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Research and Innovation Newsletter


Volume I, Issue 6           November-December 2020

In this Issue...

Article 1:  Humanities Research Center Announces Second Round of Grant Recipients
Article 2: Civil Engineering Facility
Article 3: Research Analytics: Overview of Fiscal Year 2020
Announcements
Recent Awards & Recognitions
 

Greetings from the Vice Chancellor

Dear Research Community,

Please allow me to express how honored I am to be taking on the role of vice chancellor for research and innovation. I am so excited to be here, working alongside you all. I am especially anticipating the day we are all together on campus once again. Hopefully, that day is in the near future. In light of the many difficulties faced this year, I deeply appreciate the extraordinary efforts that everyone has made throughout this trying time.

All of us have experienced various transitions this year. One major one—that was in the works before the pandemic—was the system-wide transition to Workday. We are turning the corner on getting things in place with Workday, but there remain some big obstacles to overcome. I’d like to extend a big thank-you to everyone involved in making this transition happen.

Overall, the number of proposals has been quite impressive. During Fiscal Year 2020, our research enterprise submitted 973 proposals, surpassing Fiscal Year 2019's total of 937. I commend all the meticulous work being done by our researchers and our administrative support team.

As we ring in the new year, it is my hope that we all continue to adhere to community health guidelines. Concerning next semester, I’d like to bring the updated COVID-19 Response Guide to your attention. New information and further updates will be posted on the university’s COVID-19 Response webpage. Changes will be posted as needed throughout the semester.

Have a safe and happy holiday season! See you in the Spring!


- John English, vice chancellor for research & innovation 

U of A Humanities Center Announces New Round of Grant Recipients


 

The University of Arkansas Humanities Center is happy to announce the selection of recipients for its second round of fall funding competitions for publishing subvention grants and humanities research support.

The vibrant community of humanistic researchers at the University of Arkansas yielded many excellent proposals, but the below were deemed by the selection committees to best fit the competitions and the research mission of the center.

For those interested in funding for their humanities centered research, another round of consideration for publishing subventions and other research support opportunities will be available in the spring.

Check out the UAHC website funding tab for further information on upcoming competitions.

Publishing Subvention Grant Recipient

Assistant professor Alison Place of the graphic design program in the School of Art has received a publication subvention grant for visuals for her book, Feminist Design: Designing for Equity, Inclusion and Allyship, which is under contract with MIT Press. The book draws on intersectional feminist theory to confront the patriarchal origins of design culture, open new spaces for critical making and inquiry, and establish innovative design methods to counter discrimination and systemic oppression.

Faculty Research Grant Recipients

Assistant professor Manuel Olmedo Gobante of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures will use his grant funding for the preparation and eventual publication of a translation and critical edition of a 17th century play by Andrés de Claramonte (c. 1580-1626). The play – The Valiant Black Man in Flanders – was extremely popular and its importance reverberated into later centuries. The end product – a bilingual critical edition – will be valuable across disciplines and will shed light on the silenced and marginalized early history of Black resistance to systemic racism.

With the project, "Structural Racism and Black Place Making: An Arkansas Story Rooted in a Legacy of Transgenerational Family Resilience," professor Valandra of the School of Social Work and the African and African American Studies program traces the historical and contemporary intersections of systemic racism and Black placemaking. Using the transgenerational family journey of four generations of Black Arkansan women, Valandra will create a compelling story of Black agency and resilience in the face of trauma and systemic barriers, which she will release in public talks, publications, and conference presentations. LaShawnda Fields, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, will assist with the data collection, data analysis, and development of the manuscripts.

Graduate Student Research Grant Recipients

Neba Evans is a master's student in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media working in the field of documentary film production. Her project, "A Song of the Bluff" will highlight the history of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in a short documentary film that flips the narratives of historical trauma to share stories of a thriving, hope-filled community. Using the creation of a city history exhibition as the backbone, the documentary incorporates film, history, art and music to address the roots of inequality in Pine Bluff and Arkansas more generally.

The project "Whiteness in the early 18c Louisiana and Orinoco," from Guillermo Pupo Pernet of the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies program, brings together cartography with history, literature, power, discussions of whiteness, and the geography of the Caribbean from 1670-1770. Looking at the interplay between the French and Spanish empires, and utilizing techniques from Africana and Indigenous studies, Pupo Pernet intends to submit this work as an article as he completes his dissertation. 

About the University of Arkansas Humanities Center: The University of Arkansas Humanities Center, in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, promotes cross-disciplinary research and inquiry in the humanities, sponsors programs that engage humanities scholars and the wider public in conversations about critical topics, and fosters a strong role for the humanities in an increasingly global society. To find out about other research support from the UAHC, click on the funding link at the website.



Written by Trish Starks and Andra Parrish Liwag
Originally published November 18, 2020, on news.uark.edu

Civil Engineering Research Facility to Be Named for Alumnus

 
A new civil engineering research center in the Arkansas Research and Technology Park will be named for alumnus Grady E. Harvell in honor of his support of the project.

The 37,400-square-foot facility in the Arkansas Research and Technology Park will be named the Grady E. Harvell Civil Engineering Research and Education Center in honor of Harvell, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1972 and is the president of W&W|AFCO Steel.

An estate gift commitment from the Harvell family helped the project reach its final fundraising goal, and the facility is now under construction. This is just one of several gifts the family provided toward the capital project, and their gifts counted in Campaign Arkansas, the university’s recently concluded capital campaign that raised nearly $1.45 billion to advance academic opportunity at the U of A.  

The Grady E. Harvell Civil Engineering Research and Education Center will include a high-bay structural testing facility with a four-foot thick “strong-floor” capable of testing large-scale structural systems and components. It will also house a 25-ton rail crane to move heavy materials and will allow students and faculty members alike to conduct research.

Harvell credited his career success to the education he received and said he made the gift to support the future generations of engineers.

“I’ve had a successful career because of my engineering degree,” he said. “I got my degree through the efforts of people who were engineers decades before me. I had a scholarship from a gentleman in the College of Engineering Hall of Fame who graduated in 1910 – the Sam and Mary Blair Scholarship. I’m trying to give back to the organization that helped me realize the success I’ve had.” 

Harvell said the space will improve faculty research capabilities and will prove attractive for future students and faculty as well as industries and organizations supporting research projects.

“This will allow our excellent professors – people like Micah Hale and Gary Prinz and all our faculty throughout the department – to excel,” he said. “We want to do our part to make sure they aren’t left out in the competition to attract good students, faculty and research opportunities.”

Harvell said that as the state’s steel industry has grown so has the need for a facility like this one.

“When I was at the U of A in the late ’60s and early ’70s, in the structures field, the program we looked up to was Lehigh University in Pennsylvania,” he said “It’s my hope that, with the professors we have and the facilities we’re able to give them, our civil engineering program will be considered one of the elites so people will want to come here to get their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.”

Harvell said Arkansas has come to play a major role in the nation’s steel industry. 

“In the 1960s Pennsylvania provided much of the nation’s steel,” he said. “Today, Arkansas provides a major portion of the nation’s steel product. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, the steel industry in Arkansas directly employs 8,741 workers who earn more than $955 million in wages and salaries annually, while generating $6.55 billion in output. Including supplier and induced impacts, the economic engine of this industry is responsible for 46,452 jobs in Arkansas paying a total of $2.85 billion in wages and salaries annually, while generating $13.36 billion in output and $1.37 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. CEREC will support research for this vital industry in our state.

Harvell has been engaged with the University of Arkansas through the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering since the 1990s, and he said CEREC has long been a goal for that organization. Harvell praised John English, who was dean of engineering from 2013 to November of 2020, for his commitment to the project. 

“I’ve had a lot of good friends join me in this pursuit, not the least of which is John English as dean of engineering,” he said. “Had he not been engaged, it wouldn’t have happened.” 

English, who now serves as vice chancellor for research and innovation, said Harvell’s passion for the project was critical to its success. 

“It’s not easy to pull together a project of this magnitude,” English said. “Grady’s vision, passion and generosity, alongside the support of so many alumni and friends, have been instrumental in bringing this dream to life. Everyone engaged with this project will tell you Grady Harvell was the heartbeat of this effort. The impact for our students and our researchers is going to be tremendous, and we’re all grateful for Grady’s dedication.”

Harvell recalled his time on campus and the importance of hands-on learning in a civil engineering curriculum. 

“Structural engineering has always been a passion of mine,” he said. “When I was in school, we had a very basic testing lab down in the basement of what’s now John A. White Jr. Engineering Hall. I did elementary lab tests there to get my B.S. degree. I’ve recognized the need for a modern structures lab since the mid-’90s when I reengaged with the University — this is phase one of the civil engineering research facility we envision. Civil engineers design and build our infrastructure and these research facilities will provide the means to enhance the education of our future generations of designers and builders.”

He said seeing the project finally under construction is a special feeling.

“It’s extremely rewarding – it’s kind of hard to put into words,” he said. “Frankly, there were times when we had given up on it ever coming to fruition. It’s very rewarding to see us able to create this facility for students and professors who are going to be trained inside its walls for decades to come.” 

About Campaign Arkansas: Campaign Arkansas is the recently concluded capital campaign for the University of Arkansas that raised a record $1.449 billion to support the university’s academic mission and other key priorities, including academic and need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, new and renovated facilities, undergraduate, graduate and faculty research, study abroad opportunities and other innovative programs. The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide spectrum of disciplines as it works to fulfill its public land-grant mission to serve Arkansas and beyond as a partner, resource, and catalyst.


Written by Nick DeMoss 
Originally published on December 8, 2020, at news.uark.edu


 

Award Snapshot for Fiscal Year 2020

University of Arkansas researchers received $98.55 million in awards in FY2020. The amount comes from 159 sponsors for a total of 430 awards going to more than 200 faculty members. Nearly 73 percent of the funding came through federal monies; another 11 percent came from state dollars with private foundations and industry rounding out the remainder of the award's funding.

Just over $34 million went to various departments in the College of Engineering while 15 programs in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences brought in nearly $19.5 million. The College of Education and Health Professions received just over $16 million. While not ear-marked for research, the university did receive nearly $15.5 million to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts.

If you are interested in university research enterprise data, visit our website and explore the research analytics tool, Power BI

Announcements
***Proposal Notice***

 

All proposals due between Tuesday, Dec. 23, and Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, were to be approved at the dean level (or equivalent) with all final documents uploaded to the submission portal (e.g. Fastlane) by Sunday, Dec. 20.


The Office of Sponsored Programs team, including our grant specialists, will not be working while the university is closed — Dec. 24 through Jan. 3, 2021.

 

A webinar on Research Reproducibility and Replicability, originally presented on Nov. 10 with a keynote by UAMS faculty member Kevin Sexton, M.D., is now available for viewing on ScholarWorks. This platform is the university's digital repository for faculty publications, presentations, student works, and teaching materials.

John English, the vice chancellor for research and innovation, noted the importance of research reproducibility and replicability in the introduction.

"I think we need to be mindful of these things as a measure of the quality of our research and what we do in view of this campus. I think you'll find that things like these [reproducible results and repeatable experiments] are very important to me. ... I know it's critically important to the future of our research ecosystem," English said.

The program agenda was organized by the U of A Research Reproducibility and Replicability Committee. The first presentation was given by Jason Ramage and Lora Lennertz on a survey of research integrity as applied to reproducibility and replicability. The keynote presentation titled, "Clinical Informatics as an Ally for Data Reproducibility & Replicability in COVID-19 Research," was given by Sexton. The final portion of the webinar was dedicated to a discussion panel. The panel included campus experts Seth Warn, an assistant professor of geosciences and CAST affiliate; and Josh McGee, an assistant professor of education reform and the chief data officer for the state of Arkansas. Sexton joined the panel to discuss his insights as a medical professional. Members of the R&R Committee also answered questions from the audience. 

The webinar was sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation.

 

 
Listen to the latest episode of Short Talks from the Hill--a podcast featured on the Arkansas Research site. In this episode, Johanna Thomas (associate professor in the School of Social Work) discusses two grants received earlier this year. 

Arkansas Research is the home of science and research news at the UofA. 
From the University of Arkansas Press:
 

The University of Arkansas Press recently published Das Arkansas Echo: A Year in the Life of Germans in the Nineteenth-Century South, by Kathleen Condray, a professor of German at the University of Arkansas. The book examines the lives of Germans living in Arkansas during a post-Civil War era through the lens of a German-language weekly newspaper, Das Arkansas Echo, from that time. While shedding light on how German immigrants in Arkansas navigated their new identity as southern Americans, Condray illuminates the newspaper’s crusade against Prohibition, its advocacy for the protection of German schools and the German language, its promotion of immigration, and issues of daily living including food preparation and preservation, religion, recreation, the role of women in the family and society, health and wellness, and practical housekeeping. The stories that were published in this weekly newspaper also show how German speakers navigated civic life outside their immigrant community, including the racial tensions of the post-Reconstruction South. Das Arkansas Echo, like all University of Arkansas Press books, is available at uapress.com, or wherever great books are sold.
 
The press also recently published the Fall 2020 issue of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts.  This special edition contains four articles exploring arts entrepreneurship and education. Artivate is an open-access journal published through a collaboration between the Press, the University of Arkansas School of Art, and the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. Assistant Professor of Art and Entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas Adrienne Callander is a member of the Artivate editorial board. Visit artivate.org for more information.

 
 
Recent Awards and Recognitions
 
Congratulations to the following faculty members on their research achievements and recognitions.
 
Adnan Alrubaye, research assistant professor of biological sciences and poultry sciences in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences, received one of the 2020 Hoyt H. Purvis Awards for Service in International Education (Three 2020 Hoyt H. Purvis Award Recipients Announced).

Alan Mantooth, distinguished professor of electrical engineering and Twenty-First Century Research Leadership Chair in Engineering in the College of Engineering, and a team of electrical engineering researchers "received one of four 'Best Paper' awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Power Electronics journal for 2019" (Electrical Engineering Professor and Alumni Win Best Paper Award).

Brian Primack, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, will have his research study on social media and depression published in the February 2021 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine (Increased Social Media Use Linked to Developing Depression, Research Finds).

Charles Wilkins, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as chief editor of the International Journal of Analytical Chemistry (Wilkins Selected as Chief Editor of International Journal of Analytical Chemistry).

 

Gema Zamarro, professor of education reform and 21st Century Endowed Chair in Teacher Quality in the College of Education and Health Professions, conducted a follow-up study regarding the pandemic's gender disparity (Researchers Revisit COVID-19 Pandemic Gender Disparity Study).

Grant Drawve, assistant professor of sociology and criminology in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, "has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance's Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative." He will be collaborating with the Chattanooga Tennessee Police Department and University of Tennessee professor of social, cultural, and justice studies, Rick Dierenfeldt. Drawve also serves as the associate director of the Crime and Security Data Analytics Lab.  (Practitioner and Researchers Partner to Analyze and Track Gun-Related Violence). 

Josh Sakon, professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, "has been selected as a 2020 National Academy of Inventors fellow." His work includes "10 U.S. patents and five foreign patents, nine of which have been licensed for commercialization" (Biochemist Josh Sakon Chosen as National Academy of Inventors Fellow). 

Lauren Greenlee, associate professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, "received a $750,000 award from the Department of Energy to investigate the chemical and electronic structure of iron and oxygen atoms" (Engineering Researcher Receives EPSCoR Grant for Electroanalysis Work).

Leonard Harris, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, "has been awarded $450,000 from the National Institutes of Health to investigate non-genetic processes that can impact how tumors respond to treatment" (NIH Grant to Support Cancer Research). 


Linda Carol Jones, associate professor of language area studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, published her research on "the lives and work of five priests of the Séminaire de Québec, the first French Catholic missionaries to serve along the Mississippi River between 1698 and 1725." Her book, The Shattered Cross, can be purchased "through LSU Press as well as online through Amazon" (Jones Publishes New Work on French Catholic Missionaries on the Mississippi).

Lindsey Aloia, associate professor of communication in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, recently received two honors. First, she was awarded "the 2020 Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award from the Southern States Communication Association." Second, Aloia was also "named the recipient of the 2020 Rose B. Johnson SCJ Article Award for the Southern States Communication Association."

Lissette Lopez Szwydky, associate professor of English in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, published a book titled, Transmedia Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century. Her work, published by the Ohio State University Press, "shows us how our cultural fascination with adaptation and similar practices like transmedia storytelling are central to the history of storytelling." Szwydky also serves as the associate director of the Arkansas Humanities Research Center. (English Professor Publishes Book on History of Adaptation and Transmedia Storytelling

Arun Nair, associate professor of mechanical engineering and 21st Century Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, in collaboration with doctoral candidate of materials science and engineering, Marco Fielder, have conducted the first study of the combined nanoscale effects of water and mineral content on the deformation mechanisms and thermal properties of collagen, the essence of bone material . . . The researchers' findings were published in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology and International Biomechanics" (Research Identifies Nanoscale Effect of Water and Mineral Content on Bone). 


Jessica Colangelo, Charles Sharpless, Marlon Blackwell, all faculty members in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, received honors and recognitions for their designs from "the American Institute of Architects and the AIA Gulf States Region annual awards program" (Fay Jones School Faculty and Alumni Win National and Regional AIA Design Awards). 

Marlon Blackwell, Distinguished Professor and E. Fay Jones Chair,  and Steve Luoni, Distinguished Professor and the Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies, both in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, "were recognized in the 2020 AN Best of Design Awards, an annual competition sponsored by The Architect's Newspaper" (Fay Jones School Faculty, Alumni Projects Net 2020 Architect's Newspaper Design Awards).

Rebekah Samsonraj, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, "was named a 'Rising Star' by RoosterBio, a cell manufacturing company, for her work in identifying a new way to produce cells more effectively. Samsonraj also received a $12,000 development award from the company to support her research" (Biomedical Engineering Faculty Member Named 'Rising Star' for Cell Potency Work).


The Arkansas Alumni Association recognized the following "four faculty members for their distinguished achievements over their careers." Ro Di Brezzo, professor of kinesiology in the College of Education and Health Professions, was honored for achievement in service; Greg Thoma, professor of chemical engineering and Director of Research in the College of Engineering, was honored for achievement in research; Benjamin Runkle, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering in the College of Engineering, received the rising teacher award; and Jeannie Whayne, professor of history in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, received the Baum Faculty Teach award. (Outstanding Faculty Honored by Arkansas Alumni Association)

Robert Maranto, professor of education reform in the College of Education and Health Professions, edited and contributed to a special issue of the Journal of School Choice "about schools reopening in the U.S. and around the world amid COVID-19" (Journal of School Choice Runs Special Section on COVID-19 and School Reopening). 

Salvador Barraza-Lopez, associate professor of physics in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, "
served as a guest editor for an issue of the Journal of Applied Physics" (Physics Professor Serves as Journal Guest Editor).

Shawn Austin, assistant professor of history in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, published a book titled,  Colonial Kinship: Guaraní, Spaniards, and Africans in Paraguay. Austin's work "situates the Guaraní alongside Africans in an analysis of intercultural and interethnic relationships during the colonial period" (Austin's New Book Looks at Indigenous, African and Spanish Interethnic Relations in Colonial Paraguay).

 

Stephen Smith, professor emeritus of communication in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, "won the Top Paper in the Freedom of Speech division of the Southern States Communication Association . . . [the work] relates how the received history of the First Amendment is one dominated by the voices of men, often referred to as the Founding Fathers. Smith attempts to recover and reconstruct the contributions of three 18th century American women to the constitutional conversation" (Emeritus Professor Wins Top Paper Award).

Vincent Chevrier, associate professor at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, along with other university researchers in the Center, received a "three-year, $417,000 award [that] will allow scientists to simulate conditions on the surface of Venus in the W.M. Keck Laboratory’s Venus chamber, one of five such simulators at the university" (NASA Grant Funds Simulation to Study Atmosphere on Venus). 

William F. McComas, a Parks Family Distinguished Professor of Science Education in the College of Education and Health Professions, "has been named one of the three 2020 winners of the prestigious Friend of Darwin Award for his impact on evolution education" (Professor William McComas Named 2020 Winner of Prestigious Friend of Darwin Award). 

Yaguang Zhu, assistant professor of communication in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, "received the Top Paper Award from the Group Communication Division at the National Communication Association" (Communication's Yaguang Zhu Nets Top Paper Honor for Social Media and Virtual Teams Research). 

Zhong Chen, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the College of Engineering, and his team of researchers "requested support to purchase a high-temperature semiconductor annealing furnace which for a silicon carbide processing line at the HiDEC facility . . . [and received an award of] $580,292 for the equipment" (Researchers Recieve Major Research Instrumentation Funding from NSF).

Kristian Forbes, assistant professor of biological sciences in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, "along with colleagues from Africa, Europe and North America, have proposed a four-part approach to detect and contain zoonotic diseases, those that begin in animals but spillover into humans, like COVID-19 and HIV" (Researchers Propose Process to Detect and Contain Emerging Diseases).

Aaron Turner, School of Art research fellow and educator in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, was honored with a grant from Artists 360 which "will support Turner's current project Yesterday Once More, a deeper look at photography's transformative process to understand a place and how visual representation addresses change over time, revision of belief systems and lifestyle" (School of Art Faculty and Graduate Students Recieve Artists 360 Awards). 

Mary Lacity, professor of information systems and director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence
 in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, was named "an AIS Fellow at an international conference on Sunday, Dec. 13" (Professor Mary Lacity Named AIS Fellow for Global Organization).

Congratulations to the following undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students for their research achievements and recognitions.

Elizabeth Cowle, doctoral candidate and senior graduate assistant in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, collaboratively conducted a study on auditing firms' response to negative media coverage with professors Caleb Rawson and Stephen Rowe. Their findings were featured in Accounting Today and are scheduled to be presented during the January meeting of the American Accounting Association (Study Finds 'Big 4' Auditing Firms Respond to Negative News Coverage).

Annagret Jannasch, Rebecca Bruce, & Ana Gonzalez, food science doctoral candidates in the Dale Bumpers School for Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, recently "competed in the Cereals & Grains Association virtual annual meeting student competition" and won first and second places for their research presentations (Trio of Food Science Doctoral Students First and Second in Cereals and Grains Contests).

Xinchao Liu, industrial engineering doctoral candidate in the College of Engineering, "received the 2nd prize in the Poster Competition at the 2020 NextGen Data Science Day conference" (Industrial Engineering Student Receives Poster Competition Award at Data Sciences Conference).


Alexis Hubbard, Master of Arts graduate in communication in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, was "named the recipient of the National Communication Association's Top Quantitative Thesis Award" (Communication Graduate Student Wins National M.A. Thesis Award). 

Hiba Tahir and Emma VanDyke, both M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Translation students, and Joy Clark and Vicente Yépez, alumni of the program, all received project grants from the 2020 Artists 360 Awards
 (Creative Writing and Translation Alumni and Graduate Students Recieve Artists 360 Awards).

Edgard G. Rivera-Valentín and Travis S. Altheide, former doctoral students, and Vincent Chevrier,  associate professor, all from the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, coauthored a paper and published it in The Planetary Science Journal. 

 

The following seven students won awards at the UofA's Undergraduate Research Competition:
Joshua Tebow, honors horticulture student in the Dale Bumpers School for Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; 
Alison Creasey, honors agricultural economics student in the Dale Bumpers School for Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; 
Gianna Busch, honors biomedical engineering student and Honors College Fellow from the College of Engineering; 
Emily Myers, honors and communications disorders student in the College of Education and Health Professions; 
Morgan Walker, honors English creative writing student in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences;
Josephine Hall, honors geology student and Honors College Fellow from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences;
and Andrew Palmer, honors biology and sociology student and Bodenhamer Fellow from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. (Seven Students Named Winners in Undergraduate Research Competition).


Beth Pesnell, doctoral candidate in the curriculum and instruction program in the College of Education and Health Professions, "seized the opportunity to research elementary teachers' experiences with remote learning and its impact on science instruction during this unprecedented time" (Doctoral Candidate Explores Education Changes Due to COVID-19 Pandemic).

Kalyn Fay Barnoski, Leah Grant, and Minah Kim, graduate students in the School of Art, each received awards from the Artists 360 program. (School of Art Faculty and Graduate Students Recieve Artists 360 Awards)

Laxmi Poudel, mechanical engineering student in the College of Engineering, and his teammates from Arkansas Tech University won second place at the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Another UofA team won third place at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Mechanical engineering students, Yinshuang Xiao and Qingyu Xiao, and industrial engineering student, Xiaotong Sun, shared the honor. (Engineering Students Take Home Hackathon Prizes)

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