Mississippi scientists gather at The University of Southern Miss

By Sheri Falk - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Scientists from all over the state and Southern Miss students hoping to pursue a career in the field of Science gathered for the 75th annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting.

More than 400 research projects were presented by science educators, researchers and industry experts from across the state. The MAS meeting, which brought about 600 people to the Thad Cochran Center, also featured discussions on topics such as infectious diseases and genomics.

MAS President and Southern Miss associate professor of Biological Sciences Mohamed Elasri said, the event is vital for students and faculty who come to share their research and make new contacts.

Elasri said, "science spans into 13 different divisions. Everything from Geology to Health Science and Cellular Molecular Biology. It is just a great opportunity for students to present their research, listen to research that is going on in the state, and also to network with other scientists. When we come to this meeting, it is always helpful and you can collaborate with other scientists and it promotes research and makes your research better."

Director of science and technology for British Petroleum's Gulf Coast restoration project, Laura Folse served as the key note speaker, touching on the role of science and scientists in the energy industry as well as the repercussions of the deep water horizon oil spill. 

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