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Annie Cafer, UM assistant professor of sociologyi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is the first UM faculty member – and the first faculty member from a Mississippi university – to receive the fellowship. Photo by Thomas Graning

Sociology Professor Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Annie Cafer claims first-ever fellowship in Mississippi for community resilience work APRIL 23, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Annie Cafer, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. The 32 fellows of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program were unveiled today (April 23) by the Carnegie Corp. of […]


Lauded Author Brings Home Truth and Compassion

UM professor Kiese Laymon receiving national acclaim for memoir ‘Heavy’ APRIL 15, 2019 BY JUSTIN WHITMORE When Kiese Laymon began working on his memoir “Heavy: An American Memoir,” he was writing to an audience of one. “I wrote that to my mother,” he said. “It was directly addressed to my mom and to my region […]


The inaugural Policy Talks is set for 5:30 p.m. April 25 in Bryant Hall, Room 209. Three UM faculty members and three select alumni will discuss religious freedom laws. A reception will follow the free event in the Bryant Hall Gallery. Photo by Robert Jordan

Forum to Examine Religious Freedom Laws in State

Policy Talks event draws on expertise of faculty, alumni from Department of Philosophy and Religion APRIL 12, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A panel discussion examining religious freedom laws is scheduled for April 25 at the University of Mississippi. The inaugural “Policy Talks” begins at 5:30 p.m. in Bryant Hall, Room 209. Three UM faculty […]


Krista Oliver (left), Karen T. Peairs, Anne Cafer and David Calder celebrate after being honored with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at the 2019 Celebration of Service, hosted by the University of Mississippi Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The annual awards, the university’s highest honor recognizing service, recognize students, faculty, staff and community members who demonstrate selfless service to others. Photo by Thomas Graning

UM Spotlights Service with Sullivan, Community Engagement Awards

More than 20 recipients honored for outstanding contributions APRIL 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH University of Mississippi faculty and staff members, a student and several external community organizations were honored Wednesday (April 10) in celebration of their community-engaged research, learning and service work within the LOU community and beyond. The annual Algernon Sydney Sullivan […]


UM Faculty Travel Across Southeast for Collaborations

Ten faculty members participate in SEC Faculty Travel Program DECEMBER 13, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Ten University of Mississippi faculty members are taking part in the SEC Faculty Travel Program this academic year, joining more than 100 fellow faculty members from other Southeastern Conference institutions. Established in 2012 by the SEC provosts, the program provides financial assistance from […]


Center for the Study of Southern Culture Gets New Director

Kathryn McKee will be the first woman to lead the groundbreaking center’s work APRIL 10, 2019 For only the fourth time in the 40-year history of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, a new director will take the helm. Kathryn McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and associate professor of English at […]


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Truth of Black Holes Topic of April Science Cafe

UM physicist Leo Stein to discuss deep-space phenomena APRIL 5, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The latest observations about the deep-space phenomena of black holes is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s final meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe […]


Karen Raber Chosen for SEC Faculty Award

UM English professor honored for teaching and Shakespeare scholarship APRIL 4, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Karen Raber, a professor of English at the University of Mississippi, has been named the university’s recipient of a 2019 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. This is the eighth year the program has honored one person from each of the 14 SEC […]


UM psychology professor John Young (left) talks with Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks after receiving the 2019 Elsie M. Hood Teacher of the Year Thursday evening (April 4) at Honors Convocation. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

Glowing Reviews Land Elsie Hood Award for Student Favorite

Psychology professor John Young is UM’s 2019 Teacher of the Year APRIL 5, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Glowing, superlative-filled recommendation letters paint the picture of a professor who “pours his heart and soul into his work.” Those comments from University of Mississippi students have led to John Young, associate professor of psychology, being named the […]


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 […]