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Analysis: Census Figures Reveal Key Findings for Mississippi, Nation

April 27, 2021 by Staff Report This week’s release of the national and state population totals, as well as state apportionments, marks the culmination of a year’s dedicated work by local civic and social organizations in partnership with the United Census Bureau in Mississippi and across the nation. The 2020 Census occurred during tumultuous events: […]


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Overlooking Subtraction

Psychology study finds people prefer adding tasks, items when making changes April 29, 2021 by Shea Stewart When it comes to improving objects, ideas or situations, such as with home upgrades or recipes, people tend to add to their workload rather than subtract when faced with a variety of improvement problems. An exploration of that […]


Yongjian Qiu, a UM assistant professor of biology, is studying a plant gene that could help solve a problem caused by warming global temperatures. Qiu’s work in this field is the subject of a new Nature Communications paper. Submitted photo

Helping Crops Combat Climate Change

UM researcher explores effects of climate change on plant growth April 26, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi biology professor’s research that examines challenges facing crop productivity caused by global climate change is attracting attention. Yongjian Qiu, an assistant professor of biology, is studying a plant gene that could help solve a problem […]


Adrienne Park, UM instructor of piano, prepares for a recent performance of ‘Lily of the Valley,’ a piano prelude she commissioned from composer Stephanie Ann Boyd. Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Music Faculty Widen the Musical Canon by Commissioning New Works

Projects bring female voices, ideas and compositions to audiences April 21, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Commissioning a new work of music is one of the most optimistic, creative things a musician can do. She enters into a relationship with the composer as the piece is created and works from a more deeply personal place […]


A group of Muon g-2 experiment particle storage rings at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Photo courtesy Fermilab

Wobbling the Foundations of the Universe

UM researchers part of experiment that finds strong evidence of undiscovered particles, forces April 14, 2021 by Shea Stewart University of Mississippi researchers are playing a key role in a groundbreaking search for undiscovered forms of matter and energy that could unlock an exciting new era of physics. On April 7, researchers working at the […]


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Bruce Levingston’s New Album Inspires Hope Amid Darkness

UM artist-in-residence’s acclaimed recordings surpass 3.5 million streams April 8, 2021 By JB Clark This past year of uncertainty and stress has caused many to seek answers and inspiration in the familiar. For internationally renowned pianist Bruce Levingston, these difficult times drew him closer than ever to his music. Amid the pandemic, Levingston, the Chancellor’s […]


UM senior Lawson Marchetti (center) portrays Caldwell Cladwell, the greedy owner of UGC, which controls the water supply in the dystopian future world of ‘Urinetown.’ The musical production blends stage and film elements to allow audiences to enjoy the production despite pandemic protocols. Submitted photo

Musical Theater and Film Blend to Take Audiences to Satirical Dystopia

Digital production showcases stage, screen talents of UM students April 7, 2021 by Katherine Stewart The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film‘s innovative 2020-21 season continues with another opportunity for students to create and present theater in a way they have never done before. “Urinetown: The Musical” will be available to stream on-demand […]


Greg Tschumper, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advance. Photo courtesy of Dianne Bond/Bella Vie Photography

Greg Tschumper Wins 2021 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Professor internationally recognized for research in physical and computational quantum chemistry April 1, 2021 by Staff Report Greg Tschumper, professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts, has been named winner of the 2021 SEC Faculty Achievement Award for the University of Mississippi, the Southeastern Conference announced this week. Tschumper joined the Ole Miss […]


UM physicist Leo Stein has been researching Einstein’s general theory of relativity, using signals from astronomical sources, with the most promising signals being gravitational waves, which are ripples in space and time. Gravitational waves have been detected as the result of the collision of a pair of black holes orbiting each other. Photo illustration courtesy of SXS Lensing, Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes Collaboration

Searching Beyond Einstein

UM professor receives National Science Foundation award to test general relativity theory March 23, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi professor will use his new National Science Foundation award to further explore Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and pursue unlocking the universe’s gravitational secrets. Leo Stein, an assistant professor of physics and […]


‘Pop-Up Shakespeare,’ which runs on selected dates and locations from March 25 to April 20, combines the time-honored tradition of staging Shakespeare’s plays outdoors with the spontaneous, fleeting nature of trendy pop-up events.

All the World’s a Stage

UM theater program adapts to bring Shakespeare to audiences in time of social distancing March 22, 2021 by Katherine Stewart To safely bring theater to the public in the time of COVID-19, the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film is using ingenuity to put a modern spin on a classic idea. “Pop-Up Shakespeare,” […]