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A Mere Minnow Gives Mighty Medical Insights

Developmental biologist Joshua Bloomekatz uses zebrafish to probe the origins of heart cells. JANUARY 22, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL If you want to understand a fundamental mystery of life, look no farther than a two-inch fish. Using zebrafish, a freshwater breed that’s in the minnow family, to understand how hearts develop in embryos, Joshua Bloomekatz, […]


Anna Lauren Heavener, transfer admissions counselor at the University of Mississippi, is a Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar for the organization’s 2020 Honors Institute. Photo by Kevin Bain

Admissions Counselor Named Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Scholar

Anna Lauren Heavener recognized for excellent service to transfer students JANUARY 9, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A transfer admissions counselor at the University of Mississippi has been selected by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society to serve as a faculty scholar for the organization’s 2020 summer conference. Anna Lauren Heavener is among 30 PTK […]


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UM Professors Collaborate with Counterparts Through SEC Grant

Faculty Travel Program encourages, supports conference partnerships DECEMBER 17, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Thirteen University of Mississippi professors are taking part in this year’s SEC Faculty Travel Program, strengthening the university’s collaborations with fellow Southeastern Conference institutions and offering UM professors an opportunity to interact with their counterparts. Established in 2012 by the SEC presidents and chancellors, […]


UM junior Delora Denney, of Picayune (center), meets with staff members from U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly’s staff in Washington, D.C., earlier this year to advocate for migraine disease research funding. Denney has struggled with the disease since childhood and plans to become a headache specialist to help others who have the disorder.

Junior Using Experiences with Migraine to Help Others

Denney working to inform and assist others suffering from chronic disease DECEMBER 4, 2019 BY PAM STARLING When Delora Denney, of Picayune, was 8 years old, a neurologist diagnosed her with chronic migraine disease. She has since been hospitalized six different times due to the debilitating symptoms triggered by the disease. “I can still recall […]


Susan Balenger, UM assistant professor of biology, holds a nestling bluebird at the the Itasca Biological Field Station in upstate Minnesota. She will discuss the decline of chirping by male crickets in Hawaii during the last Oxford Science Cafe of the fall semester.

Declining Chirping of Hawaiian Crickets Topic for Science Cafe

Susan Balenger to discuss insects’ loss of ability for mating chirp at final meeting of fall NOVEMBER 15, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The rapidly diminishing ability of male crickets in Hawaii to chirp, which is part of their mating ritual, is the topic of the final Oxford Science Cafe of the fall semester. The […]


The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket, with Cygnus resupply spacecraft onboard, launches Nov. 2 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Northrop Grumman’s 12th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 8,200 pounds of payload, including research materials created at the University of Mississippi. Photo courtesy NASA

UM-Manufactured Materials Launched into Outer Space

Nano-reinforced materials to be tested aboard the International Space Station NOVEMBER 4, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART New nano-reinforced materials created at the University of Mississippi left the Earth Saturday morning (Nov. 2) on a journey to the International Space Station. The innovative research materials were part of a payload that blasted off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. […]


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 Tamar 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 […]