July 5, 2015  

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A team comprised of University of Georgia researchers and colleagues in the ECOGIG -- Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf -- Research Consortium has neared the midway point in a three-and-half-week-long research cruise on board the R/V Endeavor, a vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Rhode Island.

The Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach hosted its second annual awards ceremony last month recognizing the program’s “Guest Gurus,” 2014-2015 graduates, and presenting awards to students and alumnus.

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is currently exhibiting artwork created by members of the university’s faculty and staff.

He doesn’t claim the moniker “dolphin whisperer,” but Dr. Stan Kuczaj’s expertise on the popular marine mammal has earned him international recognition for his study of the species’ cognitive and communicative abilities, including in a recent edition of National Geographic

Emily DeVoe a 2014 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and the winner of a plethora of Associated Press awards for her coverage of the Pine Belt during her time at Southern Miss, recently accepted a job as a reporter with television station WKRG in Mobile, Ala.

 

Teachers, speech-language pathologists, dyslexia specialists and other professionals who work with individuals with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities in reading now have access to a new product to aid in the remediation of dyslexia.

 

The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi released today (June 3) the Language Enhancement and Achievement Program (LEAP), a program for students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling.

 

Jennifer Brannock and Sarah Mangrum in University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi are recipients of a Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Brannock and Mangrum will receive $10,000 and University Libraries was one of 75 organizations to receive the grant, which total more than $1 million.

The United States Army has awarded a $4.9 million research contract to The University of Southern Mississippi for development and evaluation on a helmet liner designed to provide enhanced head protection for warfighters.

 

The Southern Miss Pneumatic Cushioning helmet liner was developed in the laboratories of Dr. Jeff Wiggins, director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, in collaboration with Dr. Trent Gould, associate dean in the College of Health and professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Dr. Scott Piland, assistant director and associate professor in the School of Kinesiology. The primary objective of this two-year program is to develop next generation pneumatic cushioning systems which exceed the blunt impact performance standard of current Army helmets in cold, ambient, and hot testing conditions.

Paul Turner, director of Event Operations and Security for the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, will be presented the Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition July 6-9 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The event is presented by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Paul Denton, chief of The Ohio State University Police Division, will be presented the Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 6-9 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The event is presented by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Michael Anestis, an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and members of his research team recently had a paper accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health, titled “The association between state laws regulating handgun ownership and statewide suicide rates.” 

 

The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its long-term relationship with The Boeing Company by signing a new master agreement to serve as the technology incubator of next generation composite material systems.

To found a new festival in the Music Capital of Colombia [Ibague] is not an easy task, not to mention the difficulties involved in bringing guest artists from all over Latin America to Ibague, but this did not stop Jesus Castro from making Ibague Music Festival (IMF) a reality.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) has named Pam Moeller the new Director of External Relations.

 

Approximately 41 undergraduate students from across the State of Mississippi participated in biomedical research training earlier this month at The University of Southern Mississippi as a part of an Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has received the “Madison Career and Technical Center’s Business Partner of the Year” award for 2014-2015. 

A student from The University of Southern Mississippi will be awarded a scholarship by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee.

The University of Southern Mississippi has named Dr. Steve Miller its new vice president for the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss., pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.

 

Miller has served for the past 12 months as interim vice president for the Gulf Park campus. During that time, the campus has seen tremendous growth with several projects completed under Miller’s leadership including: three new Gulf Park facilities – a health center, a fitness center and a building to house the School of Social Work.

Dr. Maureen Ryan has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will serve in the absence of Dr. Steven R. Moser, who was recently named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Several University of Southern Mississippi staff members were honored for their work at the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) Conference held May 18-19 in Tupelo, Miss. The CPRAM awards recognizes exceptional work by communications, marketing and public relations professionals at colleges and universities across the state of Mississippi.

The Kennard Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi is designed for students committed to academic excellence, leadership development, and citizenship. The program gives particular attention to students from underrepresented and diverse communities. 

Johnathan Reed, a senior recreation administration major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was selected as the recipient of the Southern Miss Comcast Golf Classic Scholarship.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, spent a portion of Friday, May 22 conducting a science demonstration for Anniston Elementary School students at the Port of Gulfport. The students were actively involved in the demonstration with Roberts, a chemistry major from Mount Olive, Miss. Roberts earned her undergraduate degree this spring and has been accepted to the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. She will also compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant next month.

Wilton Jackson, a senior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recognized with the Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader-of-the-Year Endowed Scholarship for exemplifying the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma.