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Newswise: Single Mother Who Left College to Care for Autistic Son Earns Bachelor’s Degree 15 Years Later
Released: 4-Jan-2022 4:05 PM EST
Single Mother Who Left College to Care for Autistic Son Earns Bachelor’s Degree 15 Years Later
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

In 2006, Veronica Tess Myers, of Little Rock, made the difficult decision to leave college to ensure her son, Alexander, got the education he deserved. Myers promised herself that she would one day return to complete her college education. “I started my college journey at UA Little Rock in 2000, and then stopped out in 2006 due to the dynamics of being a single mother and to take care of my profoundly autistic son, Alexander,” Myers said.

Newswise: Khodakovskaya Inducted into Arkansas Research Alliance Academy
Released: 16-Dec-2021 3:50 PM EST
Khodakovskaya Inducted into Arkansas Research Alliance Academy
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Mariya Khodakovskaya, professor of biology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been inducted into the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) Academy of Scholars and Fellows. The induction of the new cohort of distinguished scholars and researchers took place during a Dec. 9 ceremony at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.

Newswise: U.S. Small Business Administration Awards ASBTDC $2.5 Million Grant for Community Navigator Pilot Program
Released: 28-Oct-2021 4:15 PM EDT
U.S. Small Business Administration Awards ASBTDC $2.5 Million Grant for Community Navigator Pilot Program
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $2.5 million grant to engage in targeted outreach to small businesses in underserved communities. The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded the competitive funding under the Community Navigator Pilot Program administered by the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education.

Newswise: UA Little Rock Postdoctoral Researcher Receives $40K Grant to Create Predictive Modeling of Refugee Numbers
Released: 27-Oct-2021 11:45 AM EDT
UA Little Rock Postdoctoral Researcher Receives $40K Grant to Create Predictive Modeling of Refugee Numbers
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, using flow-through funding from the National Science Foundation, has awarded a postdoctoral research fellow at UA Little Rock a grant worth more than $40,000 to create a machine learning model to predict refugee counts in the United States.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 5:10 PM EDT
UA Little Rock Will Offer Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Education Through National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $750,000 grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, located within the National Security Agency, and will be one of the first universities in the country to offer a graduate certificate in cybersecurity education through the National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy. The National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy is a collaborative of 10 institutions in nine states that will offer the first credentialing program for high school cybersecurity education in the country. The inaugural program will prepare 90 high school teachers to teach an advanced cybersecurity course.

Released: 17-Sep-2021 12:25 PM EDT
Bowen Law School Receives $1 million from Walmart to Fund Court Observation Project
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law has received a $1 million grant from Walmart, Inc. The grant will fund a Court Observation Project through Bowen’s new Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform. The project will introduce a state-wide court observation initiative that will create and share a transparent body of reliable data and research about Arkansas’s criminal justice system that is otherwise unavailable in the state.

Released: 15-Sep-2021 5:00 PM EDT
UA Little Rock, ASBTDC Introduce Online Training to Keep Small Businesses Cyber Safe
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

New “Cyber Safe” training from the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center equips businesses to recognize and thwart cyber threats. ASBTDC collaborated with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Cyber Arena to create the Cyber Safe: Cybersecurity for Small Business online training course. The free, on-demand course is broken into short modules covering cybersecurity basics, such as access control, passwords, physical security, and network protection.

Released: 15-Sep-2021 4:50 PM EDT
UA Little Rock Offers Half-Off Scholarships for Two Years
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced a major new student success initiative that offers half-off course tuition and fees for freshmen who enroll at UA Little Rock for the fall 2022 semester. In this first-of-its-kind initiative, first-time freshmen as well as freshmen with 11 or fewer transfer credit hours will receive up to 50 percent off tuition and fees for not only their freshmen year for the 2022-23 academic year but their 2023-24 sophomore year as well.

Newswise: UA Little Rock receives grant to commemorate history of Arkansas civil rights leader William Townsend
Released: 7-Sep-2021 2:05 PM EDT
UA Little Rock receives grant to commemorate history of Arkansas civil rights leader William Townsend
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Center for Arkansas History and Culture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a grant to explore the cultural and political sphere of Dr. William Townsend, an Arkansas civil rights leader and the first African American licensed to practice optometry in the state.

Released: 1-Sep-2021 12:20 PM EDT
UA Little Rock researchers explore challenges faced by homeless LGBTQ adults in Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Criminal justice researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are investigating the unique challenges and barriers faced by homeless LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) adults in Arkansas. LGBTQ adults experience a number of negative obstacles in life, such as discrimination, stigmatization, and victimization, that make the population especially vulnerable to experiencing homelessness.

Released: 14-Jul-2021 5:15 PM EDT
Family Members Honor Longtime State Historian Cathie Matthews with UA Little Rock Endowment
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $25,000 endowment to honor Catherine “Cathie” Remmel Matthews, Arkansas’s longest serving director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. 

Released: 24-Mar-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Patients in Arkansas Now Have Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Arkansas patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of HB 1198 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The law removes supervision requirements for nurse anesthetists and grants them the authority to work in consultation with healthcare providers in the delivery of anesthesia.

Released: 2-Nov-2020 12:45 PM EST
Early UAMS Study Results Show 3.5% of Arkansans Infected by Coronavirus
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Early results from a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)-led COVID-19 antibody study show that 3.5% of Arkansans have been infected with the novel coronavirus.

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Released: 20-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center creates website visualizing American Indian removal through Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has created a website and touchscreen table that brings the journey of American Indians who traveled through Arkansas on their way to Indian Territory to life. The center has completed a two-year research project, “Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas,” that includes a website and interactive touchscreen table that visually maps the journey of American Indians who journeyed through Arkansas after the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Newswise: UA Little Rock researchers investigate Arkansas’s ‘other Trail of Tears’
Released: 1-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST
UA Little Rock researchers investigate Arkansas’s ‘other Trail of Tears’
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Arkansas is well known for its location on the Trail of Tears, the pathway the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes traveled through the state in the 1830s to new lands in the Indian Territory in modern-day Oklahoma. Few people, however, know about Arkansas’s history as the first and only state in the country to legally evict its entire free black population.

Newswise: Researcher wins SURF award to research outdated maritime law cited by lawyers in Missouri Duck Boat tragedy
Released: 22-Feb-2019 9:50 AM EST
Researcher wins SURF award to research outdated maritime law cited by lawyers in Missouri Duck Boat tragedy
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has received a $2,750 Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award from the Arkansas Department of Education to research an outdated maritime law that lawyers invoked in an attempt to avoid or limit legal damages sought by victims and their family members in a tourist boat accident that killed 17 people last summer.

Newswise: UA Little Rock researcher uncovers history of black activism during World War I
Released: 15-Feb-2019 9:45 AM EST
UA Little Rock researcher uncovers history of black activism during World War I
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate student is shedding light on long-overlooked contributions black communities in Arkansas made to the World War I effort. Crystal Shurley, an archivist at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies who completed her Master of Arts in public history in December 2018, wrote her thesis on the history of the Arkansas Colored Auxiliary Council, an early archivist group that was active during World War I and has remained a relatively undocumented part of Arkansas history.

Newswise: UA Little Rock professor joins international gender, justice, and security research hub funded by nearly $20 million grant
Released: 14-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
UA Little Rock professor joins international gender, justice, and security research hub funded by nearly $20 million grant
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor is part of an international research network that has been awarded more than £15 million pounds, or $19.6 million, to address gendered dimensions of injustice and insecurity around the world. Over the past two years, Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, associate professor in the UA Little Rock School of Public Affairs, has traveled to war-affected countries across the world as part of the Justice, Conflict and Development Network.

Released: 8-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
UA Little Rock nanotechnology researchers discover new method to quantify graphene at the cellular level
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

An article written by University of Arkansas at Little Rock researchers, students, and collaborators has been accepted for publication into “Nanoscale,” a peer-reviewed scientific journal, as well as included in the 2018 Nanoscale HOT Article Collection. The article, “Quantification of cellular associated graphene and induced surface receptor responses,” presents a new, combination-based way to quantify and analyze the effect of graphene at the single cell level.

Newswise: Study shows marijuana dispensaries reduce local opioid mortality rates
Released: 31-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Study shows marijuana dispensaries reduce local opioid mortality rates
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor’s research has shown that local access to legal drugs at the county level reduces opioid and heroin-related mortality rates. In states that have medical cannabis laws, the researchers found that mortality rates among non-Hispanic white men related to opioids and prescription opioids declined by 6 to 8 percent in counties that have dispensaries, when compared to counties that do not have dispensaries. Meanwhile, mortality due to heroin overdose in non-Hispanic white men due to heroin overdose declines by more than 10 percent.

Newswise: Sequoyah National Research Center website commemorates American Indians, Alaska Natives in WWI
Released: 7-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
Sequoyah National Research Center website commemorates American Indians, Alaska Natives in WWI
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

In commemoration of the centennial of the World War I, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center has published the website “American Indians in World War I” in partnership with the United States World War I Centennial Commission to commemorates the service of 12,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives who served in the war, mostly as volunteers.

Newswise: Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation
Released: 5-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Alventena Cobb of Conway is a professional musician. She’s played the violin for more than 30 years and has instructed many students.

Newswise: UA Little Rock researchers discover locations of missing Elaine 12 graves
Released: 9-Nov-2018 12:05 PM EST
UA Little Rock researchers discover locations of missing Elaine 12 graves
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock history professor and his graduate students are making headway into a mystery 99 years in the making. Dr. Brian Mitchell and his graduate students in the Intro to Public History Class have followed a trail of clues through cemeteries, public records, and databases as part of their search to discover what happened to a dozen black men wrongfully sentenced to death in a time of great racial turmoil in the aftermath of the 1919 Elaine Massacre.

Newswise: UA Little Rock researchers receive 20k grant from Google to study artificial intelligence
Released: 8-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
UA Little Rock researchers receive 20k grant from Google to study artificial intelligence
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor and doctoral student have received a $20,000 Google AI research grant for their research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Dr. Xiaowei Xu, professor of information science, and Tolgahan Cakaloglu, a doctoral candidate in computer science, received the grant for their project, "Contextual Advanced Text Representation via Improved Deep Language Model by Utilizing Side Information."

Newswise: Research shows that bots may have less influence on people than previously thought
Released: 24-Oct-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Research shows that bots may have less influence on people than previously thought
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

New research at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock digs into assumptions about the influence of bots on people’s opinions. 

Newswise: UA Little Rock gamers create app for Clinton Presidential Center exhibit
Released: 2-Oct-2018 11:25 AM EDT
UA Little Rock gamers create app for Clinton Presidential Center exhibit
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Members of the Little Rock Game company have created an app for an exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center exhibit, “White House, Green Building."

Newswise: Professor receives 188k grant to research new methods to create optoelectronic materials
Released: 1-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Professor receives 188k grant to research new methods to create optoelectronic materials
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A chemistry professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received $188,863 from the National Science Foundation to study experimental methods of developing organic optoelectronic materials. Dr. Noureen Siraj, assistant professor of analytical and physical chemistry, will work with the Center of Organic Photonics and Electronics at the Georgia Institute of Technology to characterize new materials developed at UA Little Rock that possess Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) characteristics. FRET is a radiation-free energy transfer process between chemical compounds.

Newswise: College Volleyball Player Surprised by Unique Proposal From Boyfriend Disguised as Mascot
Released: 26-Sep-2018 4:05 PM EDT
College Volleyball Player Surprised by Unique Proposal From Boyfriend Disguised as Mascot
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

One University of Arkansas at Little Rock student-athlete got the surprise of her life when the Trojan mascot she was taking a picture with turned out to be her sneaky boyfriend successfully pulling off an unforgettable marriage proposal.

Released: 21-Sep-2018 11:05 AM EDT
NuShores Biosciences receives $1.7 million grant to study bone regeneration technology
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock spin-off company, NuShores Biosciences, LLC, has received a $1.7 million grant to study how NuShores’ bone regeneration technology can be applied in craniofacial tissues. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a component of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded the company a 2.

Newswise: Elaine Massacre victim to posthumously receive medals for service in World War I
Released: 21-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Elaine Massacre victim to posthumously receive medals for service in World War I
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A black World War I veteran and victim of the 1919 Elaine Massacre will posthumously be honored with the Purple Heart and other World War I honors that he was denied a century ago. For Dr. Brian Mitchell, a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, helping Leroy Johnston receive his medals is about righting a wrong a century in the making.

Newswise: Multi-Disciplinary Structure Provides Best Care for Maternal Fetal Medicine
Released: 5-Sep-2018 1:30 PM EDT
Multi-Disciplinary Structure Provides Best Care for Maternal Fetal Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Charlotte and Emelia Dubs are just starting to toddle around their world. The 1-year-old twin girls from Conway spend their days exploring, laughing, blowing kisses and keeping their parents, Kenzie Butcher-Dubs and Morgan Dubs, on their toes.

Released: 17-Aug-2018 2:05 PM EDT
UA Little Rock Paper Wins Award at International Conference for Research on Tracking Disinformation Campaigns Through Social Media
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The research presents an in-depth examination of the information networks using social network analysis and cyber forensic based methodology to identify prominent information actors and leading coordinators of the disinformation campaigns.

Newswise: Galactic Scoundrels Game Creators Raise More Than $27K in Kickstarter Campaign
Released: 17-Aug-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Galactic Scoundrels Game Creators Raise More Than $27K in Kickstarter Campaign
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A group of University of Arkansas at Little Rock employees, students, and alumni who created a space-western storytelling card game – dubbed Galactic Scoundrels – have reached their online fundraising goal to raise enough money to have the game manufactured, breaking their fundraising goal by more than $10,000. 

Newswise: UA Little Rock Professor Investigates Syrians’ Pursuit of Peace and Justice in the Midst of War
Released: 11-Jul-2018 5:05 PM EDT
UA Little Rock Professor Investigates Syrians’ Pursuit of Peace and Justice in the Midst of War
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor visited Syrian refugees and activists in Turkey and Lebanon in the last of four trips to war-affected countries by an 18-member international research team investigating how peace can be achieved in societies emerging from conflict. 

Newswise: High School Student Mentored by UA Little Rock Chemistry Professors Wins More Than $60k for Outstanding Research
Released: 11-Jul-2018 4:05 PM EDT
High School Student Mentored by UA Little Rock Chemistry Professors Wins More Than $60k for Outstanding Research
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

When most people think of tea and molasses, their thoughts don’t stray any further than the kitchen. Meghana Bollimpalli, a Central High School student who was mentored by two chemistry professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, saw the potential to create a less-expensive renewable energy source that has earned her more than $60,000 in scholarships and prize money from science fair competitions.

Released: 27-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Research Paves Way for Novel Therapy to Treat Osteoporosis, Atherosclerosis
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

A recent study by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) researchers shows that a type of blood protein we are all born with protects against osteoporosis, illuminating the potential for a novel approach to treatment.

Released: 6-Jun-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Researchers Find Evolutionary ‘Tipping Point’ Linked to Climate Change
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

What does it take for plants and animals to evolve in response to climate change? Researchers have found a “tipping point” at which species, under pressure from dwindling food supplies, evolve to take advantage of new resources.

Newswise: Rural gangs in Mississippi have ties to Windy City
Released: 5-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Rural gangs in Mississippi have ties to Windy City
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor is shedding light on gangs in rural communities that have a connection to urban gangs in Chicago. Dr. Timothy Brown, a sociologist and associate professor of criminal justice at UA Little Rock, is studying rural gang activity in a small town in the Mississippi Delta region with ties to gang affiliates in the Windy City.

Released: 25-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Professor Joins Program to Fight the Spread of Foreign Propaganda
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor and social media infiltration expert Dr. Nitin Agarwal has been selected as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Tech Demo program to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation. Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Science, leads COSMOS (Collaboratorium for Social Media and Behavioral Studies) at UA Little Rock. Agarwal’s team of researchers is one of 14 groups throughout the country that is participating in the program, which is organized by the Global Engagement Center that is charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries.

Newswise: Composer Florence Price Honored by Organization Who Denied Her Entry Due to Race
Released: 23-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Composer Florence Price Honored by Organization Who Denied Her Entry Due to Race
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A famous Arkansas composer, teacher, and pianist has been honored by the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association for her lifetime of musical accomplishments after being denied entry to the organization nearly a century ago because of her race. Florence Price is a Little Rock native who became the first African-American woman composer to have a symphonic composition performed by a major American orchestra, and one of the first African-American classical composers to gain international attention.

Newswise: Students Win Alabama Hackathon with Cryptocurrency Prototype App
Released: 16-May-2018 4:00 PM EDT
Students Win Alabama Hackathon with Cryptocurrency Prototype App
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock students are looking to make a name for themselves in the world of hackathons. Michael DiCicco, sophomore information science major from Benton, and Karen Watts, senior information science major from Bryant, took home a big win as first place winners of CrimsonHacks, a Major League Hacking event held April 14-15 at the University of Alabama.

Released: 15-May-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Neighborhood Is Key Factor in Recidivism Rates for Ex-Offenders in Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The neighborhood that a person recently released from prison lives in is a key factor in whether that person will eventually return to prison, according to a study by two professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In their study, “There Goes the Neighborhood? Crime, Blight and Recidivism,” Tusty ten Bensel, associate professor of criminal justice, and Michael Craw, associate professor of public administration, examined whether ex-offenders being released into disadvantaged neighborhoods increased the likelihood of them returning to prison.

Newswise: New Method Could Improve Longevity and Lessen Wear of Artificial Hips
Released: 14-May-2018 8:05 AM EDT
New Method Could Improve Longevity and Lessen Wear of Artificial Hips
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Mechanical engineering researchers have developed a method that could extend the life of an artificial hip by adding an array of microscopic indentations that increase the thickness of a lubricating film on its surface.

Newswise: Professor Wins Award for Study Showing Connection Between Neighborhood, Homeowner’s Association and Higher Property Values
Released: 11-May-2018 9:05 AM EDT
Professor Wins Award for Study Showing Connection Between Neighborhood, Homeowner’s Association and Higher Property Values
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Homeowners in the Little Rock area who are looking for a long-term return on their investment should look for neighborhoods with a neighborhood or homeowner’s association, according to a study by a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor.

Newswise: Chemists Develop Improved Method to Create Artificial Photosynthesis
Released: 7-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Chemists Develop Improved Method to Create Artificial Photosynthesis
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Patent-pending method could lead to a reliable, economical and sustainable way to create and store energy from sunlight.

Newswise: Oversharing Can Have Consequences, Research Says
Released: 7-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Oversharing Can Have Consequences, Research Says
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Researcher finds that relationships are at risk when people fail to set expectations about the sharing of private information.

Released: 3-May-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers Use Genetic Information to Track Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Study will identify how groups of deer are related to one another throughout the state and determine which populations are less susceptible to the disease

Newswise: Research Demonstrates New Approach to Study Properties of Nanodroplets
Released: 2-May-2018 2:55 PM EDT
Research Demonstrates New Approach to Study Properties of Nanodroplets
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

U of A chemists find new methods of calculating the internal pressure and surface tension of tiny drops of liquid.


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