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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, […]


A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launches Oct. 2 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The resupply mission to the International Space Station included in its payload bacteria grown at UM that is part of biology professor Patrick Curtis’ research into bacteria growth in weak gravity. Photo courtesy NASA/Patrick Black

UM-Grown Bacteria Conquer the Final Frontier

Microbial growth in space research being conducted aboard International Space Station OCTOBER 13, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Bacteria grown in a University of Mississippi laboratory are zipping around the Earth about every 90 minutes, racing roughly 250 miles above the planet aboard the International Space Station. The microbes are part of UM biologist Patrick Curtis’ […]


Don Guillory, a UM doctoral student in history, presents his research on slavery and enslaved people in Oxford during the 2020 TEDxUniversityofMississippi presentation in February. UM photo

Stories of the Enslaved Rebooted

UM graduate student creates virtual version of ‘slave tour’ OCTOBER 5, 2020 BY KELLIE SMITH What happens when the life stories of a group are destroyed or distorted? “When people don’t have a narrative, they don’t have value in the eyes of the greater society,” said Don Guillory, a doctoral student in the University of […]


Two UM biology professors are using a National Science Foundation award to research co-invasions of plantation trees, such as pines, with symbiotic root fungi and their mushrooms. In Brazil, pines have invaded the tropical savanna Cerrado, crowding out the natural vegetation pictured here. Photo by Stephen Brewer/UM Department of Biology

Co-invasion of the Plants and Fungi

UM biologists examine consequences of non-native tag teams on biodiversity, ecosystems OCTOBER 1, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Two University of Mississippi biology professors are using a National Science Foundation award to expand their research into the phenomena of co-invasions between plants and fungi. The National Science Foundation project is focused on how plants and fungi […]


New Grisham Writer-in-Residence Sets Up Shop in Oxford

Maurice Carlos Ruffin hailed as a stunning and audacious writer SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 BY KELLIE SMITH New Orleans native Maurice Carlos Ruffin has been chosen as the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for 2020-21. A New Orleans native, Ruffin rocketed onto the American literary scene with his widely praised first […]


Rory Ledbetter (second from right), an associate professor of voice and acting in the UM Department of Theatre and Film, portrays a bass player at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studio in ‘Son of Sun,’ a short film premiering at the 2020 Nashville Film Festival. Submitted photo

Professor Lands in Nashville Film Festival with ‘Son of Sun’

Theatre and Film’s Rory Ledbetter recalls being awestruck filming inside birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 BY KATHERINE STEWART Rory Ledbetter received a pleasant surprise in his inbox recently. According to the out-of-the-blue email, the University of Mississippi theatre arts professor is making an unexpected appearance in this year’s Nashville Film Festival, set […]


UM professors Adam Gussow (left) and Alan Gross (right), with bandmate Rod Patterson, have a new song out called ‘Come Together,’ aimed at inspiring unity during troubled times. Submitted photo

The Song in Adam Gussow’s Head

New track by two UM professors calls for unity, understanding during troubled times SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM For the last three years, a strange chord progression has haunted University of Mississippi professor Adam Gussow’s very musical mind. It was an uncommon tune, but it was usually there, in all its weird glory, for […]


New Podcast Shares Music from Faculty and Students

Department of Music celebrates relationship with its audiences SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 BY LYNN ADAMS WILKINS During a time when performing arts organizations everywhere have hit the pause button on their seasons because of the coronavirus, the University of Mississippi Department of Music is looking for new ways to connect with audiences through music. From this […]


This site from the Gallina culture was occupied during the pre-Hispanic period in the American Southwest from around 1050 to 1300. Submitted photo

Virtual Oxford Science Cafe to Focus on Ancient Migration

UM professors to discuss ‘Tales of Teeth’ during Tuesday event on Zoom SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Ancient migration patterns is the topic for a virtual Oxford Science Cafe scheduled Tuesday (Sept. 15) by organizers in the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The Virtual Oxford Science Cafe program can be […]


NPR Morning Edition: UM English Professor, Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil Discusses New Book

‘World Of Wonders’ Urges Us To Take A Breath And Look Around SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 By Rachel Martin/NPR Morning Edition It can be helpful to focus on the wonder of the natural world when so much of what is happening around us feels out of our control. Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s new book aims to help […]