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GoMRI chooses USM for Gulf oil spill research

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) has selected 12 research consortia to conduct scientific studies of the impacts of oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health.  These research investments focus on improving our fundamental understanding of the implications of events such as the Macondo well blowout, and on developing ...

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USM finally holds inauguration ceremony for Bennett

HATTIESBURG — More than a year after he took the reins at the University of Southern Mississippi, President Rodney Bennett has been officially inaugurated. Bennett is being hailed as the first black person to lead a historically white university in Mississippi. The 10th president of the 15,000-student university has already faced a major challenge, leading the recovery of the Hattiesburg ...

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Board certifies Weldon

John S. Weldon, MD, FACP, has successfully earned his board certification in hospice and palliative medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine, making him a part of the new Supportive Care and Palliative Medicine Program. Weldon obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia. He practices internal medicine as ...

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USM gets new president with selection of Ga. educator Rodney Bennett

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning sealed its courtship of Dr. Rodney Bennett with a deal Thursday to make him the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi. The hiring of the University of Georgia education executive won unanimous approval from the board. The announcement of Bennett’s selection came on the second day of his ...

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Extension appoints Kirkland

Mississippi State University Extension Service has appointed Cassandra Kirkland as family life specialist. Kirkland received her bachelor’s degree in child and family development from the University of Georgia and her master’s and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies from Auburn University. She holds a certified family life educator credential from the National Council on Family Relations.  

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Giesen presented award

James C. Giesen, a Mississippi State University historian who also directs a university-based regional center, is being honored for his book on agriculture in the modern American South. He is receiving the first Deep South Book Prize for “Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth and Power in the American South” (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Giesen, a doctoral graduate of the ...

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Duke leaves USM

Rick Duke has resigned after two years as director of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship. Duke says he may attend the University of Georgia as a doctoral student in environmental planning and design.

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Professors tapped for program

Two Mississippi State University scientists have been selected for a national leadership-training program. MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center professors Robert Kroger and David Jones will be in the Leadership for the 21st Century, or Lead21, class of 2012-2013. Kroger is an assistant professor of aquatic sciences in MSU’s wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture department. The only certified wetland scientist at ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: CEO of Better Business Bureau, John O’Hara, makes sure that quality comes first in his work

Integrity matters. A leader’s ability to lead is built upon a trust relationship. When there is a failure of integrity then the trust can be irrevocably broken. Integrity goes beyond simply being honest. Its definition means, “to be whole, integrated, and complete.” Dr. Henry Cloud, co-author of the bestseller Boundaries noted, “our character, the ability to meet the demands of ...

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Study: Georgia immigration law brought crop losses of $181M

Georgia’s new law cracking down on undocumented migrant workers in the state caused eight of 10 growers of perishable fresh fruit and vegetable crops to see labor shortages this spring, a Georgia Department of Agriculture survey found. An analysis of the survey by the University of Georgia put overall losses to the agricultural industry at more than $180 million and ...

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