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Southern Miss News Wednesday, September 12, 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 photo/video opportunity of a private preview of the University's new Marine Research Center at the Port of Gulfport, featuring special guest Dr. Bob Ballard. Also included are news releases about resources provided by the University Libraries Research Services Unit and the announcement of a new cultural arts series at the University's Gulf Park campus. In addition, geology/geography Professor Tommy Patterson is available to discuss the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence hitting the U.S. East Coast.

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

Photo/Video Opportunity

USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering is hosting a private preview from 6 – 8 p.m. this evening of the new Marine Research Center at the Port of Gulfport (1030 West Pier), featuring special guest Dr. Bob Ballard. Dr. Ballard will be available for interview opportunities at 4:30 p.m. Media are also invited to attend the preview event.

Best known for his 1985 discovery of the RMS Titanic, Dr. Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown and John F. Kennedy's boat, PT-109.

The unique two-story Marine Research Center encompasses nearly 18,000 square feet and is the principal marine operations and support facility for USM's oceanographic research efforts. Official ribbon-cutting of the new facility is set for Sept. 21.

To schedule coverage, contact James Skrmetta, SOSE Communications Officer, 228.872.4254, James.SkrmettaFREEMississippi.

News Releases

University Libraries' Research Services Unit a Valuable Resource for Students, Faculty

From providing guidance for University of Southern Mississippi (USM) students working on class projects or papers, or helping faculty members identify resources to enhance their courses, a team of skilled and dedicated faculty and staff in the Research Services (RS) Unit of University Libraries' Public Services Department is ready to assist.

The Public Services Department encompasses all aspects of user services, including research assistance; information literacy instruction; outreach; interlibrary loan and document delivery; circulation; course reserves; stacks maintenance; and building use and security.

USM Gulf Park Announces New Cultural Arts Series

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park campus proudly announces a new Cultural Arts Series. The series begins on Monday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. with an inaugural cello and piano concert by Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, USM professor of music, and Yumi Nomoto, collaborative pianist. The event will be held in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Media Expert Availability

Dr. Tommy Patterson, visiting professor in geology and geography, is available today to discuss the potential impacts of Hurricane Florence as it moves closer to landfall along the East Coast. An expert in climate and weather, he can also provide insight into how and why waves coming off the coast of Africa ultimately develop into tropical storms. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts visit:

Did You Know?

The Southern Miss College of Nursing accounts for 23.55% of nursing bachelor's degrees awarded in the state of Mississippi. 

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