HATTIESBURG, MS - The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) issued program details for the 29th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium, scheduled for Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

The symposium will include more than 30 technical papers. Awards will be presented for outstanding papers, including the $10,000 Shelby F. Thames Best Paper Award co-sponsored by PCI magazine, Avecia NeoResins and Bayer Corp.

Also scheduled in conjunction with the symposium are several coatings short courses. Scheduled for Feb. 3-5 is "The Physical Principles of Formulation, Part III." Scheduled for Feb. 4-5 are "Design of Experiments for Coatings Scientists," "Modern Analysis, Characterization and Testing of Coatings," "Modern Coatings Technology," "Reformulating to Waterborne Coatings," and "Water-Soluble/Water-Borne Polymers."

More information on the symposium and courses is available from the USM School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, phone 601/266.4475, website www.psrc.usm.edu/waterborne.