Managing Mental Health During the Public Health Crisis

UM social work faculty offer insights on staying emotionally well through social isolation

OXFORD, Miss. – Following social distancing protocol is critical to slowing the spread of coronavirus, but being isolated from colleagues, friends and family, especially over long periods of time, can profoundly affect emotional well-being and overall mental health. Brian Droubay, assistant professor of social work at the University of Mississippi, is an experienced psychotherapist inRead the story …

Maintaining Progress for Children with Learning, Language Disorders

UM Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty offer resources for families sheltering in place

OXFORD, Miss. – With millions of families adjusting to a “new normal” at home with children out of school, those children with language or learning disorders are disproportionately affected by the disruption to their daily routines. Faculty members in the University of Mississippi‘s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provide intensive language therapy for young children withRead the story …

Renowned Behavior Expert Set for Brain Awareness Month Event

Social scientist explores how morality evolved before humans developed religion

OXFORD, Miss. – Frans de Waal, a Dutch-American biologist and primatologist known worldwide for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates, is set to visit the University of Mississippi on March 4 to discuss “Morality before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and the Primate Brain.” His lecture, free and open to the public, isRead the story …

EcoNutrition Cafe Series Offers Insights on Combating Food Waste

Office of Food and Nutrition Security to host events on nutrition policy, sustainability

OXFORD, Miss. – The Office of Food and Nutrition Security in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management will host the ecoNutrition Cafe series on March 4 and April 22 at the University of Mississippi, bringing bring in experts to discuss topics at the intersection of individual and community nutrition, nutrition policy, and sustainability. According toRead the story …

Melinda Valliant Named Chair of Nutrition and Hospitality Management

New leader brings years of clinical practice, teaching, research and service to evolving department

OXFORD, Miss. – With the University of Mississippi‘s spring semester in full swing, Melinda Valliant is settling in to her new leadership role as chair of the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management. A professor of nutrition and hospitality management and co-director of the Center for Health and Sports Performance, Valliant is looking forward toRead the story …

Graduate Student Highlights Nutrition Education for Athletes at 3MT

Rebecca Henry takes second place in master's category at annual competition

OXFORD, Miss. – Rebecca Henry, a student in the University of Mississippi‘s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, recently came in second in the master’s category during the Three-Minute Thesis competition hosted by the UM Graduate School. Her research examined a food education and food security intervention with the Calhoun City High School football team to determineRead the story …

Hospitality Doctoral Students Shine at National Competition

Students earn finalist spotlight with hotel industry analytics

OXFORD, Miss. – Consumer trends in the hospitality industry are constantly shifting. Markets are changing, technology is exploding and the workforce is always fluctuating. Investors rely on industry professionals in hotel industry analytics to make recommendations that account for all these moving targets to maximize their return on investment in this roughly $550 billion industry.Read the story …

Mythbusting Master’s Student

Social work graduate student wants to improve perceptions of life with a disability

OXFORD, Miss. – Andrea Hannaford, a second-year Master of Social Work student at the University of Mississippi, is on a mission to dispel myths about people living with disabilities. Through her undergraduate internship in the Department of Social Work, Hannaford worked in the case management department at Baddour Center, a residential community in her hometownRead the story …

Applied Sciences Faculty Member Named Recreation Therapist of the Year

Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management unveils new recreational therapy minor

OXFORD, Miss. – Kris Brasher, instructor of therapeutic recreation and a certified therapeutic recreation specialist in the University of Mississippi‘s Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation, has been named Recreation Therapist of the Year by the Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association. Roughly 300 registered certified therapeutic recreation specialists work in Mississippi, and Brasher was recognizedRead the story …

Institute of Child Nutrition Expands Outreach, Impact

UM resource increases trainings, online offerings for school nutrition professionals

OXFORD, Miss. – Celebrating its 30th year of operation, the Institute of Child Nutrition at the University of Mississippi has issued an impact report showing huge growth in outreach aimed at training food service professionals in proper food preparation and nutrition for children nationwide. The Institute of Child Nutrition, or ICN, offers free training toRead the story …