Prestigious UM Research Center Gets New Director

Mohammad Al-Hamdan to head National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi center that is a global leader in the science and research of water management and soil conservation has a new director. Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan has been named director of the National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering, or NCCHE. Established in 1982, the center uses the fields ofRead the story …

UM Researchers Part of Team Studying Louisiana Fishing Communities

Project explores how ecological and socioeconomic changes affect coastal region's people, economy

OXFORD, Miss. – A pair of University of Mississippi researchers are members of a multiuniversity project exploring the effects of freshwater inputs into coastal Louisiana salt marsh ecosystems and the resulting impacts on the recreational fishing industry. Vanessa Parks and Stephanie Otts are working with colleagues at Louisiana State University, Rhodes College and the UniversityRead the story …

Biologists Developing Mobile App for Coastal Marine Assessment

Glenn Parsons and Richard Buchholz lead new Gulf of Mexico Citizen Scientist Initiative

OXFORD, Miss. – In the age of crowdfunding and viral media, two University of Mississippi biologists are developing a mobile phone app that will allow “citizen scientists” to conduct marine assessments on the north central Gulf of Mexico. Professors Glenn Parsons and Richard Buchholz have partnered to create a Mobile App for Marine Assessment asRead 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 …

Mathematics Professor Wins Competitive Research Award

Ayla Gafni will use grant to further her analytic number theory studies

OXFORD, Miss. – Ayla Gafni views the solving of complex mathematical problems as deciphering a puzzle or searching for the solution to a centuries-old mystery. The University of Mississippi mathematics professor fell in love with the abstract science of numbers, quantity and space at a young age. That enthusiasm for mathematics has followed Gafni intoRead the story …

NSF Provides Funds for Major New Research Instrument at University

New tool will help expand materials research, opportunities for Mississippi researchers

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will be home to an instrument essential to innovative materials development research, thanks to a Major Research Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation. The award is being used to purchase a Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation, a highly sensitive balance that can detect changes in mass atRead the story …

UM-Grown Bacteria Conquer the Final Frontier

Microbial growth in space research being conducted aboard International Space Station

OXFORD, Miss. – Bacteria grown in a University of Mississippi laboratory are zipping around the Earth about every 90 minutes, racing roughly 250 miles above the planet aboard the International Space Station. The microbes are part of UM biologist Patrick Curtis’ research that aims to better understand how bacteria respond in weak gravity, which couldRead the story …

Co-invasion of the Plants and Fungi

UM biologists examine consequences of non-native tag teams on biodiversity, ecosystems

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi biology professors are using a National Science Foundation award to expand their research into the phenomena of co-invasions between plants and fungi. The National Science Foundation project is focused on how plants and fungi ease each other’s invasions of non-native habitats and hopes to better understand the consequencesRead the story …

Researchers Publish New Blood Flow Restriction Research Findings

Health and kinesiology doctoral students contribute to improving lives with novel technique

OXFORD, Miss. – Human physiology researchers at the University of Mississippi continue to make strides in studies of blood flow restriction that provide evidence for the technique’s therapeutic application in improving muscle strength and endurance with a reduced weight load. Blood flow restriction is a therapy that restricts blood flow by placing a pressure cuffRead the story …

UM Researchers Working on Nasal Spray to Block COVID-19

Early tests show spray effective in blocking virus from attaching to cells

OXFORD, Miss. – A team of researchers, including faculty from the University of Mississippi schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, are developing a treatment that could be effective at preventing COVID-19. The good news is that it’s something that you can easily carry in your bag. The treatment would take the form of a nasal sprayRead the story …