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Christina Wallace is on her way to becoming the first member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to earn a medical degree from the School of Medicine.

Medical School Dream No Longer Haunts Ground-Breaking Student

APRIL 8, 2019 BY GARY PETTUS On the day Christina Wallace said goodbye to her friends at the Choctaw Health Center, they brought out a cake glazed with stethoscope- and lab coat-frosting. They gave her a real stethoscope and a writing pen, both decorated with Native American hand-beaded designs. “They filled a bowl with notes […]


Aliens are Coming to March Edition of Science Cafe

UM chemistry professor Ryan Fortenberry to discuss molecules from deep space MARCH 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The detection and possible impact of alien molecules from deep space are the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s third meeting of […]


A Grisham fellow from Newton High School helps a resident of the State Veterans Home mix watercolors for his painting project. Photo by Kevin Bain

Grisham Fellows Find UM Family During Visits

Newton High School students meet with faculty, staff and students; volunteer in community FEBRUARY 25, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH As a student at the University of Mississippi, Bruce Ware took Sociology 101 under professor Vaughn Grisham. From that classroom experience, Ware and Grisham developed an enduring friendship that inspired Ware to incorporate an ethic […]


Professor Receives Competitive NIH Award, Peer-reviewed Journal Cover

Saumen Chakraborty’s research explores alternate energy, Alzheimer’s disease JANUARY 3, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART The fall semester was kind to University of Mississippi researcher Saumen Chakraborty, who received a National Institutes of Health award and earned the cover of a scientific journal. Chakraborty, an assistant professor in the UM Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded a $317,198 grant […]


National Chemical Journal Features UM Professors’ Paper

Research explores new class of solvents called ionic liquids DECEMBER 6, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART A trio of University of Mississippi chemistry and biochemistry professors are cover stars, with their paper landing on the front of the latest issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. The professors are Nathan Hammer, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Charles […]


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.


UM Professor Part of Upcoming American Chemical Society Webinar

Presentation puts astrochemistry research program in spotlight OCTOBER 30, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART A University of Mississippi chemistry professor is offering a glimpse into interstellar molecules and the mysteries of life in space during a free interactive webinar on Thursday (Nov. 1). Ryan Fortenberry, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UM, will open the discussion, moderate […]


Versatility of Wheat in Cooking Topic for October Science Cafe

OCTOBER 16, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT University of Mississippi professor Susan Pedigo will lead a program Oct. 16 examining “The Versatility of Wheat in Cooking” at this month’s Science Cafe. Pedigo, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will speak on the subject at 6 p.m. at Uptown Coffee. The event is free and open to […]


Senior international studies and Spanish major Caroline Bass spent the spring of 2018 studying in the Dominican Republic as part of her Croft Institute studies.

Study Abroad Gives Croft Students Experience of a Lifetime

Semester, year overseas creates global citizens out of institute’s students SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Since its beginning in 1998, the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi has supplied students with the tools to become global citizens. Chief among these tools are acquiring a high level of proficiency in a foreign language and studying […]


The 2018 cohort of Stamps Scholars at UM is: (front row, from left) Grace Dragna, Grace Marion and Valerie Quach, and (back row) Shahbaz Gul, Jeffrey Wang, Gregory Vance and Richard Springer. Photo by Bill Dabney

Seven UM Freshmen Named 2018 Stamps Scholars

Students exemplify best of scholarship, community service and leadership SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Seven members of the 2018 freshman class at the University of Mississippi have the distinction of being Stamps Foundation Scholars. The Stamps Scholarships at Ole Miss are the most comprehensive, full scholarship packages for in-state and out-of-state students. This […]