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Liberal Arts Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching, Research

Award recipients span the college’s disciplines June 24, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith Eight University of Mississippi professors have been honored by the College of Liberal Arts for their excellence in teaching and research. Three professors were recognized for their exceptional teaching. Timothy Paul Yenter, associate professor of philosophy, received the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Named […]


Inaugural Jane Austen Conference Connects Students

May 31st By Kappy Eastman On Wednesday, April 27th, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC) hosted a conference bringing together Jackson-area high school students and UM students who spent the past semester studying Jane Austen. The conference was organized by students in Dr. Jason Solinger’s Honors College […]


International Physics Conference Opens Monday at UM

Sessions delve into strange world of elementary particles, help researchers plan new projects May 22, 2022 By Mitchell Diggs Quarks, leptons and dark matter are among the exotic-sounding topics up for discussion this week when dozens of the world’s top particle physicists gather at the University of Mississippi to discuss their research, exchange ideas and discuss future […]


Biologist Explores Nutrient Removal in Mississippi River Backwaters

Findings could have impact on Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ May 18, 2022 By Erin Garrett A University of Mississippi biologist is working to understand how the Mississippi River’s floodplain lakes and wetlands, or “backwaters,” might help remove nutrients that contribute to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, or as it’s more commonly known, the “Dead Zone.” With funding […]


Ryan Garrick

Biologist Helps Unlock Secrets of Galapagos Tortoises

Ryan C. Garrick publishes results of DNA comparisons in the journal Heredity May 4, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith A University of Mississippi professor’s comparisons between two lineages of Galapagos tortoises is yielding new insights into the evolution of the ancient species, as well as opening new doors for biologists to study evolution. Ryan C. Garrick, associate […]


Davita Watkins

UM Chemistry Professor Named 2022 Rising Star

Davita Watkins among nine honored by ACS Women Chemists Committee May 4th, 2022 By Lydia Lagarde Dr. Davita Watkins, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a 2022 Rising Star Award by the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemists Committee. This award “recognizes exceptional early to midcareer women […]


Ralph Eubanks

Ralph Eubanks Recognized for Reflecting Mississippi

UM alumnus and visiting professor honored by Mississippi Humanities Council May 3, 2022 By Rebecca Lauck Cleary Ralph Eubanks claims he is a nonfiction writer because he is bad at making things up, but his gentle grace in describing the beauty and pain of the landscape of Mississippi needs no fictionalization. The Mississippi Humanities Council has lauded […]


Eden Tanner

Chemistry Professor, Diversity Official Honored for Student Service

EJ Edney, Eden Tanner earn Frist Award for passion to serving students April 27, 2022 By Mitchell Diggs Two University of Mississippi employees who have demonstrated dedication and passion for helping students succeed have been honored with a campuswide award for student service. Norris “EJ” Edney, assistant vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, and Eden Tanner, assistant professor […]


Delta Conservation Topic for Hybrid Oxford Science Cafe

Biologist Jason Hoeksema to discuss balancing wetland preservation with agricultural needs April 12, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith Conservation in the Mississippi Delta is the topic for a hybrid Oxford Science Cafe featuring a University of Mississippi biology professor who is studying ways to square the need for agricultural land with the benefits of maintaining wetland habitats. The […]


award winners

University Presents Celebration of Service Awards

Annual program recognizes achievements in research, learning, service and scholarship April 11, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith The University of Mississippi Division of Diversity and Community Engagement will recognize outstanding accomplishments in community-engaged research, learning, service and scholarship Tuesday (April 12) during its annual Celebration of Service Awards. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Commons […]