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Southern Miss eliminates some jobs amid state budget cuts

The University of Southern Mississippi has laid off three employees and eliminated 33 vacant jobs because of state budget cuts. Two of those who lost their jobs worked in the Student Media Center, which is part of the mass communications and journalism program, The Hattiesburg American reported. Rodney McDonald was facilities manager for the center. The 46-year-old had worked there 21 years ...

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USM makes waves graduating first Unmanned Maritime Systems class in U.S. history

By BECKY GILLETTE It has been said that the ocean is the last frontier for exploration on Earth. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only about five percent of the ocean has been explored. And just as aerial drones have revolutionized flight, underwater robotic vehicles are revolutionizing ocean research, defense and natural resources exploration. But, until recently, ...

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Watkins & Eager opens Hattiesburg office

  Watkins & Eager PLLC has announced it has opened an office in Hattiesburg.  J. Robert Ramsay, a prominent member of the Hattiesburg legal community since 1975, has joined the firm as a partner.  Bob’s practice has been dedicated to hospital, physician, and pharmaceutical healthcare defense for over 40 years. “Our new partner has built his practice with a commitment to ...

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Former USO Club houses unique African American Military History Museum

By BECKY GILLETTE At the time that the East Sixth Street United Service Organization (USO) club operated in the 1940s, the military was segregated so there were separate recreational facilities, as well. Eight years ago that USO club was developed as the African American Military History Museum (AAMHM). Today it remains the only USO club of its type in the ...

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Forrest General Hospital earns top rankings for medical care

By BECKY GILLETTE Forrest General Hospital, a 512-bed facility that serves a 19-county region, recently racked up a number of prestigious quality awards, including ranking in the top 100 hospitals nationwide for patient safety in overall medical care. The awards and rankings were presented by CareChex, an information service of Quantros, Inc. that provides a composite evaluation of all components ...

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Hattiesburg solar panel maker gets relief second time in pact with local government

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp. is getting relief for the second time from its agreement with local government in Forrest County and Hattiesburg. The solar panel maker is entering a “payment and forebearance agreement” whereby it promises to pay $75,000 a month to the county and city toward $2.3 million in accumulated fees in lieu of ad valorem taxes. » ...

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Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically

By BECKY GILLETTE The field of technology transfer from higher education to business and commercial developments once focused strongly on obtaining patents for products developed by university research. Today, there are many commercialization projects that may benefit more from other types of protection, said Chase Kasper, assistant vice president for research, technology transfer and corporate relations, University of Southern Mississippi ...

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USM takes on security — ‘Hacking for Defense’ class will teach how to innovate solutions

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT One started with Legos and Lincoln Logs, while the other favored remote control vehicles and model rockets growing up in his hometown of Richton. Now, Professors Henry Jones and Daniel DeMott, along with mentors from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the intelligence community, will show University of Southern Mississippi students how to innovate solutions ...

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Tiger dies in Hattiesburg zoo; was on loan from Los Angeles

A zoo in Mississippi is mourning the death of a 5-year-old Sumatran tiger. The Hattiesburg Zoo says in a news release Monday that Cinta (shin-TAH) died Sunday after a sudden illness. A necropsy will be done at a Mississippi State University veterinary lab in Jackson, and results will be released in coming weeks. Cinta and his twin brother, Kuasa were ...

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