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Southern Miss News Monday, July 2, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's email includes news releases about a comprehensive research project in Puerto Rico where USM biology Professor Donald Yee and two graduate students will map the mosquito population, and a lineup for Small Business Development Center workshops scheduled for July on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. In addition, Assistant Professor Angie Burton, Director of Legal Studies at USM, is available today to discuss the impact of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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 Assistant Professor Preparing for Large-Scale Mosquito Research in Puerto Rico

Dr. Donald Yee, assistant professor of biological sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, and two of his graduate assistants are preparing to embark upon a research project in Puerto Rico that could yield transformative benefits to that U.S. territory and its 3.3 million inhabitants.

Yee, along with graduate students Catherine Dean and Limarie Reyes (a Puerto Rican native), will travel to Puerto Rico in early August to collect samples of local mosquitoes and mosquito larva in more than 20 locations across the island. He expects the research project to take approximately three weeks.

Additional News Release

Small Business Development Center Workshops Set for July

The University of Southern Mississippi's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in July, 2018.

Media Expert Availability
The recent retirement announcement from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has created a wave of speculation and debate about whom President Trump will appoint to take Kennedy's spot on the high court. Assistant Professor Angie Burton, Director of Legal Studies at USM, is available today to discuss the impact of Kennedy's retirement. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Photo and/or Video Opportunities
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present. The collection is located on the second floor of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. To schedule coverage, call Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

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