Video: Get to Know Shawnboda Mead

We sat down with Shawnboda Mead to talk about what the new Center for Inclusion & Cross-Cultural Engagement will offer students, how she feels about being back in her home state, and why being an Mississippi State graduate won’t prevent her from cheering at least one Hotty Toddy during the Ole Miss football season.

German Professor Teaches at Potsdam University

Christopher Sapp was among visiting summer school lecturers


Christopher Sapp

Christopher Sapp, associate professor of German and linguistics in the UM Department of Modern Languages, taught summer school Sept. 15-20 at the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Sapp’s weeklong course, “Corpus-based research on diachronic Germanic syntax,” was a hands-on exploration of various diachronic phenomena using selected Germanic corpora. Sixteen graduate students from several European countries attended.

“My students learned how to use various interfaces to search the corpora for phonological, morphological and syntactic features,” Sapp said. “They also learned how to import the results of their search into a statistics program and to use that program to conduct a multivariable statistical analysis.”

The summer school offered five courses taught by leading experts and combined theoretical aspects of historical linguistics with courses in extinct Germanic languages. Other institutions represented included the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, the University of Minnesota at Morris and SUNY University at Buffalo.


New myOleMiss Portal Launches this Weekend

Upgrade includes enhancements for functionality, security and access

UM Webmaster Robby Seitz leads a workshop at Weir Hall on the new features coming to the myOleMIss web portal.

UM Webmaster Robby Seitz leads a workshop at Weir Hall on the new features coming to the myOleMIss web portal.

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi students, faculty, staff and others with a university WebID can look forward to a complete overhaul of the myOleMiss web portal beginning Friday (Sept. 19).

The changes to the system will make finding links easier, make the site a more mobile-friendly experience and improve accessibility, said Robby Seitz, the university’s webmaster.

The myOleMiss web portal has been in operation since 2008. Since then, much has changed with Web technology and user expectations, Seitz explained. A major shortfall of the current portal is its flexibility when used on mobile devices.

“Mobile users will begin noticing that many of the forms are now functional on the smaller screen sizes,” Seitz said. “And with the new ‘search’ function, everyone will be able to find things much easier than before. All myOleMiss users should benefit from the new layout. People who have vision disabilities will find the larger type and screen reader access to be a great improvement.”

An initial prototype was created for the new portal last fall. Once the update proved to be practical, they enlisted the services of Mercury Intermedia, the same company that designed the mobile app, to design the new layout.

“Mercury International delivered the updated designs for the site in May,” Seitz said. “Since then, we have been creating and updating code for our existing portal applications so they will work within the new framework.”

During Technology Enhancement Week, a few people attended demonstrations of the new interface. Adjusting to the new system should be relatively painless and, once adjusted, users should find it more intuitive than the current one, Seitz said.

The current portal will be disabled at 5 p.m. Friday. The university’s IT staff should have the new site up and running by early the next morning.

Users must ensure their Web browsers are current because the new myOleMiss will not support older browsers. Certain older browsers have security vulnerabilities and do not conform to the modern standards of programming the new portal requires.

You can check whether your browser is up-to-date by visiting

2014 Racial Reconciliation Week Schedule of Events

Monday, Sept. 22

  • Movie: “Come Hell or High Water: The Battle of Turkey Creek”
    • Location: Overby Center Auditorium
    • Time: 6 p.m.
    • Moderator: Reilly Morse, president and CEO, Mississippi Center for Justice

Tuesday, Sept. 23

  • Campus Panel Discussion: Race and Pop Culture
    • Location: Overby Center Auditorium
    • Time: 6 p.m.
    • Moderator: Melody Frierson, youth engagement coordinator, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Wednesday, Sept. 24

  • Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement Dedication & Reception
    • Location: Stewart Hall (Center)
    • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Integrated Community Service (Optional)
    • Location: Paris-Yates Chapel
    • Time: 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

  • Redefining the Welcome Table: Inclusion and Exclusion in American Foodways

Southern Foodways Alliance and William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

2014 Graduate Student Conference

  • Location: The Depot
  • Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • “SEC Storied: It’s Time – Chucky Mullins”
    • Location: Weems Auditorium, School of Law
    • Time: 6 p.m.
    • Moderators:
      • Deano Orr, Ole Miss linebacker (1990-1993) and executive director of IP Foundation
      • Micah Ginn, associate athletics director for sports production and creative services, Ole Miss Department of Athletics

Friday, Sept. 26

  • Redefining the Welcome Table: Inclusion and Exclusion in American Foodways

Southern Foodways Alliance and William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

2014 Graduate Student Conference

  • Location: The Depot
  • Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Chucky Mullins Drive Dedication
    • Time: 2:30 p.m.
    • Location: School of Law courtyard
  • Winter Institute 15th Anniversary Celebration & Open House
    • Time 4 p.m.
    • Location: Lamar Hall, Third Floor, Suite A
  • M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Reservations Required
    • The Inn at Ole Miss, Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom
    • Time: 6 p.m.

   Saturday, Sept. 27

  • Ole Miss vs. Memphis Football Game
    • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
    • Time: 6:30 p.m.

Charlie Church Named Journal Editor

Scientist plans to broaden publication's appeal by expanding coverage

CCChurch picture

Charles Church

OXFORD, Miss. – For anyone who regularly writes about science, being engaging while communicating the topic’s complexity can be an arduous task.

For Charles Church, senior research scientist at the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Physical Acoustics, being named as the new editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America’s Express Letters gives him an opportunity to improve the quality of scientific discourse in acoustics.

 Since 1929, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America has been the premier scientific journal in the field of acoustics. Express Letters, or JASA-EL, is the rapid communications version, intended for disseminating short articles on important new research and cutting edge developments in all fields of acoustics. Published online as a section of the JASA, the letters serves physical scientists, life scientists, engineers, psychologists, physiologists, architects, musicians, and speech and hearing scientists.

As editor of JASA-EL, Church will be responsible for appointing new associate editors for each area of interest that oversee reviews of more than 300 submissions per year, with an acceptance rate of less than 50 percent.

“The most important part of the job is to ensure that manuscripts are handled efficiently and decisions are made promptly,” Church said. “After all, the ‘EL’ stands for ‘Express Letters,’ and we want that to mean something, so we try to finish the review process in three weeks or less.”

Church also plans to broaden the interests of the membership by expanding into areas of acoustics that previously haven’t had significant coverage, such as aeroacoustics, the production of sound by fluid flow. He also plans to publish articles that are not only scientific but also entertaining, such as a recent paper entitled “Coffee roasting acoustics.”

“It turns out that you can tell a lot about how your beans are doing by listening carefully to them as they roast,” Church said.

“The NCPA is thrilled with the Acoustical Society of America’s selection of Dr. Church as the next editor of JASA Express Letters,” said Joseph Gladden, the acoustics center’s director. “We are confident Dr. Church will successfully guide JASA-EL as it continues to grow in impact and are proud to see another NCPA scientist selected for a leadership position in the field of acoustics.”

Church also hopes this position will help him improve the quality of writing of UM students in science and engineering.

“Being an editor allows me to see the kinds of mistakes that people at various educational levels make,” Church said. “This better prepares me to know how to deal with those errors and to help students learn how to avoid those and similar mistakes.

“One of the most important lessons any student can learn is that while being intelligent and capable are necessary assets, the inability to communicate clearly and correctly will severely limit their chances for success in any profession.”

UM Chemistry Professor, Postdoc Win R&D Magazine Top 100 Award

Collaborative research with ORNL yields breakthrough aluminum plating technology

Dr. Hussey with one of his students.

Dr. Charles Hussey with postdoctoral research associate Li-Hsien Chou.

OXFORD, Miss. – A revolutionary aluminum plating process developed at the University of Mississippi has been recognized as one of the most technologically significant products of 2014.

The Portable Aluminum Deposition System, or PADS, invented in the laboratory of UM chemistry chair and professor Charles Hussey, is a winner in R&D Magazine‘s 52nd annual R&D 100 Awards. The international competition recognizes excellence across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science chemistry and biotechnology. The award is considered to be the “Oscar” for inventors.

The work in Hussey’s lab is part of a larger project and carried out in collaboration with Sheng Dai and other scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the United Technologies Research Center. At UM, Hussey worked closely with postdoctoral research associate Li-Hsien Chou to develop PADS. This aluminum plating technology is expected to replace hazardous coatings such as cadmium, thereby potentially strengthening the competitiveness of American manufacturing companies worldwide and cutting the cost of aluminum plating by a factor of 50 to 100.

PADS allows manufacturers to safely conduct aluminum deposition in open atmosphere for the first time. Aluminum cannot be plated from water or most other solvents, so a special electrolyte that enables the safe plating is a critical part of the device.

“As basic scientists studying fundamental process and phenomena, so much of what we do is not immediately useful or obvious to society,” Hussey said. “Here, we have made something unique and obviously useful. This is very satisfying.”

Chou, who earned her doctorate under Professor I-Wen Sun at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, is Hussey’s “academic granddaughter” because Sun is one of Hussey’s first doctoral graduates, having earned his Ph.D. at UM in 1989.

Winning the R&D award is a dream come true for Chou.

“Every scientist dreams one day to develop a useful product with their name on it, and we did,” Chou said. “I am so happy we can bring this recognition to Ole Miss.”

Hussey said he is pleased with his Chou’s contributions to the project.

“I am very proud of her and hope this will benefit her career,” he said. “After all, this is really what we do or should be doing in academia, developing people and helping them to be successful in their careers and lives.”

The judges were impressed by the development of a process to use air-sensitive ionic liquids in the open atmosphere to make an air-stable plating system.

“The availability of air-stable plating systems allows the technology to be used in the field, giving PADS a competitive advantage,” said Paul Livingstone, senior editor of R&D Magazine. “The technology’s lower cost of use and prospect for displacing toxic corrosion protection alternatives were additional factors that contributed to the selection of this winning technology.”

Research on the technology was stimulated by a research contract from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense to UM through ORNL. Plated aluminum is a protective coating and offers corrosion protection to any underlying metal.

Hussey has worked on ionic liquid projects for many years, including various U.S. Department of Energy projects involving the development of ionic liquid-based processes for the treatment of spent nuclear fuel.

The 2014 R&D 100 Awards banquet is set for Nov. 7 at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

For a full list of this year’s winners, visit For more information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, go to

Thomas Clancy Retires from UM Law School

Director of National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law served 10 years

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy

OXFORD, Miss. – After a decade of dedicated service and leadership, Thomas Clancy has retired from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

The research professor and director of the university’s National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law partnered with the National Judicial College. During that 10-year period, the collaborators co-sponsored 19 conferences for state trial judges, 14 appellate judge conferences, 10 conferences on Internet crimes against children and dozens of webinars.

“Tom Clancy was an outstanding teacher and is a nationally recognized and highly published Fourth Amendment scholar,” said Richard Gershon, UM law dean. “Under his leadership, the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law fulfilled its mission of training judges and prosecutors from all over the United States. I wish Tom and his wife, Sally, the best in their new adventures.”

“The contacts made during those events led me and other NCJRL personnel to speaking engagements in many individual states, national conferences held by other organizations, an all-services military conference and numerous conferences organized by the NCJRL in individual states,” Clancy said. “In all, I estimate that almost a third of all the state judges in the country (perhaps 5000-plus) have in some way participated in the various events.”

Clancy thanked William Dressel, president emeritus of the National Judicial College, for agreeing to the partnership and providing years of support along the way.

“The staff of the National Judicial College and, in particular, William Brunson and Kelly Zahara have been integral to our success,” he said. “We have had longtime instructors, such as the Honorable Joseph Troy, (the) Honorable Ilona Holmes, (the) Honorable Mark McGinnis and Professor Jack Nowlin, who year after year provided outstanding presentations, materials and friendship that were irreplaceable.”

The NCJRL staff, including Don Mason, Priscilla Grantham, Marc Harrold, Michael Johnson, Sherry Watkins, Celeste Sherwood and Poindexter Barnes, made material and invaluable contributions over the years, Clancy said.

“Personally, it has been a deeply rewarding opportunity to work with members of the judiciary around the country and with the wonderful people who have contributed to our endeavors,” Clancy said. “As I move on to a new phase of my career, I look forward to continue speaking at judicial conferences. I am gratified that the National Judicial College plans to continue as the sole sponsor of The Fourth Amendment for Trial Judges, scheduled for May, 2015, and look forward to participating.”

“Tom Clancy was an outstanding teacher, and is a nationally recognized and highly published Fourth Amendment scholar,” said Richard Gershon, dean. “Under his leadership, the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law fulfilled its mission of training judges and prosecutors from all over the United States. I wish Tom and his wife, Sally, the best in their new adventures.”

RebelWell Announces Fall Schedule

Activities promote health, nutrition and wellness education and opportunities for all levels

Fitness Classes

Fitness Classes

RebelWell fall activities begin today (Sept. 2) with a 28-Day Quit or Commit Challenge.

The goal of the initiative is to either quit a bad habit or commit to a healthy habit. Participants are urged to set a goal, stick to it each day, mark their log and evaluate how they feel at the end of the challenge. Logs should be turned in at Howry Hall, Room 108 by noon Oct. 3.

“Every day that you make your goal of quitting a bad habit or adding a healthy habit, your name will be entered into a prize drawing,” said Wendy Carmean, project coordinator. “One grand prize winner will be drawn, three runner-up winners will be drawn and everyone that quits or commits at least 25 or more days will receive a RebelWell T-shirt. Winners will be announced in October.”

Other RebelWell activities include:

  • National Bike Challenge: Began May 1 and ends Sept. 30. Faculty, staff, students and community members should sign up for the UM team and log their rides. Prizes will be given away each month to reward participants.
  • Wellness Wednesdays: Each week, RebelWell and Ole Miss Dining will highlight a “red plate” (for those trying to reduce caloric intake) and a “blue plate” (for those who require more calories). Follow us on social media to see the weekly red and blue plates.
  • Transformation Tuesdays: The first and third Tuesday of every month, Active Health will conduct a workshop with varying topics such as healthy eating, stress relief, diabetes and stretching.
  • Office Bikes: Bicycles are a healthier way to move about the campus. So hang up the golf cart keys and hop on a bike to get to your next meeting or make a delivery. If you are interested, contact Andrea Jekabson at 915-1530 or
  • Nutrition Counseling Course: RebelWell, through the UM Nutrition Clinic, offers a 12-week course that includes a 30-minute group session and personal nutrition counseling for faculty and staff. The course includes grocery store tours, lessons in reading and understanding food labels, menu planning and other necessary information to help optimize nutrition goals whether they be weight loss, weight gain or healthy weight maintenance. Courses meet each Wednesday at noon.
  • Six-Week Fall Walking Challenge: UM faculty and staff walk 30 minutes each day Oct. 1-Nov. 11. Walkers who daily reach the goal have their names entered into a drawing for gift cards and prizes. Five winners will be selected and one department will receive a healthy catered lunch.
  • Wellness Champions Challenge: Participants will be able to understand and explain the wellness program to co-workers, visibly participate in programs, relate to the health challenges of co-workers and generate interest in the program. Anyone interested in serving as a RebelWell Wellness Champion, contact Wendy Carmean at
  • Faculty-Staff Group Fitness Classes: Meet 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the atrium of the Thad Cochran Research Center. Membership in the Turner Center is not required.
  • Healthy Eating Walking Tours: Each Thursday at 12:15 p.m., spend 30 minutes walking the campus while nutrition experts provide information about healthy dining options. Tours are free, but advance registration is appreciated. Call 915-7371 or stop by Lenoir Hall to register.

For more information about RebelWell, go to

Meet Clara Rock, August Staff Member of the Month

Clara Rock

Clara Rock, an adviser in the Office of Financial Aid at the UM regional campuses in Tupelo and Booneville, has been selected as Staff Council’s Staff Member of the Month for August. To help us get to know her better, Rock answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?

Rock: Three years.

IOM: Where is your hometown?

Rock: Tremont, Mississippi.

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss memory?

Rock: My favorite Ole Miss memory would have to be seeing my students that I helped assist with their financial aid graduate with their degrees and go on to pursue corporate jobs in the workforce. Nothing makes me happier than seeing our students be successful.

IOM: What do you enjoy most about your position or the department in which you work?

Rock: I enjoy the satisfaction of helping the students complete their educational goals financially.

IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list?

Rock: To visit Hawaii, one day.

IOM: What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Rock: When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family.

IOM: What is your favorite movie?

Rock: “License to Drive”

IOM: What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Rock: Optimistic, driven and passionate.

To nominate a colleague for the September Staff Member of the Month, email with the name of the individual you’d like to nominate as well as why you feel he or she should be recognized.

University of Mississippi Joins Planet Forward Consortium

Students raise awareness of environmental issues through innovative storytelling

The Meek School of Journalism at Farley Hall

The Meek School of Journalism at Farley Hall

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is among 11 international institutions to form the Planet Forward University Consortium, which focuses on the use of multimedia and digital storytelling to educate and give voices to sustainability issues such as food security, water, energy and climate change.

As part of the collaboration, UM assistant professor of journalism Kristie Swain will represent the university on the Planet Forward Program Committee. She and five students will attend an annual, invitational sustainability summit in Washington, D.C., where they will receive media production training and connect with policymakers and innovators. Planet Forward also provides toolkits, internships, teaching materials and support to member schools.

“Planet Forward was formed to promote innovative ideas to address food, water, energy and environmental challenges confronting the planet,” said Tara Sonenshine, coordinator of strategic partnerships at Planet Forward and distinguished fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. “The overall theory is that if we get people to focus on individual stories, innovations and inventions, you can explain the topics on a more understandable level.”

UM will host a campus video competition to select a student correspondent for Planet Forward and its partner media organizations, Swain said. University officials also will select a study abroad student to produce multimedia coverage of sustainability stories while overseas.

Ole Miss students began working with Planet Forward, housed within GWU’s School of Media and Public Affairs, when it launched in 2009. The students have since produced more than 200 videos for the initiative, as part of Swain’s reporting classes.

“Of all our partners to date, Professor Swain’s classes have had the most regular and high-quality feature packages,” said Mike Devito, Planet Forward managing editor.

Swain said many of her students are enrolled in the beginning multimedia writing class, so they had never produced a video before.

“It is exciting to see them learn to produce a video, polish it using feedback from each other, me and Planet Forward producers, and finally get international exposure for their work,” Swain said.

At the end of each semester, UM students emerge with portfolio pieces published by a national outlet. The students’ work has been featured regularly on the Planet Forward home page, as well as in national webisodes and in blogs including the Huffington Post. A video about Oxford-University Transit innovations was a top finalist in an annual PBS competition.

Swain’s students often collaborate with researchers from the engineering and pharmacy schools, as well as the Office of Sustainability and Students for a Green Campus. Planet Forward has supported proposed outreach programs in several of UM’s major federal grant applications and has sparked many interdisciplinary conversations, Swain said.

As part of a Planet Forward project, Swain’s student Mary Frances Stephens interviewed civil engineering professor Waheed Uddin about whether finely ground recycled glass could be used to improve road safety and reduce heat-island effect. After his conversation with Stephens, Uddin developed a research paper on this topic to present at an international conference, Swain said.

“This is designed to be a very diverse program,” Sonenshine said. “(UM) has a lot of the things that we’re interested in: innovative research, connections to the medical school and law school and the National Food Service Management Institute.”

Along with UM, the Planet Forward University Consortium includes George Washington University, Middlebury University, Drake University, University of Arizona, Syracuse University, Sewanee, Clark Atlanta University, Furman University, Roger Williams University, University of Calgary and University College Cork in Ireland.

To learn more about Planet Forward, visit