Venturing into Vaping

Budding UM researcher pulls back the curtain on e-cigarettes

OXFORD, Miss. – What’s actually in the electronic cigarettes you’ve been smoking as a “safe” alternative to tobacco? With much speculation surrounding the safety of e-cigarettes over the past few years, University of Mississippi junior Nicholas Kruse wanted to determine whether top e-cigarette manufacturers are accurately listing ingredients in the e-cigarette fluid that becomes theRead the story …

Chemistry Professors Receive NSF Award to Explore Lower-Energy Light

Research could lead to better-performing electronic devices, new applications

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi professors have received a more-than-$500,000 National Science Foundation award to further explore using lower-energy light to drive systems that will improve daily life. With hundreds of devices working by absorbing light and then using that energy, instruments that could be improved by the professors’ research include solar cells,Read the story …

Honors College Alumna Wins National Portz Scholarship

Genevieve Verville's research could improve development, effectiveness of new drugs

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent graduate of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Genevieve Verville, a May 2020 chemistry graduate with minors in mathematics, biological sciences and psychology, has been named a 2020 NCHC Portz Scholar. The Montgomery,Read the story …

Support for STEM Students

Named endowment memorializes couple, benefits UM freshmen

OXFORD, Miss. – A gift to the University of Mississippi will provide scholarships for mathematics and chemistry majors while memorializing the 55-year marriage of a couple who met over breakfast on the Oxford campus. Established with a gift of $250,000, the Millie Nichols and Orga V. Craig Memorial Scholarship Endowment will benefit freshmen seeking degreesRead the story …

UM Students Win Coveted Goldwater Scholarships

Jax Dallas and William Meador awarded one of nation's most prestigious academic honors

OXFORD, Miss. – Two juniors in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi have been awarded coveted Barry S. Goldwater Scholarships. Jax Dallas, a physical chemistry and math major from Caledonia, and William Meador, a chemistry major from Carbondale, Illinois, are the university’s 15th and 16th Goldwater Scholars. The Goldwater is one ofRead the story …

Graduate Students Find Impacts of Freshwater in Mississippi’s Oysters

Excess rainfall in 2019 caused increased mortality in shellfish reefs

OXFORD, Miss. – As Ann Fairly Barnett pulled an oyster dredge up through the shoreline waters of the Mississippi Sound, she was dreading what she was about to find. “Not a single living oyster,” said the University of Mississippi master’s student in environmental toxicology. The Jackson native, along with UM environmental toxicology graduate student JamesRead 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 …

Microplastics Research Tackles a Gigantic Problem

Chemistry professor's work examines impact of the tiny plastics in Mississippi waters

OXFORD, Miss. – The world is awash in plastics, and a University of Mississippi professor’s research is exploring just how flooded waterways across the South are with tiny bits of these materials. The American Chemistry Council estimates that U.S. production of major plastic resins totaled 7.4 billion pounds during June and year-to-date production was 43.5 billion pounds, the approximateRead the story …

UM Senior Wins National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholarship

Kennedy Dickson among three selected to present research at annual meeting

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi senior in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Kennedy Dickson, a forensic chemistry major from Whittier, California, has been named a 2019 NCHC Portz Scholar. She is one of three recipients nationwide and will present herRead the story …

Alumna Named Phi Kappa Phi Fellow

Fellowship will allow Elaine Smith to pursue medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent University of Mississippi alumna has been awarded a prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship to study medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Elaine Smith, of Hudson, Wisconsin, was awarded $8,500 by the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Smith, who received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistryRead the story …