Central Park Five Member to Deliver UM Black History Month Keynote

Yusef Salaam to reflect on journey from false arrest, incarceration to exoneration and new lease on life

OXFORD, Miss. – Yusef Salaam, a member of the Central Park Five, whose exoneration after nearly seven years of incarceration based on false accusations was depicted in the Emmy Award-winning Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” is the keynote speaker for Black History Month observances at the University of Mississippi. Salaam’s address begins at 6Read the story …

Professor John Neff’s Door was Always Open

Noted Civil War scholar and professor remembered for approachable nature and devotion to students

OXFORD, Miss. – Noell Wilson remembers beloved University of Mississippi history professor John Neff, with his distinguished, thick gray beard, always keeping his office door open and sitting there deep in conversation with his students.  Neff and the students often would be working on a large wooden table with drafts laid out to focus on theirRead the story …

Doctoral Student Receives Grant for Dissertation Research

Shimikqua Ellis to use funds for Mississippi-focused education study

OXFORD, Miss. – Shimikqua Ellis, a doctoral student at the University of Mississippi School of Education, recently received a $1,500 grant for her dissertation research from the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE Foundation in Baltimore.  Ellis’s dissertation will study how high school English teachers in Mississippi will use the 2017 novel “The HateRead the story …

Higher Education Professor Gets National Student Affairs Award

George S. McClellan honored for contributions to profession, research

OXFORD, Miss. – George S. McClellan, associate professor of higher education at the University of Mississippi, is the recipient of the 2020 George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Literature and Research Award by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The annual award honors individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to research and scholarship inRead the story …

Music Department Gives Students an Advantage

Prospective majors can audition for full tuition

OXFORD, Miss. – Auditions are a part of life for any music student, but the stakes will be high for students auditioning the first weekend in April to be admitted into the University of Mississippi music program. “This year, we are awarding as many full-tuition scholarship packages as possible through our new scholarship initiative, MusicRead the story …

Evolution in Real Time Topic of February Oxford Science Cafe

UM biologist Peter Zee to discuss evolutionary biology and microorganisms

OXFORD, Miss. – How to study evolutionary processes in real time is the topic for a monthly public science forum organized by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy. The spring semester’s first meeting of the Oxford Science Cafe is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18) at Uptown Coffee, 265 North LamarRead the story …

Universal Communicator

Astrochemist Ryan Fortenberry breaks down the chemistry of the cosmos

OXFORD, Miss. – “Science should be explained like campfire stories,” said Ryan Fortenberry, University of Mississippi assistant professor of astrochemistry, a subspecialty that explores chemistry in outer space. “Any science concept can be talked about in everyday language.” Fortenberry wants to reduce jargon in scientific prose, as evidenced by his piece in the February 2020Read the story …

Willie Morris Awards Move to UM

Generous gift ensures awards to be given in perpetuity

OXFORD, Miss. – A generous New England-based couple with deep roots in the South, aware of the close relationship between a late-great Mississippi author and the Oxford community, is moving the celebrated Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing from New York City to the University of Mississippi. With their $3 million gift to the UMRead the story …

UM Scientists Discover Novel Method for Catching, Maneuvering Droplets

Sound wave technique has benefits for biotechnology, laboratory work

OXFORD, Miss. – It’s a sonic marvel seemingly ripped from the fictional scenes of “Doctor Who” or “Star Wars,” what researchers are accomplishing at the University of Mississippi‘s National Center for Physical Acoustics, but in reality, it’s revolutionary research. In a recent Physical Review Applied paper, scientists at the center announced they were able toRead the story …

Gilman Scholarships Offer UM Students Chance to See the World

Applications for 2020 awards, open to students of limited financial means, accepted through March 3

OXFORD, Miss. – A front row seat at the European Union, a visit to a Holocaust memorial in Germany and learning at one of the world’s most prestigious universities all were made possible for three University of Mississippi students this semester, thanks to the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The students secured theRead the story …