May 24, 2015  

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The “Greatest Show on Dirt” is coming to Hattiesburg as the Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi hosts the 28th Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo Feb. 15-16 at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center.

The new year brought a new tenant to The Accelerator at The University of Southern Mississippi as pharmaceutical distributor South Point Distributors LLC moved into the University’s technology park earlier this month.

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.

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty and staff are invited to Hattiesburg’s second annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade Thursday, Jan. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Last year’s parade proved to be a big success and organizers anticipate even more fun for this year’s event.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi recently hosted a group of students from St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin as part of a service outreach program.

The College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the first Eagles Nest Poetry Reading of the spring semester Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

Indications are that the country’s extensive influenza outbreak has peaked, but members of The University of Southern Mississippi community are being warned to keep their guards up.

Visitors, students and employees should note that the demolition of Bond and Vann Halls, located on the north side of The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, is proceeding as scheduled.

Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) will sponsor a free, one-day homebuyer education workshop Saturday, Feb. 9, for residents with and without disabilities in Hinds and surrounding counties.

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs will host an evening with award-winning nature photographer Tom Ulrich at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in GCRL’s Caylor Auditorium.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Southern Mississippi honored an annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with service to the Hattiesburg community on Monday, Jan. 21.

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 memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Peck House for University of Southern Mississippi Professor Kenneth Vance Watson. The Peck House, which is part of the Southern Miss campus, is located at 3601 Pearl St.

University of Southern Mississippi professor of German Dr. William Odom, right, talks to Christopher Speagle, a junior from Ellisville, about Odom's translation of Hellmut Haasis’ biography of Georg Elser, Bombing Hitler, Thursday during a book signing event at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the Hattiesburg campus. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Cultural & Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 21 at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Center in downtown Hattiesburg. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7 a.m., with a program starting at 8:15 a.m.

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.

Dr. Philip Kolin, University Distinguished Professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters, has published his fifth book of original poetry with the highly respected Catholic press--Kaufmann Publishing. Entitled Reading God's Handwriting: Poemsand available on Amazon.com, each of the book’s 50 poems is anchored in a Biblical parable, prophecy, setting, or allusion.

SimMan, a fully computer-operated total body simulator used by University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast nursing faculty to bring more realism into replicated clinical settings for their students, was among the first to call the new 10,000 square foot Nursing Building on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach home.

Dr. William Odom, professor of German at The University of Southern Mississippi, will sign copies of his translation of Hellmut Haasis’ biography of Georg Elser, Bombing Hitle, from 12-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the Hattiesburg campus. The bookstore is located in the Thad Cochran Center.

Environmental disasters, both manmade and natural, have prompted the need for improved, comprehensive understanding of the waters and resources of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

To that end, The University of Southern Mississippi has taken the lead role in formation of the new Center for Gulf Studies (CGS). The center represents a partnership between Southern Miss and the state’s other research universities – Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi and Jackson State University.

Thanks to the generosity of Lights Jewelers and Gemologists, The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi is holding “A Sweetheart of a Raffle.” The Grand Prize is an antique-inspired, 18-karat white gold and diamond pendant, valued at $1,950.

Dr. Mohamed Elasri, associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded a $439,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to assist in his research of the staphylococcus aureus human pathogen.

The Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee (MAAC) will host a public hearing on current issues in Mississippi for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and invites everyone affected by or interested in Autism to attend the hearing.