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An English professor and former director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of Mississippi, Beth Ann Fennelly is a vocal proponent using poetry to help mold more humane citizens.

Beth Ann Fennelly Passionately Promoting Poetry

Award-winning UM English professor focuses on poet laureate duties and more JANUARY 27, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Even before Gov. Phil Bryant named her Mississippi’s poet laureate in 2016, award-winning University of Mississippi English professor Beth Ann Fennelly put her passion for words to work in a myriad of activities. As her four-year term […]

New Music Faculty Member Performs Friday

Nave Graham to play flute pieces by Debussy, Jolivet and more January 22, 2020 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Flutist Nave Graham performs her first solo faculty recital since joining the University of Mississippi Department of Music on Friday (Jan. 24). Graham, who joined the faculty in August, will be accompanied by Adrienne Park, instructor of […]

A Mere Minnow Gives Mighty Medical Insights

Developmental biologist Joshua Bloomekatz uses zebrafish to probe the origins of heart cells. JANUARY 22, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL If you want to understand a fundamental mystery of life, look no farther than a two-inch fish. Using zebrafish, a freshwater breed that’s in the minnow family, to understand how hearts develop in embryos, Joshua Bloomekatz, […]

When Aging Out Means “Going Without”

UM Sociologist John Green is researching elders and rural poverty with $1.6M grant from the National Institutes of Health JANUARY 22, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL The United States is largely a citified nation. More than 81 percent of the U.S. population resides in urban areas, depleting the population and, therefore, the resources of rural America. […]

Nancy Wicker, UM professor of art history, is working to shed light on the artwork Vikings made, including pieces like the replica jewelry she is wearing. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Art History Professor Receives First Hensley Award

Awarding Excellence JANUARY 17, 2019 BY Bill Dabney and Kirsten Faulkner A University of Mississippi art history professor is the first recipient of a new research award that is already garnering global recognition for the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Nancy Wicker, the award’s inaugural recipient, used the gift in September to offset expenses associated […]

A researcher propagates cannabis plants at the UM School of Pharmacy’s Marijuana Project. The university has licensed two new drug candidates that may provide nonaddictive pain management, prevent blindness and alleviate the threat of irreversible vision loss from glaucoma and other eye diseases. Photo by Robert Jordan

UM Partners with Emerald Bioscience to License Cannabis-derived Drugs

Two drug candidates have potential to improve pain management and prevent ocular diseases JANUARY 6, 2020 BY SYDNEY SLOTKIN DUPRIEST The cannabis research program at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has partnered with pharmaceutical company Emerald Bioscience Inc. to license two new drug technologies that may provide nonaddictive pain management, prevent blindness and […]

Two Faculty Members Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships

Duo will use funding to develop their pioneering research in geology and mathematics JANUARY 6, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART For the second time in three years, a pair of University of Mississippi professors have been awarded National Science Foundation fellowships to advance their innovative research. Samuel Lisi, assistant professor of mathematics, and Brian Platt, assistant professor of […]

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UM Professors Collaborate with Counterparts Through SEC Grant

Faculty Travel Program encourages, supports conference partnerships DECEMBER 17, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Thirteen University of Mississippi professors are taking part in this year’s SEC Faculty Travel Program, strengthening the university’s collaborations with fellow Southeastern Conference institutions and offering UM professors an opportunity to interact with their counterparts. Established in 2012 by the SEC presidents and chancellors, […]

Music Professor Part of Grammy-Nominated Vocal Group

Award-winning choir Conspirare just received ninth nomination DECEMBER 11, 2019 BY LYNN WILKINS Jos Milton keeps a full schedule at the University of Mississippi Department of Music, including teaching classes and voice and giving private lessons, all while maintaining his own performance schedule as an acclaimed tenor. It’s that last one that recently got the […]

Scholars, Advocates Convene at UM to ‘Unmake Mass Incarceration’

Conference focuses on prison reforms, reducing recidivism, restorative justice and other initiatives DECEMBER 10, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Against the backdrop of a nation with 2.2 million people behind bars, the University of Mississippi hosted a three-day conference focused on drastically lowering U.S. incarceration rates, improving higher education programs for inmates and envisioning a world […]