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Consider the Amphibian

UM biologist part of institute studying species’ resiliency against disease October 13, 2021 by Shea Stewart Humans have a lot to learn from amphibians. This class of animals – frogs, salamanders and caecilians – has been decimated by the emergence of new infectious diseases, along with human-caused damage to their ecosystems. Yet, some species have […]


Lainy Day, who has studied Central and South American birds for many years, will use her Science Cafe talk to explain how th ebirds' hormones, bones, muscles and brains support the intense dance routines they employ in mating rituals. Submitted graphic

Bird Courtship Rituals Topic for Virtual Science Café

Neuroscience professor to discuss manakin study during Sept. 21 Zoom event September 16, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith The acrobatic courtship rituals among Central and South American birds is the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Café scheduled for Tuesday (Sept. 21) by a University of Mississippi biologist. The program will be hosted on Zoom […]


Jared Barnes (right), a senior biology major from Grenada, talks about his biodegradable drug delivery system research during a poster presentation for the UM Summer Undergraduate Research Group Grant program. Photo by Shea Stewart/UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Immersed in Summer Research

Undergraduate program opens doors to new creative scholarship September 15, 2021 BY Shea Stewart Sydni Davis found herself in rewarding new territory this summer. The University of Mississippi sophomore from Tupelo spent the summer conducting interviews with Black women, gaining valuable experience in ethnographic methods as part of a summer research project. “I am proud of myself […]


Luther Knight (left) and son Scott spend time together at home. Submitted photo

University Community Remembers Luther August Knight Jr.

Beloved biology professor helped establish UM Field Station, conducted groundbreaking research August 30, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Family and members of the University of Mississippi community are fondly recalling memories of the late Luther Augustus Knight Jr., a beloved retired biology professor whose noteworthy achievements included helping establish the university’s renowned Field Station. Knight, […]


Biologist Pablo Bacon (left) and Rachel Anderson, a graduate of the UM Department of Biology, collect macroinvertebrate samples from a field in the Mississippi Delta. A new UM research project at sites such as this is exploring holding runoff water on agricultural landscapes after crops are harvested, which could reduce the pollution of downstream waterways, improve soil health and crop yields and provide crucial food and habitat for migratory birds. Photo courtesy Larry Pace

Helping Farms Be In Harmony With Nature

EPA grant involves researchers, Mississippi Delta farmers exploring agricultural runoff water August 25, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi professor is using an Environmental Protection Agency grant to explore the potential benefits of holding runoff water on agricultural landscapes after crops are harvested. The move could reduce the pollution of downstream waterways, improve […]


Conner Ball nabs the iconic Golden Ticket after an audition last fall on "American Idol." He had pinned his hopes on "Falling," the Harry Styles song, that is.

No ‘Idol’ boast—medical student wins Golden Ticket to Hollywood

March 19, 2021 By Gary Pettus for the University of Mississippi Medical Center As Dr. Lyssa Weatherly recalls, when Conner Ball (BA biological sciences 18) was a first-year medical student, he recorded a song that made the rounds among faculty and staff at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “It was so good, people kept […]


Twenty UM graduate students are exploring a range of research and creative scholarship as recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants.They are (top, from left) Mohammed Ahmed, Omayma Al Azzam, Tomayo Berida, Olena Ciftci, Savannah Draud, Kritika Gupta and James Howington; (middle) Myungjin Jung, Siddhi Korgaonkar, Salahuddin Mohammed, Hannah Nelson, Alaa Qrareya, Monika Salkar and Benjamin Sawyer; and (bottom) Joshua Semko, Samir Senapati, Caitlin Shaw, Jaret Webb, Kendall Wontor and Natasha Wood.

Graduate Student Council Research Grants Further Range of Research

Twenty students awarded grants for research, creative scholarship pursuits July 2, 2021 by Shea Stewart With projects ranging from service robots in the hospitality and tourism industries to a novel treatment of dry eye disease to relationship ghosting, 20 University of Mississippi graduate students are exploring a range of research and creative scholarship as recent […]


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 […]