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Alumni Spotlight: John Kelly

As a chemist working for UES Inc. at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, John Kelly (PhD chemistry and biochemistry 16) focuses on improving a warfighter’s ability to detect chemical warfare in the field by optimizing and engineering novel solutions for imminent chemical weapons and terrorism. He uses state-of-the-art chemical identification and characterization sensors (gas chromatography-mass […]


Charles L. Hussey retired in December as associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Extra-Long Battery Life

UM electrochemist and dean looks back on four decades at university February 2, 2021 by Abigail Meisel This semester marks the first time in 43 years that Charles L. “Chuck” Hussey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, hasn’t awakened to […]


Greg Tschumper, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advance. Photo courtesy of Dianne Bond/Bella Vie Photography

Chemistry Chair Elected as Fellow of Prestigious Science Association

Greg Tschumper earns rank with American Association for the Advancement of Science DECEMBER 3, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART , professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Formed in 1848 to mark the emergence of a […]


Chemistry professors and lab coordinators at the University of Mississippi worked with the university’s facilities management and facilities procurement teams to create individual cubicles, made using nonporous barriers, in chemistry labs so students could safely conduct experiments and get in-person instruction during the fall semester. Adobe Stock photo

Chemistry Professors Innovate to Run Labs Safely Amid Pandemic

From individual Plexiglas cubicles to carefully coordinated schedules, faculty put forth ‘herculean effort’ to continue in-person instruction NOVEMBER 27, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL Chemistry professors could lecture about displacement reactions in their sleep, but one displacement problem had them stumped as they planned for fall semester. How could some 1,000 University of Mississippi students, many […]


A gift from the Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation will help provide laboratory facilities in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation at the University of Mississippi. One of the laboratories will be named for Kelly Gene Cook Sr.

Supporting STEM

Cook Foundation Designates Major Gift to New UM Building NOVEMBER 4, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY The Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter of the University of Mississippi, has pledged $250,000 to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility on the Oxford campus dedicated to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The […]


UM graduates who have received scholarships this year for medical school through the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program are (from left) Meagan Buchanan, Katelynn McGowen, Steven Smith and Jamie Riggs. Photo by Joe Ellis/UM Medical Center

UM Graduates Receive Rural Physicians Scholarships

Program helps students attend medical school in return for service to state OCTOBER 6, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT Several graduates of the University of Mississippi have been awarded Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships valued at $30,000 a year for their medical training. The awards were announced at an annual scholarship ceremony in Jackson. The UM graduates […]


UM Students Accepted to Rural Physicians Program

Scholars agree to serve in small Mississippi communities after graduation OCTOBER 6, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT Several students at the University of Mississippi were recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. The Ole Miss students are: Deshauntra Green, of Fayette Jada King, of Bay Springs Jazmin King, of […]


Honors College Student Thankful for ‘Stamp’ of Approval

Stamps Scholarship recipient Tatiana Davis continues mission to be exceptional OCTOBER 5, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Although Tatiana Davis already had a proven record of successes before coming to the University of Mississippi, the Stamps Scholar and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College freshman is out to become an even better version of herself. “My […]


UM freshman receiving scholarships through the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College are: (top, from left) Alexandria Childers, Andie Udziela, Angeline Morgan and Davis Bunn; (second row) Elsi Muños Ramos, Ethan Hebert, Grace Patterson and Jada Kelly; (third row) Jeremy Wright, Kasia Hosey, Molly O’Connor and Porter May; and (bottom) Sarah Caroline Crall, Will Lamb and Yalanis Isabel Wences.

Honors College Scholarship Recipients Continue Legacy of Excellence

2020 freshman class defined by COVID-19 embodies passion, determination OCTOBER 1, 2020 BY JB CLARK The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarship money to an incoming freshman class that its leaders said have been more prepared to face adversity in their lifetimes than any […]


UM junior Nicholas Kruse, a chemistry and physics major from St. Louis, is studying the chemical makeup of e-cigarette fluids to help users assess the safety of vaping. Submitted photo

Venturing into Vaping

Budding UM researcher pulls back the curtain on e-cigarettes SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 BY KATHERINE ALBRITTON What’s actually in the electronic cigarettes you’ve been smoking as a “safe” alternative to tobacco? With much speculation surrounding the safety of e-cigarettes over the past few years, University of Mississippi junior Nicholas Kruse wanted to determine whether top e-cigarette […]