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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Newswise: Researcher wins SURF award to research outdated maritime law cited by lawyers in Missouri Duck Boat tragedy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Researcher wins SURF award to research outdated maritime law cited by lawyers in Missouri Duck Boat tragedy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$2,750 Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award from the Arkansas Department of Education to research an outdated maritime law that lawyers invoked in an attempt to avoid or limit legal damages sought by victims and their family members in a tourist boat accident that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.

Newswise: Start-up Culture Has Influenced Government, Researcher Finds
Released: 1-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Start-up Culture Has Influenced Government, Researcher Finds
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Communication professor traces the history of start-ups, from a novel idea in the tech industry to an approach embraced by the government

Newswise: Quantum Dots Enable Faster, Easier Photon Detection, More Secure Data
Released: 25-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT
Quantum Dots Enable Faster, Easier Photon Detection, More Secure Data
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A research team including U of A faculty has developed a method of detecting single photons using quantum dots. Single photon detection using quantum dots is an important element of new technology that could lead to faster and more secure data transfer.

Newswise: Early Career Award Will Advance Research on Soil as Building Material
Released: 24-Apr-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Early Career Award Will Advance Research on Soil as Building Material
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Michelle Bernhardt-Barry, assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Arkansas, has received a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation to expand her research on the use of soil as a 3D-printed building material.

Released: 23-Apr-2018 4:40 PM EDT
Studies Show Some Types of Life Can Survive Conditions Found on Mars
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Researchers subject methanogens to simulated Mars conditions to determine if they could survive cold and low-pressure found in the subsurface.

Newswise: Overcoming Bias About Music Takes Work
16-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT
Overcoming Bias About Music Takes Work
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

New research from the University of Arkansas Music Cognition Laboratory gives insight into how the brain judges music quality.

Released: 17-Apr-2018 1:00 PM EDT
UAMS Fights Opioid Epidemic on All Fronts
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is attacking the nationwide opioid epidemic on multiple fronts that have produced new research and treatment options for patients and health care providers across Arkansas and beyond.

Newswise: New Biomedical Company Helps Train Clinicians and Test Medical Equipment
Released: 16-Apr-2018 11:05 AM EDT
New Biomedical Company Helps Train Clinicians and Test Medical Equipment
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Two University of Arkansas engineering professors and an engineering doctoral student have formed Vivas LLC, a new company with licensed technology that can be used to train clinicians in various procedures and test medical imaging equipment.

Newswise: NSF Award Powers New Technology for Electric Vehicles
Released: 16-Apr-2018 10:05 AM EDT
NSF Award Powers New Technology for Electric Vehicles
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Yue Zhao, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Program to support his research on silicon carbide motor drives.

Newswise: Career Award Supports Sustainable Rice Farming Work
Released: 6-Apr-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Career Award Supports Sustainable Rice Farming Work
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Benjamin Runkle, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, has received a $500,199 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation to expand his research on sustainable rice production.

Newswise: Imaging Method Evaluates Cell Functional Changes and Wound Healing
Released: 5-Apr-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Imaging Method Evaluates Cell Functional Changes and Wound Healing
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Kyle Quinn, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas, has published a review highlighting recent advances in autofluorescence imaging and discussing its role in evaluating cell metabolism.

Newswise: Greenville Man Fitted for Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
Released: 4-Apr-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Greenville Man Fitted for Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The first memory David Scott has following his traffic accident July 31, 2017, is a paramedic leaning over trying to help release him from underneath his 18-wheeler.

Newswise: New Study Links Obesity to Community Characteristics, Demographics
3-Apr-2018 11:00 AM EDT
New Study Links Obesity to Community Characteristics, Demographics
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Obesity is concentrated in “high-risk communities, where residents have limited access to healthy foods, limited open/green space, a lack of quality and accessible health care,” the report states, a so-called “ecology of disadvantage.”

Newswise: Thirst Might Not Be the Best Indicator of Whether You’re Hydrated
Released: 3-Apr-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Thirst Might Not Be the Best Indicator of Whether You’re Hydrated
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

When it comes to staying hydrated, “just drink when you’re thirsty” has been a rule of thumb for years. Yet a recent study by University of Arkansas researchers may prove that thirst alone is not a reliable indicator of proper hydration levels.

Newswise: Maritime Transportation Center Receives Additional $1.4 Million Grant
Released: 3-Apr-2018 4:45 PM EDT
Maritime Transportation Center Receives Additional $1.4 Million Grant
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Transportation researchers at the University of Arkansas and their collaborators at five other research institutions will continue to lead the nation in maritime and multimodal transportation research with an additional $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will be used on a wide range of ongoing research.


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