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 …

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 …

‘If She Can See It, She Can Be It’

UM biologist's statue to be used in exhibit encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers

OXFORD, Miss. – Tamar Goulet, a biology professor at the University of Mississippi, is having her body 3D-printed as a statue for a massive display of more than 125 successful women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in hopes of encouraging girls to consider STEM careers. Last year, Goulet became one of 125 female ambassadorsRead the story …

Expert on Viruses Unpacks COVID-19 for Nonscientists

Why is this novel coronavirus causing a global pandemic?

OXFORD, Miss. – Wayne Gray, a virologist in the University of Mississippi Department of Biology with more than 40 years’ experience studying viruses, is offering some insights that may help the public understand the COVID-19 pandemic. A researcher at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine for 37 years, he came to Ole Miss in 2014Read the story …

Food for Thought Aplenty During UM Brain Awareness Month

Neuroscience research poster showcase, keynote address and Science Cafe among scheduled events

Editor’s note: In response to the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all university-sponsored events have been canceled or postponed until further notice. Please visit communications.olemiss.edu/coronavirus for continued updates from the university. OXFORD, Miss. – Connections between the human brain and the immune system is the theme for upcoming Brain Awareness Month observances, set forRead 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 …

Mere Minnow Gives Mighty Medical Insights

Developmental biologist Joshua Bloomekatz uses zebrafish to probe origins of heart cells

OXFORD, Miss. – If you want to understand a fundamental mystery of life, look no further than a 2-inch fish. Using zebrafish, a freshwater breed that’s in the minnow family, to understand how hearts develop in embryos, University of Mississippi biologist Joshua Bloomekatz is breaking new ground. His research focuses on the formation of twoRead the story …

Declining Chirping of Hawaiian Crickets Topic for Science Cafe

Susan Balenger to discuss insects' loss of ability for mating chirp at final meeting of fall

OXFORD, Miss. – The rapidly diminishing ability of male crickets in Hawaii to chirp, which is part of their mating ritual, is the topic of the final Oxford Science Cafe of the fall semester. The monthly event, sponsored by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Office of the Provost, begins atRead the story …

Freshman Intent on ‘Fulfilling Her Purpose’

Next-Generation Rebels: Biology major Khadeejah Franklin has goals in mind

OXFORD, Miss. – “Remember your purpose.” That’s the advice University of Mississippi freshman Khadeejah Franklin received from her mother before leaving her hometown of Vancleave for Oxford. “Stay focused,” Triniss Wilkerson said she told her daughter. “I also told her do not lose sight of the reason why she is there. It’s OK to have a littleRead the story …