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An interdisciplinary team of University of Mississippi researchers is studying the problem of lead contamination in water systems in Jackson and Mississippi Delta communities in an effort to help Mississippi families ensure their drinking water is safe. Adobe Stock photo

Researchers Tackle Challenges of Safe Drinking Water in Mississippi

Interdisciplinary team partners with communities to raise awareness of lead risks JULY 29, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Recognizing that clean drinking water is a necessity of life, a group of University of Mississippi professors is using community-based research, education and outreach to work with communities in addressing water quality challenges. Most Mississippians receive their drinking water […]


Annie Cafer, UM assistant professor of sociologyi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is the first UM faculty member – and the first faculty member from a Mississippi university – to receive the fellowship. Photo by Thomas Graning

Is the South More at Risk for COVID-19?

University of Mississippi sociologist examines why Southern states are at risk in global pandemic APRIL 14, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend life in cities across the world, a University of Mississippi sociologist is focusing on the current and potential impact of the virus on rural communities across the South. […]


UM Director Playing Key Role in Upcoming 2020 Census

John Green serving as vice chairman of Mississippi Complete Count Committee OCTOBER 1, 2019 BY STAFF REPORT The director of the State Data Center of Mississippi, housed at the University of Mississippi, has been tapped by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve as vice chairman of the Mississippi Complete Count Committee. Bryant established the committee Aug. […]


UM student Alex Fratesi (center) conducts a water sample training with youth from the Tri-County Workforce Alliance at a Health Research and Career Fair at North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville.

News You Can Use: Community Collaborations Priority for UM Units

Faculty, staff and students looking for opportunities to improve conditions, create possibilities SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Public service has always been an integral part of the lives of University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students. For years, academic units and administrative officers have been partnering with Mississippians across the state to improve […]


The University of Mississippi’s Center for Population Studies hosted 33 rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from the New Pathways to Health Opportunity initiative for their annual summer campus visit. The students are part of the Tri-County Workforce Alliance youth program, which operates in Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie counties to build a healthy and competitive workforce through education and job training.

Delta Students Pursue New Pathways to Health During UM Visit

High schoolers discover career opportunities through visit with Center for Population Studies AUGUST 16, 2019 BY ELIZABETH SWEENEY High school students from the New Pathways to Health and Opportunity initiative recently spent the day at the University of Mississippi for their annual summer campus visit. The university’s Center for Population Studies, or CPS, hosted 33 […]


Annie Cafer, UM assistant professor of sociologyi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is the first UM faculty member – and the first faculty member from a Mississippi university – to receive the fellowship. Photo by Thomas Graning

Sociology Professor Honored by Community Development Society

Anne Cafer receives national recognition for contributions to her field AUGUST 8, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi professor is being recognized for her contributions to the field of community development. Anne Cafer, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, received the Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award from the Community Development Society […]


Annie Cafer, UM assistant professor of sociologyi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. She is the first UM faculty member – and the first faculty member from a Mississippi university – to receive the fellowship. Photo by Thomas Graning

Sociology Professor Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Annie Cafer claims first-ever fellowship in Mississippi for community resilience work APRIL 23, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Annie Cafer, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. The 32 fellows of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program were unveiled today (April 23) by the Carnegie Corp. of […]


Krista Oliver (left), Karen T. Peairs, Anne Cafer and David Calder celebrate after being honored with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at the 2019 Celebration of Service, hosted by the University of Mississippi Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The annual awards, the university’s highest honor recognizing service, recognize students, faculty, staff and community members who demonstrate selfless service to others. Photo by Thomas Graning

UM Spotlights Service with Sullivan, Community Engagement Awards

More than 20 recipients honored for outstanding contributions APRIL 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH University of Mississippi faculty and staff members, a student and several external community organizations were honored Wednesday (April 10) in celebration of their community-engaged research, learning and service work within the LOU community and beyond. The annual Algernon Sydney Sullivan […]


Anne Cafer (left), principal investigator of the Marks Project, conducts research with community members of the Mississippi Delta community.

Professors, Students Continue Collaboration with Marks Residents

Recent summer program yielded useful insights for future projects OCTOBER 9, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two years ago, three University of Mississippi faculty members became aware of efforts by several Marks residents to improve living conditions in their community. With a commitment to support these endeavors, the trio began recruiting undergraduate students to assist […]


High school students from the Mississippi Delta visit the UM campus to learn about health professions and health-related research as part of the Tri-County Workforce Alliance partnership with the Center for Population Studies.

Delta Students Learn About Health Professions at UM

Program exposes high schoolers to research options in health professions JULY 21, 2018 BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Students from five Mississippi Delta counties got a firsthand look at health care professions and research during a recent visit to the University of Mississippi. Nearly 50 high school students from Clarksdale and Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie […]