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English professor and author Aimee Nezhukumatathil is set to deliver the keynote address for the university’s annual Fall Convocation at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss. Her ‘World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments’ is this year’s Common Reading Experience selection for the university. Submitted photo

Author Aimee Nezhukumatahil Set to Deliver Fall Convocation Keynote

Annual welcome for new and transfer students returns to in-person format Aug. 24 August 12, 2021 By Edwin B. Smith Aimee Nezhukumatathil, University of Mississippi English professor and award-winning author, will deliver the keynote address to the university’s first-year/transfer class Aug. 24 during the annual Fall Convocation. The in-person event begins at 7 p.m. in […]


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Faculty Team Receives First Science Education Partnership Award

Project SCORE aims to increase interest in health sciences among Mississippi youth August 9, 2021 By Patrick Smith A team of University of Mississippi faculty members has received a prestigious $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award program. This is the first SEPA grant awarded to the university. It […]


UM is acquiring an advanced Fourier transform infrared imaging microscope through a National Science Foundation grant. Expected to arrive in the fall, the instrument will be useful to researchers in fields such as forensics, pharmacy, biomolecular sciences, engineering, anthropology and chemistry — where it can be used to further study microplastics in the environment. Photo by Megan Wolfe/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Opening Tiny Worlds of Exploration

NSF funding provides new imaging microscope for UM research August 10, 2021 by Shea Stewart A powerful new imaging instrument arriving soon on the University of Mississippi campus promises to open novel worlds of research exploration. Through a National Science Foundation grant, the university is acquiring an advanced Fourier transform infrared, or FTIR, imaging microscope, […]


Twenty UM graduate students are exploring a range of research and creative scholarship as recipients of Graduate Student Council Research Grants.They are (top, from left) Mohammed Ahmed, Omayma Al Azzam, Tomayo Berida, Olena Ciftci, Savannah Draud, Kritika Gupta and James Howington; (middle) Myungjin Jung, Siddhi Korgaonkar, Salahuddin Mohammed, Hannah Nelson, Alaa Qrareya, Monika Salkar and Benjamin Sawyer; and (bottom) Joshua Semko, Samir Senapati, Caitlin Shaw, Jaret Webb, Kendall Wontor and Natasha Wood.

Graduate Student Council Research Grants Further Range of Research

Twenty students awarded grants for research, creative scholarship pursuits July 2, 2021 by Shea Stewart With projects ranging from service robots in the hospitality and tourism industries to a novel treatment of dry eye disease to relationship ghosting, 20 University of Mississippi graduate students are exploring a range of research and creative scholarship as recent […]


Faculty members from the UM College of Liberal Arts who have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year are (top, from left) Laura Dixon, Thái Hoàng Lê and Stephanie Miller, and (bottom, from left) Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sarah Hennigan and Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons.

Professors Honored for Creative Research

College of Liberal Arts faculty recognized during spring semester JUNE 28, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT Six faculty members in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year. Four professors received the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award for junior […]


Physics Professor Lands Top Acoustical Society of America Award

Likun Zhang awarded R. Bruce Lindsay Award for early-career acoustics work June 28, 2021 By Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi physics professor has received a prominent award for his contributions to the field of acoustics. Likun Zhang, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and researcher at the National Center for Physical Acoustics, or […]


Three College of Liberal Arts professors at the University of Mississippi were recently recognized for their superior teaching. Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Exceptional Educators

College of Liberal Arts professors honored for excellence in teaching JUNE 17, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts recognized three professors for superior teaching at the end of the 2021 spring semester. Jason Solinger, associate professor of English, is the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Named after […]


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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 […]