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Neutron stars – pictured in this artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars – are among the phenomena to be studied at the new UM Center for Multi-messenger Astrophysics. The narrow beam represents the gamma-ray burst, and the rippling spacetime grid indicates the isotropic gravitational waves that characterize the merger. Swirling clouds of materials ejected from the collision are a possible source of the light that was seen at lower energies. Graphic courtesy National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University

UM Establishes Center for Researching Multi-messenger Astrophysics

Emergent scientific field arose from discovery of gravitational waves NOVEMBER 15, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Riding a new frontier of scientific discovery into gravitational waves, the University of Mississippi is now home to the Center for Multi-messenger Astrophysics. The center was launched Nov. 1 after the center’s creation was approved by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning […]


An Oxford Elementary School student lies on a bed of nails as a volunteer places a weight on her while other Spooky Physics Night participants observe. Photo by Nathan Latil

Fun, Frights and Food Set for Annual ‘Spooky Physics’ Night

UM Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts hands-on event Oct. 26 OCTOBER 19, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH New frights and fresh takes on old delights are the order of the evening when the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy presents “Spooky Physics Demonstrations” from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 in Lewis […]


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 […]


Josh Gladden Appointed to Top Research Position at UM

Vice chancellor role oversees Office of Research and Sponsored Programs OCTOBER 2, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Josh Gladden has been named vice chancellor for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi following a nationwide search. The vice chancellor serves as the university’s chief research officer. Gladden, who joined the university in July 2005 as […]


Jennifer Meyer, a visiting assistant professor of physics and astronomy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss the discovery if liquid water on one of Saturn’s moons Sept. 18 at Uptown Coffee.

Moon of Saturn Topic for First Science Cafe of Fall Semester

Visiting professor Jennifer Meyer discusses tides, oceans and the possibility of life on Enceladus SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The surprising discovery of liquid water on one of Saturn’s moons is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The fall semester’s […]


Marco Cavaglia, a UM professor of physics and astronomy, spends his spring break educating Mississippi high school students about physics as part of a Global Teaching Project program. Ph

Students Study Physics During Spring Break Visit

Project prepares high school students for AP Physics APRIL 4, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART It was probably the first time Yung Bleu’s hip-hop had been used to teach physics. Yet, in Marco Cavaglià’s University of Mississippi classroom during spring break, the artist’s music played, causing the electronic waves of an oscilloscope to bounce and jiggle with the […]


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 […]


A 3-D model of Maryam Landi’s speaker-enhancement design. Photo by Nathan Towery

Alumna Develops New Miniature Speaker Structure for Enhanced Sound

JULY 24, 2018 By NATHAN TOWRY for the University of Mississippi Graduate School Summer 2018 Newsletter A lot of speaker designs in the world yield powerful, high-quality sound but fail to deliver when the speaker is miniaturized. This is because no one has figured out the physics behind doing so — until now. University of […]


Twenty-three University of Mississippi students are involved with the Ole Miss Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, an inaugural program to expand and enhance undergraduate research and creative achievement at UM.Photo by Kevin Bain/ Communications

New UM Program Funds Summer Undergraduate Research

23 students to conduct mentored summer research projects JUNE 21, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Twenty-three University of Mississippi undergraduate students are participating in the Ole Miss Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, an inaugural program to expand and enhance undergraduate research and creative achievement. In May, the UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced that 15 Undergraduate […]


Thomas Marshall (pictured) and Maribeth Stolzenburg, a pair of University of Mississippi professors of physics and astronomy, have been granted two National Science Foundation awards to study lightning initiation.Photo by Robert Jordan/Communications

National Science Foundation Funds Further Lightning Research

UM professors studying the mysteries of how lightning starts JUNE 13, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Science has revealed several fascinating things about lightning. For instance, a lightning flash can heat the surrounding air to temperatures around 50,000 degrees – five times hotter than the sun’s surface. Lightning bolts roar toward the ground at speeds of […]