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Mathematics

Rizwanur Khan

Professor Awarded CAREER Grant to Study Pure Mathematics

$400,000 National Science Foundation grant to fund research of L-functions, high school outreach DECEMBER 21, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE The mathematics behind prime numbers, which have been studied since the time of the ancient Greeks and which form the foundation of secure data transfer in computer science, is dictated by a highly complex set of […]


A representative of the UM Black Faculty and Staff Organization (left) helps a Facilities Management Department employee select gifts for his families at the annual Books and Bears distribution. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Familiar Favorites, Fresh Faces Featured at UM Books and Bears

Continuation of annual toy distribution for employees’ families draws volunteers and recipients DECEMBER 16, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Like Black Friday without the hassle, dozens of books, dolls, electronics and even bicycles went home as employees of the University of Mississippi Facilities Management Department gathered to give and receive items Friday (Dec. 16) in […]


Pilkos

Creating Leaders at UM

Pilkos provide scholarship gift, service to Honors College NOVEMBER 11, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Inspired by opportunities she received as a college student, Janet Jones Pilko of Houston, Texas, and Park City, Utah, takes her role seriously as a University of Mississippi alumni leader and donor. Pilko, with her husband, George, established the […]


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.

STEM Facility Construction Nears Halfway Point

Largest academic building in university history to feature innovative lab spaces, TEAL classrooms OCTOBER 6, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Imagine standing in the atrium of the largest academic building in the history of the University of Mississippi‘s main campus. Looking up, four floors of laboratories and lecture halls are all dedicated to increasing STEM student […]


The university will honor the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation and Chancellor Emeritus Robert C. Khayat with Concerto Awards in honor of their efforts to build the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2002. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM to Dedicate Student Union Name, Present Concerto Award

AUGUST 24, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi will formally dedicate the new name of the Ole Miss Student Union on Friday (Aug. 26), paying tribute to late Gertrude C. Ford and her foundation that continues to have a transformative impact on the Oxford and Medical Center campuses. The public is invited […]


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

UM Mathematician Is Internationally Recognized Expert in the Field

French newspaper interviews professor about Galois Theory AUGUST 22, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT University of Mississippi mathematician Ayla Gafni was interviewed recently by the influential French daily newspaper Le Monde. “The science section was preparing an article about the recent proof of van der Waerden’s conjecture,” said Gafni, an assistant professor in the Department of […]


Co-chairs (from left) Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and Debra and retired Maj. Gen. Leon Collins are leading the steering committee for Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, which has attracted $1.2 billion toward its $1.5 billion goal. Now & Ever is the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Mississippi universities. Fiscal year 2022 fundraising saw $150.6 million secured in private support. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation

Campaign Secures $1.2 Billion

Historic Now & Ever Well on its way to success AUGUST 8, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The largest fundraising campaign in the history of Mississippi universities, Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, just secured $1.2 billion toward its $1.5 billion goal. Elevating the total is more than $150.6 million in gifts – […]


Micah Milinovich

Up for the Count

Mathematics professor Micah Milinovich receives NSF funding for number theory research March 11, 2022 By Mitchell Diggs Numbers are Micah Milinovich’s passion. A respected mathematician, the University of Mississippi professor of mathematics has spent years studying the properties of integers and recently was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to fund his research. Milinovich’s award for “The Distribution of […]


Faculty members from the UM College of Liberal Arts who have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year are (top, from left) Laura Dixon, Thái Hoàng Lê and Stephanie Miller, and (bottom, from left) Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sarah Hennigan and Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons.

Professors Honored for Creative Research

College of Liberal Arts faculty recognized during spring semester JUNE 28, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT Six faculty members in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year. Four professors received the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award for junior […]


UM assistant professor of mathematics Thái Hoàng Lê holds a gold medal in International Math Olympiad, which he won as a high school student on the Vietnam team in 1999. Photo by Megan Wolfe

Faculty Focus: Thái Hoàng Lê

An assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Mississippi, Thái Hoàng Lê received the 2021 Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics category for the College of Liberal Arts. Most of his research lies in the fields of analytic and combinatorial number theory with tools from analysis such […]