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Archive Photo: Ayla Gafni, UM assistant professor of mathematics, has earned a prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award to further her mathematics research and classroom instruction. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Mathematics Professor Wins Competitive Research Award

Ayla Gafni will use grant to further her analytic number theory studies OCTOBER 27, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Ayla Gafni views the solving of complex mathematical problems as deciphering a puzzle or searching for the solution to a centuries-old mystery. The University of Mississippi mathematics professor fell in love with the abstract science of numbers, […]


Donald Cole, who retired in January after more than 50 years at the University of Mississippi as a student, educator and administrator, has been honored by having his name added to the university’s Student Services Center. Cole, known for being a tenacious advocate for diversity and opportunity for all students, said he is speechless and humbled at having the building renamed the Martindale-Cole Student Services Center. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Student Services Center Renamed to Honor Donald Cole

IHL approves renaming building to honor 50 years of advocacy for education and inclusiveness October 19, 2020 by Staff Report The University of Mississippi will rename a major campus building in honor of Donald R. Cole, a former student activist who returned to Ole Miss as a caring mentor and administrator for decades. The Mississippi […]


National Science Foundation Names Math Professor as Program Director

Sandra Spiroff will bring university’s academic innovation to government agency OCTOBER 8, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL The National Science Foundation, the nation’s premier federal agency for the promotion of the progress of science, has appointed Sandra Spiroff, a University of Mississippi professor of mathematics, as program director in the Division of Mathematical Sciences. This division […]


Sophie Husslein, an anthropology and German major, worked on a proposal titled ‘Archaeological Analysis of an Early Mississippian Frontier Structure in Southwestern Virginia’ as part of the UM Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

UM Program Opens Doors to Undergraduate Research, Creative Achievement

Eleven students complete fellowships through summer research program AUGUST 28, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART From exploring new melanoma detection methods to analyzing early Mississippian frontier structures, 11 University of Mississippi undergraduate students advanced their research and creative achievement pursuits this summer thanks to a university fellowship program. As fellows of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience […]


Honors College Alumna Wins National Portz Scholarship

Genevieve Verville’s research could improve development, effectiveness of new drugs AUGUST 20, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A recent graduate of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Genevieve Verville, a May 2020 chemistry graduate with minors in mathematics, […]


Louis Brandt, center, has become the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation (UMF), an honor that reflects his longtime service to and support of his alma mater and the foundation. With him are, left, Wendell Weakley, UMF president and CEO, and Suzan Thames, UMF board chair.

Brandt’s Service to UM Expanded

Foundation Names Inaugural Emeritus Board Member JUNE 29, 2020 BY TINA H. HAHN Business leader and philanthropist Louis Brandt of Houston, Texas, has been named the inaugural emeritus board member of the University of Mississippi Foundation, reflecting his longtime contributions to the organization and his alma mater. Brandt was elected to the honorary position by […]


The UM Summer College for High School Students will offer a variety of online learning and networking opportunities to allow rising 11th and 12th graders to earn college credit and discover more about potential career paths. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss

Summer Programs for High School Students Move Online

Academic, leadership and networking opportunities available through revamped offerings APRIL 22, 2020 BY PAM STARLING Summer vacation and activities will look different this year for high school students around the country. Despite the postponement of traditional summer camps and programs, the University of Mississippi is providing opportunities and scholarships for rising 11th and 12th graders […]


Millie Craig (left) and Barbara Beckmann enjoy a golf-cart tour of campus during the 2019 Texas A&M football weekend.

Support for STEM Students

Named Endowment Memorializes Couple, Benefits Freshmen APRIL 22, 2020  BY BILL DABNEY A gift to the University of Mississippi will provide scholarships for math and chemistry majors while memorializing the 55-year marriage of a couple who met over breakfast on the Oxford campus. Established with a gift of $250,000, the Millie Nichols and Orga V. […]


UM Students Win Coveted Goldwater Scholarships

Jax Dallas and William Meador awarded one of nation’s most prestigious academic honors APRIL 1, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two juniors in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi have been awarded coveted Barry S. Goldwater Scholarships. Jax Dallas, a physical chemistry and mathematics major from Caledonia, and William Meador, […]


Businessmen and brothers Jim Duff and Thomas Duff of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, visit with Ole Miss students about their gift of $26 million toward construction of a new STEM facility. The Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation has a goal of increasing the number of STEM graduates and offering outreach to K-12 teachers in STEM disciplines. Pictured front row, left to right, Chelsea Carter, Morgan Whited, Johnny Yang; second row, Matthew Knerr, Valerie Quach, Chinwe Udemgba, Thomas Duff, and Bobbie Duff; third row, Sherry Duff, Jim Duff, and Chancellor Boyce.

Duffs Make $26 Million Gift to UM

Business leaders commit to STEM education in Mississippi FEBRUARY 5, 2020 BY TINA H. HAHN With eyes on increasing job opportunities and boosting the economy, business leaders and brothers Jim and Thomas Duff, of Hattiesburg, have committed $26 million to the construction of a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility at the University of […]