign.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates offered a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of White House politics and policies as the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Gates, who also served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, shared details of his professional life with the packed audience. The presentation included excerpts from his recent autobiography, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”