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Brad Cook, UM associate professor of classics, balances an ancient Greek inscription over an X-ray fluorescent spectrometer as Lance Yarbrough, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering, and Melanie Munns Antonelli, collections manager for the University Museum, watch. Photo by Kevin Bain

Past Meets Future with UM Research into Greek Plaques

Classics, engineering professors team up to explore ancient history NOVEMBER 26, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART It is a delicate balancing act Brad Cook performs as he places a more-than-2,000-year-old golden Greek artifact atop a high-energy X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. In position, the wafer-thin ancient article soon will be beamed with billions of photons, all to unlock […]


Students view Barlow’s Planetarium while on display at the UM Museum. Photo by Robert Jordan

UM Museum Named to ’51 Most Astounding University Museums’

Facility in national spotlight for fourth time in five years AUGUST 8, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi Museum and its extensive collection of art, scientific equipment and Greek and Roman antiquities are in the national spotlight once again, this time being named to EdSmart’s list of “51 Most Astounding University Museums.” The […]


Three Liberal Arts Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching

Award recipients come from fields of classics, public policy leadership and modern languages MAY 11, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Three University of Mississippi professors were honored Friday (May 11) by the College of Liberal Arts for their excellence in teaching. Nidhi Vij Mali, assistant professor of public policy leadership, received the Howell Family Outstanding […]


Rebecca Benefiel, an associate professor of classics at Washington and Lee University and Ancient Graffiti Project director, uses an iPad to photograph graffiti in Herculaneum, Italy. Submitted photo

Ancient Graffiti Project Offers Door to Past for UM Professor

Project uncovers wall plaster etchings buried by Mount Vesuvius APRIL 25, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Centuries before Kilroy was here, “Hyacinthus was here,” lurking around the streets of ancient Herculaneum, carving his eternal presence into wall plaster with graffiti. Hyacinthus’ reminder is joined by other graffiti etched into the walls of the Italian town that […]


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UM Museum Opens First Gallery in Renovated Mary Buie Wing

Project is one of the most significant expansions in the museum’s 78-year history MARCH 27, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE The University of Mississippi Museum has reopened the first of four galleries in its Mary Buie wing, which is undergoing reinstallation to house the David M. Robinson Memorial Collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The original […]


University of Mississippi students (left to right) Madison Savoy, Abigail Garrett, Cellas Hayes, Lindsey Miller and Brittany Brown present their undergraduate research during Posters in the Rotunda March 20 at the state Capitol. Photo by Shea Stewart/University Communications

UM Undergraduate Students Present Their Research at the Capitol

Posters in the Rotunda showcases undergraduate projects at state universities MARCH 23, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Five University of Mississippi students displayed their undergraduate research on topics ranging from the Latino South to therapeutic treatments for cognitive disorders during Posters in the Rotunda Tuesday (March 20) at the Mississippi State Capitol. They were among 33 students from Mississippi’s eight […]


Conservator Amy Jones Abbe gives the Bust of an Unknown Roman a careful cleaning as part of her residency at University Museum. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

Conservator Completes Work on Three Marble Busts at UM Museum

Amy Jones Abbe’s weeklong residency also included lectures and public presentations FEBRUARY 7, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Amy Jones Abbe, one of the country’s most respected conservators of Greek and Roman sculpture, enjoyed a brief residency at the University of Mississippi Museum last week. The Athens, Georgia, resident divided her time between restoring three […]


Several marble busts are among the more than 2,000 items in the Robinson Greek and Roman Antiquities Collection in the University Museum. Submitted photo

Conservator Visiting UM Museum to Examine Marble Sculpture Collection

Amy Jones Abbe to assess selected pieces and advise staff on their preservation JANUARY 29, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH One of the country’s most respected conservators of Greek and Roman sculpture is visiting the University of Mississippi Museum this week to review its collection and share her expertise. Amy Jones Abbe of Athens, Georgia, […]


Classics Professor Receives Humanities Fellowship to Greece

Brad Cook to study origins, meanings of two ancient Greek inscriptions from university’s collection JANUARY 22, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Brad Cook, an associate professor of classics at the University of Mississippi, will spend the spring in Athens, Greece, researching two ancient inscriptions that are part of the David M. Robinson Memorial Collection of Greek and […]


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Award-Winning Graduate Students

Each year College of Liberal Arts departments present Graduate Student Achievement Awards at Honors Day. These six represent scholars across the discipline areas housed in the College. ANNA KATHERINE BLACK PhD clinical psychology ’18 Doctoral winner of UM’s Three Minute Thesis Competition challenging graduate students to explain their research in three minutes and using only […]