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Yongjian Qiu, a UM assistant professor of biology, is studying a plant gene that could help solve a problem caused by warming global temperatures. Qiu’s work in this field is the subject of a new Nature Communications paper. Submitted photo

Helping Crops Combat Climate Change

UM researcher explores effects of climate change on plant growth April 26, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi biology professor’s research that examines challenges facing crop productivity caused by global climate change is attracting attention. Yongjian Qiu, an assistant professor of biology, is studying a plant gene that could help solve a problem […]


Endowment Honors Memories of Three Friends

Scholarship Recipients Carry On Fraternity Brothers’ Legacies April 7, 2021 By Bill Dabney A scholarship endowment paying tribute to the lives of three University of Mississippi students has grown to more than $468,000, and three new recipients of the scholarship say they feel honored to represent the men for whom the scholarship is named. Continuing […]


Lainy Day sets up an office in her camp at St. Cuthbert’s, Guyana, on a research trip in 2013 to connect and help students back in Oxford at the University of Mississippi. Submitted photo

Biologist Publishes Breakthrough Study

Lainy Day’s research advances the study of avian evolution February 4, 2021 by Abigail Meisel Lainy Day, an associate professor of biology at the University of Mississippi and director of the university’s neuroscience minor, has published an article in Nature, an international journal that publishes the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology. Part […]


UM Health Center staff show off their bandages after getting the first doses of their COVID vaccines. The history and variety of vaccines is the topic for the Jan. 19 edition of the university’s Science Cafe, which will be available on Zoom. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Understanding Vaccines Topic for Virtual Oxford Science Cafe

UM biologist to discuss types, safety and side effects during Jan. 19 event on Zoom January 8, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith The history and variety of vaccines – including the recent development of vaccines for COVID-19 – is the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Cafe scheduled for Jan. 19 by University of Mississippi […]


Citizen scientists can take an active role in studying and protecting biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico using the Mobile App for Marine Assessment being developed by UM biologists. The project is funded by federal money through the RESTORE Council and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Submitted photo

Biologists Developing Mobile App for Coastal Marine Assessment

Glenn Parsons and Richard Buchholz lead new Gulf of Mexico Citizen Scientist Initiative NOVEMBER 23, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH In the age of crowdfunding and viral media, two University of Mississippi biologists are developing a mobile phone app that will allow “citizen scientists” to conduct marine assessments on the north central Gulf of Mexico. […]


A gift from the Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation will help provide laboratory facilities in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation at the University of Mississippi. One of the laboratories will be named for Kelly Gene Cook Sr.

Supporting STEM

Cook Foundation Designates Major Gift to New UM Building NOVEMBER 4, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY The Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter of the University of Mississippi, has pledged $250,000 to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility on the Oxford campus dedicated to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The […]


A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches Oct. 2 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The resupply mission to the International Space Station included in its payload bacteria grown at UM that is part of biology professor Patrick Curtis’ research into bacteria growth in weak gravity. Photo courtesy NASA/Patrick Black

UM-Grown Bacteria Conquer the Final Frontier

Microbial growth in space research being conducted aboard International Space Station OCTOBER 13, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Bacteria grown in a University of Mississippi laboratory are zipping around the Earth about every 90 minutes, racing roughly 250 miles above the planet aboard the International Space Station. The microbes are part of UM biologist Patrick Curtis’ […]


S. Kendall Dunn Biology Support Fund

OCTOBER 27, 2020 Alumna Dr. S. Kendall Dunn of Pike Road, Alabama supports excellence in student research and learning at the University of Mississippi Department of Biology through the purchasing of new instrumentation and infrastructure required to support these instruments. “The biology curriculum at Ole Miss put me in a great position for most of […]


UM graduates who have received scholarships this year for medical school through the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program are (from left) Meagan Buchanan, Katelynn McGowen, Steven Smith and Jamie Riggs. Photo by Joe Ellis/UM Medical Center

UM Graduates Receive Rural Physicians Scholarships

Program helps students attend medical school in return for service to state OCTOBER 6, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT Several graduates of the University of Mississippi have been awarded Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships valued at $30,000 a year for their medical training. The awards were announced at an annual scholarship ceremony in Jackson. The UM graduates […]


UM Students Accepted to Rural Physicians Program

Scholars agree to serve in small Mississippi communities after graduation OCTOBER 6, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT Several students at the University of Mississippi were recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. The Ole Miss students are: Deshauntra Green, of Fayette Jada King, of Bay Springs Jazmin King, of […]