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Southern Miss News Tuesday, May 14, 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 a special coverage opportunity regarding a USM polymer science doctoral student who is working in collaboration with NASA on materials that are scheduled for transport to the International Space Station. News releases include information about USM's first, designed for high school wheelchair users interested in technology, and School of Education students inducted into the honor society Kappa Delta Pi.

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.

Special Coverage Opportunity

USM Doctoral Student Available to Discuss Collaboration with NASA

USM polymer science doctoral student Witold Fuchs has been working on new materials in collaboration with NASA, and some of these materials are scheduled to go up for testing on the International Space Station. Fuchs will be available to discuss his research efforts at 10 a.m. today, May 14, in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center (Room 343) on the Hattiesburg campus. Fuchs will be presenting some of the materials in a laboratory setting. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold.

News Releases

USM Set to Host Camp for Wheelchair Users July 7-11

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will host its first on July 7-11, an interactive week of training sessions designed for wheelchair users in high school who are interested in technology. The residential camp on USM's Hattiesburg campus, will provide opportunities to learn more about coding, designing, and working with computers in general. In addition, participants can find out what college majors and careers best suit wheelchair enhanced mobility.

School of Education Students inducted into Kappa Delta Pi May 2

The University of Southern Mississippi's (USM) Theta Gamma Chapter of the international honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, inducted students into the organization during a ceremony held at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus May 2. USM School of Education Director Dr. Sandra Nichols served as keynote speaker for the event.

Did You Know?

USM ranks No. 13 in the nation for the number of alumni who became new National Board-Certified Teachers in 2018. 

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 CarnegieClassification 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 35 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