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Southern Miss News - Friday, August 3, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes a news release announcing a new center in the School of Polymer Science and Enginnering. 

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnoldFREEMississippior David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Today's Top Story

IHL Approves USM's New Center for Optoelectronic Materials and Devices

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is proud to announce the establishment of the Center for Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, to be housed within the School of Polymer Science and Engineering. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning approved USM's plans for the center on April 19.

The center will feature advanced instrumentation to conduct pure and applied research in emerging areas of soft matter optoelectronics, lead important research that drives the creation of knowledge, and improve various products and technologies used in fields like energy, biomedical, and environmental sciences.

Additional News Release

Mississippi IDeA Conference Promotes Biomedical Research in the State

More than 400 attendees from 25 college and universities were on hand for the state's largest biomedical research conference held July 27 in Jackson, Miss. The Big IDEAs for Improving the Lives of Mississippians, 2018 Mississippi IDeA Conference is the first of its kind, showcasing the biomedical research conducted by all six of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences' Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) funded programs in Mississippi.

Photo and/or Video Opportunities

Roberts Schoolhouse, located on the patio of Owings-McQuagge Hall on the Hattiesburg campus, was built in 1899 in Northeast Jackson County and relocated to the Hattiesburg campus in 1981 as a tribute to Southern Miss' teacher training roots. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Did You Know?

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to the only blue crab hatchery in production in the U.S.

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About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at