Helmet Technology Combines Human Performance and Polymer Science
Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces to create high performance head protection materials, by combining the efforts of the School of Human Performance and Recreation and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.“The biggest thing is that (this approach) provides us the opportunity to have societal influence on a very relevant and pertinent problem,” said Dr. Scott Piland, assistant director of the School of Human Performance and Recreation. “It allows us to demonstrate a collaborative effort across a variety of expertise to be a national leader.” The challenge he and others on the research team face is developing adequate head protection for athletes to reduce concussions, and other sport injuries. Piland notes that these types of injuries are difficult to clearly diagnose.
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Southern Miss Polymer Program Wins Boeing Performance Excellence Award
The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized with a prestigious Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company presents the award annually to honor partners who have achieved superior performance.
Polymer Research and Advanced Helmet Technology
|Dr. Jeff Wiggins, Director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, led a team that helped develop a new football helmet now being used by hundreds of professional and collegiate athletes including two dozen players in the 2014 Super Bowl. The technology used in this helmet aids in minimizing the risk of injury to players by replacing traditional foam material with temperature-resistant cushioning materials. Now, Dr. Wiggins and his team are testing this new technology developed for the playing field to improve helmets used on the battlefield with the goal of enhancing protection for the soldiers that defend our nation. Take a closer look at Southern Miss. You'll find we are more than meets the eye.|
|Southern Miss Research Team Studying New Cancer Drug Therapy|
|Polymer researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi are conducting studies that could revolutionize the drug delivery process for cancer patients.|
A research team under the direction of Dr. Daniel Savin is hoping to create a cancer treatment that will deliver drug therapies to targeted locations, instead of current treatments that impact almost every organ in the body.
"The idea here is we want to create a polymeric vehicle that can do the same job, but only deliver to the cancer tumor," said Savin, assistant professor of polymer science.
Brian Donovan (Patton Research Group) was selected as a participant in the upcoming 17th annual National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering help June 14-28, 2014. Brian will spend two weeks at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to learn more about the theory and utilization of neutron and x-ray techniques.
Tyler Brown, senior polymer science major and honors college student working under the direction of Prof. Sarah Morgan, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Tyler plans to pursue graduate research in polymeric materials for biomedical applications. Congratulations to Tyler!! READ MORE
John Misasi, polymer science and engineering student performing research under the direction of Prof. Jeffrey Wiggins, won the Society of Plastics Engineers First Place Technical Writing Award for the PMAD challenge. The award will be presented at the national ANTEC meeting.
Katrina Knauer, polymer science and engineering student performing research under the direction of Prof. Sarah Morgan, won the Society of Plastics Engineers Third Place Technical Writing Award for the PMAD challenge.
Emily Hoff (Patton Research Group) won the 2014 USM Graduate Student Research Symposium Departmental Award for Polymer Science Best Paper.
Tyler Brown, senior, and Hannah Brown, junior, polymer science majors working under the direction of Prof. Sarah Morgan, won the second place oral presentation and poster presentation awards at the American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting in Dallas.
Laken Kendrick, a junior polymer science student and undergraduate researcher in Dr. Derek Patton's lab, was named to the Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention list.
Tyler Brown, senior polymer science student performing research under the direction of Dr. Sarah Morgan, and Michael Simms, senior polymer science student performing research under the direction of Dr. Charles McCormick, were named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.