Polymer News

Southern Miss Featured in Polymer Chemistry Magazine in October 2016

Southern Miss Student Keith Parsons designed the cover for the October 2016 edition of Polymer Chemistry. The following researchers from USM were featured: Keith H. Parsons, Andrew C. Holley, Gabrielle A. Munn, Alex S. Flynt, Charles L. McCormick

The paper published in the magazine is titled "Block ionomer complexes consisting of siRNA and aRAFT-synthesized hydrophilic-block-cationic copolymers II: the influence of cationic block charge density on gene suppression" Click here for the full paper.

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Southern Miss Receives $4 Million NSF Award for Gulf Water Research

Dr. Jason Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded a $4 Million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop selective sensing technologies for detecting and analyzing pollutants in Gulf Coast Ecosystems!

"There is a critical need for research that enables new means of advancing knowledge associated with food, energy, and water systems," said Azoulay. This award will "...achieve significant and sustainable science that will have a profound regional impact."

Southern Miss will partner with researches from the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and Jackson State University on the four-year project.

This interdisciplinary research will have a invaluable impact on the gulf coast region.

The Complete Article


USM Program WISE Encourages Women to Study Science and Engineering


WISE (Women In Science and Engineering ) Headlines on 5/09/2016 WDAM News for being Encouraging!

An organization at Southern Miss is encouraging women to pursue careers in science and engineering. 

The Women in Science organization has about 150 graduate and undergraduate members and is looking for more members. 

Dahlia Amato, president of WISE, said "I always try to open the door to anyone in a science-related field such as behavioral science, because we never want to turn anyone away." WISE has weekly lunch meetings with engaging guest speakers. As a WISE participant, students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships. They host concession stands during football season, and partner with Raising Cane's restaurant to raise money to fund scholarship and weekly luncheon meetings.

Meetings are every Tuesday from 12PM - 1 PM. We love to see new faces, so bring your passion and enthusiasm for the sciences and we will learn together!

All students are welcome to attend!

To Sign Up for WISE Today: click here! 


Dr. Sarah Morgan to Speak at the National Science Foundation's Next Generation STEM Learning Forum


When: Monday, November 9, 2015.
Where: Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Morgan, School of Polymers & High Performance Materials
Co-speaker: James Brownlow, Hattiesburg High School

Next Generation STEM Learning for All

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is working with the White House to host a research forum with thought leaders from multiple sectors, including K-12, higher education, informal learning, research, workforce development, policy, business, and industry.

The NSF-supported Forum on November 9th will serve as a prelude to a week of Administration events on next-generation learning, including the first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High School, which will take place on November 10th. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy plans to highlight new actions by philanthropy, industry, school leaders, and others, who are committed to re-thinking the way that high school education is delivered in this country.

The Forum on Next Generation STEM Learning for All will:

  • Showcase NSF-funded research and development and inform policy makers about the potential to transform STEM learning and education;
  • Engage a broad community of stakeholders in envisioning the future of STEM learning and in strategizing how to best achieve collective impact; and
  • Facilitate networking across stakeholder groups to leverage skills and strengthen connections, collaboration, and coordination toward national goals for STEM education.


USM School of Polymers and High Performance Materials Faculty Updates

  1. Dr. Yoan Simon
    Senior Scientist, Polymer Chemistry and Materials, University of Frisbourg, Switzerland will be joining the SPHPM Department's Faculty.  Yoan C. Simon is a Maître-Assistant (non-tenure track assistant professor) in the Polymer Chemistry and Materials group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

    Yoan was educated at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (France), the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, USA) and ETH Zürich (Switzerland). For the past 4 years he has been holding a position as a Maître-Asssitant at AMI where he leads a group that focuses on Optical and Mechano-Responsive Materials With Unusual Properties.  Yoan's main research interests revolve around the design and synthesis of stimuli-responsive polymers, bio-inspired materials, and polymer nanocomposites. He has received a number of awards including the ETH Fellowship and the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium Award.

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