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 …

Learning in a Real-World Environment

NCPA program pairs undergraduates with world-class researchers for summer research

OXFORD, Miss. – The rover’s “eye” flashed alive with a blue glow as the foot-tall unmanned ground vehicle viewed the auditorium inside the National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi. The three-wheeled robot sat still, waiting for a sound. Off to the side, UM student Peyton Posey suddenly clapped. The machine rotatedRead the story …

Helping Farms be in Harmony with Nature

EPA grant involves researchers, Mississippi Delta farmers exploring agricultural runoff water

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor is using an Environmental Protection Agency grant to explore the potential benefits of holding runoff water on agricultural landscapes after crops are harvested. The move could reduce the pollution of downstream waterways, improve soil health and crop yields, provide crucial food and habitat for migratory birds, reduce pumpingRead the story …

UM Graduates’ DaisNotes App Offers New Connection Tool

Platform connects students to help build lifelong friendships, academic support networks

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi alumni have developed an app that boldly aims to solve a very common problem: the feeling of being disconnected. DaisNotes LLC – co-founded by Kyle Herbert, of Metairie, Louisiana, and Nicholas Neilson-Slabach, of Fort Worth, Texas – targets students and professors for note-sharing and social networking for theirRead the story …

Opening Tiny Worlds of Exploration

NSF funding provides new imaging microscope for UM research

OXFORD, Miss. – A powerful new imaging instrument arriving soon on the University of Mississippi campus promises to open novel worlds of research exploration. Through a National Science Foundation grant, the university is acquiring an advanced Fourier transform infrared, or FTIR, imaging microscope, a device that can chemically analyze, identify and measure tiny samples, suchRead the story …