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 …

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 …

‘Boeing, Boeing’ Goes Supersonic for Laughs

Rollicking farce arrives on time for Ole Miss Theatre's spring season

OXFORD, Miss. – “When one door closes, another opens.” This well-known aphorism, coined by Alexander Graham Bell and often trotted out in times of difficulty or missed opportunity, doesn’t typically refer to literal doors – unless you’re watching Ole Miss Theatre and Film‘s frenetic production of “Boeing Boeing,” set to open Friday (Feb. 14), atRead the story …

Black History Month Concert Features Guest Soprano Carline Waugh

Free production includes choirs, symphony and African drum and dance

OXFORD, Miss. – Soloists, choirs, a symphony and an African drum and dance ensemble all come together this week at the University of Mississippi to celebrate the African American spirit and experience in the university’s Black History Month Concert. The concert, set for 7:30 Thursday (Feb. 13) in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for theRead the story …

Summit to Focus on Women and Civic Engagement

Feb. 19 event is a lead-in to Sarah Isom Center's 40th anniversary celebration

OXFORD, Miss. – In honor of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi is planning a half-day summit Feb. 19 featuring an inaugural memorial luncheon, discussion groups and networking opportunities. The UM Summit on Women and Civic Engagement will feature a wide range of conversations about the manyRead the story …

Faculty Honored for Service at ‘Lift Every Voice’ Celebration

Two professors recognized for work in diversity and inclusion

OXFORD, Miss. – With melodious sounds from a gospel choir and inspiring words from a keynote speaker, two University of Mississippi faculty members were honored Monday (Feb. 3) for their exceptional achievements in diversity, inclusion and community engagement. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students attended the annual ‘Lift Every Voice’ celebration, the first event onRead the story …