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Sumeet Kulkarni

Doctoral Student Recognized for Excellence in Science Communications

Sumeet Kulkarni earns Schmidt award for writing, use of photography NOVEMBER 30, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT A University of Mississippi doctoral student in physics has been recognized nationally for his excellence in science communications. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in partnership with Schmidt Futures awarded Sumeet Kulkarni (MEd 21) with a 2023 […]

Archive Photo: Students and faculty members from the UM Department of Physics and Astronomy demonstrate how liquid nitrogen can quickly freeze everyday items at a previous year’s ‘Spooky Physics Demonstrations.’ This year’s edition of the annual Halloween-themed science show will be streamed via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 30). Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Physics Department Sets Night of Frightful Fun

Annual Spooky Physics Night set for Oct. 20 OCTOBER 12, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A frightfully fun time for all is in the air as the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts its annual Spooky Physics Night, set for Oct. 20 in Lewis Hall. The program starts at 6 p.m. with […]

Breese Quinn

Researchers Find Evidence of Undiscovered Particles in New Study

UM physicists partner with Department of Energy to test precision of the Standard Model AUGUST 11, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The work of University of Mississippi physics researchers at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory could point to undiscovered subatomic particles or forces that could change the current understanding of how the universe works.  Since its […]


Five Named SEC Emerging Scholars at UM

Program offers professional development, networking opportunities JUNE 15, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Three University of Mississippi doctoral students and two postdoctoral researchers have been selected as SEC Emerging Scholars.  The 2023-24 scholars are doctoral students Adam Beam, of Mira Loma, California; Miguel De Leon, of Houston, Texas; and Purnima Narayan, of Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India; […]

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University Celebrates Employee, Community Service

Annual program recognizes achievements in research, learning, service and scholarship APRIL 20, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The University of Mississippi Division of Diversity and Community Engagement recognized outstanding accomplishments in community-engaged research, learning, service and scholarship Tuesday (April 18) during its annual Celebration of Service. Honors presented included the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Service Award, the Excellence in […]

Jake Bennett

Physicist Helps Advance Understanding of Fundamental Particles

Professor’s work to measure lifespans of charmed baryons featured in prestigious journal MARCH 8, 2023 BY ABIGAIL MARTIN University of Mississippi physicist Jake Bennett studies a group of fleeting subatomic particles in hopes of advancing understanding of the fundamental building blocks that make up matter in the universe, and he is part of a team […]

Illustration of black hole: brown field with black amorphous shape in the middle.

Black Hole Researchers Make Progress in Gravitational Wave Research

UM-led scientists discover nonlinear elements enhance computational models FEBRUARY 21, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Finding a needle in a haystack might prove easier than finding the most accurate measure of gravitational waves, telltale ripples in space-time created when massive black holes crash into each other. Yet a University of Mississippi physicist and his team have made […]

Leo C. Stein

UM Physicist Named Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

Leo Stein is first university faculty member to receive prestigious award FEBRUARY 15, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Leo Stein, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Mississippi, joins a list of emerging leaders in research and STEM innovation as a member of the 2023 class of Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows. The Alfred P. […]

an infrasound array sensor

Researchers Developing Early Warning System for Tornadoes

Method uses tornadoes’ unique sound for detection and tracking JANUARY 18, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Tornado season in the South means increased anxiety, hours of televised storm coverage and watching the skies. Unfortunately, it can also lead to “warning fatigue.” A team of researchers at the University of Mississippi‘s National Center for Physical Acoustics is […]

Lorena Magaña Zertuche

2022 Advancing STEM Scholarship Recipient

JANUARY 13, 2023 BY MARGARET SAVOIE FOR THE UM GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER NEWSLETTER In fall of 2021, the Graduate School launched a new scholarship opportunity, the Advancing STEM Scholarship. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This scholarship focuses on students whose background, achievements, and expertise demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the advancement […]