Biologist Publishes Breakthrough Study

Lainy Day's research advances the study of avian evolution

OXFORD, Miss. – Lainy Day, an associate professor of biology at the University of Mississippi and director of the university’s neuroscience minor, has published an article in Nature, an international journal that publishes the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology. Part of an international team, Day has helped unlock essential new information aboutRead the story …

Extra-Long Battery Life

UM electrochemist and dean looks back on four decades at university

OXFORD, Miss. – This semester marks the first time in 43 years that Charles L. “Chuck” Hussey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Liberal Arts and a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, hasn’t awakened to his 7 a.m. alarm to get ready for a day serving the University ofRead the story …

Researchers Cited in National Racial Progress Study

Community-driven research project ranks Mississippi in Top 5 for progress toward closing gaps

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi faculty members and researchers were among a group of seven scholars across the country who contributed findings to a national study detailing the states that have achieved the most racial progress over time, among other findings. Anne Cafer and John Green contributed their research and expertise to aRead the story …

A Gift that Honors

UM endowment pays tribute to former faculty members

OXFORD, Miss. – A $100,000 gift to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College pays tribute to two former University of Mississippi faculty members – one for his innovative approach to instruction and the other for his impact on the donor’s education and career path. The gift, made by an Honors Program graduate who preferred toRead the story …

Professor Elected to Lead National Rural Sociology Association

Vaunted researcher will put stamp on national organization

OXFORD, Miss. – John Green, a University of Mississippi sociology professor, is the new president-elect of the Rural Sociological Society. Green also serves as the senior research associate with the UM Center for Population Studies and co-director of the university’s minor program in society and health. RSS is a professional social science association that promotesRead the story …

SouthTalks Return for Spring

Community activism is the highlight of the series hosted by UM Southern studies center

OXFORD, Miss. – Community activism is once again the focus of the SouthTalks series presented by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. All SouthTalks events, which include lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions exploring the interdisciplinary nature of Southern studies, will be virtual, free and accessible onRead the story …

UM Announces New Towns for M Partner Community Improvement Program

McLean Institute adds Ecru, Pontotoc for Phase 2 of community building

OXFORD, Miss. – Following the successful launch of a pilot program that assisted three Mississippi towns with community improvement projects, the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi has launched Phase 2 of its M Partner program with the addition of two more municipalities. The town of Ecru andRead the story …

UM Completes 17th Annual Speaker’s Edge Competition

More than 100 students show off public speaking skills in yearly contest

OXFORD, Miss. – COVID-19 protocols, mask wearing, Zoom etiquette, abuses of remote working and the effects of the global pandemic dominated the 17th annual UM Speaker’s Edge competition held remotely for the first time, Jan. 14-15 at the University of Mississippi. More than 100 graduate students in business, accountancy and law tackled issues ranging fromRead the story …

A Banner Year for a Debut Work of Nonfiction

UM professor's memoir rockets to the top five of New York Times Best Sellers list

OXFORD, Miss. – Aimee Nezhukumatathil, a University of Mississippi English professor and award-winning poet, has been making national news with her bestselling book, “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments.” This book of illustrated essays – Nezhukumatathil’s first foray into nonfiction – is a paean to the beauties of natureRead the story …

Faculty Team Reimagines Arts Elective Intro to Music

Course redesign emphasizes listening skills, critical thinking for invigorated student experience

OXFORD, Miss. – When Michael Rowlett put together a team of music faculty members at the University of Mississippi to rethink the basic arts elective MUS 103: Introduction to Music, he knew he wanted to find a way to connect the process of learning about music to his students’ experiences. “I’ve been teaching Introduction toRead the story …