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February 10, 2017
Tisack-Kathmann Named Director of USM's Mississippi Polymer Institute
Article retrieved from Southern Miss Now

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) leverages resources within the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials in order to assist high-tech polymer and polymer-related industries. From electron microscopes and thermal analysis to tensile strength testing, MPI offers access to a wide range of scientific equipment and the expertise to support both existing polymer-related industries and entrepreneurs. 

The Mississippi Polymer Institute is located in The Garden, Southern Miss' 521-acre innovation and commercialization park where the university's cutting-edge research is transformed into valued products and services for the marketplace.

The MPI is housed in the Accelerator, a unique technology innovation center located within the Garden. The Accelerator is a 60,000 square feet full service facility that provides state-of-the art laboratories, and professional support to technology-based enterprises innovating, manufacturing and testing new products.

To learn more about the Mississippi Polymer Institute, call 601.266.4607 or visit:  http://www.thepolymerinstitute.com/ 

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USM Provides Tornado Recovery Assistance
In the early hours of Saturday January 21st, a tornado with peak winds of 145 mph and a path as wide as a half a mile ripped through southern  Hattiesburg and Petal killing four people, injuring 56,  and destroying more than 1,100 homes and businesses. William Carey University (WCU) was devastated by the storm so Southern Miss has opened up its campus to temporarily house William Carey classes, offices, and laboratories. Over 200 displaced William Carey students are being housed in nine residence halls on the Hattiesburg campus. William Carey student-athletes are using Southern Miss facilities for practice in tennis, track & field, basketball, baseball, and softball. MSED students, faculty, and staff have volunteered to help with the clean-up efforts.   
MEDC Conference a Success
By Kristen Mitchell, Graduate Assistant

The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) hosted their annual legislative conference the 1st of February. The economic development graduate students attended and had the opportunity to meet the former governor, Haley Barber, as well as the current governor, the Honorable Phil Bryant. The agenda featured former Mississippi governor Chiefs of Staff persons who provided different tips on pushing through legislation in the state of Mississippi more effectively. The conference also focused on one of Mississippi's largest issues, workforce and education. The graduate students attended lectures on helping Mississippi move forward in competing with other workforces and education systems across the country. There were many times to network and meet other professionals during this conference. This was a great opportunity for professional development and collaboration for the graduate students pursuing a career in economic development.
 
Pictured left to right: Graduate Assistants Stuart Hinton, Obie McClure; Katie Hogan; Stefany Walley; Megan Clark; Anna Kate Baygents; Kristen Mitchell; Jeffrey George; and Program Director, Andy Kilgore.
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