International Physics Conference Opens Monday at UM

Sessions delve into strange world of elementary particles, help researchers plan new projects

OXFORD, Miss. – Quarks, leptons and dark matter are among the exotic-sounding topics up for discussion this week when dozens of the world’s top particle physicists gather at the University of Mississippi to discuss their research, exchange ideas and discuss future projects. The 20th Conference on Flavor Physics and CP Violation is set for Monday-FridayRead the story …

World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest, Festival Returns

Annual event's 46th season May 26-29 at UM, Oxford venues

OXFORD, Miss. – After going virtual the past two years, the 46th annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival returns to an in-person format next weekend in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi. Events are set for May 26-29 at the Old Armory Pavilion on University Avenue and in Nutt Auditorium onRead the story …

Biologist Explores Nutrient Removal in Mississippi River Backwaters

Findings could have impact on Gulf of Mexico 'Dead Zone'

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi biologist is working to understand how the Mississippi River’s floodplain lakes and wetlands, or “backwaters,” might help remove nutrients that contribute to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, or as it’s more commonly known, the “Dead Zone.” With funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, biology professor Cliff OchsRead the story …

NSF Fellowships Give Students Means to Aim Big with Their Research

Students recognized with graduate research fellowships, honorable mention

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi students have been selected to receive prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships through the foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. MyKayla Williamson, a senior anthropology major; Austin Wallace, a senior chemistry major; and Benjamin Savino, a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering science, are the three students. Athena Flint, aRead the story …

Department of Economics Has the Goods on Innovation

New emphasis helps students apply economic analysis to legal issues

OXFORD, Miss. – What is the aggregate cost of crime in the United States? Should banks be allowed to benefit from credit checks? Does it hurt public safety if police officers are expected to spend substantial time raising revenue by issuing tickets? These are just a few of the questions that stand at the intersectionRead the story …

Chemistry Professor Named 2022 Rising Star

Davita Watkins among nine honored by ACS Women Chemists Committee

OXFORD, Miss. – Davita Watkins, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, has been awarded a 2022 Rising Star Award by the American Chemical Society‘s Women Chemists Committee. This award “recognizes exceptional early to midcareer women chemists across all areas of chemistry on a national level … to help promoteRead the story …

Two Faculty Members Appointed as Distinguished Professors

Kenneth J. Sufka and Robert Van Ness honored for their teaching, research and service

OXFORD, Miss. – Two respected University of Mississippi professors with a combined total of 50 years of teaching, research and service have been appointed Distinguished Professors by the university. Kenneth J. Sufka, professor of psychology and pharmacology, and Robert Van Ness, holder of the Bruce Moore Chair in Finance, were appointed the honorific title FridayRead the story …

Biologist Helps Unlock Secrets of Galapagos Tortoises

Ryan C. Garrick publishes results of DNA comparisons in the journal Heredity

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor’s comparisons between two lineages of Galapagos tortoises is yielding new insights into the evolution of the ancient species, as well as opening new doors for biologists to study evolution. Ryan C. Garrick, associate professor of biology, co-authored a paper on “A new lineage of Galapagos giant tortoisesRead the story …

Ralph Eubanks Recognized for Reflecting Mississippi

UM alumnus and visiting professor honored by Mississippi Humanities Council

OXFORD, Miss. – Ralph Eubanks claims he is a nonfiction writer because he is bad at making things up, but his gentle grace in describing the beauty and pain of the landscape of Mississippi needs no fictionalization. The Mississippi Humanities Council has lauded Eubanks, visiting professor of English and Southern studies at the University ofRead the story …

UM Team Places in Top 4 at National Debate Championship

Warren Debate Union among finalists at event hosted by University of Alaska at Anchorage

OXFORD, Miss. – Debaters representing the University of Mississippi recently were finalists at a national championship tournament hosted by the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Members of the Warren Debate Union earned a Top 4 finalist finish at the league’s inaugural in-person competition. Last fall, a group of British Parliamentary debate coaches from across theRead the story …