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- Thursday, September 21 -

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University of Memphis Wins Major Instrumentation Investment Across Multiple Disciplines

The University of Memphis, a Carnegie R1 institution, recently won three grants from the National Science Foundation’s nationally competitive Major Research Instrumentation Program, an investment valued at over $2 million.  

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- Monday, September 18 -

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UofM’s CAESER Releases Results from 5-Year, $5 million MLGW Aquifer Study

After five years of research, the Center for Applied Earth Sciences and Engineering Research (CAESER) released the results of their study on the Memphis aquifer, finding that the clay layer is not as complete as previously thought. The study’s results are available at caeser.memphis.edu.

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- Thursday, September 14 -

University of Memphis Lambuth Constellation Planetarium

UofM Lambuth M. D. Anderson Planetarium Participating in Sixth Annual Tennessee STEAM Festival

Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at events and activities across the state during the sixth annual Tennessee STEAM Festival taking place Oct. 13-22.

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- Wednesday, September 13 -

University of Memphis Ned R. McWherter Library photo

Navy Week: University of Memphis Advances Strategic Research Partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center

As the University of Memphis prepares to host Navy football on Thursday evening, the UofM is highlighting a strategic research partnership with the Department of Defense and the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

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- Tuesday, September 12 -

University of Memphis Ned R. McWherter Library photo

University of Memphis Hosting ‘Local Elections Matter’ Discussion Featuring Expert Panel

To prepare voters for the upcoming October 5 City of Memphis Municipal Election, University Libraries and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will present a moderated panel discussion, “Local Elections Matter,” on Sept. 19 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Ned R. McWherter Library.

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- Friday, September 8 -

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University of Memphis Leads State of Tennessee in 2024 College Free Speech Rankings  

The University of Memphis is the top-ranked institution in Tennessee for free speech rights, according to the 2024 College Free Speech Rankings by the Foundation for Individual Rights and ExpressionThe rankings were developed based on survey information provided by 55,102 undergraduate students from 254 of the top universities across the United States. 

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- Thursday, September 7 -

University of Memphis Dr J Elliott Casal photoExperts Struggle to Identify Human Text from AI in Study Co-Authored by UofM’s Dr. J. Elliott Casal

University of Memphis Applied Linguistics professor Dr. J. Elliott Casal recently co-authored a study that revealed trained linguists and reviewers from top academic journals were largely unsuccessful in identifying artificial intelligence (AI) versus human writing of research abstracts, with an overall positive identification rate of only 38.9%.

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- Tuesday, September 5 -

University of memphis bridge photoUofM Secures Institutional Record $86M in Awards for FY23

The University of Memphis is proud to announce its unprecedented achievement of $86 million in research awards in FY23, setting a new record high for the institution. This remarkable feat, which significantly surpassed the previous record of $50 million, is the direct result of the University’s strategic efforts to foster a thriving research environment.

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- Thursday, August 31 -

Maxine A. Smith University Center on the UofM Main CampusUofM Announces Critical Safety Enhancements Ahead of ‘Finish Liza’s Run’ on Sept. 1

Today, the University of Memphis is announcing the first phase of safety enhancements stemming from a $5 million appropriation by the Tennessee General Assembly to secure the campus and surrounding areas

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- Wednesday, August 30 -

Maxine A. Smith University Center on the UofM Main CampusUofM Board of Trustees will meet September 6

The University of Memphis Board of Trustees will meet on September 6 in the Maxine A. Smith University Center on the UofM Main Campus.

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- Tuesday, August 29 -

University High SchoolUofM’s University Schools Awarded Semi-Finalist Status in Department of Education Challenge  

University Schools at the University of Memphis were recently announced as the only schools in West Tennessee to advance as semi-finalists in the Department of Education’s Career Z Challenge.  

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- Friday, August 25 -

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UofM Law Hosting 2023 Pillars of Excellence Awards

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Alumni Chapter is proud to celebrate the return of honoring excellence in law at the Pillars of Excellence Law Alumni Chapter Awards on Saturday, Aug. 26, at FedExForum. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards program at 7 p.m.

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- Friday, August 4 -

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UofM’s Hooks Institute Announces 2022 Hooks National Book Award Finalists

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis has selected its finalists for the 2022 Hooks National Book Award. 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.

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- Wednesday, July 26 -

CommencementUofM’s CAESER Awarded 5-Year, $9.75 Million Contract to Continue Studying Memphis Aquifer

The Center for Applied Earth Sciences and Engineering Research (CAESER) at the University of Memphis has been awarded a five-year, $9.75 million contract to continue research on water quality for the Memphis Aquifer from the City of Memphis and Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW).

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- Tuesday, July 25 -

CommencementUofM to Hold Commencement Saturday, Aug. 5, at FedExForum

The University of Memphis will recognize 741 graduates from summer 2023 with a commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at FedExForum. Dr. Duane D. McKenna, William Hill Professor in Biology and Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award recipient for 2023, will be the commencement speaker.

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- Thursday, July 20 -

PeksenUofM’s Dr. Dursun Peksen Receives Nearly $800K Grant From the National Science Foundation

Dr. Dursun Peksen, a professor of political science at the University of Memphis, has received a $795,576 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Government-imposed Restrictions on International Economic Relations.” The three-year project will put together a new cross-national dataset on international sanctions by the United States, European Union and the United Nations from 1992-2022.

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- Wednesday, July 19 -

Hooks Institute

UofM's Hooks Institute Releases Policy Papers on the Impact of AI on Marginalized Communities

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis released its 2023 Policy Papers, an insightful collection that delves into the profound current and future effects of AI and automation on vulnerable communities. Under the title "The Promise and Peril: Unpacking the Impact of AI and Automation on Marginalized Communities," these papers offer invaluable insights for policymakers, researchers and industry leaders. 

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- Wednesday, June 14 -

decorativeUofM Board of Trustees Honors Alan B. Graf Jr., R. Brad Martin & Dr. Shirley Raines

The UofM Board of Trustees honored former inaugural Board members Alan B. Graf Jr. and R. Brad Martin as well as former President Shirley Raines at its meeting on Wednesday.

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- Thursday, June 8 -

decorativeThe University of Memphis Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, June 14 in the Maxine A. Smith University Center on the UofM campus

The committee meetings will meet in the Bluff Room beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will run consecutively. The Audit Committee will meet with an executive session to follow to discuss matters confidential under state law. The full Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Bluff Room. All meetings are open to the public and will be livestreamed.

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- Tuesday, June 6 -

decorativeUniversity of Memphis' Dasgupta & Parish Receive Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards for 2023-24

The University of Memphis is pleased to announce that Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta and Dr. Ryan Parish have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards in Computer Science to Iceland for a semester and in Archaeology to Chile, respectively, during the 2023-24 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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- Monday, June 5 -

StudentForbes names UofM Online Master of Social Work Programs in Top 10 Nationally

Forbes has named the University of Memphis online Master of Social Work Programs in its top 10 nationally for 2023. It is the highest the program has ever been ranked by any ranking system.

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- Thursday, June 1 -

University HighUofM’s Dept. of Journalism and Strategic Media honored with 2023 AEJMC Equity & Diversity Award

The University of Memphis Department of Journalism and Strategic Media will be honored with the 2023 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Equity & Diversity Award in a unanimous decision.

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- Thursday, June 1 -

University HighAll Kids Academy, New Specialized Educational Program for Hospitalized Children Launched by UofM, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and UTHSC

All Kids Academy, an innovative program that delivers specialized schooling to hospitalized children, recently launched at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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