March 2021 News Releases

- 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.

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- 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 -

Doug Edwards

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 -

Ana Doblas

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 >