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Friday, August 28, 2015 - 9:56am
A research team from William Carey University recently contributed their time and talents to the development of a self-cleaning glass cellphone screen protector.
 
The screen protector, called e-RACE, is a product of Reactive Surfaces Ltd. The company has offices, research facilities and manufacturing operations at the Accelerator, a business incubator owned by the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Tyler Hodges, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Carey, became involved with the project after meeting officials from the company during work at the Accelerator. Carey later received a $40,000 grant from the company to assist in the development of the screen protector and related products.
 
To assist in his work, Hodges recruited a team of student interns, including Carey students Allison Burnett, a graduate student in biological sciences from Gulfport; Jessica Posey, a senior biology major from Port Sulphur, Louisiana; Kyle Powell, a senior biology major from Hattiesburg; and Nick Anglin, a sophomore biology major from Ovett. Hodges and his team worked for over a year on the screen protector, which contains an all-natural enzyme designed to break down grease from a cellphone’s daily use.
 
“The enzyme breaks down oils and creates soap that helps remove fingerprints, oil from skin and other debris, like makeup,” said Hodges.
 
The Carey team worked on all aspects of the screen protector, from the laboratory science behind the enzyme to assistance with the product’s commercialization and final packaging. The team worked closely with USM’s Thames-Rawlins Research Group in all aspects of the project, as well as with researchers from the Mississippi Polymer Institute.
 
“It was an opportunity for the students to receive experience in many areas,” said Hodges. “It was also a great opportunity for students to be exposed to science outside of the traditional classroom setting.”
 
Steve McDaniel, CEO of Reactive Surfaces, said he was pleased to work with Hodges and the team of Carey students.
 
“Dr. Hodges has contributed significantly to the commercialization and launch of this first product,” said McDaniel. “Reactive Surfaces has also been very pleased with the student interns program, under which it has supported the work of several Carey students to give them hands-on experience in a commercial laboratory setting.”
 
The e-RACE protector is on sale now for iPhone models 5, 6 and 6 Plus. For more information or to purchase, visit www.reactivesurfaces.com/products/e-race-screen-protectors/.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 10:15am
The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted the 2015 Research Symposium on April 17 with Dr. Stefanie Jeffrey of Stanford University as the keynote speaker.
 
Dr. Jeffrey, Stanford's chief of surgical oncology research and the John and Marva Warnock professor, joined three Carey faculty members in presenting lectures throughout the symposium. Her lecture topic was "Liquid Biopsy in Cancer." Following Dr. Jeffrey's lecture, Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate dean of pre-clinical sciences at the Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine, presented "Using Twitter Effectively to Prevent Injury and Deaths from Disasters."
 
Dr. Tyler Hodges, assistant professor of biological sciences, presented "Bioactive Surfaces and Their Applications," followed by Dr. Maude McGill, instructor of nursing, presenting "Increasing Dietary Phosphorous Knowledge and Adherence Among Adult Hemodialysis Patients through Peer Mentoring."
 
The lectures were presented free of charge and open to the public. Prior to the lectures, Carey students and faculty members from the medical college, the School of Nursing and the Master of Biomedical Science program competed in a research poster contest. The contest featured four categories, including graduate, medical, nursing and undergraduate. 
 
First place winners in the graduate category were Danielle Hagler and Justina Boles, students in the biomedical science program, for their poster, "Antimicrobial Peptides for Pathogen Reduction." Winners in the medical category were David Buford, Nabil Baddour, Allina Espinosa, Iben McCormick-Ricket and Dr. Subbarao for "An Evidence-Based Review of Resilience in Communities in the Face of Oil Spill Disasters."
 
Winning the nursing category was Denise Hancock, assistant professor of nursing, for "Leaving Academia: Work Experiences and Career Decisions of Former Nurse Faculty." Winning the undergraduate category was Pearl Ugwu-Dike, a senior biology major, for "Cross-Regulation Between the Notch Signaling Pathway and the Activin Signaling Pathway in the Ovary."
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 2:25pm
Dr. Julie May, an associate professor of biological sciences at William Carey University and a food blogger, recently published a cookbook, Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom, through Indigo River Publishing.
 
The full-color cookbook, published in October, is 342 pages in length and contains 152 recipes. The recipes are family favorites that prove to be quick and easy to follow. The book offers unique, interactive features, with each recipe having its own QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone or tablet. The code redirects readers to Dr. May’s blog, also known as Menu Musings, where they can see complete step-by-step photos and video.
 
The blog was started in 2010 because Dr. May wanted to share easy recipes with her busy friends. The blog is now the fastest-growing food blog in the country, according to Indigo River Publishing President Adam Tillinghast.
 
“It’s unlike any other blog on the web right now,” said Tillinghast. “She just passed eight million views on her site; it’s going to be close to 10 million before the end of the year. It’s truly a rising star in the food world.”
 
Dr. May’s recipes have been featured in the online edition of Glamour, Taste of Home’s Simple & Delicious and will appear in the December/January edition of eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI. Her food blog has an international following with around eight million views and is known for its detailed recipes and step-by-step photographs. It is also known because of Dr. May’s penchant for getting the entire family involved in the cooking process, especially children.
 
Additionally, her recipes have appeared in the Blossman Gas Blue Notes Newsletter, which is distributed to 60,000 households in a 12-state area. Dr. May has also appeared in cooking commercials for Ingles Markets, a grocery store chain in the Southeast with over 200 locations covering six states.
 
Dr. May said she authored the cookbook because of the tremendous success of her blog, a demand from her readers and her desire to get families to cook together.
 
“I grew up with my mother reading cookbooks at night,” said Dr. May. “So, for me, a cookbook needed to be more than just a listing of ingredients and a method…there needed to be stories of how the recipes got there, where the food came from and little tidbits of information for people to savor and enjoy.”
 
Dr. May has been on the WCU faculty since 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1995 and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 with a concentration in cellular and molecular neuroscience, focusing on the molecular aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, oxidative stress and aging. She worked for a year in postdoctoral research at Pennington Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge, La., focusing on human clinical research and studying physiological changes due to obesity before joining the WCU faculty.
 
She resides in Hattiesburg with her husband, Gregg. She has four children and two stepsons.
 
The book may be purchased via www.menumusingsbook.com, via Dr. May’s blog at www.menumusings.blogspot.com, or through Amazon.com. 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 3:33pm
Dr. Julie May, an associate professor of biological sciences at William Carey University and a food blogger, recently published a cookbook, Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom, through Indigo River Publishing.
 
The full-color cookbook, published in October, is 342 pages in length and contains 152 recipes. The recipes are family favorites that prove to be quick and easy to follow. The book offers unique, interactive features, with each recipe having its own QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone or tablet. The code redirects readers to Dr. May’s blog, also known as Menu Musings, where they can see complete step-by-step photos and video.
 
Dr. May’s recipes have been featured in the online edition of Glamour, Taste of Home’s Simple & Delicious and will appear in the December/January edition of eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI. Her food blog has an international following with around eight million views and is known for its detailed recipes and step-by-step photographs. It is also known because of Dr. May’s penchant for getting the entire family involved in the cooking process, especially children.
 
Additionally, her recipes have appeared in the Blossman Gas Blue Notes Newsletter, which is distributed to 60,000 households in a 12-state area. Dr. May has also appeared in cooking commercials for Ingles Markets, a grocery store chain in the Southeast with over 200 locations covering six states.
 
Dr. May said she authored the cookbook because of the tremendous success of her blog, a demand from her readers and her desire to get families to cook together.
 
“I grew up with my mother reading cookbooks at night,” said Dr. May. “So, for me, a cookbook needed to be more than just a listing of ingredients and a method…there needed to be stories of how the recipes got there, where the food came from and little tidbits of information for people to savor and enjoy.”
 
Dr. May has been on the WCU faculty since 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1995 and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 with a concentration in cellular and molecular neuroscience, focusing on the molecular aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, oxidative stress and aging. She worked for a year in postdoctoral research at Pennington Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge, La., focusing on human clinical research and studying physiological changes due to obesity before joining the WCU faculty.
 
She resides in Hattiesburg with her husband, Gregg. She has four children and two stepsons.
 
The book may be purchased via www.menumusingsbook.com, via Dr. May’s blog at www.menumusings.blogspot.com, or through Amazon.com.