School of Ocean Science and Engineering
School of Ocean Science and Engineering
The School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) harnesses elements from key areas of The University of Southern Mississippi, including the Division of Marine Science (DMS) at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss., and the University’s fleet of five research vessels, to create a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized leader in marine science. The purpose of SOSE is to aggregate all of Southern Miss’ marine-related research and education programs under a single administrative unit and to coordinate, but not consolidate, operating budgets and facilities. The SOSE focuses on academic and research enterprises of ocean science already existing at Southern Miss, the state’s flagship university for marine science as previously directed by the Institutions of Higher Learning. Additionally, the SOSE will further the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University to engage in economic development along the coast specific to the maritime economy and provide an administrative structure where maritime technology programs offered through Southern Miss can be housed.
OYSTER HATCHERY AND RESEARCH CENTER
Governor Tate Reeves announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has approved a RESTORE Act grant award of $7.62 million for the construction of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Oyster Hatchery and Research Center, located at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab at Cedar Point in Ocean Springs. Read More
HYDROGRAPHIC SCIENCE GRADUATES HONORED IN VIRTUAL CEREMONY
The USM School of Ocean Science and Engineering honored its 2020 Hydrographic Science graduates in a virtual ceremony.
DR. XIAODONG ZHANG
Dr. Xiaodong Zhang joined the Division of Marine Science in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering in 2019 holding the inaugural position of Endowed Chair in Marine Science. A central theme of his research is to study natural aquatic environment through optical observation.
MEC Receives COTE Award
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized USM’s Marine Education Center with one of its highly sought-after Committee on The Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards. The Marine Education Center is the only building in Mississippi ever to receive this designation. Read More
The Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE) is awarding $2.75M for research on water quality and oyster reef sustainability in Mississippi. Four different projects will receive funding through 2022, with The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) being the lead institution on two of the projects. Read More
2020 Graduate School Hall of Fame Recipient
Amy Moody, graduate in the Division of Marine Science, is one of ten graduate students with records of exceptional academic performance, leadership and service to their fellow students and community honored recently at The University of Southern Mississippi with induction into its 2020 Graduate School Hall of Fame.
DR. KELLY DARNELL
Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Darnell and her team on a successful award ($3.68.M) from MDEQ for the Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE). The grant will support Center of Excellence operations for the next 2 years and provide $2.85M in research funds for projects addressing oyster sustainability and water quality through MBRACE’s second RFP that was released in 2019.
Graduate Research Assistant Rachel Mugge received the 2020 Graduate Assistant of the Year Award. The award recognizes an exemplary graduate assistant for their character; their service and outstanding contributions to the mission of the University through teaching and research; and their scholarly achievements.
NOAA is establishing a new Unmanned Systems Operations Program to support the rapidly expanding use of these systems across the agency. The new program will be housed at two locations. One of those locations will be a new facility being built by the Mississippi State Port Authority in partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi known as Ocean Enterprise. Read more
was selected to participate in the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) Science and Engineering Internship this summer. She has been invited a position aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus as a ROV Engineering Intern.
DR. ZACH DARNELL
has been awarded the the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. This endowment was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty excellence in instruction and research.
R/V GILBERT R. MASON
The keel laying ceremony formally recognizes the start of a ship’s construction. In maritime traditions, a keel laying ceremony is said to bring luck to the ship during construction and to the captain and crew during her later life. USM has officially commemorated the start of construction for the R/V Gilbert R. Mason.