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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, associate professor of sociology, director of the Center for Population Studies, and codirector of UM CREW. 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, associate professor of sociology, director of the Center for Population Studies, and codirector of UM CREW. 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, associate professor of sociology, director of the Center for Population Studies, and codirector of UM CREW. 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 […]