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Southern Miss News Monday, December 3, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message includes a news release about a federal grant being awarded to research Professor Yuanyuan Zhang to study how pedestrian roadway data is collected. In addition, history Professor Heather Stur is available to discuss the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last Friday.

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

Today's Top Story

USM is First Mississippi University to Receive Federal Pedestrian Data Collection Grant

University of Southern Mississippi Research Professor Yuanyuan Zhang has secured a $130,000 national highway grant that she says could transform how pedestrian data is collected across the United States.

The two-year grant is funded as part of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), IDEA program that seeks proposals with potential to advance the construction, safety, maintenance, and management of highway systems. This marks the first such grant awarded to a Mississippi university.

https://news.usm.edu/article/usm-first-mississippi-university-receive-federal-pedestrian-data-collection-grant

Expert Availability

USM history Professor Heather Stur is available today to discuss the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last Friday at the age of 94. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:http://news.usm.edu/resource/usm-faculty-experts-media-requests.

Did You Know?

As the leading research institution for the Gulf South, The University of Southern Mississippi educates nearly 15,000 students, supports approximately 7,000 jobs, and has an annual economic impact of more than $600 million on the state. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation's "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit usm.edu.