Faculty and staff in the Department of Art have been working with Fulbright College and the University of Arkansas for more than a year on a new Art and Design District, known as A+DD. They have recruited some of the top designers and architecture studios in the region to transform a former refrigerated warehouse into a cutting edge educational art facility that will include sculpture workshops, classroom space and graduate student studios. The 3.8-acre satellite site, located on Hill Street in South Fayetteville, will include a 33,000 square foot building for the department, and its proximity to the Frisco Trail will give students more exposure in the community.
The accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni are an important focus of the Fulbright Review. Fulbright College is comprised of four distinct areas, the fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Each issue of the Fulbright Review dedicates a story within the Successes section to some of the year's highlights within a particular area. The fall issue features successes in the social sciences. The University of Arkansas social science faculty ranked fifth for sharing their research information with the news media, according to a ranking system developed by the Faculty Media Impact Project at Hawaii Pacific University.
Jak Chakhalian, a professor of physics at the University of Arkansas, has been selected as an investigator by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which is now developing a $1.8 million grant to the university to support Chakhalian’s research.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards, has recognized assistant professor of fiction Padma Viswanathan for her latest novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao. Padma joins a longlist of twelve Canadian authors in the running for the $100,000 prize.
Michael Peven, professor of photography in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the 2014 Honored Educator for the Society for Photographic Education, South Central Region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Peven will receive the award at the society’s regional conference to be held Oct. 2-5 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
As a result of the reception of his work with graphene, Salvador Barraza-Lopez, assistant professor of physics in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, brought together a group of more than 40 researchers last summer for an international workshop on graphene’s strain engineering.
The Seedling Film Association will honor professor Larry Foley, chair of the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism Thursday evening at the 2014 Offshoot Film Festival. Three films with ties to the master of arts program in journalism will also be showcased at the festival.
University of Arkansas broadcast students and alumni from the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism received recognition for their work during the South Central Broadcast Society Regional Awards Ceremony and the Mid-America Emmys this past weekend.