Improving the Well-Being of Mississippi Children

University receives grant to expand preschool curriculum

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has received more than $1 million to further fund an initiative in Mississippi preschool programs that promotes social and emotional learning in children and could boost their overall well-being. The $1,025,492 grant is from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an independent, private foundation that works with communities to createRead the story …

Going Green to Lessen Stormwater Flooding

UM researchers explore use of green infrastructure locally, in Southeast

OXFORD, Miss. – Cities and towns are crisscrossed and checkered by streaks and blotches of black and gray asphalt streets and concrete parking lots. When downpours – remnants of a hurricane lumbering up the East Coast, a bomb cyclone unloading on California, an afternoon thunderstorm over New Orleans – pass over, these streets and lotsRead the story …

Learning How Mississippi Can Compete

Vision session brings together university, state, national leaders

OXFORD, Miss. – How the University of Mississippi can lead Mississippi into becoming a more prominent leader in transportation, health care, technology and other sectors was the focus of a recent “vision session” forum on campus. More than 40 people gathered Friday (Nov. 5) at The Inn at Ole Miss for “Mississippi Competes” to hearRead the story …

Partnering for Safer Mississippi Drinking Water

University researchers working with MSU Extension Service on water testing program

OXFORD, Miss. – A group of University of Mississippi researchers is working with the Mississippi State University Extension Service to conduct free lead-in-water testing in schools and child care facilities. The UM Lead in Drinking Water Team is assisting the extension service’s SipSafe program, a statewide effort funded through an Environmental Protection Agency grant to reduceRead the story …

Consider the Amphibian

UM biologist part of institute studying species' resiliency against disease

OXFORD, Miss. – Humans have a lot to learn from amphibians. This class of animals – frogs, salamanders and caecilians – has been decimated by the emergence of new infectious diseases, along with human-caused damage to their ecosystems. Yet, some species have bounced back, and researchers are wondering if there’s a lesson for humanity inRead the story …

NSF Award Helps Sociologist Study Effects of Social, Political Shifts

UM professor, graduate students to examine changing racial identities

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi sociology professor is studying how white people in the South are managing the wide-scale social, economic and political shifts of the 21st century. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, sociology professor James M. Thomas’ study will help advance the understanding of how white Southerners – a group oftenRead the story …

Engineering Professor’s Invention Receives MDA Grant

Dehumidification system could slash energy costs for air conditioning

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi engineering professor’s invention is part of a Mississippi Development Authority grant program that seeks to commercialize energy- and agriculture-related technologies. Chemical engineering professor Paul Scovazzo and brother Anthony Scovazzo are patent holders for a humidity control system in air conditioners that could lead to more efficient AC systemsRead the story …

Chemistry Professor Examines New Forms of Fuel from Sunlight

Research could open door to transforming carbon dioxide into energy

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi chemistry professor is exploring novel materials that could unlock a future sunlight-driven energy infrastructure. Using a recent National Science Foundation award, Jared Delcamp is researching how new types of metal catalysts, or materials that speed up chemical reactions to allow practical access to fuel, can be applied toRead the story …

Geologists Investigate Geological History of Nation’s Capital

Researchers from Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute gather data for fault history, risks

OXFORD, Miss. – No one foresaw the 2011 earthquake that shook Washington, D.C., but better maps of the structural geological history of the area will help seismologists understand the potential risks. Researchers and graduate students from the University of Mississippi’s Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute recently spent two weeks in the nation’s capital studying the AdamsRead the story …

Immersed in Summer Research

Undergraduate program opens doors to new creative scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – Sydni Davis found herself in rewarding new territory this summer. The University of Mississippi sophomore from Tupelo spent the summer conducting interviews with Black women, gaining valuable experience in ethnographic methods as part of a summer research project. “I am proud of myself for collecting my data and conducting interviews,” said Davis,Read the story …