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Biological Sciences

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 7:51am
The William Carey University Cultural Society Alumni Chapter awarded a scholarship to Carey freshman Aubreanna Moffett of Mount Olive during a membership dinner at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Hattiesburg on Feb. 20.
The scholarship was presented to Moffett by Dennis Miller, a 1988 graduate and chapter president, and Linda Montgomery, a 1985 graduate and chapter secretary.
The chapter, organized in 2012, was the first Carey alumni chapter to officially organize. It is also the first Carey alumni chapter to award a scholarship. Moffett is the first recipient of the chapter scholarship.
Moffett, a student in Carey’s pre-pharmacy biology track, plans to attend pharmacy school following graduation from the university.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:20am
Vivian Clark of Perkinston, a senior at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi, was recently awarded a $1,800 scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization promoting increased educational opportunities for women.
Clark, a psychology major and biology minor, was recommended for the nationally competitive award by the sisterhood’s Chapter M, which is based in Hattiesburg. The sisterhood’s Program for Continuing Education provides need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to support themselves and their families.
The scholarship will help Clark, who also works in the Tradition campus education department, achieve her educational goals and ease the burden of expenses such as tuition, books and lab fees.
“We were inspired to sponsor Vivian for the scholarship due to her tenacity,” said Hanna Knowles, chair of the scholarship committee. “She had applied to several positions and had been turned away due to her level of education. This did not deter her, but rather pushed her to improve her qualifications.”
The sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, has given more than $250 million in financial assistance to more than 95,000 recipients. For more information on the sisterhood, visit
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