April 2021 News Releases

- 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.

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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.” 

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- 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 >