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Songbird Ecologist, Author to Deliver Earth Day Keynote

J. Drew Lanham’s environmental writing praised as opening ‘whole new worlds’ APRIL 19, 2019 BY KENDALL MCDONALD Songbird ecologist and award-winning author and poet J. Drew Lanham is the University of Mississippi‘s 2019 Earth Day keynote speaker. Lanham will discuss “Head to Heart – Creatively Writing the Bridge Between Science and Art,” at 7 p.m. […]


Neuroscience Research Displayed During Poster Competition

Five UM students present award-winning entries at recent event APRIL 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The recent Neuroscience Research Showcase and Brain Awareness Week events at the University of Mississippi included a poster competition that brought out the best and brightest students to shine light on neurosciences and other related fields. Eighteen graduate and […]


With funding from his International Space Station Flight Opportunity Award, UM biology professor Patrick Curtis will be sending bacteria from his lab to the ISS. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

How Do Bacteria Handle Microgravity?

UM professor’s research investigates controlling microorganisms in space APRIL 3, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART A University of Mississippi professor soon will be sending bacteria to space with the aim of improving future spaceflights. Patrick Curtis, an associate professor of biology, has been awarded an International Space Station, or ISS, Flight Opportunity Award, which will send bacteria grown […]


These days, Will St. Amand can be found working as a volunteer in the genealogy room of the Lafayette County-Oxford Public Library.

Promoting Excellence in Lab Instruction

UM biology professor pays tribute to late wife through gift MARCH 13, 2019 BY KIRSTEN FAULKNER A recent major gift from University of Mississippi Professor Emeritus Will St. Amand establishes an award designed to identify and provide support for higher education instruction in introductory-level biology. Additionally, the Georgia St. Amand Laboratory Teaching Assistant Award in […]


UM hosts its fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference March 6

Another Year of Exploring ‘New Horizons’

TEDxUniversityofMississippi to host fourth annual speaking event March 6 MARCH 5, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE The University of Mississippi is set to host its annual TEDxUniversityofMississippi conference that will bring together speakers from throughout the university community to the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6). The fourth TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host eight speakers, […]


Dr. Bill Longest enjoys a moment of reflection.

A Biology Faculty Member Gives Back

Longest Scholarship Will Help Transfer Students Complete Their Degrees February 20, 2019 By Bill Dabney Dr. William D. Longest, who taught biology at the University of Mississippi for over two decades, recently established a scholarship endowment to help offset tuition expenses for students who transfer to Ole Miss from a community college. UM Provost Noel Wilkin […]


Erin Calipari

Neuroscientist is Keynote Speaker for Brain Awareness Week

Vanderbilt assistant professor Erin Calipari to address opioid addiction FEBRUARY 8, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A leading neuroscientist will discuss the impact of opioids and other drugs on the human brain during Brain Awareness Week, set for Feb. 19-21, at the University of Mississippi. Erin Calipari, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at […]


Two Honors College Students Named Marshall Scholar Finalists

One of two University of Mississippi students may be pursuing graduate studies in the United Kingdom next year, thanks to a prestigious international scholarship program. Jaz Brisack, of Oxford, and Marisa Kutchma, of St. Louis, have been selected as finalists for Marshall Scholarships. Established by an act of Parliament, the distinctive two-year program finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year for graduate study at a U.K. institution in any field. If chosen, Brisack or Kutchma would be UM’s third Marshall Scholar. Brent Bonds, of Iuka, and James Robert “JR” Rigby, of Madison, both 2003 alumni, were finalists in 2002. Rigby won the award.


Ryan Garrick (left), UM associate professor of biology, and Colin Jackson, professor of biology and associate chair for graduate studies, are recipients of a National Science Foundation award to explore the Earth’s biodiversity. Photo by Kevin Bain

Biology Professors Receive NSF Award to Study Biodiversity

Funds support research into ecological, evolutionary processes OCTOBER 25, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Two University of Mississippi biology professors have received a National Science Foundation award for nearly $800,000 to explore interactions between microorganisms and freshwater mussels in an effort to better understand the Earth’s biodiversity, focusing on how ecosystems function. Colin Jackson, professor of biology, is principal […]


Professor Parsons

Scientist Invents Device to Improve Fishery Operations

Design being tested by Gulf shrimpers reduces bycatch of untargeted marine life OCTOBER 18, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi marine biologist has created a new device that could greatly improve shrimping operations and is putting the device to the test through partnerships with members of the Gulf of Mexico fishing industry. […]