School of Applied Sciences Welcomes New Faculty to HESRM

New HERSM faculty members from left to right: Kofan Lee, Paul Loprinzi, Yang-Chieh Fu and Jeremy Loenneke.

New HERSM faculty members from left to right: Kofan Lee, Paul Loprinzi, Yang-Chieh Fu and Jeremy Loenneke.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreational Management has welcomed four new faculty members for the 2014-2015 academic year. The new professors, many of whom arrived on campus this fall, are considered among the best young scholars in their respective fields.

The new faculty members are Yang-Chieh Fu, KoFan Lee, Jeremy Loenneke and Paul Loprinzi.

The new professors will help improve the department’s national rankings, said Jay Garner, associate professor of exercise science and interim chair of HESRM.

“We are tremendously excited about our recent hires,” Garner said. “This puts us on track to continue our rise in becoming one of the top programs in our field.”

With nearly 800 students, the department equips students to help improve the health and fitness of individuals and communities. From exercise science to recreational administration, the department offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Velmer Burton, dean the School of Applied Sciences, said he is proud of HESRM’s recent recruitments in faculty.

“These new tenure-track scholars are important to the department’s future and add to the existing talent and strengths of our HESRM faculty,” Burton said.

Loenneke, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has conducted and published extensive research in skeletal muscle physiology.

“Dr. Loenneke arrived on campus with a strong record of productivity and excellence,” Garner said. “We have seen nothing but excellence as a scholar with unlimited potential at Ole Miss and in our department.”

Lee recently completed his doctorate in leisure behavior at Indiana University at Bloomington. He is an accomplished scholar with research exploring social-psychological perspectives in leisure studies.

“His experience and work in the field make him a great asset for our burgeoning recreation administration program,” Garner said. “He will be a wonderful success in our program.”

Loprinzi received his Ph.D. in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. With numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, Loprinzi focuses his research on physical activity promotion.

“He will bring a fresh perspective to the department by combining his training at a top research institution,” Garner said. “We expect him to continue his growth as a scholar here at Ole Miss.”

Fu earned his doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Georgia. His ongoing research and publications focuses on the functional and biomechanical performance of patients who have undergone a modern unicompartmental knee construction by camera-based motion analysis and videofluoroscopy techniques. He joined the department in 2013.

“Dr. Fu’s experience and training make him a wonderful hire for the department and school,” Garner said.

Library Gains Access to New Historical Databases

Students and faculty now have access to new historical databases in the J.D. Williams library.

Students and faculty have access to new historical databases in the J.D. Williams Library.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s John D. Williams Library has acquired new databases on the history of slavery and the Civil War, available online through

The new databases are part of the American Antiquarian Society’s collection and are accessible to all UM students and faculty.

The databases became available for purchase in March. With help from the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and the library, commitments for most of the funding were in place by July. The library was able to purchase access in August.

“In acquiring access to these important archives, the university underscores its commitment to research,” said John Neff, associate professor of history and director of the UM Center for Civil War Research. “The American Antiquarian Society’s collections are renowned, and access to their important Civil War and slavery collections will be a great advantage to our undergraduate and graduate students alike.”

Access can be gained by going to the J.D. William’s Library’s website, and searching for “Readex: The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922,” or “Readex: The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922″ in the database search bar.

For more information on the database, contact Neff at

Meet Mary Lou Brassell, September’s Staff Member of the Month

Mary Lou Brassell

Mary Lou Brassell

Mary Lou Brassell, a member of the university’s custodial department, has been selected as Staff Council’s Staff Member of the Month for September. To help us get to know her better, Brassell answered a few questions for Inside Ole Miss.

IOM: How long have you worked at Ole Miss?

Brassell: A year and two months.

IOM: Where is your hometown?

Brassell: Oxford.

IOM: What is your favorite Ole Miss memory?

Brassell: The first year (I saw) the Ole Miss Rebels football team playing in the Egg Bowl. I was very excited for my home team. I watched it on TV and screamed “Hotty Toddy” every time the Rebels scored.

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

Brassell: My position is an independent one. I know my job and I enjoy doing it. I enjoy working under my present supervisor and also with the faculty and staff who work in my building.

IOM: What is one thing on your bucket list?

Brassell: I look forward to owning a Lexus vehicle one day.

IOM: What is your favorite movie?

Brassell: Tyler Perry’s “Madea” movies

IOM: If you could have lunch with anyone alive or dead, fictional or real, who would it be and why?

Brassell: My father, who is deceased. I miss those memories of him giving me all the great advice that he always told me.

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

Brassell: Honest, smart and willing.

To nominate a colleague for the 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.

Professor, Student Land National Leadership Roles

Positions are in 'highest levels' of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy

Joshua Fleming and Emily Carrell

Joshua Fleming and Emily Carrell

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy professor and student assumed leadership roles with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists this summer.

Joshua Fleming, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was installed as vice chair of the executive committee of ASHP’s New Practitioners Forum at the society’s summer meeting in June. At the same meeting, Emily Carrell, a fourth-year professional pharmacy student from West Salem, Wisconsin, was installed as chair of the executive committee of ASHP’s Pharmacy Student Forum.

“We are extremely proud of Josh and Emily,” said David D. Allen, the school’s dean. “Thanks to their outstanding leadership, our School of Pharmacy is well-represented at the highest levels of ASHP.”

The New Practitioners Forum is “the organizational home for any new pharmacy graduate,” Fleming said. “It consists of pharmacists who received their terminal degrees in the past five years. There are approximately 5,000 members representing all types of pharmacy practice, including staff pharmacists, residents, clinical pharmacists, pharmacy faculty and others.”

The executive committee, the forum’s governing body, meets to ensure that all these new practitioners’ educational and organizational needs are being met.

“My overall goals as vice chair are to provide thoughts and guidance towards the forum’s future directions, while maintaining some of the excellent resources it already offers,” Fleming said.

Fleming also will serve as liaison to the executive committee’s practice and residency advancement advisory groups, in addition to working with ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative.

The executive committee of the Pharmacy Student Forum serves as the voice for ASHP’s student members, Carrell said.

“We work closely with the ASHP board of directors and staff to ensure our goals align with the organization’s overall goals,” she said. “As a committee, our goals are to ensure that our student members are informed about topics relevant to them, such as the advancement of pharmacy practice and the residency application process.”

Carrell, who served as vice chair of the committee last year, was selected as chair by ASHP’s president and board of directors.

“A few of my goals are to work closely with my team to increase communication between ASHP and its student societies, keep our members informed about the exciting political changes that are occurring, and encourage our student members to utilize all the benefits that ASHP offers them, all while having fun and enjoying every minute of it,” Carrell said.

“Any time you have the opportunity to be an organization’s leader, its members depend on you to work hard and be an advocate for them. This just happens to be on a national level.” 

Professor Receives DOD Grant for Cancer Research

Pharmacologist Tracy Brooks dedicates life's work to combatting the disease

Tracy Brooks (pink shirt) and students in her lab wear T-shirts in support of cancer awareness.

Tracy Brooks (pink shirt) and students from her lab wear T-shirts in support of cancer awareness.

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy professor has been awarded a $333,878 grant from the Department of Defense to study a cancer gene called kRAS.

“This gene is important in the progression of pancreatic, lung, colorectal and other cancers,” said Tracy Brooks, assistant professor of pharmacology and the grant’s primary investigator. “We are focusing on the region of DNA that controls how much kRAS gets produced, with the ultimate goal of using the knowledge gained in a targeted drug-discovery program to develop new agents with better safety and efficacy against many cancers.”

The grant was awarded through the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program, DOD’s highly competitive new funding mechanism. Only about 16 percent of applications submitted to PRCRP were selected for funding this year, and only three grant applications focusing on pancreatic cancer were funded.

Brooks’ study focuses on alternative DNA structures, particularly one called the G-quadruplex, or G4, which is formed in guanine-rich DNA.

“When formed in regions of DNA that control proteins, called promoters, they tend to turn off protein production,” she said. “In the case of kRAS, turning the gene off can kill the pancreatic cancer cells. Our work is aimed at figuring out the major ‘shape’ of the G4 that forms within the kRAS promoter region and how it is controlled by other proteins in the cell.”

With that information, Brooks hopes to work with molecular modelists to determine the structure’s 3-D shape, so she and others can predict potential chemicals to strengthen the structure.

Brooks can then work with pharmacognosists and medicinal chemists to identify and create new chemicals and drugs that will stabilize the G4 structure, turn off the kRAS gene and selectively kill pancreatic, lung and colorectal cancers in combination with traditional chemotherapeutic agents.

“Dr. Brooks’ research on the gene kRAS has the potential to unlock a novel mechanism in the control of many types of cancers,” said Stephen Cutler, chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, of which Brooks is a part. “The potential impact of her studies on managing neoplastic disorders is extremely high. We are fortunate to have her as one of our School of Pharmacy faculty members.”

For Brooks, the study is highly personal.

“When I was a freshman in college, after only about a one-week battle, my grandmother died from pancreatic cancer,” she said. “It is one of the deadliest cancer diagnoses and one in dire need of new therapy options.

“Since her passing, I’ve lost cousins, friends, my mother and my husband’s grandfather to cancer, and I was a caretaker for my husband during his battle with cancer when he was only 36. Thankfully, he is a three-year cancer survivor, but it was an arduous battle. I’ve dedicated my career, and my life, to researching and combating this disease.”

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.”