USM to host annual science meeting Feb. 17-18

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the first time The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 75th Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) Meeting on Feb. 17-18 at the Thad Cochran Center.

More than 400 research projects will be presented by a wide range of scientific educators, researchers and industry experts.

"Hosting a prestigious meeting of this type is very important for recruitment of students and raising the profile of Southern Miss as a major research institution in Mississippi," said Dr. Mohamed O. Elasri, associate professor of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss and current MAS president. "This allows other top researchers in the state to see the Southern Miss campus and the state-of-the-art research conducted here."

The annual Dodgen Lecture, which serves as the keynote address, will be presented by Laura Folse, director of science and technology for British Petroleum's Gulf Coast restoration effort.

Folse will discuss the role of science and scientists in the energy industry and the repercussions from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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