September 2020 News Releases


 - Friday, September 25 -

Hooks InstituteHooks Institute for Social Change to Host Online Event: Civil Rights Challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ Black Community

The Hooks Institute for Social Change will host an online community event, “A Complete Embrace: The LGBTQIA+ Black Community and the Black Lives Matter Movement,” Oct. 1 with featured speakers Gwendolyn D. Clemons and Davin D. Clemons.

About the event >

- Friday, September 18 -


TOM III, famed bengal tiger mascot of the University of Memphis, passes away at age 12

TOM III, the beloved Bengal Tiger mascot for the University of Memphis who was a part of one of the most glorious periods in University and athletics history, passed away Friday less than three weeks after his 12th birthday.

More about TOM III >

- Wednesday, September 16 -

Ted Townsend

Ted Townsend to lead University of Memphis and Greater Memphis Chamber Collaborative

The University of Memphis in partnership with the Greater Memphis Chamber, has announced a new economic development partnership dedicated to the growth of the Memphis economy. Ted Townsend will serve as chief economic development officer and will focus on this partnership full time.

Details about the collaborative >

- Monday, September 14 -

Hooks Institute logoHooks Institute to examine voting in Tennessee and the nation at annual policy papers presentation

As we head into election season, the Hooks Institute will hold an in-depth discussion Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. on voting rights, voter engagement and apathy and tactics to suppress voting. The event will be held  and will be livestreamed on the Hooks Institute’s Facebook page (@benhooksinstitute).

More on the event >

University of MemphisUofM continues to move up among top public universities in USNWR rankings

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.

Read about the rankings >


- Thursday, September 10 -

michelleeppsFedEx Institute of Technology hosting Memphis’ All Women Virtual Hackathon: ATHENA{techne}

The FedEx Institute of Technology is again uniting with tech organizations in Memphis to bring back an all-women’s hackathon to Memphis. ATHENA{techne}, to be held virtually Sept. 11-12, is a hackathon designed to cultivate a positive environment for women in technology from across the region.

Information on the Hackathon >


Joy Goldsmith

UofM’s Dr. Joy V. Goldsmith wins prestigious Bernard J. Brommel Award from the National Communication Association

 Dr. Joy V. Goldsmith, UofM professor of Communication Studies and founder and co-director of the UofM Center for Health Literacy and Health Communication, recently received the 2020 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication.

More on the award >

- Wednesday, September 9 -

McWherter LibraryUofM receives $606K bequest from alumnus and longtime educator Dr. Hugh T. Keenan for University Libraries supporting English

The University of Memphis has received a $606,000 bequest from the estate of the late Dr. Hugh T. Keenan, a 1958 UofM alumnus and distinguished professor emeritus of English at Georgia State University.

Read about the bequest >

- Tuesday, September 8 -

MiCare Path Scott LasterUMRF Research Park member MiCare Path acknowledged as a top patient monitoring solution of 2020

MiCare Path, a member of the UofM's UMRF Research Park, is a digital healthcare tool that was recently acknowledged by Healthcare Tech Outlook as a Top 10 Patient Monitoring Solution of 2020.

Learn more about MiCare Path >

- Friday, September 4 -

Christos Papadopoulos Sparks Family Chair of Excellence

UofM hires Dr. Christos Papadopoulos as Sparks Family Chair of Excellence

Dr. Christos Papadopoulos was recently appointed and joined the UofM in August as the Sparks Family Chair of Excellence in the Department of Computer Science.

Read more about Papadopoulos >


 - Thursday, September 3 -

Dr. Ranganathan GopalakrishnanUofM’s Gopalakrishnan receives $363,782 DOE award for studying chemical recombination of gas-phase ions

Dr. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan, University of Memphis assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a $363,782 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science for his research project, “Langevin Dynamics modeling of gas-phase ion-ion recombination.”

More on the award >


UMRF Ventures LandaicheUMRF Ventures names Pierre Landaiche new CEO

The Board of Directors of UMRF Ventures has announced the hiring of Pierre Landaiche to become the company’s new CEO, and to lead the continuing growth of the student-centered company at the University of Memphis.

Read about Landaiche >


- Wednesday, September 2 -

University of MemphisUofM receives first world ranking by Times Higher Education

The University of Memphis has been ranked among the world’s top universities for the first time in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and is only one of three honored in the State of Tennessee, it was announced Wednesday.

More on the ranking >



UofM LambuthUofM Lambuth reaches record enrollment for fall 2020

The University of Memphis Lambuth has a record enrollment of 1,324 for the fall 2020 semester, marking a 23% increase from a year ago.

Read more about the record enrollment >



APLU University of MemphisUofM named finalist for 2020 APLU Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Awards

The University of Memphis has been named one of six finalists for the 2020 Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) for its eighth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards.

Learn more about the IEP University Awards >