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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 […]


M.M. student, Emily Clements

Lights, Camera, Action on the Las Vegas Opera Stage!

JANUARY 17, 2023 BY MARGARET SAVOIE FOR THE UM GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER NEWSLETTER This fall, Las Vegas enjoyed a taste of the creative talent within The University of Mississippi’s Master of Music (M.M.) program, and what it has to offer. Letters to Lily, written by M.M. student, Emily Clements, hit the Opera Las Vegas stage […]


Ralph Eubanks & Ann Fisher-Wirth

University Professor, Emerita Honored in Governor’s Arts Awards

Honors recognize arts, patronage and arts-based community development JANUARY 12, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE A University of Mississippi professor and a professor emerita will be honored for their literary and community work next month when they receive the Mississippi Arts Commission’s 35th annual Governor’s Arts Awards. The commission is awarding Ann Fisher-Wirth, retired UM English […]


Susan Allen

Political Science Professor Advises UN Security Council Members

Co-authors book lauded by South Korean diplomats JANUARY 9, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT A University of Mississippi professor’s new book is catching the attention of international peacekeepers. Susan Allen, associate professor of political science, recently co-authored “Bargaining in the UN Security Council: Setting the Global Agenda.” The book (Oxford University Press, 2022) examines the factors […]


Leigh Anna Hunt, who completed a doctorate in chemistry in May from UM, is a finalist for awards presented by the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Submitted photo

Chemistry Doctoral Graduate Named Finalist for Prestigious Award

Leigh Anna Hunt honored at national graduate student awards symposium DECEMBER 28, 2022 BY GAYE SWAN A University of Mississippi doctoral student’s research that may help harness solar power earned her a spot as a finalist for awards presented by the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Leigh Anna Hunt, of Grenada, […]


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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 […]


Researchers led by UM professor Jimin Kahng will present nonce, or made-up, words to participants, who will decide if they are possible words in their language. An example is ‘abma.’ Click here to hear this nonce word.

Linguistics Professor Secures Grant to Study Wordlikeness Judgments

National Science Foundation-funded project to include native English and Korean speakers DECEMBER 14, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT What makes a word a word? A professor at the University of Mississippi is seeking to understand more about how language works in the human mind. The National Science Foundation awarded Jimin Kahng, assistant professor of applied linguistics, […]


Eva Payne (center), UM associate professor of history, speaks with Madeline Burdine (left), a first-year graduate sociology and anthropology student, and Angie Rankin, a second-year sociology graduate student, about their display for the Queer Mississippi Exhibit in the Department of Archives and Special Collections in the J.D. Williams Library. The exhibit uses archival materials and quotes from the Queer Mississippi Oral History project to show the history of LGBTQ+ people in the state. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Queer Mississippi on Display at J.D. Williams Library

Graduate students gather, curate LGBTQ+ materials for exhibition DECEMBER 7, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE Eleven University of Mississippi graduate students have curated an exhibition of LGBTQ+ Mississippi materials as a part of a multidisciplinary study on the history of the queer South. Amy McDowell, associate professor of sociology, and Eva Payne, assistant professor of history, […]


UM Jazz Band

After 100 Years: Still Making a Joyful Noise

UM Jazz Ensemble celebrating centennial anniversary with Dec. 8 concert in Natchez DECEMBER 2, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH What do Reader’s Digest, the Lincoln Memorial and the University of Mississippi Jazz Ensemble have in common? They each turned 100 in 2022. The UM Jazz Ensemble will celebrate its centennial with a special performance Thursday […]


Kris Belden-Adams

Art Historian Awarded Chair of Excellence

Professor widens circle of research and teaching with coming year at University of Memphis NOVEMBER 18, 2022 BY STAFF REPORT Kris Belden-Adams, associate professor of art history at the University of Mississippi, will spend the next academic year teaching and advancing her research into the history and theory of photography as the Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair […]