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Southern Miss News Friday, May 17, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Today's message includes news releases about polymer science doctoral student Witold Fuchs' research project that will be included in an upcoming NASA mission to the International Space Station and a reflection on the career of University professor and historian Bo Morgan, who recently announced his retirement.

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 Graduate Student's Polymer Research Set for Testing Aboard International Space Station

Try to imagine high-performance materials created in a lab at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) bound for the International Space Station. Seem far-fetched? Think again.

Witold Fuchs, a third-year polymer science doctoral student at USM, has spent the past year collaborating with NASA on the design of a carbon fiber composite that is slotted for testing as a potential hull for spaceships and satellites. If all goes as planned, the new materials will be launched into space within the next two weeks.

Additional News Release

University Historian Dr. Chester 'Bo' Morgan Retires

Dr. Chester ‘Bo' Morgan's work at his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is in the books - literally, and, figuratively, two - in which he tells the story of the place that shaped him from boyhood to a career as a historian and educator.

Family, friends and colleagues poured out their appreciation for Morgan May 7 on the occasion of his retirement from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) History program faculty and as University Historian, during a reception at the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Did You Know?

The de Grummond Collection, housed at The University of Southern Mississippi, is the repository for the illustrations, manuscripts and papers of H.A. and Margret Rey, creators of Curious George. This is one of North America's leading research centers in children's literature. 

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 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, 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 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 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