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Dr. Joe Whitehead

Curious for NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

NASA’s Mars Rover “Curiosity” has been very busy. 

It has been taking photos of “detailed crater” images as well as studying the atmosphere , including rocks.

The latest exciting news is that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted Curiosity on satellite images. 

To see the color enhanced images, visit

For more information, visit NASA’s official site,

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Successful Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Meeting

CLTT Advisory Council Meeting
CLTT Advisory Council Meeting

Leaders in logistics, trade, and transportation attend CLTT Industry Advisory Council meeting.

Recently Southern Miss hosted a wide range of logistics, trade, and transportation professionals on the Hattiesburg campus.  The meeting was part of the Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation (CLTT)Industry Advisory Council Meeting. 

I was lucky enough to greet these successful professionals in the field and welcome them to our campus. 

Attendees ranged from every imaginable field in logistics, trade, and transportation.  All of us on campus know that whenever we are able to collaborate with professionals outside our university, we are able to have a more significant impact on our community. 

Special thanks to out to attendees who took a day away from their busy schedules to give us important input on the future direction of our Center for Logistics Trade and Transportation and to our campus organizer and center director Dr. Tulio Sulbaran.  The event was a great success. 

To learn more about CLTT, visit

Here are some photos from the council meeting: 

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Annual Meteor Shower this Weekend 8/11/2012

This weekend, the Perseid meteor shower will peak late Saturday/early Sunday.  If the sky is clear in South Mississippi, viewers might expect to see up to 80 meteors per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event.  According to Astronomy Magazine,

“This annual shower seemingly has it all” and “no other major shower can boast all four of these attributes.

  • It offers a consistently high rate of meteors year after year;
  • it produces a higher percentage of bright ones than most other showers;
  • it occurs in August when many people take summer vacation; and
  • it happens at a time when nice weather and reasonable nighttime temperatures are common north of the equator.”

To learn more about this weekend’s Perseid meteor shower and the best time to view it, read more in Astronomy Magazine. 

Dr. Joe Whitehead

NASA Space Travel Touchdown

Great news for those interested in space exploration.  No, I am not talking about Star Trek; I am talking about NASA’s recent Mars rover. 

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has scored a touchdown with a rover named Curiosity.  According to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, this is part of “a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet.”  Curiosity was designed to “assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s ‘habitability.’”

NASA explains the rover “carries the biggest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the martian surface.” 

According to NASA,

  • The rover will analyze samples scooped from the soil and drilled from rocks.
  • The record of the planet’s climate and geology is essentially “written in the rocks and soil” — in their formation, structure, and chemical composition.
  • The rover’s onboard laboratory will study rocks, soils, and the local geologic setting in order to detect chemical building blocks of life (e.g., forms of carbon) on Mars and will assess what the martian environment was like in the past.

 To learn more about NASA’s exciting mission, visit NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory. 

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Great Camp Shelby Visit

CoST at Camp Shelby

I am proud that the College of Science and Technology along with other departments on campus spent the day at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center College and Career Festival. 

In addition to CoST, attending departments included Eagle Learning Online, Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, and the College of Education and Psychology. 

The event was hosted by Camp Shelby and allowed us to engage with transitioning soldiers, veterans, civilian employees and family members.  We are able to let them know about the numerous educational opportunities at Southern Miss. 

We were proud to be one of 16 college and universities represented and look forward to working with Camp Shelby in the future. 

Here are some photos from the visit: