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An interdisciplinary team of University of Mississippi researchers is studying the problem of lead contamination in water systems in Jackson and Mississippi Delta communities in an effort to help Mississippi families ensure their drinking water is safe. Adobe Stock photo

Researchers Tackle Challenges of Safe Drinking Water in Mississippi

Interdisciplinary team partners with communities to raise awareness of lead risks JULY 29, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Recognizing that clean drinking water is a necessity of life, a group of University of Mississippi professors is using community-based research, education and outreach to work with communities in addressing water quality challenges. Most Mississippians receive their drinking water […]


English professor Beth Ann Fennelly has been honored as a poets laureate fellow by the Academy of American Poets. Photo by Mike Stanton

English Professor Awarded Fellowship by Academy of American Poets

Beth Ann Fennelly will use part of $50,000 grant to support 2021 Glitterary Festival JUNE 29, 2020 BY THARANGI FERNANDO Beth Ann Fennelly, professor of English at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi’s poet laureate, has been honored as a poets laureate fellow by the Academy of American Poets, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated […]


Praveen Kolimi, a doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences, is using his grant to continue his research into the topical application of itraconazole in skin cancer treatment. Submitted photo

Graduate Students Awarded Grants to Fund Further Research

Program also helps participants gain critical grant-writing skills JUNE 23, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Sixteen University of Mississippi graduate students are continuing their exploration into research and creative scholarship pursuits such as Alzheimer’s disease, skin cancer and young adult literature in Mississippi classrooms as recent recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants. The students each […]


New Center to Engage Mississippi Communities as Research Partners

UM: CREW will partner with communities to advance community development, health, arts APRIL 27, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART The University of Mississippi is home to a new center that aims to empower local communities to take charge of their community development, policy change and resilience building by using data and the arts. The UM Community First […]


Spring breaks forth on the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus in front of Ventress Hall, home of the College of Liberal Arts.

Supporting Research

College of Liberal Arts Receives Boost to Research APRIL 17, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY A recent major gift to the University of Mississippi will help the College of Liberal Arts continue to attract and retain top faculty. The stock-transfer gift of $250,000 from a donor who wished to remain anonymous supplements a faculty research grant […]


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 […]