Center for Gulf Studies announced as Center of Research Excellence
When the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, researchers from The University of Southern Mississippi were among the first to begin documenting and assessing the scope of the nation’s worst oil spill. The University’s renowned expertise in the field of marine science played an integral role in determining the environmental and economic ramifications from the spill on the northern Gulf Coast. Continued monitoring and research led to the formation of the Center for Gulf Studies (CGS) earlier this year. And on March 7, the new center assumed even greater responsibility as Gov. Phil Bryant officially announced that GCS had been designated a Research Center of Excellence. [Learn More]
Sliman Leads Successful Science and Engineering Fair March 5
University of Southern Mississippi Chief Information Officer David Sliman led another successful year as director of the Region VI Science and Engineering Fair, held March 5 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi. [Learn More]
Palazzo addresses Logistics, Trade and Transportation Summit
The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) hosted the 2013 Industry Advisory Council Summit on March 1, for industry professionals looking to promote common goals in logistics, trade and transportation. Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo discussed the Surface Transportation Bill and its impact to Mississippi’s economic development, stressing the importance of logistics, trade and transportation to the nation’s economy, as well as national security. [Learn More]
Independent Filmmaker's Festival Continues March 22
The next installment in the Southern Circuit 2012-2013 Tour of Independent Filmmakers happens March 22 with the screening of "Free China: The Courage to Believe." The film tells a story of widespread human rights violations in China through the stories of some of the people who lived them. [Learn More]
Civil Rights Figure James Meredith Gave Book Talk March 7
Civil rights figure James Meredith, author of “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America” and the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi, gave a book talk on his latest publication March 7 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. [Learn More]
Southern Miss Gulf Coast Student, Professor Participate in Conference
A student and faculty members from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast earned a top award and participated in three paper presentations, respectively, at the 50th annual Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in Mobile, Ala. Feb. 13 – 16. [Learn More]
IDV Student's Research Article Published in International Journal
David Drissel, a student in the international development doctoral program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, recently had his article, “Skateboarding Spaces of Youth in Belfast: Negotiating Boundaries, Transforming Identities,” published in the journal Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extra Urban Studies. [Learn More]
Save the Date for these Events
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Science and Nursing Buildings — Thursday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. (on site)
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Hardy and Lloyd Halls — Saturday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m. (at the Jazz and Blues festival stage)
- Southern Miss Gulf Coast Jazz and Blues Festival — Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Founders’ Day — Monday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m., Hardy Hall Ballroom
Elizabeth Hicks, a visiting instructor of biology, says she likes teaching at Southern Miss Gulf Coast because of the amazing students, exceptionally kind employees in her college, and the very warm welcome she has received from her fellow biology faculty who have made her feel like part of the Southern Miss family.
“It’s easy to start a new job when you’re surrounded by people who have a common goal of exceptional student service.”
Considering herself a lifelong learner, Elizabeth’s academic career led her to the decision of becoming an educator, a profession she says allows for constant discoveries. Her first choice as an educator was in English, followed by history, until she finally found her calling in biology. “Every day I am excited to come into work because I know that I get to be part of something as meaningful as science education.”
Elizabeth is Golden Eagle through-and-through having earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Miss, serving as a student worker in 2010 and then becoming a faculty member in 2012. When she is not working, Elizabeth and her husband like to go roller skating or take their 2-year-old son to the park.
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