A form of pterostilbene, a compound found naturally in blueberries, reduces blood pressure in adults, according to results of a clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s 2012 Scientific Sessions on High Blood Pressure Research.
Less than a year after launching an aggressive initiative to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, the University of Mississippi has graduated three African-American students with doctorates in chemistry.
Pharmaceutics International Inc. has made a gift to support pharmaceutical education for graduate students and create a center devoted to research related to hot melt extrusion and other pharmaceutical processing technologies.
Hapten Sciences Inc. has licensed a compound developed by university researchers that shows promise in preventing reactions to poison ivy, oak and sumac. The potential drug could end the misery of itching and blistering for millions of Americans each summer.
Did Shakespeare work as an attorney before achieving immortality at the Globe Theatre? Researchers speculated on that theory after using advanced imaging to compare a known Shakespeare signature with another one on a well-known legal treatise.
When the Rebel Battalion won one of eight MacArthur Awards this month, the honor was not a total surprise. This is the third consecutive year of national honors for the battalion, which has produced 20 generals and numerous other distinguished officers over the past 76 years.
A study of headaches among HIV patients, which shows that HIV/AIDS patients have a 13-fold increased risk of suffering chronic migraines, is being hailed as a critical step to improving treatment and reducing unnecessary medical costs among sufferers.
Each year nearly 50 million Americans develop an annoying skin rash after coming in contact with poison ivy. But researchers are working on a pharmaceutical product to rein in the allergic reaction in people already sensitive to the plants and prevent it altogether in those who aren't.
Scientists and technicians from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology have begun collecting seafloor and water column data from areas near the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a repurposed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-sponsored mission.
More than 250 scientists from around the world gather in Oxford next week to discuss medicinal plants and dietary supplements at the ninth annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals. The April 12-15 event is hosted by the UM National Center for Natural Products Research.
ChromaDex Corp. has signed an agreement for the commercial development of pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries, grapes and other small fruits, as well as the bark of some trees. In laboratory tests, it shows promise for improving cardiovascular health, glucose levels and cognitive function.
When the Blues Archive opened to the public in 1984, it was touted to become "the finest of its kind in the world." After 25 years, those familiar with the many treasures sheltered in the archive say it's a dream come true.
Fantasy sports can help improve mathematics test scores in schools, based on a national study that indicates the popular pastime has increased math test scores, in areas ranging from algebraic formulas to fractions, by nearly 50 percent among middle school students.
SmartSynch Inc., a smart grid infrastructure company using Internet protocol via wireless networks, is partnering with the University of Mississippi to reduce the power consumption of campus buildings while publishing real-time results for the general public on Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds.
The life and works of Mississippi native Walter Anderson, one of America's greatest artists, are to be celebrated during the 16th annual Oxford Conference for the Book. A renowned painter, writer and naturalist, Anderson (1903-1965) constantly sought to understand life's meaning. His writings include poems, stories, journals and letters, many of which interpreted the natural world of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he spent his life.
Consumer research suggests the Nintendo Wii Fit video game console was among this year's most popular Christmas gifts, but could it also be a way to improve overall family fitness? A health and exercise science researcher is researching the possibility that the Nintendo Wii and other whole body movement game consoles could help families get more physical activity.
A University of Mississippi pharmacy graduate, who gained national attention by predicting the 2004 flu vaccine shortage two years before it hit, is running his own successful business, with international implications in pharmacy pricing. Medical Marketing Economics, which deals with research and pricing strategies in the pharmaceutical industry, is enjoying phenomenal growth from its headquarters in Oxford, Miss.
Among steps the University of Mississippi is taking to become more eco-friendly is a new 18-hour academic minor in environmental studies. Responding to the incredible growth of environmental studies programs across the country, the university this fall began offering the new course ENVS 101, or Classics of Modern Environmental Literature.
The American Heart Association, in partnership with the University of Mississippi, is convening a panel of top business, government and health leaders to examine the nation's health care system in preparation for the year's first presidential debate. The program, produced by Fred Friendly Seminars of Columbia University, focuses on health policy reform and will be webcast live.
Across the country in urban and rural settings, there is a gap between the health status of blacks and whites and between wealthy and poor. It is accentuated in Mississippi, where blacks make up 37 percent of the population and nearly 20 percent of all families live below the poverty level. But the University of Mississippi has committed resources to several innovative programs that are lifting the state's health care profile and improving the lives of thousands of people.
With an African-American expected to accept the Democratic nomination for president Aug. 28, many voters are examining their attitudes toward one of the nation's most perplexing and pervasive issues "“ race. At the University of Mississippi, the examination has been going on since 1962.
Staff members from the Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness, housed in the University of Mississippi School of Engineering, are available to discuss earthquakes, disaster planning, damage mitigation techniques and other aspects of disaster preparedness.
A significant addition to the William Faulkner Collection at the University of Mississippi was announced Wednesday evening on the grounds of the Nobel laureate's home, Rowan Oak, during the 35th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. The acquisition comprises letters that resulted from a meeting in the summer of 1943 when Faulkner sat down with Hollywood filmmakers William Bacher and Henry Hathaway to discuss a story plot.
In less than a year, the National Innocence Project and the Mississippi Innocence Project have secured the release of two Mississippi prisoners who were wrongly convicted. Levon Brooks spent 18 years locked up for murder, and Kenny Brewer was in prison 15 years for a similar crime, but both men were freed when DNA testing cleared them of the crimes. The exonerations spotlight a pressing need for innocence work nationwide.
While the University of Mississippi busily prepares to host the first presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, public schools in Mississippi also are planning to capitalize on the excitement generated by the event. From history and government classes to music, math, science and art, school officials say every grade level from kindergarten through high school will be involved. They also offer to share details of their plans with representatives from school districts across the country.
Preventive health services offer the potential to both reduce costs and vastly improve overall health and well being, but these benefits generally are overlooked by policymakers. Dr. Daniel Jones, president of the American Heart Association, argues that prevention is an affordable investment that makes sense, and the issue deserves to be debated as a key component of the 2008 presidential election.
A new partnership in Mississippi aims to keep jobs at home by educating the nation's future manufacturing professionals. The state, University of Mississippi and Toyota Motor Corp. are joining together to create a Center for Manufacturing Excellence, which is to offer students not only degrees in engineering with an emphasis in manufacturing but also strong cross-disciplinary studies that reflect other skills needed in engineering and the sciences.
Nearly 50 recent college graduates from across the country are helping conduct summer school this year in the chronically underfunded Holly Springs and Marshall County (Miss.) school districts. It's just one way the Mississippi Teacher Corps is helping to boost education in the region. Designed for noneducation majors, the alternative certification program recruits college graduates to teach in the Mississippi Delta and other critical-needs areas in an effort to break the cycle of poverty and low achievement.
An historical injustice was righted three years ago when the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation joined residents of Neshoba County, Miss., to create the Philadelphia Coalition that pushed for the prosecution and conviction of the man who murdered three civil rights workers in 1964. But the University of Mississippi institute, the first of its kind in the nation, did not stop there.
Whether or not the rebates and Washington's economic stimulus package avert a looming recession, Americans are paying more for food, fuel, homes and health care. They are expecting the next president to provide relief, but just how much a president can really do is debatable. Several economists discuss the economic issues that promise to play a major role in how Americans vote this fall.
Law student Michael Dodge earns a special distinction Saturday when he is awarded the juris doctor degree. Dodge, of Long Beach, Miss., becomes the first graduate to also receive a special space law certificate, the only one of its kind in the country, through the law school's National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law.
In recent years, blogs have become popular tools to distribute information quickly across the Internet. Journalists use them to update stories, political groups use them to communicate with supporters, and everyday people use them to share thoughts and activities with friends. Now, a professor is using blogs as a tool to teach pharmacy students to communicate more effectively.
More than 65 miles of wiring must be installed to provide hundreds of new workstations, classrooms must be converted to offices, more than a half-mile of fencing must be erected, and wireless Internet capabilities must be added to the performing arts center and several nearby buildings, and an army of visitors must be housed and fed. These are just a few of the logistical challenges being tackled by the University of Mississippi as it prepares to host the first presidential debate of 2008, just a bit more than five months away.
Clean-living youths or violent gang members? That's the question National Geographic asks Ross Haenfler about Straight Edge lifestylers on its upcoming special "Inside Straight Edge" premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday (April 9) on TV's National Geographic Channel. Haenfler, a specialist in youth subcultures, plays two roles in the primetime documentary: expert and member.
Faced with cheap foreign imports and rising fuel costs, commercial shrimpers working in the Gulf of Mexico are facing some hard times. The waters from Alabama to Louisiana account for nearly half of all U.S. shrimp production, and marine scientist Glenn Parsons hopes to enable shrimpers to be more productive, as well as environmentally friendly, by reducing bycatch.
Because reversing the rapid rise in obesity among American youth requires an approach that includes schools, families and communities, the National Food Service Management Institute set out to prove that healthful and great tasting food for children can and should be served by everyone. The result is "Cooks for Kids," a satellite training program launched last fall that celebrates healthy eating and highlights best cooking practices used in schools across the country.
Students on college campuses should not hesitate to call the police if they suspect another student or faculty member could commit a violent act, says a criminal justice professor who has written extensively on the subject of school safety. In light of recent shootings at campuses in Illinois and Arkansas, Chester Quarles said students have a collective responsibility to act and diffuse potentially violent situations.
Snacks, check. Remote control, check. Beer, maybe not. As millions of fantasy sports enthusiasts gear up for Sunday's NFL Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, a University of Mississippi professor's survey of them during regular season offers statistics that reveal interesting behavior patterns.
The Center for the Study of Southern Culture marks 30 years of work with a series of events Nov. 8-11. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to come together to celebrate the center's achievements, reflect on its past, consider the present and plan for the future. All events are free and open to the public.
Hunting enthusiasts can join football legend Archie Manning in a quest to help his hometown of Drew, Miss., and one lucky participant will win a duck hunting trip in the Mississippi Delta this winter with the CBS Sports commentator. The fundraiser, a collaboration with the Drew Chamber of Commerce and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, supports the restoration of a historic school, which will become the permanent home for the local Boys and Girls Club.
Compared to advancements in modern medicine over the past 70 years, there have been few new treatment options for people who stutter. That's one reason a $50 digital device is drawing attention. Contrast that price to a typical digital speech device costing approximately $5,000, and it's easy to see why Greg Snyder, assistant professor of communicative disorders, may be on to something big.
Cedric Willis of Jackson, Miss., was convicted in 1997 of murder and robbery and sentenced to life in prison despite the fact that DNA evidence excluded him as the perpetrator. Thanks to help from the Innocence Project of New Orleans, Willis was granted a new trial, found innocent and freed from prison in 2006. To help those like Willis who are serving time for crimes they did not commit, the Mississippi Innocence Project is gearing up to start taking cases..
Researchers and government officials have known for two years that Hurricane Katrina caused population shifts across the Gulf Coast region, but an interdisciplinary team of researchers has quantified just how sharp the decline has been in affected areas. Their work also has provided new insights into the importance of social networks and family connections in helping people prevail through disastrous circumstances.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of Mississippi has been recognized by The Atlantic Monthly magazine as one of five "Up-and-Coming Programs" in the nation. In his Atlantic essay "Where Great Writers Are Made," journalist and fiction author Edward J. Delaney writes, "Some programs, such as Mississippi's and Brooklyn's, seem to form around a dynamic teacher "“ Barry Hannah and Michael Cunningham, respectively."
Thirteen high school students arrived at the University of Mississippi earlier this week for a weeklong Summer MathCamp and walked right into what appeared to be a murder scene. Soon, they were helping police officers solve the "crime" and learning how mathematics is used in everyday life in an exercise inspired by the hit CBS television series "Numb3rs."