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Census Data Offers Insights into Changing Face of the State

Mississippi leaders can use information to improve communities, stem population loss August 13, 2021 by Jamiko Deleveaux The latest installment of 2020 U.S. Census data, released earlier this week, offers some important insights for state and local leaders on how the region’s demographics are shifting and how to battle the trend of declining population within […]


The Triplett siblings, from left, are Lou Ann Woidtke, Liz Walker, Suzy Fuller, Diane Holloway and Chip Triplett.

Improving Student Wellness

Gift establishes Institute for Student Well-Being August 10, 2021 By Bill Dabney The Triplett family is making a big dream to help others come true. The family’s $500,000 gift, from the Dr. and Mrs. R. Faser Triplett Foundation, provides the seed money needed to establish the William Magee Institute for Student Wellbeing at the University […]


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

Cafer Named Director of Center for Population Studies

Expert overseeing census, other data important to meeting research needs July 28, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith Anne M. Cafer has assumed duties as director of the University of Mississippi‘s Center for Population Studies, which works to educate, conduct research and engage in public outreach concerning population issues across the state. Since July 1, the […]


UM faculty members Anne Cafer (left) and John Green conduct a community health and health-related professions fair in Marks to help connect community residents, nonprofit organizations and university faculty, staff and students. Submitted photo

Researchers Cited in National Racial Progress Study

Community-driven research project ranks Mississippi in Top 5 for progress toward closing gaps February 1, 2021 by JB Clark Two University of Mississippi faculty members and researchers were among a group of seven scholars across the country who contributed findings to a national study detailing the states that have achieved the most racial progress over […]


John Green

Professor Elected to Lead National Rural Sociology Association

Vaunted researcher will put stamp on national organization January 25, 2021 by Staff Report John Green, a University of Mississippi sociology professor, is the new president-elect of the Rural Sociological Society. Green also serves as the senior research associate with the UM Center for Population Studies and co-director of the university’s minor program in society […]


Vanessa Parks, a postdoctoral research associate at the UM Center for Population Studies, is part of a multiuniversity project exploring the effects of freshwater inputs into coastal Louisiana salt marsh ecosystems and the resulting impacts on the recreational fishing industry. Submitted photo

UM Researchers Part of Team Studying Louisiana Fishing Communities

Project explores how ecological and socioeconomic changes affect coastal region’s people, economy DECEMBER 8, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART A pair of University of Mississippi researchers are members of a multiuniversity project exploring the effects of freshwater inputs into coastal Louisiana salt marsh ecosystems and the resulting impacts on the recreational fishing industry. Vanessa Parks and […]


The final meeting of the 2020 Hunger Summit, a joint effort of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Population Studies, Delta Directions Consortium and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, is set for Thursday (Dec. 3) via Zoom. The summit provides a way for food pantries and other community organizations to share information and support during the pandemic. Adobe Stock photo

Center for Population Studies and Partners Host Hunger Summit

Summit helps nonprofits respond to COVID-19 and food insecurity in Mississippi DECEMBER 1, 2020 BY ELIZABETH SWEENEY The University of Mississippi‘s Center for Population Studies has partnered with two regional community organizations to launch the 2020 Hunger Summit, which provides a venue for community organizations and their partners to share information and support during the pandemic. Partners […]


The UM 2020-21 Common Reading Experience selection, ‘What the Eyes Don’t See,’ will serve as the foundation of three virtual panel discussions set for this month.

Common Reading Committee Schedules Virtual Panel Discussions

Zoom events focus on preservation of clean water supplies OCTOBER 7, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Maintaining state, national and global clean water supplies is the focus for three virtual panel discussions being hosted by University of Mississippi‘s Common Reading Experience team this month. The discussions are part of the 2020-21 Common Reading Experience. Since […]


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. […]