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Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Center for Multi-messenger Astrophysics (CMA)

The Center was officially announced by the University of Mississippi on November 1, 2018 after the Center’s creation was approved by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning in September.

The Center will allow UM researchers to play a prominent role in the emergent field of multi-messenger astrophysics, which is a new branch of science born in 2015 through the discovery of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO.  The Center will enhance UM competitiveness in securing external funding, boost recruitment and retention of high-profile faculty and students in the physics and astronomy programs and serve Oxford and the surrounding community through education and public outreach initiatives.

National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA)

NCPA resides on the campus of the University of Mississippi, which, in turn is located in the beautiful and charming town of Oxford, Mississippi.

NCPA serves as the Physical Acoustics Archives for the Acoustical Society of America and coordinates the biennial Physical Acoustics Summer School. Although NCPA is not an academic department, we do employ undergraduate and graduate students. This employment allows graduate students to fulfill their research requirements for their degrees and undergraduate students to enhance their learning experience. NCPA maintains basic and applied research programs in many areas of physical acoustics; provides coordination of major, multi-university research programs in the United States; serves as an advocate for physical acoustics to federal agencies and other organizations; provides significant educational opportunities for students and postdocs; and provides direct research assistance to investigators throughout the world.