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UM Professor is First Mississippian Named to National Physics Panel

Breese Quinn joins High Energy Physics Advisory Panel for Department of Energy JULY 12, 2024 The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation have named University of Mississippi physics professor Breese Quinn to their High Energy Physics Advisory Panel. Quinn, who is director of the university’s Center for Multimessenger Astrophysics, is the first […]


UM To Lead State in New Nanobiotechnology Consortium

National Science Foundation awards $35M in grants JUNE 27, 2024 The National Science Foundation has awarded $7 million to fund a University of Mississippi-led initiative to make the Magnolia State a new hub for innovative health care solutions. The foundation announced today (June 27) that it is awarding $35 million to improve research infrastructure across […]

Biology professor Joshua Bloomekatz (left) and doctoral student Rabina Shrestha examine a tank of zebrafish. Bloomekatz and his research team are using the fish, which has heart processes similar to humans, to study how cardiac cells rearrange themselves to form structures of the heart. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

University Lands Prestigious T32 Award for Graduate Student Training

JUNE 25, 2024 In a historic development for the University of Mississippi, the National Institutes of Health has awarded the university a prestigious grant to help support and train graduate students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields. As part of the T32 Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement, or G-RISE, the university will receive […]

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International Collaboration Makes Headway in Neutrino Study

UM students take lead in international particle physics project JUNE 20, 2024 Scientists are one step closer to understanding the behavior of one of the most abundant particles in the universe, and University of Mississippi students and researchers are helping lead the way. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s international NOvA collaboration presented new results this […]

Vivian Ibrahim conducts research for her upcoming book on Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s travels in the United States at the UNESCO Archives in Paris. She plans to continue her research in Egypt this fall. Submitted photo

Professor Studies Tutankhamun’s Travels in America

Vivian Ibrahim lands National Endowment for the Humanities grant, researches upcoming book JUNE 19, 2024 Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s greatest act of diplomacy actually happened more than 3,000 years after his death, a University of Mississippi researcher contends in her upcoming book. Vivian Ibrahim, an associate professor of history and international studies, is studying how Egypt’s best-loved […]

University of Mississippi graduate students Byunchgul Yu (left) and Baisakhi Mitra and postdoctoral researcher On Kim received URA Visiting Scholar awards to live and work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Photo by Daniel Svoboda/Fermilab Creative Services

Students, Postdocs Contribute to Groundbreaking Physics Experiment

UM team seeks answers to questions about Standard Model, dark matter JUNE 11, 2024 Pushing the boundaries of what is known about the universe, a team of University of Mississippi students and postdoctoral researchers has contributed to one of the world’s premier particle physics experiments, Muon g-2, at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Over the span […]



George W.K. Dor part of fellowship program to support projects in Africa JUNE 5, 2024 University of Mississippi music professor George Walasi Kwasi Dor is spending his summer at the University of Ghana, thanks to a prestigious award from the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. The McDonnell-Barksdale Chair of Ethnomusicology will be in his native […]

Sheila Sundar


Book critics hail Sheila Sundar’s debut as ‘genius’ and ‘inspiring’ JUNE 5, 2024 A University of Mississippi English professor’s debut novel is earning universal praise from critics. “Habitations” (Simon & Schuster), by Sheila Sundar, tells the story of a Vega Gopalan, a young sociologist who leaves south India in the 1990s to pursue a graduate degree […]

Migraine Management Could Be Enhanced with Mindfulness

UM, Yeshiva University study shows mindfulness aids pain management JUNE 5, 2025 Chronic migraines are one of the most prevalent causes of disability worldwide, but a recent study indicates that mindfulness techniques can help people who suffer from this disorder take back their lives. University of Mississippi psychology professor Todd Smitherman partnered with Elizabeth Seng, of Yeshiva […]

Steven Brewer, a University of Mississippi biology professor, examines a white oak sapling that grew in a section of the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center that he and his research team burned in April. Reintroducing fire to the forest through controlled burns is intended to help post oaks regenerate in the area. Photo by Clara Turnage/University Marketing and Communications

Biologist Works to Understand, Reverse Oak Decline in Forests

Natural oak regeneration is a dire need for North American forest conservation, UM professor says JUNE 3, 2024 Oak trees are powerhouses of forest ecosystems in the eastern United States, providing homes to insects and animals, food to herbivores and oxygen for all. But in many areas, the numbers of some species of oaks are […]