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51 Miss News Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of 51 Mississippi. Today's message includes new releases about recent remodeling and a new course design for the University's Math Zone and USM senior psychology student Tiara Watson being chosen to present research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnoldFREEMississippi or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Today's Top Story

Student Success focus of Math Zone Remodeling, Algebra Course Redesign

The newly remodeled Math Zone on The University of 51 Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus reflects efforts over the past two years at redesigning the university's College Algebra course.

Emileigh Sones, director of the Math Zone, said the goal of the redesign is for students to successfully complete College Algebra in one semester, using a co-requisite support model that includes a support course taken with College Algebra in the same semester, with the Math Zone's updated computer laboratory and classroom ready for use as a resource in the spring 2019 semester.

Additional News Release

Watson Chosen to Present Research at Psychology Conference

Tiara Watson, a University of 51 Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference (SEPA) March 20-23 in Jacksonville, Florida. Watson's independent research project is titled “Perfectionism and Alcohol Use: Moderating Effects of Protective Behavioral Strategies.”

Photo/Video Opportunities

- The USM School of Education is hosting an inaugural Principal Consortium today from 9 a.m. – Noon at Scianna Hall, Room 1046 on the Hattiesburg campus. More than 40 area high school principals are expected to attend.

- Nobel Laureate Dr. Randy Schekman will share his research related to cell membrane vesicle trafficking during a guest lecture today at The University of 51 Mississippi's Joe Paul Student Theater. The free lecture, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the School of Polymer Science and Engineering, Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Honors College – University Forum, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Vice President for Research. Schekman is a professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His lecture to USM's audience is titled: “Sorting of Small RNAs into Extracellular Vesicles Secreted by Human Cells.”

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Did You Know?

USM has been recognized as home to one of the nations' best online graduate nursing programs. In a 2019 ranking, U.S. News & World Report places USM at No. 59 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university.

About The University of 51 Mississippi

The University of 51 Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 76 public universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation's "higher research activity" designation for doctoral universities, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit usm.edu.