News You Can Use: Safely Celebrate with Your Teams During Holidays

UM experts share practical tips for participating in year-end events without spreading COVID-19

OXFORD, Miss. – Luckily, that festive ugly Christmas sweater will look just as good over Zoom as it would in person. While the holidays typically present plenty of opportunities for people to reconnect with family, friends and coworkers, the COVID-19 pandemic is complicating things this year. But University of Mississippi experts are sharing tips forRead the story …

Chemistry Professors Innovate to Run Labs Safely Amid Pandemic

From individual Plexiglas cubicles to carefully coordinated schedules, faculty put forth 'herculean effort' to continue in-person instruction

OXFORD, Miss. – Chemistry professors could lecture about displacement reactions in their sleep, but one displacement problem had them stumped as they planned for fall semester. How could some 1,000 University of Mississippi students, many suddenly uprooted last spring, attend lab sessions during a global pandemic? When classes started in August, Mississippi’s Department of HealthRead the story …

Parameters and Protocols Work When We Work!

As the semester comes to an end, I can’t help but look back on all that has been learned, experienced and practiced this past year in the work world of COVID-19. Many departments embraced the established university’s parameters and protocols and navigated the virus safely. The Office of Admissions, with a staff of nearly 50,Read the story …

News You Can Use: Keep Family Events from Becoming Super Spreaders

UM student health expert shares how to avoid possible COVID-19 exposure during holidays

OXFORD, Miss. – While holidays are usually times for extended family to gather for feasting and fellowship, it’s probably best for many people to forego traditional get-togethers whenever possible in these COVID-19 times, a University of Mississippi health expert advises. Susan Sullivan Gunn, staff physician at University Health Services, recommended not hosting or participating inRead the story …

News You Can Use: Traveling Safely During a Pandemic

UM staff physician shares tips for staying safe while using public transportation

OXFORD, Miss. – Whether traveling by airplane, train or bus, you can take steps to reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic, a University of Mississippi physician advises. “Once the decision has been made to travel for a holiday gathering, the next step is to plan the safest way to accomplish yourRead the story …

Professor Helps Develop Model to Calculate Risk of COVID-19 Spread

Mathematical formula also helps assess effectiveness of preventive measures

OXFORD, Miss. – As researchers around the world race to answer unknowns about COVID-19, a University of Mississippi professor has helped create a mathematical framework to better understand how the coronavirus spreads. Wen Wu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, worked with two professors at Johns Hopkins University to develop a mathematical model to estimateRead the story …

News You Can Use: 7 Tips for Gathering Safely During the Holidays

UM nurse practitioner gives advice for lowering risks during celebrations

OXFORD, Miss. – The annual preparations for holiday gatherings normally focus more on menu and decorations, but COVID-19 has shifted attention to the logistics of making get-togethers safe for all. Everybody can take steps to ensure that holiday celebrations are meaningful and safe, a University of Mississippi health expert advises. “Things like the level ofRead the story …

Finding Meaning and Resilience Six Months into the Pandemic

UM psychology and disaster studies professor discusses emotional fallout from COVID-19

OXFORD, Miss. – After passing the six-month mark of coronavirus shutdowns, many people are still struggling to find hope and a sense of meaning in their lives. Much about the virus and how to control it remains uncertain; consequently, rates of depression, anxiety, suicidality and substance abuse are increasing. But even with no end toRead the story …

University Announces Spring 2021 Calendar, Commencement Plans

Ole Miss to keep health, safety protocols in place through spring semester

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has announced a modified academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester, as well as details regarding Commencement activities for 2020 and 2021 graduates – all with continued emphasis on health and safety protocols to protect students, faculty and staff due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In a messageRead the story …

In Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic, Experts Urge Flu Awareness

Operation Immunization, campus health center offering vaccine for Ole Miss community

OXFORD, Miss. – October has arrived, and that means flu season in Mississippi is just around the corner. This year has a twist: Another, more infectious virus that causes a more dangerous respiratory illness has already been spreading for months. How might COVID-19 change the 2020-21 flu season? For starters, it might be more importantRead the story …