USM School of Polymers and High Performance Materials Faculty Updates
U.S. Army Awards $4.9 Million to Southern Miss for Helmet Liner Research
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.
USM Polymer Science Hosts High School Competition
|HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Sixty students from seven South Mississippi high schools gathered on the Southern Miss campus Thursday to test their knowledge of polymer science and observe some scientific experiments. |
It was part of the 6th annual Polymer Science High School Competition hosted by USM's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.
Among the activities students participated in was a quiz bowl.
There are 10 high schools in Mississippi with polymer science programs."I think it's pretty interesting," said Trent Randall, a student at Petal High School who took part in the competition. "I still don't know what I want to do when I get older, but I think polymer science in high school is a great start if I do want to eventually go into the polymer science field," he said. "I think it's cool that we can all come together and learn more together," said Caleb Flurry of Pascagoula High School, another student in the competition. Hattiesburg's Presbyterian Christian High School took first place in the quiz bowl and was also named the overall winner. Read More:usm_polymer_science_hosts_high_school_competition_-_myfoxal.pdf
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.
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Southern Miss Students Receive National Science Foundation Fellowships
|03.21.15||Katrina Knauer a doctoral student in the polymer science program at The University of Southern Mississippi, took home a third-place award in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Regional Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) competition held earlier this month in New Orleans. read more...|
|01.20.15||Dahlia Amato a second-year doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a finalist for one of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. read more...|