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 …

Biology Alumnus Publishes Research in Prestigious Journal

National Academy of Sciences publication features article co-authored by J.P. Lawrence

OXFORD, Miss. – The biology research of a multinational team, led by a University of Mississippi alumnus, has been selected for publication in a prestigious international science journal. UM graduate J.P. Lawrence, a postdoctoral researcher of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California at Irvine; and Bibiana Rojas, Academy of Finland Research FellowRead the story …

Six UM Students Accepted into Rural Physician Scholarship Program

Scholars agree to serve in small Mississippi communities following graduation

JACKSON, Miss. – Four University of Mississippi students and two recent graduates have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. The students are: Katelyn Barnes, daughter of Donna Barnes and the late Scotty Barnes, of Tishomingo, a junior majoring in biological sciences Riley Brown, daughter of OatisRead the story …

Following in Their Footsteps

Sistrunk triplets discover paths to health care careers through Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Ann Weston, Katherine and Will Sistrunk have gone their separate ways for the first time ever. The Springfield, Missouri, triplets and University of Mississippi graduates have been attached at the hip their whole lives, including their time at Ole Miss. Despite three different paths forward, the trio remain connected through their individualRead the story …

Biology Graduate Lands Internship Studying Western Plant Populations

Casey Gill will work with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Arizona

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent University of Mississippi alumna who assisted with biological research at the local level has been awarded a prestigious summer internship with the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Casey Gill, who received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences May 11, has been accepted into the 2019Read the story …

Promoting Excellence in Lab Instruction

Former UM biology professor pays tribute to late wife through gift

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent major gift from Will St. Amand, University of Mississippi professor emeritus of biology, establishes an award designed to identify and provide support for higher education instruction in introductory-level biology. Additionally, the Georgia St. Amand Laboratory Teaching Assistant Award in Biology Endowment pays tribute to the donor’s late wife. “I amRead the story …