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Thompson earns grant

MSU assistant professor Courtney E. Thompson, who specializes in the history of U.S. women, science and medicine, has been named a 2017 recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health. The award supports research using Academy library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine ...

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Lucas to direct USM center

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology has named Dr. Kelly Lucas director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center. Lucas joins USM after serving as the chief scientific officer at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources since 2013. A South Mississippi native, Lucas holds a doctorate degree in coastal sciences from ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is out-of-state student growth good for Mississippi taxpayers?

USM, seeking students, reduces out-of-state tuition,” read the recent newspaper headline.    “The idea is to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states, and attract enough high-schoolers from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio to raise overall revenue,” explained the Clarion-Ledger story. USM cut annual tuition for out-of-state students by 40%, ...

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Natchez-Adams County school leaders talk costs new school

The Natchez-Adams School District superintendent says costs for a new high school were cut from $42 million to $22 million mainly by decreasing the size of the proposed facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the district’s architecture firm, M3A of Jackson, presented plans for a two-story high school to go next to the current high school at a cost of $22 ...

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USM slashing out-of-state tuition fees to attract more students

Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wants more Golden Eagles from out of state. With in-state enrollment declining for each of the past four years, USM plans to attract more students by reducing out-of-state tuition by $6,565 beginning next fall. Out-of-state tuition will fall from $16,529 this year to $9,964 in the fall of 2017. That will ...

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Southern Miss’s ‘Garden’ science park element ready to market parcels

» Legislature gave USM greenlight to sell, lease properties inside   Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi is set to begin marketing the approximately 520-acre technology park component of The Garden. Once home to the university’s golf course, the innovation and commercialization park on Shelby Thames Drive already has curb cuts, water and sewer and fiber lines. But until this ...

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Scianna Hall ‘transformative’ for USM College of Business, dean says

» Business student numbers up while USM total enrollment is down   Hattiesburg Business Today Faye Gilbert narrowly missed getting to inaugurate a new home for the College of Business and Economics at Radford University in Virginia, where she served as business school dean. But the opportunity arose anew upon her arrival at the University of Southern Mississippi in summer ...

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Regulators delay vote on Mississippi Power coal ash plan

Mississippi utility regulators aren’t quite ready to vote on an $82 million plan for Mississippi Power Co. to close coal ash disposal areas in Gulfport. The Public Service Commission Tuesday delayed action on the plan until at least Dec. 15, questioning whether rules might change under incoming President Donald Trump. Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., says it’s ...

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Teacher pay raise funding up for discussion

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Some teachers and other staff in A and B schools, as well as in improving schools, could be getting a pay raise during the 2017 legislative session. The School Recognition Program is part of the 2014 legislation that gave teachers a $2,500 across-the-board pay increase over a two-year period and raised the starting pay ...

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