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TEDx Announces Search for 2020 Speaker

Organizing team plans spring event to challenge and engage audiences OCTOBER 8, 2019 BY HANNAH NEWBOLD Sharing great ideas is the foundation of every TEDx event, and this year will be no exception at the University of Mississippi. The organizing team for the 2020 TEDxUniversityofMississippi event is seeking speakers for the spring event. Over four […]


Alex Mabry’s scholarship, provided by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, helps her concentrate on her studies in biology, chemistry, and psychology, and allows her to pursue her dreams of becoming either a trauma surgeon or obstetric gynecologist.

Cultivating Leaders: Alex Mabry

OCTOBER 8, 2019 I’m originally from Texas, but graduated high school as the valedictorian in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. I worked as a tour guide for Ruby Falls, an underground waterfall in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and as a waitress during my time in high school. I have four younger siblings, ages 16, 13, 13, and 3, and […]


The Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy has named Dr. Jane-Claire Williams (far left) as the 2019 Emerging Young Philanthropist. On hand to congratulate her were Judy Trott (center), former dean of students at the University of Mississippi, and Candie Simmons, an OMWC member.

Williams Honored as Emerging Philanthropist

Ole Miss Women’s Council Celebrates UM Alumna’s ‘Spirit of Giving’ OCTOBER 4, 2019 BY JONATHAN SCOTT One Christmas Eve afternoon when Dr. Jane-Claire Williams was 9 years old, her family piled into their car and drove from their home in Jackson to a neighborhood in another part of town where homes were smaller and the […]


Tamar Goulet, UM professor of biology, has been selected as one of 125 female ambassadors for a new program, launched by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in conjunction with Dallas-based Lydia Hill philanthropies, to encourage girls to pursue STEM education and careers. Photo by Robert Jordan

Biology Professor Selected as Ambassador for Nationwide Program

Tamar Goulet will mentor teen girls to encourage interest in STEM fields SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL amar L. Goulet, University of Mississippi professor of biology, has been selected as one of 125 female ambassadors for a new nationwide education program. The program, launched by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in […]


JP Lawrence photo of poison frog.

Survival of the Weakest

Professor Brice Noonan Puts a New Spin on Evolutionary Biology SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL When he was a teenager in south Florida, Brice Noonan discovered a new love that ultimately shaped the course of his life. “I became enamored of frogs in high school,” said Noonan, an associate professor in the Department of […]


UM freshman Khadeejah Franklin is a biology major interested in pre-med with plans to minor in chemistry. Her ultimate goal is to become a neurosurgeon. Photo by Thomas Graning

Freshman Intent on ‘Fulfilling Her Purpose’

Next-Generation Rebels: Biology major Khadeejah Franklin has goals in mind SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART “Remember your purpose.” That’s the advice University of Mississippi freshman Khadeejah Franklin received from her mother before leaving her hometown of Vancleave for Oxford. “Stay focused,” Triniss Wilkerson said she told her daughter. “I also told her do not lose sight […]


UM graduate J.P. Lawrence shows off clay models of dyeing poison frogs used in his work. He and a team of researchers began studying variations in color signals of the frogs in 2013 in French Guiana. The team has published its results in the Sept. 3 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Biology Alumnus Publishes Research in Prestigious Journal

National Academy of Sciences publication features article co-authored by J.P. Lawrence SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 BY EDWIN SMITH The biology research of a multinational team, led by a University of Mississippi alumnus, has been selected for publication in a prestigious international science journal. UM graduate J.P. Lawrence, a postdoctoral researcher of ecology and evolutionary biology at […]


Douglass Sullivan-González (right), dean of the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, welcomes the 2019 cohort of freshmen scholars, including (front row, from left) Tristan Tran, Jilkiah Bryant, Anastasia Jones-Burdick, Gracie Bush, Vivienne McCracken, Ethan Lambert and Addison Pratt and (back row) Julianna French, Maren McSparin, Eva Kiparizoska, Peter Nguyen and Luke Davis. Photo by Thomas Graning

Honors College Welcomes 17 Freshman Scholars

Recipients awarded prestigious scholarships from numerous sources SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Seventeen freshmen in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi have been awarded a total of $130,750 from four of the university’s most distinguished scholarship programs. Five of the freshmen earned McDonnell Barksdale Scholarships, six were recipients […]


Twenty University of Mississippi students interned in Eastern Asia this summer through a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Submitted photo

Freeman Foundation Grants Send UM Students to Other Side of the Globe

Grant supports 20 student internships in Eastern Asia AUGUST 19, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Stretching from Beijing to Singapore, 20 University of Mississippi students received global work experience this summer while interning in Eastern Asia through a grant from the Freeman Foundation. Their roles this summer varied, from an accounting internship in Bangkok to a medical internship […]


The 10 students involved with the inaugural Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program pose with their mentors during the program’s summer expo. Photo by Shea Stewart/University Marketing and Communications

Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness

Summer program supported by UM Flagship Constellations initiative AUGUST 6, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Six University of Mississippi undergraduate students spent their summer exploring research opportunities in neuroscience and brain wellness as part of the inaugural Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program. An initiative of the university’s Flagship Constellations, the program provided stipends for undergraduate students to engage […]