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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 …

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 …

SpaceX Veteran Joining UM to Connect Engineering School with Industry

Darin Van Pelt takes position with university after almost 20 years in aerospace industry

OXFORD, Miss. – Darin Van Pelt (BSME 01) has joined the University of Mississippi as director of engineering engagement, focusing on industry engagement for the School of Engineering and working closely with the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, or CME. Van Pelt spent more than 18 years working in aerospace engineering, most recently as a co-founder of ABL SpaceRead the story …

Two Faculty Members Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships

Duo will use funding to develop their pioneering research in geology and mathematics

OXFORD, Miss. – For the second time in three years, a pair of University of Mississippi professors have been awarded National Science Foundation fellowships to advance their innovative research. Samuel Lisi, assistant professor of mathematics, and Brian Platt, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering, were awarded funding through a foundation program that provides opportunities for youngRead the story …

UM Partners with Emerald Bioscience to License Cannabis-derived Drugs

Two drug candidates have potential to improve pain management and prevent ocular diseases

OXFORD, Miss. ­­– The cannabis research program at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has partnered with pharmaceutical company Emerald Bioscience Inc. to license two new drug technologies that may provide nonaddictive pain management, prevent blindness and alleviate the threat of irreversible vision loss from glaucoma and other eye diseases. The two drug candidateRead the story …

Seed Grants Fund UM Research into Disaster Resilience

Researchers studying air pollution, university responses to natural disasters

OXFORD, Miss. – Exploring thunderstorm asthma and examining how Gulf Coast universities can respond to natural disasters are the focus of two new University of Mississippi seed grants funded through the Flagship Constellations initiative. Thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon where pollen can break into smaller pieces during severe thunderstorms and cause asthma events. Researchers are collecting and characterizing airRead the story …

UM Professors Collaborate with Counterparts Through SEC Grant

Faculty Travel Program encourages, supports conference partnerships

OXFORD, Miss. – Thirteen University of Mississippi professors are taking part in this year’s SEC Faculty Travel Program, strengthening the university’s collaborations with fellow Southeastern Conference institutions and offering UM professors an opportunity to interact with their counterparts. Established in 2012 by the SEC presidents and chancellors, the program provides financial assistance from the SEC office forRead the story …

Researchers Raising Awareness, Understanding of Concussions in Youth

Flagship Constellations-funded grant focuses on sports-related head trauma

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi researchers are examining the knowledge and attitudes of Mississippians on sports-related concussions, thanks to a recent Flagship Constellations grant. Funded through the Community Wellbeing Flagship Constellation, the grant will help design a sports-related concussions lesson to influence the health behaviors of high school student-athletes regarding concussion prevention, identification and management. The research alsoRead the story …

UM-Manufactured Materials Launched into Outer Space

Nano-reinforced materials to be tested aboard the International Space Station

OXFORD, Miss. – New nano-reinforced materials created at the University of Mississippi left the Earth Saturday morning (Nov. 2) on a journey to the International Space Station. The innovative research materials were part of a payload that blasted off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The materials will spend a year orbiting the globe attached to the outsideRead the story …

UM Helps Highlight Graphene Innovation through Conference

Mississippi-held forum showcases game-changing material

OXFORD, Miss. – Spotlighting the global graphene technology revolution, the Graphene Innovation and Research Conference is set for this month in Jackson. Discovered in 2004, graphene is a 2D form of carbon that has shown the versatility and potential to stimulate technological advancement in many industries. Taking place Nov. 19-20 at The Westin Jackson, the conference, focusing onRead the story …