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Southern Miss News Monday, September 24, 2018

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message includes news release about the guest speaker for USM's annual Rayborn Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy and the University's Student Veterans of America chapter co-sponsoring Hepatitis-C testing for local military veterans. In addition, public health instructor Susan Dobson is available to discuss the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's plan to distribute warnings to high school students about e-cigarette use.

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

Today's Top Story

Princeton Astrophysicist to Serve as Guest Speaker for USM's Rayborn Lecture Series on Oct. 2

Renowned astrophysicist Dr. David Spergel will share his research into the origin of our universe as the guest speaker for the third annual Rayborn Lecture Series in Physics and Astronomy, set for Oct. 2 at The University of Southern Mississippi's Bennett Auditorium. The free lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is being held in conjunction with the University Forum series sponsored by USM's Honors College.

Additional News Release

USM Student Veterans Group Co-Sponsoring Hepatitis-C Testing

Many military veterans are not aware that they could be infected with the Hepatitis-C virus. One simple, free test can provide the answer. On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Mississippi Community Veterans Engagement Board, in coordination with the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Student Veterans of America, will offer free Hepatitis-C testing to military veterans.

Photo/Video Opportunity

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi (The Partnership) will bring representatives of several colleges, universities and community colleges to the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to introduce The Partnership's Campus Anti-Hunger Team to The Eagle's Nest Food Pantry. The tour will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m., and a meeting with all participants to discuss college campus hunger will take place at The Purple Parrot Café, located at 3904 Hardy Street. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Media Expert Availability

The US Food and Drug Administration will stage a massive education campaign aimed at the nearly 10.7 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use and potential addiction, the agency announced. For the first time, the agency will take the message that vaping is dangerous into high school bathrooms and social media feeds of those at-risk youth to stop what the FDA calls an epidemic of e-cigarette use by minors. Susan Dobson, an instructor in USM's School of Health Professions, is available today to discuss the dangers of e-cigarette use. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

With programs on the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, the College of Nursing and Health Professions is one of only four nursing programs in the state to offer a comprehensive program on all levels of academic study.

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