Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Science Cafe' at Cook Library: Should We Engineer the Mosquito Zika is a mosquito-borne disease that has no known cure. Can synthetic biology and genetically engineered mosquitoes be the answer to fighting this disease?

Join Dr. Sarah E. Morgan, Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, Dr. Joseph R. Lott, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, Dr. Donald A. Yee, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Shahid Karim, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7 in the Polymer Science Auditorium at 6 p.m. for a lively and in-depth discussion about synthetic biology and genetic engineering and the related ethical and societal aspects.

The event is free and open to the University community as well as members of the general public. The café begins at 6 p.m. with refreshments provided at the conclusion. Contact Tracy Englert, Science and Technology Librarian or Dr. Sherry Herron for more information.

This program is hosted by University Libraries and Dr. Sherry Herron, Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and is supported by a grant from the National Informal Science Education Network (NISENet).

Registration is requested, but not required, at

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:08:35 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Go George Go! Celebrating 75 Years with 75 Miles University Libraries is celebrating the 75th birthday of Curious George by challenging the Southern Miss faculty, staff, students and the Hattiesburg community to walk 75 miles in eight weeks. “Go George Go!” will begin on September 15 and conclude on November 12 and is designed to encourage health and wellness while celebrating the 75th birthday of a children’s literature icon.

Over the eight-week period, participants will be challenged to walk (or run) a minimum of 75 miles. Participants will compete as an individual, and at the conclusion of the challenge, the individual with the most miles will win an overall prize. Participants, campus and community members will be invited to a community birthday party for George on November 12 at the Hattiesburg Zoo to celebrate George’s birthday and the completion of 75 miles.

“Our hope is that the University and Hattiesburg communities will join us in this challenge to celebrate one of our favorite children’s literature characters. We encourage our campus departments and community members to enjoy some friendly competition while advancing their health and fitness goals,” said Dawn Smith, Assistant to the Dean for Publicity and Outreach in University Libraries.

Registration for the challenge is now open and can be accessed by visiting Participants will also use this platform to log their mileage and will be able to sync with selected fitness tracking devices such as Fitbit and Garmin. You will also be able to download the free Challenge Runner mobile app to log your mileage on the go.

"Since Curious George has managed to travel around the world, making friends everywhere he goes, we decided to celebrate his 75 years by encouraging walking and health,” says Ellen Ruffin, Curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

The Reys created Curious George while living in France in early 1940. When the German army approached Paris in June 1940, the Reys fled on bicycles to Orleans where they boarded a train for the Spanish border. They moved on to New York City via Spain, Portugal, and Brazil between June and October. Settled in New York City, the Reys sealed a contract with Houghton Mifflin of Boston for four children's books in February 1941. They published Curious Georgelater that year, although it would not become popular for another decade.

University Libraries’ de Grummond Collection holds the literary estate of H.A. and Margret Rey, curators of Curious George. Dr. Lena de Grummond accomplished her goal of collecting original materials from authors and illustrators of children’s books to use as resources for students by sending handwritten letters to authors and illustrators, including H.A. and Margret Rey. Through her correspondence, she was able to develop relationships on a personal level. Correspondence often included hand drawn images, which made the letters even more personal. The image associated with Go George Go! was hand drawn on a letter from H.A and Margret Rey to Dr. de Grummond.

For more information on the challenge, visit or contact Dawn Smith in University Libraries at


Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:16:11 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Southern Miss Yearbook Digital Collection Available Online University Libraries' Digital Collections now has a Southern Miss Yearbook Digital Collection available for browsing online. Check out all 91 yearbooks from 1914 to 2015 by clicking here

The school's yearbook made its debut in 1914 as the Neka Camon, a Native American term meaning "The New Spirit." With the exceptions of 1918 and 1919, the Neka Camon was published annually through 1931. Publication was halted from 1932 through 1937 due in large part to the Great Depression. Publication was resumed in 1938 and has been continuous since that time. In 1940, when the school's name was changed to Mississippi Southern College, the yearbook's name was changed to The Southerner, and so it remains today.

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:58:05 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
“3 Views” Photographic Exhibit Presented at Gulf Coast Library The Gulf Coast Library presents “3 Views,” a photographic exhibit on display from August 15 through October 31 at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Prepared by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Museum of Historical Photography, “3 Views” refers to the work of three photographers: William Henry Jackson, Willis Vail and Lewis Hine.  

The exhibit features each photographer’s unique perspective on the formative changes taking place on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during the early years of the 20th century. The exhibit also refers to the way the photographers used the term “views” to describe the images reflected in the glass of their view cameras, a term that was used more then as pictures or photographs are used today.

During a time when photography was still defining itself, these practitioners arrived on the scene to illustrate the artistic differences seen among early photographers.

William Henry Jackson, best known for his images of the Wild West, took more than 40,000 “views” on glass plates during his long career. This show focuses on the views of the Gulf Coast he took from 1901 to 1906.

Willis Vail, unknown until his glass plate images were discovered in 1970, was the chief engineer for the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad and documented the development of both the Port of Gulfport and City of Gulfport.

Lewis Hine, as a national investigator for the National Child Labor Committee, documented child abuse in the seafood industry of the Gulf Coast.

“3 Views” will be on display through October at the Gulf Coast Library. For more information, visit or contact the Gulf Coast Library at 228.214.3450.


Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:16:28 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Stephen Haller Retirement Reception, July 27 Steve Haller, Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives, will retire at the end of July 2016. University Libraries invites friends and colleagues to join us in a celebration of his career at Southern Miss and to offer best wishes for his retirement. A reception will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 3 - 4 p.m. in Cook LIbrary, Room 123. 

Haller earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in history from Miami University. Following his graduation, he began his career as a local government records archivist with the Ohio Historical Society. Over the years, Haller held positions as the County Archivist and Records Manager for Montgomery County (Ohio), director of archives and records at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and as the senior director of archives and records at the Indiana Historical Society. Haller has been Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives at Southern Miss since 2013. 

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:11:28 -0500 Dawn Smith <>