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Southern Miss News Wednesday, April 10, 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 history Professor Susannah Ural being named to the board of trustees for the Society for Military History, and USM graduate student Raymond Jones being selected as a Jackson Heart Study Scholar. In addition, psychology Professor Michael Anestis is available to discuss a new report that shows suicidal thoughts and attempts by children doubled between 2007 and 2015.

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

Society for Military History selects USM Professor Ural as Board Trustee

An organization devoted to advancing the study of military history has chosen one of its longtime members and University of Southern Mississippi (USM) educator to serve it in an important and prestigious role.

Dr. Susannah Ural, a professor of history at USM and widely recognized expert on the American Civil War, was recently named to the board of trustees for the Society for Military History (SMH). Established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 as the SMH, its membership has included many of the world's most prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history.

Additional News Release

USM Graduate Student Selected as Jackson Heart Study Scholar

Raymond Jones, a doctoral student in kinesiology and exercise physiology at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Robert Smith, M.D. Graduate Scholars Program as part of the Jackson Heart Study's new Graduate Training and Education Center (UMMC GTEC) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Photo/Video Opportunity

An accomplished and highly regarded media and business professional will speak at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) today about his 35-year career, focusing on diversity, public education, and the Mississippi economy. Ronnie Agnew, executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, will present “Tales from the Field: From Sharecropper's Son to News Executive” from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Thames Polymer Science Research Center, room 101 on the Hattiesburg campus. To schedule coverage, contact David Tisdale.

Expert Availability

A new study released this week showed that between 2007 and 2015, rates of children hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, showed diagnoses of suicidal ideation in minors increased from 580,000 cases in 2007, to 1.12 million in 2015. USM psychology Professor Michael Anestis is available today to discuss the report's findings. To schedule an interview, email mediaexpertsFREEMississippi. For a full list of USM media experts, visit:

Did You Know?

Two University of Southern Mississippi nursing programs are ranked as the best in Mississippi by U.S. News & World Report. The Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice were the top programs in the state based on factors such as research activity, student-faculty ratio, faculty credentials and number of faculty active in nursing practice.

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 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 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