CHANCELLOR’S 3 THINGS TO KNOW
- Duff Center Groundbreaking: Today, we officially broke ground on the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Technology Innovation! It was a wonderful opportunity to thank the Duffs, the Gertrude Ford Foundation, and all the generous supporters of the project. The Duff Center will be a major enhancement to our campus – it’s the single largest building project ever on the Oxford campus, and it will become a transformative resource for science and math education for our students. Check out the special section at the end of this newsletter to learn how the Duff Center will shape our campus, our educational offerings, our student experience and our future.
- Science and Innovation Achievements: This fall, our faculty, researchers, and students have delivered a flurry of outstanding research activity. Take chemistry professor Jared Delcamp, who’s exploring new materials that could unlock a sunlight-driven energy infrastructure. Or consider biologist Michel Ohmer, who is studying the resilience of amphibians through a $12.5 million NSF-funded research collaboration. Engineering professor Paul Scovazzo and brother Anthony Scovazzo are patent holders for an MDA grant-winning dehumidification system in air conditioners that could lead to more efficient AC systems and healthier indoor environments. Geological engineering students recently joined faculty in studying a fault line in Washington, D.C., collecting data to determine if the fault runs near several important landmarks, including the Washington Monument. On top of that, the University of Mississippi Medical Center delivered a record-breaking year in FY21 with 392 separate grants, awards and contracts totaling $123.5 million!
- Degrees that Work: For five years running, our students have been named the state’s best at finding employment and keeping it. The ranking, announced by Zippia in September, is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education that considers which colleges in each state have the highest job placement levels 10 years after graduation. These results reflect the strength of our institution, our students and our ability to serve the state, region and nation through excellent academic preparation.
Until next month, take care!
Glenn F. Boyce
Ole Miss students and faculty, along with citizens of Oxford, came to the Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss on Tuesday evening to Make Kermit Pay. At the conclusion of the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer event, head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis wrote a check for $10,157 to the American Cancer Society.
CARING FOR COMMUNITY
UM’s College Panhellenic Council held its 19th annual CARE Walk fundraiser in partnership with the Baptist Cancer Center to benefit uninsured residents of the Lafayette Oxford-University area by helping to provide access to breast cancer diagnostic tools.
HEEDING THE CALL
Enrollment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center has seen growth during the COVID-19 pandemic with 453 prospects applying for the current M-1 class, the most ever for the school.
Jim and Thomas Duff Center
for Science and Technology Innovation
Duff Center Groundbreaking