It started with a cold call in the dead of winter. Adam Barnes, a researcher in the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies in Fulbright College, was headed into a meeting on Jan. 14, 2013, when he got a phone call from a London-based television producer who was interested in hiring a technical expert for a new documentary series on ancient structures. Soon, researchers from CAST were traveling to historic locations around the world, including the pyramids in Egypt, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the ancient desert city of Petra in Jordan. They were filmed doing what they do best, using their advanced remote sensing technology to collect and analyze billions of measurements to form what is known as a point cloud, which provided a 3-D perspective of these structures but also solved some of the enduring engineering mysteries surrounding them.
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 Summer issue features successes in the natural sciences. The natural sciences welcomed seven new tenure-track faculty members last fall. Jeffery Lewis and Timothy Evans joined the department of biological sciences, Adriana Potra, Mohamed Aly and Song Feng joined the department of geosciences, Lance Miller joined the department of mathematical sciences and Pradeep Kumar joined the department of physics.
Jingyi Chen, assistant professor of physical chemistry in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, is included in the list of the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2014.
A Natural History of the Central Appalachians, written by University of Arkansas research professor Steven L. Stephenson, was awarded a gold medal in the Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab 2013 book awards.
Elecia Smith, human resources and diversity manager for the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, was one of six members of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources' (CUPA-HR) selected to participate in a pilot program designed to mentor individuals in pursuit of organizational and workforce excellence.
Katherine Shurlds, University of Arkansas journalism instructor and longtime director of the Lemke Journalism Project, will be honored as the Journalism Educator of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association. The award will be presented Friday, July 11, during the association’s 2014 SuperConvention in Hot Springs.
The University of Arkansas department of art has several students in residencies around the world this summer, allowing them to stretch their learning environments by immersing them in different cultures. Many of these opportunities are funded by competitive scholarships through the department.
New theoretical physics research reveals rare materials that possess both controllable magnetic and electric polarization properties at near-room temperatures.
Diatoms are not only interesting because of their structure and diversity, but they are crucial to the Earth’s ecosystem. That’s the message in a featured expert commentary written by the University of Arkansas’ Andrew J. Alverson in LiveScience, a popular online science news site. Alverson is an assistant professor of biological sciences in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
People see plants every day, yet few know what kind of plant they are looking at, or its importance. Atlas of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas assembles Arkansas maps that show the presence or absence of native and naturalized vascular plant species by county.