University of Memphis News Releases

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- Wednesday, May 5 -

kim marksKim Marks Malone receives Steve and Linda Simon Family Fellowship

Kim Marks Malone, APR, Fellow PRSA, online program coordinator and PR instructor, has been awarded the Steve and Linda Simon Family Fellowship for 2021-24. The Simon Family Fellowship is the University's first fellowship dedicated to a public relations faculty member.

Read about the fellowship >

- Monday, May 3 -

commencementUofM to hold commencement Saturday, May 8, at the Liberty Bowl

The University of Memphis will recognize 2,680 graduates from spring 2021 with four commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

More on commencement >

- Thursday, April 29 -

Beverly BondUniversity of Memphis will recognize exceptional teaching and research

The University of Memphis annually recognizes exceptional teaching and research at the Faculty Awards ceremony. The 2020-21 academic year awards will be held on Sept. 17.

See the recipients >


AaryaniUofM’s Dr. Aaryani Tipirneni-Sajja awarded $589,413 Trailblazer Award from National Institutes of Health 

Dr. Aaryani Tipirneni-Sajja, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Herff College of Engineering, was recently awarded a two-year $589,413 Trailblazer Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) for her project titled, “Modeling MRI-based tissue relaxation in the presence of iron overload and steatosis.” 

Read about the award>

- Monday, April 26 -

campusUniversity of Memphis ranks in the top 4.9% worldwide in Center for World University Rankings

The University of Memphis received its second world ranking in eight months as it has been ranked in the top 4.9% in the world out of 19,788 universities, according to the 2021-22 edition of the “Global 2000 List by the Center for World University Rankings.”

More on the rankings >

- Wednesday, April 21 -

first scholarsUofM celebrates graduation of first Opportunity Scholars cohort 

The Opportunity Scholars program at the University of Memphis is off to a remarkable start. In May, 12 members of the first cohort will graduate. The other seven among the 19 in the initial group remain enrolled and are on track to complete their undergraduate degrees over the next year. Opportunity Scholars is a chance for high school graduates in the State of Tennessee to earn a higher-education degree despite not being eligible for in-state tuition, federal aid or student loans due to their residency status. 

Read about Opportunity Scholars >

- Tuesday, April 20 -

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UofM’s Jennings receives DoD award to develop novel traumatic injury therapy

Dr. Jessica Jennings, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Herff College of Engineering, was recently awarded $268,156 from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for her project titled, “Development of acylated nanofibrous chitosan membranes for pre-hospital traumatic wound coverage, inhibition of infection and pain mitigation.”

More on the award >

- Monday, April 19 -

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UofM Announces Presidential Search Committee

The University of Memphis announced today the members of the Search Committee for the 13th President of the University of Memphis. The Search Committee representation includes a broad spectrum of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Previously, the UofM announced it had chosen Parker Executive Search to assist in its search and review of candidates.

See the committee members >

- Thursday, April 15 -


FedEx Institute of Technology and Epicenter Launch Two More Science-Based Startups, Building on the Entrepreneurial Landscape in Memphis

PopCheck Technologies Inc. and MakeScope are the most recent startups to come out of The University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology and Epicenter’s joint Patents2Products (P2P) Program. The partnership’s first startup, Nuvelus, was announced in October, and additional companies will launch over the next year as part of the partners’ initiative to support and cultivate innovative and deep science commercial opportunities in the Memphis business community.

Read about the startups >

- Wednesday, April 14 -

Maryam SalehiUofM’s Dr. Maryam Salehi receives $453,144 NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Maryam Salehi, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in the Herff College of Engineering, was recently awarded a $453,144 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her project titled, “An Investigation of Microplastics Fate and Contaminant Transport in Storm Runoff, The Nexus of Environmental Engineering and Material Sciences.”

More on the award >

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UofM’s Hooks Institute Announces 2020 Hooks National Book Award Finalists

The Hooks Institute’s National Book Award is presented to a non-fiction book published in the calendar year that best furthers understanding of the American civil rights movement and its legacy. Finalists were chosen from 28 books that were nominated for the 2020 award. 

See the finalists >

- Monday, April 12 -


Fogelman Renews Five-Year Accreditation for College and Crews School of Accountancy

The Fogelman College of Business and Economics (FCBE) at the University of Memphis had its accreditation renewed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for another five years.

More on the FCBE >

- Wednesday, April 7 -


Hooks Institute welcomes Yolanda Baptist-Green, Reverend Dr. Lasimba Gray Jr. and Kenya Hooks as Board Members

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis welcomes Yolanda Baptist-Green, Reverend Dr. Lasimba Gray Jr. and Kenya Hooks to its’ Board; as well as Patricia Hooks Gray and Johnnie R. Turner as Honorary Board Members. 

About the Board >

- Thursday, April 1 -


UofM – CEED launches initiative to close 3rd grade reading deficiency gap LENA™ improves school readiness for infants and toddlers

LENA and the University of Memphis are pleased to announce an initiative to improve kindergarten readiness by encouraging parents to talk more with their children. LENA™ features parent classes in English and Spanish that employ LENA (language pedometer) technology to measure how much parents are talking with their children and how much children are responding. The program officially launched fall 2018.

Read about the initiative >

- Wednesday, March 31 -

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Campbell gift endows $2.2 million scholarship for College of Education Students at the University of Memphis

The University of Memphis received a $2.2 million gift from the estate of Roger E. and Mary E. Campbell to establish scholarships for students who demonstrate academic excellence in the College of Education.

More on the gift >

- Tuesday, March 30 -

biomedical engineer professor and 2 studentsUofM receives 26 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Programs Rankings

The University of Memphis received recognition for 26 programs in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Programs national rankings released today.  

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- Tuesday, March 23 -

Spelling BeeElizabeth Thompson, Grace St. Luke’s fifth-grader, wins 2021 Shelby County Spelling Bee

Elizabeth Thompson, a fifth-grader from Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal School, won the 2021 Shelby County Spelling Bee that was held virtually this past weekend. It marked the third-straight year the Bee was sponsored by the University of Memphis.

Read about the spelling bee >

- Monday, March 15 -

FITUniversity of Memphis Celebrates Patents Worldwide

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) within the Division of Research & Innovation have received several notifications of issued or allowed patents centered on two separate technologies. The first notice was a U.S patent allowance focused on cybersecurity from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Notifications were also received of issued or allowed patents in Australia, Japan and China for bioengineered honey-based technologies for tissue regeneration.

 More on the patents >

- Friday, March 12 -

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Doug Edwards to serve as UofM Board of Trustees Chairman; Carol Roberts and Cato Johnson to serve as Co-Vice Chairs

Doug Edwards has been named Chairman of the University of Memphis Board of Trustees. Edwards succeeds David North, who has completed a two-year term. Edwards is a UofM graduate and a previous member of the University’s Board of Visitors. 

Read about the Board >

- Thursday, March 11 -

murdockUofM School of Music Alum earns GRAMMY Music Educator Award

Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music alum Dr. Jeffrey Murdock (PhD Music Education, 2015) was awarded the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator Award during a livestream event held Thursday. This award is given annually to an outstanding music educator nominated by other music teachers, school administrators, students, parents or recording academy members. 

More about the award >

UofMUofM, American Esoteric Laboratories & Memphis and Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force Collaborate to Successfully Contain UK Mutant Strain

A pandemic success story occurred early last month as quick response and collaboration among the University of Memphis, American Esoteric Laboratories (AEL) and the Memphis and Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force helped quell the spread of the UK strain in Memphis Athletics.

Read about the collaboration >

- Wednesday, March 10 -

Dr. M. David RuddUofM President M. David Rudd leaving position in May 2022

Dr. M. David Rudd, the 12th president of the University of Memphis, will be leaving his position in May 2022. He will transition to faculty in 2023 to continue his research, after a year sabbatical abroad.

Read more about the announcement >


- Monday, March 8 -


UofM Faculty Showcase Performing Arts Before the Pandemic in “A Ballet Season” Documentary

When UofM faculty members David Goodman and Steven Ross first started work on “A Ballet Season” in 2018, the duo had no idea they would be telling the story of the last “normal” ballet season for the foreseeable future. "A Ballet Season," a feature-length documentary film covering Ballet Memphis’ most recent full season before the COVID-19 pandemic, will premier with a prime-time broadcast on WKNO at 8 p.m. on March 26. A repeat broadcast will air at 4 p.m. on March 28. 

Read about the documentary >

- Thursday, March 4 -

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UofM’s Dr. Ana Doblas receives $593,239 NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Ana Doblas, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE) in the Herff College of Engineering, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in the amount of $593,239 for her project titled, “Three-dimensional super-resolution light microscopy of thick, unprocessed biological samples.”

About the award >

- Monday, March 1 -


UofM Board of Trustees Committees will meet March 5 and March 9; Full Board will meet March 10

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees committees will meet on March 5 and March 9. The specific dates and times are below. The full Board of Trustees will meet March 10 at 9 a.m. Executive sessions will follow both Audit and Board meetings. Links for the livestream will be provided on the day of the meeting.

More on the meetings >


Eighteen New Scholarships Established in Response to Mike Bruns Scholarship Challenge Fund at the UofM

An unprecedented 18 endowed scholarships have been created in response to the Mike Bruns Scholarship Challenge Fund since Sept. 1. The $1 million fund, established by University of Memphis Board of Visitors member Mike Bruns and his wife Marian, provides a 1:2 matching opportunity that challenges donors to establish new, need-based endowed scholarships at the University.

Read about the scholarships >

- Wednesday, February 17 -


UofM honored among Top Military Friendly Schools for seventh consecutive year 

The University of Memphis has received Gold recognition for 2021-22 and honored among the top Military Friendly Schools List for the seventh consecutive year. The list honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military service members and veterans as students and ensure their success on campus. 

Read about the distinction >

- Monday, February 15 -

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UofM’s Herff College of Engineering Receives In-Kind Donation from Yaskawa America, Inc., FedEx and Eaton

The Department of Engineering Technology in the University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering announces the donation of two Yaskawa HC10 collaborative robots from Yaskawa America, Inc., for use in both undergraduate and graduate-level applied robotics classes. 

Learn about HC10 robots >


| Top Stories |

University of Memphis announces new Institute for Arts and Health
February 10 | The University of Memphis is pleased to announce the establishment of the Institute for Arts and Health. The Institute will bridge the arts, humanities, social sciences, digital technologies and STEM areas, and aims to incubate and secure funding for transdisciplinary research and community engagement related to the Arts and Health.

UofM highest-ranked in Tennessee for 2nd straight year by U.S. News & World Report 
January 26 | The University of Memphis is the highest-ranked institution in Tennessee for the second straight year by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 rankings of online programs. UofM’s status began its incredible climb four years ago, culminating with the top spot in back-to-back years.

Meharry Medical College, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and University of Memphis Announce Historic Collaboration to Diversify Provider Pipeline and Advance Health Care Education >
December 14 | Three Tennessee health care institutions join forces with others in Memphis to bring new opportunities for training to Black students and improved care to the communities they serve.

UofM continues to move up among top public universities in USNWR rankings >
September 14 | The University of Memphis continues moving up among top public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings and is ranked in the top tier for national universities for the second consecutive year.

UofM Announces Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative >
August 14 | The University of Memphis aims to become a national model of institutional transformation to address the challenges of race and social justice magnified during these unprecedented times.

UofM and City of Memphis Form Partnership to Offer Degrees at Lower Cost>
August 3 | The University of Memphis has formed a partnership with the City of Memphis that allows city employees to earn a degree in a timely, cost-effect manner while being supported by a team dedicated to student success.

UofM implementing test-flexible admissions policy for fall 2021 class >
June 17 | The UofM will adopt a test-flexible application policy for the entering class of fall 2021 due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This is a one-year policy to provide a fair and reassuring response to the needs of future Tigers.

Combating COVID-19: How the UofM is Pitching In >
From printing face shields to providing more than 1 million meals, to presenting the first online commencement ceremony and ensuring affordable tuition, see how the UofM has responded to the pandemic.