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Brooke P. Alexander, a UM graduate and visiting assistant professor of art and art history at the university, created the cover art for Bruce Levingston’s new album.

Acclaim for UM Pianist Draws Worldwide Attention to State, University

New album, London concerts mark notable start of 2019 for Levingston FEBRUARY 18, 2019 BY JONATHAN SCOTT The month of January brought positive attention to the University of Mississippi and the state as Bruce Levingston, internationally renowned concert pianist and holder of UM’s Fant Chair and Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence, received acclaim for his latest album, “Citizen,” […]


Classics Professor Named Humanities Teacher of the Year

Brad Cook receives honor from Mississippi Humanities Council, presents Feb. 11 lecture FEBRUARY 7, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Brad Cook, an associate professor of classics at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a Humanities Teacher Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council. The award recognizes outstanding work by a Mississippian in bringing the insights of the humanities […]


Leo C. Stein

Q&A with Leo Stein, Black Hole Researcher

Leo C. Stein, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronom


This simulation depicts two merging black holes, each about 30 solar masses. This is approximately what a person would see if they could travel in spaceship to take a closer look at merging black holes.

Making Better Predictions of Black Hole Smash-Ups

Caltech, UM physicists use supercomputers and AI to create most accurate model of stellar mergers JANUARY 30, 2019 BY WHITNEY CLAVIN/CALTECH STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS One of the most cataclysmic events to occur in the cosmos involves the collision of two black holes. Formed from the deathly collapse of massive stars, black holes are incredibly compact – […]


Amanda Johnston, UM associate professor of music, is set to perform songs of love with mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland on Tuesday (Jan. 29) at Nutt Auditorium. Photo by Robert Jordan

Faculty Pianist and Guest Mezzo-soprano to Perform Songs of Love

Longtime collaborators launch tri-city tour Jan. 29 on campus JANUARY 25, 2019 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS Valentine’s Day may not be until Feb. 14, but pianist Amanda Johnston and mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland will perform a program all about love, entitled “Mots d’amour,” or “Words of Love,” Jan. 29 at the University of Mississippi. “We’re performing […]


Two UM Professors Have Titles on Best Southern Books of 2018

Kiese Laymon’s ‘Heavy,’ Chris Offutt’s ‘County Dark’ recognized by AJC JANUARY 23, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE Two University of Mississippi faculty members had books recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as among the best pieces of Southern literature published in 2018. Kiese Laymon’s memoir “Heavy” and Chris Offutt’s historical novel “Country Dark” were among 11 titles selected as […]


Ron and Jody Wilson (from left) have made a gift to the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College in honor of Mary Lou and Harry Owens. Representing the Honors College is the dean, Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez.

Estate Gift Honors Family and Friends

Wilsons’ planned contribution designed to benefit teaching in UM Honors College JANUARY 19, 2019 BY BILL DABNEY Ron and Jody Wilson, of Oxford, want their planned gift to help generate more University of Mississippi courses that will engage and challenge students for generations to come. The Wilsons recently included Ole Miss in their estate plans, […]


Philosophy Chair Wins National Excellence in Academic Advising Award

Steven Skultety recognized for service and support of students JANUARY 23, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Over the past few years, Steven C. Skultety has advised, encouraged and lent a compassionate ear to hundreds of students at the University of Mississippi. Now some of those same students are nominating him for awards – and he’s […]


Jessica Wilkerson

Three Southern Studies Faculty Celebrate Book Publications

Off Square Books event set for Jan. 22 JANUARY 8, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY Three faculty members at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture are kicking off the spring semester with a celebration of their books’ publication. The event, set for 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at Off Square Books […]


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 […]