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UM environmental toxicology master’s program graduates (from left) Ann Fairly Barnett and James Gledhill and chemistry graduate student Austin Scircle measure water quality and pH levels in the Mississippi Sound as part of a project in conjunction with the Mississippi-Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

Graduate Students Find Impacts of Freshwater in Mississippi’s Oysters

Excess rainfall in 2019 caused increased mortality in shellfish reefs February 24, 2020 by Sydney Slotkin DuPriest As Ann Fairly Barnett pulled an oyster dredge up through the shoreline waters of the Mississippi Sound, she was dreading what she was about to find. “Not a single living oyster,” said the University of Mississippi master’s student […]


Biology professor Peter Zee examines microbial samples collected on agar plates in his lab in Shoemaker Hall. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss

Evolution in Real Time Topic of February Oxford Science Cafe

UM biologist Peter Zee to discuss evolutionary biology and microorganisms FEBRUARY 14, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH How to study evolutionary processes in real time is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s first meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe […]


UM researchers Joel Mobley (left), Robert Lirette and Likun Zhang have published a Physical Review Applied paper announcing that they have sonically captured a droplet and moved it without any direct or mechanical contact using a technique called near-field acoustic tweezers. Photo by Shea Stewart/University of Mississippi

UM Scientists Discover Novel Method for Catching, Maneuvering Droplets

Sound wave technique has benefits for biotechnology, laboratory work FEBRUARY 13, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART It’s a sonic marvel seemingly ripped from the fictional scenes of “Doctor Who” or “Star Wars,” what researchers are accomplishing at the University of Mississippi‘s National Center for Physical Acoustics, but in reality, it’s revolutionary research. In a recent Physical […]


Christine Kralik will perform on cello at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 4) in Bryant Hall.

Cellist Performs Free Recital Feb. 4 in Bryant Hall

First Tuesdays noontime music series welcomes Christine Kralik January 31, 2020 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Someone looking for a great way to spend a lunch hour would be hard-pressed to do better than to head to Bryant Hall at the University of Mississippi on the first Tuesday of each month for 45 minutes of live […]


‘Lost and Found’ Collage Prints on Display at Meek Hall

Work of UM art professor emerita Jan Murray exhibited through Feb. 28 JANUARY 30, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Seven years in the making, the prints of a University of Mississippi art professor are finally available for public viewing on campus. Jan Murray, associate dean of liberal arts emerita and professor of art emerita, will […]


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. […]


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 […]


UM researchers will explore projects involving thunderstorm asthma and how Gulf Coast universities can respond to natural disasters, thanks to seed grants funded through the Flagship Constellations initiative. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

Seed Grants Fund UM Research into Disaster Resilience

Researchers studying air pollution, university responses to natural disasters DECEMBER 19, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Exploring thunderstorm asthma and examining how Gulf Coast universities can respond to natural disasters are the focus of two new University of Mississippi seed grants funded through the Flagship Constellations initiative. Thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon where pollen can break into smaller pieces during […]


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 […]