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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Released: 29-Mar-2018 11:05 AM EDT
New Book Examines Bioethanol as a Promising Alternative to Fossil Fuels
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Bioethanol is a $1 trillion industry, but advances could make production more efficient and less reliant on food stocks such as corn.

Released: 28-Mar-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Prinz Receives NSF Early Career Award for Research on 3-D Printed Steels
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Gary Prinz, 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 develop mathematical models to predict micro-level material fractures in steel alloys made by additive manufacturing, popularly referred to as 3-D printing. The research could lead to building components that are better able to resist the damaging effects of earthquakes.

Released: 15-Mar-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Social and Demographic Factors Linked to Charitable Giving in Recent Study
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Research investigates how social connectedness influences charitable giving, which could help philanthropies target donors more effectively

Released: 15-Mar-2018 9:05 AM EDT
New Research Could Lead to More Effective Chemotherapy
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

An international team explored the use of platinum- and gold-based molecular complexes to design potential new anticancer drugs.

Released: 14-Mar-2018 12:30 PM EDT
Researcher Developing Better Tool for Colonoscopy Screenings
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Tim Muldoon, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation to continue his work on an endoscopic probe that can be used in colonoscopies. The device is intended to provide superior images of living tissue within the gastrointestinal tract and other structures.

Released: 13-Mar-2018 3:45 PM EDT
Research on Bismuth Ferrite Could Lead to New Types of Electrical Devices
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

U of A researchers used powerful computer simulations to demonstrate a novel method of creating and transmitting electrical current.

6-Mar-2018 4:05 PM EST
Study Finds Differences in How Domestic Violence Victims Seek Help
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A study of domestic violence victims finds that Hispanic women seek legal help more often than non-Hispanic white women, and the two groups have different reasons for remaining in abusive relationships.

Released: 6-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EST
Research Suggests Creative People Do Not Excel in Cognitive Control
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A new study shows that creative people have neither a greater nor lesser ability to override impulses or engage in goal-directed thought.

Released: 1-Mar-2018 8:05 AM EST
Researchers Move Closer to Improved Method of Detecting Breast Cancer
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have moved closer to developing an alternative method of detecting and possibly treating breast cancer. The researchers work with pulsed, terahertz imaging, a type of electromagnetic radiation technology previously used to find land mines. They adapted the technology to detect tumors and provide highly specific images.

Released: 22-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST
Professors, High School Teachers Study Use of Modeling Software to Boost Science Education
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A research collaboration between the University of Arkansas and Fayetteville High School suggests that students benefited more when using the same type of modeling software used by scientists than through other instructional techniques.

Released: 21-Feb-2018 8:05 AM EST
Psychopathic Employees Thrive Under Abusive Supervisors, Study Finds
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A new study shows that individuals who possess high primary psychopathic characteristics appear to have distinct advantages over those who don’t, when working for an abusive supervisor.

Released: 14-Feb-2018 2:05 PM EST
U of A Researchers Receive Grant to Study Domestic Terrorism Patterns
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Researchers from the University of Arkansas' Terrorism Research Center are using Risk Terrain Modeling to investigate links between terrorism events and their precursors.

8-Feb-2018 5:00 AM EST
One Hour of Video Gaming Can Increase the Brain’s Ability to Focus
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Researchers at the University of Arkansas and the Ministry of Education of China studied expert and non-expert video game players and observed that both groups showed an increase in visual selective attention after only one hour of video game play.

Released: 9-Feb-2018 8:05 AM EST
‘Optically Pumped’ Laser Closer to Improving Processing Speed of Sensors
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A multi-institutional team of researchers, led by University of Arkansas engineering professor Shui-Qing “Fisher” Yu and a leading Arkansas semiconductor equipment manufacturer, have made significant improvements to a new kind of laser, a semiconducting device that is injected with light, similar to an injection of electrical current. This “optically pumped” laser, which is made of germanium tin grown on silicon substrates, could lead to faster micro-processing speed at much lower cost.

Released: 5-Feb-2018 9:30 AM EST
New Research Will Help Beef Industry Increase Sustainability
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

U of A engineering and agriculture faculty are working with the National Cattleman’s Beef Association to identify practices that will increase efficiency and sustainability in the beef industry.

Released: 2-Feb-2018 8:05 AM EST
New Study Will Help Government Agencies Plan for Sustainable Development in Sensitive Areas
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A new study by geologists at the University of Arkansas provides a new framework for assessing why and where river deltas branch and will help government agencies plan for sustainable development in environmentally sensitive areas.

Released: 29-Jan-2018 1:05 PM EST
University of Arkansas Researchers Create Digital Map, Cultural History of Carlsbad Cavern
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Researchers using LiDAR digital imaging are creating a 3D map, and cultural history, of New Mexico's Carlsbad Cavern.

Released: 24-Jan-2018 8:05 AM EST
Research Asks Why Some Private Equity Firms Add Jobs After Buyouts
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A University of Arkansas finance professor and his colleague at Purdue University found that some private equity firms, despite their reputation as job destroyers, increased employment following a buyout. Most of these firms had political connections, and the jobs they created or retained after buyouts were concentrated during election years in swing states or states that the researchers identified as having “high corruption.”

Released: 23-Jan-2018 1:00 PM EST
University of Arkansas Research May Lead to New Source of Green Energy
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A University of Arkansas invention has the potential to change the way we produce and consume energy. A technology commercialization company has licensed the patent for this technology and is working with physics professor Paul Thibado on to develop a prototype.

Released: 18-Jan-2018 12:00 AM EST
New Recording Features First Major Female African-American Composer
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

U of A faculty member Er-Gene Kahng, along with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, will debut a previously unknown violin concerto by African-American composer Florence Price in honor of Black History Month. The concerto will also be released on CD by Albany Records Feb. 1.

Released: 16-Jan-2018 12:05 PM EST
University of Arkansas Scientists Digitally Preserve Important Arkansas Dinosaur Tracks
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Arkansas researchers used LiDAR imaging to digitally preserve and study important dinosaur tracks.

Released: 4-Dec-2017 10:00 AM EST
Repetition Can Make Sounds Into Music
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

New research from the U of A Music Cognition Lab shows that listeners perceive repeated environmental sounds as music.

14-Nov-2017 5:45 PM EST
Nanowired Drugs Could Treat Patients with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Arkansas biomedical engineering doctoral student Asya Ozkizilcik has improved the nanowiring of drugs for an international team of researchers who are working on a new method for treating neurodegenerative diseases.

Released: 7-Nov-2017 9:05 AM EST
Arkansas Poll Finds Arkansans Support Some LGBT Civil Rights But Not Others
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The poll was designed and analyzed by Janine Parry, professor of political science at the U of A. The poll has a track record over its 19-year history of coming within two points of actual election outcomes.

Released: 18-Oct-2017 8:05 AM EDT
Workers May ‘Choke’ Under Pressure of Non-Monetary Incentives
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Competition for non-monetary awards can have adverse effects on performance and may cause employees to “choke” under pressure, according to a new study by a University of Arkansas economist.

Released: 13-Oct-2017 11:05 AM EDT
University of Arkansas Researchers Extend BKT Physics to Study of Ferroelectrics
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Using first-principles-based simulations, researchers found that an overlooked BKT phase sustained by quasicontinuous symmetry emerges between the ferroelectric and paraelectric phases of ferroelectic ultrathin film,