University Expanding Food Rx Program

USDA awards $500K to assist with providing food for Quitman County residents

OXFORD, Miss. – Nutritionally-vulnerable Quitman County households soon will have access to valuable food supplies, thanks to a University of Mississippi program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program has awarded a $500,000 grant to the UM Community First Research Center for Wellbeing and Creative Achievement, known asRead the story …

Professor to Advocate for Young Nutrition Professionals

Nadeeja Wijayatunga appointed to board of directors for the American Society of Nutrition

OXFORD, Miss. – Nadeeja Wijayatunga, an assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management at the University of Mississippi, will join the board of directors for the American Society of Nutrition, a leading global authority in nutrition science, for 2022-23. Wijayatunga will serve as the early career representative and past chair of the early career nutritionRead the story …

Industry Expert Plans Update for Sports and Rec Administration Program

Brennan Berg brings experience from academia, NBA to Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Brennan Berg, an 11-year veteran of sports commerce and management education, has joined the University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences as coordinator of its sports and recreation administration program. In his first year on the job, Berg aims to update the curriculum to reflect student interest and reflect the needs ofRead the story …

Investment Provides Tools to Help Children Learn to Read

Dorseys make additional gift to North Mississippi Literacy Project

OXFORD, Miss. – A three-year pilot program established in 2021 to improve literacy in the Oxford and Lafayette County school districts is proving so successful that its donors are fueling it with additional support. Last year, a gift of almost $1 million from Bob Dorsey, a former University of Mississippi professor of economics, and hisRead the story …

Graduate Students Named to Medical Research Training Program

Pair join fourth cohort of the Robert L. Smith, M.D. Scholars Program at Medical Center

JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center has selected UM doctoral students Miguel DeLeon and Zakary Patrick as members of its fourth cohort of the Robert L. Smith, M.D. Scholars Program. The two-year program provides scholars with intense research training and mentoring. EachRead the story …

Undergraduate Student Publishes Sleep Research Paper

UM senior studies correlation between brain anatomy and sleep duration

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi senior has published a scientific paper on one of the most essential human needs: sleep. Nicole Jones, a biology major in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, is investigating whether the size of the caudate nucleus, a structural component of the brain, can be linked to how longRead the story …

Alumnus Makes Major Gifts to Help Fulfill Vision

John Covert provides support to kitchen renovation, Ole Miss athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – John Covert sees the renovation of the institutional kitchen at the University of Mississippi‘s South Oxford Campus as his “field of dreams.” The retired food service industry owner-manager made a $300,000 gift to revitalize the kitchen for the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, part of the School of Applied Sciences. OnceRead the story …

School of Applied Sciences Expands Public Health Program

Concentration in epidemiology, new 4+1 and joint degree launching in fall 2022

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi‘s Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management is offering offer four new graduate degrees pathways in public health beginning this fall. The curricula have been approved for: An online Master of Public Health program A concentration in epidemiology, both online and in-person A 4+1 transitional program ARead the story …

Isom Center Names 2022-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdisciplinary research in gender and sexuality

OXFORD, Miss. – The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded fellowships to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their academic research related to gender and sexuality. Susan Pedigo, Lauren Bone Noble, Ari Friedlander, LaToya Faulk, Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson and D’Andre Walker are this year’s Isom fellows. “The fellows this year had such interestingRead the story …

CSD Students Advance Technology to Assist Children with Disabilities

Tyler Standland and Mallory Robertson present research at international meeting

OXFORD, Miss – Two University of Mississippi graduate students in communication sciences and disorders have made strides in their studies of using augmentative communication/assistive technology to help people with communication disorders. Mallory Robertson, of Poteau, Oklahoma, and Tyler Standland, of Hattiesburg, both of whom completed  master’s degrees this spring, have conducted research that may makeRead the story …