12.04.13 Dr. Robson Storey selected to receive the two-year T.W. Bennett Jr. Distinguished Professorship for 2013-2015. This honor recognizes an established scholar and faculty member in the sciences from a Ph.D. granting unit in the college. The Bennett Distinguished Professorship resulted from a generous gift from the T.W. Bennett family of Natchez supplemented by a challenge grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian. Dr. Storey will be awarded approximately $14,000 per year, and the endowed funds will provide support for research activities through research assistant support, clerical support, travel and/or equipment. As part of the award, there will be a Biennial Bennett Symposium devoted to topics from Storey’s discipline, at which he will deliver the keynote address. T.W. (Buddy) Bennett Jr. graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1967 with an abiding love for the sciences, particularly for biology and chemistry. He entered the military after graduation and served with distinction in Vietnam. On Dec. 22, 1967, Buddy’s plane crashed, and he is listed as missing in action.
Polymer Composites and High Performance Materials Workshop will be held July 21-24, 2013 in Santa Rosa, CA. The workshop is designed to bring together researchers in academic, government and industrial laboratories to discuss advances and challenges in the area of polymer composites. USM's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials will sponsor a $100 poster award for the poster that impacts the "Polymers for High Performance Materials" community. [Read More]
Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins serves as Adjunct Professor and Thinker in Residence at Australia's Deakin Unviversity and Carbon Nexus. Jeff spent four weeks at Deakin primarily to provide assessment and advice on Carbon Nexus. Jeff's visit also included a course in polymer chemistry to undergraduate honors students and a keynote address at a Composites Australia technology seminar.
First graduate of the on-line Master’s of Polymer Science and Engineering with Emphasis in Polymer Composites
Ryan Young, GE Aviation
Thesis: The Influence of Extended Cure on Mechanical Performance of Aerospace-Grade Film Adhesives
The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials along with Anton Paar USA, manufacturer of high-quality rheometers and other measuring and analysis instruments for research and industry, hosted a rheology workshop for research scientists, technical experts, engineers, system users, safety managers and standards setters to hear the most recent activities in areas of rheology and industrial application of rheology. More than 30 people attended the free, two-day workshop. The workshop was judged to be hugely successful by the participants by exposing our USM students and those who came from outside campus to modern techniques, enhancing their skill set as well as innovation in Mississippi.
Dr. Joshua Otaigbe Earns Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair [Read More]
Dr Neil Treat, an undergraduate alumnus from the School of Polymers, was awarded a Quadrant Award for graduate research conducted at the University of California, Santa Barbara. [Read More]
Dr. Sarah Morgan awarded a research grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation for solar cell research. [Read More]