Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Cook Library Presents In Memory of Light, a Photographic Exhibit The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library presents “In Memory of Light,” a photographic exhibit on display from January 24 through March 10 in the Cook Library Art Gallery in Hattiesburg.

Created by Diane DeCesare Ross, the exhibit captures moments of light, vision, and life. Every photograph is a memory of light, a memento lumina. Whether the image is a child caught in the wonder of an aquarium, a view of the ground from an airplane, or a detail from a luna moth wing, the viewer is invited to pause, and perhaps see the world in a different way.

“It is a happy accident that I fell into photography, an activity that involves focusing and framing to bring attention to a particular perspective. For me, photography is a form of meditation, a way to be more mindful, a way to focus on small moments of joy,” says Ross. She says the basis of her photography is the documentary training she received at The University of Southern Mississippi from 1991-1992. 

Ross’ inspiration for the exhibit came about when she researching 19th century keepsakes meant to memorialize those who had died. Noting that the name for these reminders — memento mori — is translated from Latin as “remember you must die.” Ross says she realized that it is just as important to “remember you must live.” This led to thinking about the association of near-death experiences with visions of light, light’s long association with spiritual enlightenment, and the physical properties of light that make both vision and life possible, which served as a reminder of what photography means to her.

Ross, born in Biloxi, MS, has been with the University full-time since 1999. She is the Managing Editor of The Southern Quarterly, an internationally known scholarly journal devoted to the interdisciplinary study of Southern arts and culture, and the Director of Digital Initiatives for the College of Arts and Letters. Previously, Ross worked as the Curator of Manuscripts, University Archives and Digital Collections for University Libraries and was the Director of the Mississippi Digital Library. 

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:19:26 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
Science Cafe' on the Coast: Dogs vs. Cats Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Library, will present “Dogs vs. Cats – Their Noses Know” on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at  Margaret Sherry Memorial Library in Biloxi.

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Sutton, veterinarian for Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Beach View Veterinary Hospital, “Dogs vs. Cats – Their Noses Know” offers an informative discussion about who has a better sense of smell: a dog or a cat.

Attendees will learn the similarities between the smelling abilities of dogs and cats, as well as their differences. Attendees will develop an understanding of how dogs and cats use their noses to locate prey; communicate with each other; detect specific scents such as people and explosives; and for their protection. This presentation will also include a demonstration by trained, certified Search and Rescue dogs from the Jackson County K-9 Search, Rescue and Recovery.

Science Café on the Coast is a collaboration between The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System.This event offers those with minimal background in science the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in a relaxed social setting.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tara Morgan at 228.388.1633 or email

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:33:16 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
Native American Exhibit on Display in Cook Library In celebration of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, an exhibit featuring books, government documents, and artifacts is on display in the Cook Library lobby through the end of November. The exhibit, “Native American Heritage: Selections from University Libraries and Friends,” combines items from University Libraries and those on loan from the USM archeology lab and Dr. Tammy Greer. The display includes Choctaw stick ball sticks, examples of Native American arts and crafts, and juvenile and general collection literature.

Contact Michele Frasier-Robinson at susan.frasierrobinson@usm.eduor 601.266.6168 with questions about the exhibit. 

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:41:17 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
Englert Selected as Health Care Ambassador Tracy Englert, science and technology librarian , has been selected as a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassador. PCORI is an independent, non-profit research organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. Thus far this organization has awarded $1.47 Billion to support 550 research-related projects. For more information about PCORI's funding to support research, visit

The goal of the PCORI Ambassador Program is to help patients, organizations, and other stakeholders share PCORI’s vision and mission with their communities, participate as full partners in research, and ensure the sharing and use of information generated from PCORI-funded projects. PCORI Ambassadors play an important role in building a patient-centered research community and have completed training relating to PCORI and meaningful patient and stakeholder engagement in research.

Englert’s involvement with PCORI came about through her involvement with a PCORI funded-research project. She said, “when I signed up for the Health eHeart study, I received a device that used my smartphone to record an ECG (an electronic representation of your heart's electrical activity). I was excited to help make a contribution to science and become involved with innovative medical research using technology. The PCORI Ambassador Program will give me the opportunity to engage with PCORI, become trained in PCOR science, cultivate skills for future participation as patient and stakeholder partners in PCORI research projects; and connect with others interested in this emerging field of research.”

In addition to being accepted into the Ambassador Program, she has also been awarded a travel scholarship that will cover the cost of travel, hotel, meals and incidental expenses to attend the 2016 PCORI Annual Meeting: Changing the Conversation about Health Research, that will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD on November 17-19, 2016. For more information on PCORI, please contact Tracy at

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:53:19 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Science CafĂ© on the Coast: Oyster Aquaculture Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration between The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System, will host “Oyster Aquaculture,” presented by Dr. Bill Walton, onWednesday, Nov. 9th, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Pass Christian Public Library.

Walton is the oyster aquaculture extension specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and an associate professor in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences. He is also a marine extension specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Working along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at Auburn University’s Shellfish Lab (Dauphin Island, AL), Walton conducts applied research with local shellfish farmers, shell fishermen (commercial and recreational), and national and local organizations. Before moving to the Gulf, he did similar work along the coast of Massachusetts.

This event offers those with minimal background in science the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in a relaxed social setting.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Pass Christian Library at 228-452-4596 (email or Adrienne McPhaul at228-214-3467 or

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:32:41 -0500 Dawn Smith <>