Undergraduate Students Present Research at Capitol Event
Arkansas Science Festival: Full Week of Activities, Oct 7-14
Undergraduate Research Leads to Medical School
Biodiversity Projects Headed by A-State Researchers
National Science Foundation Approves $5.48 Million in Grants for Biodiversity Projects Led by A-State Researchers
Summer Bridge Program at A-State Continues to Inspire Future Researchers
Five Students Working in ABI Biotechnology Research Internships
Equimpent Grant form Denso Will Support Rapid Prototyping
Federal Grant Supports Research for Nuclear Site Inspection
Delta Center Awarded $500,000 Grant from Federal EDA
Article Called Major Advance for Biofuel Research
A recent publication by former molecular biosciences Ph.D. student Sangwoong Yoon and his adviser Dr. Elizabeth Hood was cited by the International service for the acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications as a significant advance for biofuels. The paper, published in Transgenic Research, discusses a new technology for increasing the efficiency of using plant-derived cellulose for biofuels. ISAA shares the benefits of crop biotechnology with various stakeholders. See the article abstract here.
Researchers Design Optical Tractor Beam on Chip
Researchers in engineering have proposed a new method for pulling small particales and cells toward a light source. The manipulation of microscopic and nanoscopic objects has produced many applications such as the optical tweezers used for manipulating biological cells and optical traps for cooling atoms.Nayan K. Paul and Dr. Brandon A. Kemp, associate professor of electrical engineering have written a proof-of-concept analysis for the journal optical Engineering, linked here
Yu Mentors State INBRE Competition Winner
Congratulations to Dr. Shiguang Yu, research assistant professor at Arkansas Biosciences Institute, for his work mentoring senior Morgan Tripod. A biology major and research assistant in Yu's lab, Tripod won first place in oral presentation in biological science at the Arkansas INBRE(IDeA Network of biomedical Research Excellence) conference. Her research, the basis of her honors thesis, is closely related to Yu's National Institutes of Health research.
Sikkel Presents Research, Film at Fish Symposium
Dr. Paul Sikkel, associate professor of aquatic biology, enjoys starting his day at 4 a.m., underwater, watching changes in aquatic life as night becomes day. Sikkel spoke and chaired a session at the recentFish at Night Symposium in Miami. He discussed his NSF-funded research into the interaction of fish ans parasites they host, and he and his team showed their film on the day-night changes for fish who live around coral reefs.Dive in here to watch.
JEONG LEADING RESEARCH GROUP ON MAJOR PROJECT
Dr. Kwangkook (David) Jeong, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a research group that is starting work on two projects under a $1.22 million contract with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. of South Korea. The group, including two post-doctoral researchers and eight graduate students, expect their date to help Doosan analyze combustion systems and develop management software for use by power plant engineers and operators.
FUNDING RELEASED FOR DOMESTIC TERRORISM STUDY
The state Congressional delegation announced funding of $508,403 for the second and third year of a research project for which Dr. Thomas Ratliff (right), assistant professor of criminology, is primary investigator. The National Institute of Justice project also involves co-PIs Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox and Dr. Matthew Costello, assistant professors of sociology and criminology, respectively. The researchers' study of radicalization on the Internet was featured on page 8 of A-State's Measure magazine
KULKARNI RESEARCHES IMMIGRANT FAMILY EARNINGS
Social Science Research, a peer-reviewed journal, has published an article by Dr. Veena S. Kulkarni, associate professor of sociology. Her study used 2009–2011 American Community Survey data to investigate whether wives' earning contributions to household income varies across the six major Asian groups by their ethnicity and immigration status. Results indicate significant inter-group diversity and underscore the relevance of employing multiple conceptual frameworks in understanding earning contributions in Asian families.
WARNER ANALYZES MEDIA COVERAGE OF FRACKING
Dr. Barbara Warner, assistant professor of political science, was invited by the Université de Montréal to participate in the European Consortium for Political Research in Montréal, Québec, the first time the conference was held outside Europe. She presented a paper on her study of Arkansas and Texas news media coverage of the politics of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, a technique used by the energy industry to extract oil and gas from shale formations.
HOOD RECEIVES GRANT FOR FOREST PRODUCTS RESEARCH
Dr. Elizabeth Hood, distinguished professor of agriculture, received a research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA program for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture. The $291,000 is for a three-year collaboration with an engineer at the University of Arkansas. Their goal is to understand pinewood extracts' impact on the degradation efficiency of cellulose for biofuel production. Long-term, their work could improve the value of Arkansas forests by creating new markets for less valuable lumber by-products.
PROFESSORS ORGANIZE ARKANSAS SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Congratulations are in order to Dr. Amy Pearce, professor of psychology, Dr. Anne Grippo, professor of biology and associate dean of sciences and mathematics, and Dr. Karen Yanowitz, professor of psychology, who have worked together for a second straight year to plan and organize the Arkansas Science Festival. The festival features a series of educational and entertaining activities on campus and in the community. A news release has details.
TUSALEM ANALYZES EFFECTS OF MINORITY GOVERNMENT
Dr. Rollin F.Tusalem, associate professor and co-director of graduate studies in political science, authored an article for Politics & Policy, a leading peer-reviewed journal. The article, which appears in the August issue, investigates empirically whether or not the presence of minority government is more likely to induce the erosion of democracy; findings suggest such presence may generate ethnic tensions that precipitate longstanding political instability.
MEDINA-BOLIVAR RESEARCH LEADS TO PATENT
Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, associate professor of plant metabolic engineering, received notice of a successful patent application. "Stilbenoid Derivatives and their Uses" is a collaboration between Medina-Bolivar and colleagues at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Stilbenoids are natural compounds produced by certain plants, such as peanut and grape, to counteract the attack of pathogens. This patent concerns the application of stilbenoid derivatives to neutralize the negative effects of reactive nitrogen species, which influence neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
SIKKEL'S STUDY OF CARIBBEAN FISHES IS FEATURED
A research paper co-authored by Dr. Paul Sikkel, associate professor of aquatic biology, was designated a "Feature Publication" this month in the Marine Ecology Progress Series. The article, which is titled "Blood parasite biodiversity of reef-associated fishes of the eastern Caribbean," documents some of his work that is supported by a National Science Foundation EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant.
BARYMON TO PRESENT POSTER AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Deanna Barymon, assistant professor of diagnostic medical sonography, has been selected to present a poster for the Sonographer Poster Competition at the annual Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Conference in Dallas. The title of the poster is "Low Level Light Therapy vs. Traditional Exercises: Sonographic Assessment of the Median Nerve in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." The conference is scheduled for October.
WHITELAND DISCUSSES ART OF ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Dr. Susan Whiteland, assistant professor of art education, presented "Aging Attitudes and Animation" during a poster session and "Art Talk and Relief Printing: An Intergenerational Art Workshop for Lifelong Learning" during a roundtable session at the Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale Conference in Honolulu. Attendees and host organizations, including the United Nations Association-Hawaii, were professionals in intergenerational programs, practice and research.
BURNS PRESENTS PAPERS ON PRISON FOLKLORE
Dr. Richard Burns, associate professor of English and folklore, presented a paper to the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research: Perspectives on Contemporary Legend in Texas, and another to the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association. Both papers, which dealt with stories about Texas prison convict-guards (building tenders), are parts of a book on Southern prison folklore he is completing for publication with The University Press of Mississippi.
FACULTY RESEARCHERS SECURE MAJOR FUNDING FROM NSF
Dr. Malathi Srivatsan is the campus lead for A-State's participation in a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project also involves Dr. Brandon Kemp, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Dr. Shiguang Yu, research assistant professor at ABI. Their work at A-State is a component of the statewide Center for Advanced Surface Engineering (CASE), which involves 10 higher education institutions.
RTT'S DEVEREUX PRESENTS AT REGIONAL MEETINGS
Emily Devereux, associate director of research development, recently presented at the National Council for University Research Administrators (NCURA) Region III Conference in Charleston, S.C., and at the Council on Undergraduate Research's Conference of Undergraduate Research Program Directors at Norman, Okla. She highlighted A-State's efforts in creating a registered campus organization to actively engage students in expanding and institutionalizing student research in a resource-limited environment.
A-STATE PROFESSOR RECEIVES $1.7 MILLION NATIONAL INSTITUTE HEALTH RESEARCH AWARD
Dr. Shiguang Yu, assistant professor of immunology, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, has received a $1.7 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research project grant program, R01, is NIH's original and oldest grant mechanism, and is considered its most prestigious research award. To be distributed over five years, the grant will support Yu's research into finding novel therapeutic targets for intervention on auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
GRADUATE STUDENTS RECEIVE GRANTS TO BENEFIT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER JONESBORO
Students in a graduate class led by Tony Thomas, adjunct instructor in public administration, developed grant applications, including one to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro. Habitat for Humanity then submitted the application to the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation. The foundation awarded $35,000 toward building the organization's capacity for meeting its development goals, largely by strengthening the board of directors' role.
GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: KENNY RAINS
We caught up with graduate student, Kenny Rains. Learn what motivated Kenny to pursue engineering, why he chose A-State and how he balances graduate school and a full-time career at Bad Boy Mowers.
A-STATE GRADUATE STUDENT WINS TRI-STATE GOVERNOR'S CUP ELEVATOR PITCH COMPETITION
CYNTHIA MILLER DIRECTS CONFERENCES TO ATTRACT FEMALES TO STEM DISCIPLINES
Dr. Cynthia Miller, director of the Delta STEM Education Center, was project director for conferences designed to attract more females to the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Approximately 100 college and high school women attended the sessions at A-State and East Arkansas Community College. Miller also was project director for an Arkansas Humanities Council grant-supported conference for teachers on how to use quail as a subject for integrated classroom instruction.
LEAH WALKER SPEAKS TO GIRLS ON 'HOW TO THRIVE IN A STEM WORD'
Leah Walker, instructor in engineering, was keynote speaker at the recent STEM Leadership Conference for Girls. Her address, "How to Thrive in a STEM World," included tips for success and details about A-State's undergraduate engineering programs in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, along with two graduate engineering programs. The conference was funded through a grant from the Arkansas STEM Coalition.
A salamander Dr. Stan Trauth observed over a five-year period while conducting research near Hot Springs became the creative inspiration for one of the central characters in "an animal adventure/fantasy novel" written by Trauth and his wife, former faculty member Joy Trauth. Just released by Mockingbird Lane Press, Salamandria is an entertaining tale that educates young readers about natural science.
Congratulations to Jason Stewart, instructor in civil engineering and director of the program, who serves as adviser to the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its award-winning bridge-building team. The ASCE bridge builders won first place in competition with engineering students from 13 other Mid-South universities at the regional Deep South Conference at Oxford, Miss.
A-STATE HOSTS REGIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY AND A-STATE LEADING IN FORMATION OF 8-STATE RESEARCH CONSORTIUM
STUDENTS TO PRESENT SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE WORKS DURING 'CREATE@ASTATE' PROGRAM, TUESDAY, APRIL 7
CRAIG AND DEVEREUX PUBLISHED BY NATIONAL UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ADMINISTRATORS PUBLICATION
NCURA magazine, published by the National Council of University Research Administrators, has published an article by Emily Devereux, associate director of research development and research administration liaison, and Rebekah Craig, director of research development. Their article, titled "Cultivating a Student Research Community at a PUI," examines opportunities and challenges associated with establishing research programs for undergraduates at schools classified as primarily undergraduate institutions.
STUDENTS TO COMPETE AT NATIONAL CONVENTION IN LAS VEGAS
Congratulations to Dr. Ed Owen, professor of music, whose euphonium performance student, Cody Hutchison of Jonesboro, will represent the South Central U.S. Division at the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition during the group's national convention in Las Vegas next week. Hutchison, who previously won at the state and regional levels to advance, is one of only seven contestants in the brass category, and the only competitor from Arkansas. Owen will accompany Hutchison.
A-STATE STUDENTS PREPARE PRESENTATION TO HELP COUNTIES IMPROVE E-GOVERNMENT
SRIVATSAN RECEIVES NSF GRANT TO BOOST MINORITY PARTICIPATION IN STEM PH.D. PROGRAMS
Dr. Malathi Srivatsan, principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded project "Bridging the Divide," and her co-PI's at UAPB and Philander Smith College have received the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education given by the Conference of Historically Black Graduate Schools / Educational Testing Service. The goal is to boost minority participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Ph.D. programs by mentoring college students over time. Srivatsan is professor of molecular biology.
A-STATE STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH POSTERS AT STATE CAPITOL
MICHEAL BOWMAN RECEIVES GRANT FOR INAUGURAL DELTA FIX FILM AND MEDIA FESTIVAL
Dr. Michael Bowman, assistant professor of media, wrote a successful grant application for $3,542 from the Arkansas Humanities Council. The grant will be used to support the first Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, for which Bowman is director. Sponsored by the College of Media and Communication, the festival will feature creative work by filmmakers and multimedia content specialists on a range of topics during its April 7-11 schedule, which will run concurrently with the 21st annual Delta Symposium.
KAT LECKY'S RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN HUMANITIES MAGAZINE
An article featuring current research by Dr. Kat Lecky, assistant professor of English, has been published in the latest issue of Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). She studies the pocket maps that were used in Britain during the late 16th and early 17th century. Lecky has received support from the Renaissance Society of America, NEH and the Folger Shakespeare Library to help support her project, "The Laureate Poetics of Pocket Maps in Renaissance Britain."
HONG ZHOU RECEIVES FUNDING TO STUDY SKIN CANCER
Dr. Hong Zhou, associate professor of statistics, is working on a research project, "Biologically Supported New Stochastic Models of Skin Cancer," for which he obtained a $43,000 grant through the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority (ASTA). Zhou and his associates are using statistical and mathematical techniques to better understand the development of skin cancer cells. He will use a number of components, such as statistical models, to analyze development of both normal and malignant cells; the resulting information should help with early detection and prevention of skin cancer.
MCKINNEY RECEIVED GRANT TO RESEARCH IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ONLINE LEARNING
Brinda McKinney, clinical instructor and RN-BSN coordinator in the School of Nursing, has received a grant from Academic Partnerships (AP) for research into the impact and effectiveness of online learning. She is one of nine researchers at seven universities selected to receive the grants, part of AP's commitment to supporting research by partner university faculty members and developing a better understanding of the effect of online learning.
LORENCE NAMED ONE OF FIVE INAUGURAL ARKANSAS RESEARCH ALLIANCE FELLOWS
Dr. Argelia Lorence, associate professor of chemistry and physics, was introduced at the State Capitol as one of the inaugural group of five Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) Fellows. One ARA Fellow was selected from each of the state's research universities; Lorence was nominated by Chancellor Tim Hudson. The new program is a companion to the ARA Scholars program. Lorence and her National Science Foundation-funded research into plant stress was featured by A-State earlier this semester.
Spotlight: Kenny Rains
Kenny Rains completes his football career this fall as a graduate student in the College of Engineering. Graduating in four years in electrical engineering, the Red Wolves tight end has a provisional patent and the admiration of both his head football coach, Blake Anderson, and his adviser, Dr. Paul Mixon, the interim dean of engineering.