When Jak Chakhalian was just a teenager, his aunt presented him with the first volume of published lectures by Richard Feynman, the Nobel Prize-winning American theoretical physicist. Feynman died in 1988, but Chakhalian never forgot him. He displays a large photo of Feynman on the wall above his desk at the University of Arkansas, where Chakhalian is forging a reputation of his own.
The accomplishments of 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. This issue features successes in the humanities. There are two new department chairs in Fulbright College: Ed Minar in the Department of Philosophy and Larry Foley in the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism.
Master of Music student Jared Aragón recently won first place in the 2014 Santa Fe Community Orchestra Composition Competition, which included a cash award of $4,000. His composition, entitled “Chaco Variations” was one of two pieces that were selected by judges from all of the submissions.
From the time she was in the seventh grade, Bethany Henry Rosenbaum has been interested in the history of the American Indians, particularly the five major Indian nations of Oklahoma: the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole.
Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, and Ingrid Fritsch, both members of the chemistry and biochemistry faculty at the University of Arkansas, have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
Vincent LaBella, a former postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arkansas, has been elected to be a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Garnett Coad, director of elections for the American Psychological Association, announced that University of Arkansas Professor of Psychological Science, Tim Cavell, has been elected to APA's Board of Professional Affairs. Cavell was elected by APA's Council of Representatives and will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
John Ryan, a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is the co-investigator on a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation for a conference dedicated to Nobel Laureate Paul A.M. Dirac.
Xuan Shi, an assistant professor of geoinformatics at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded a nearly $100,000 grant to study human dynamics across social media and social networks.
Dan Magoulick, a research professor at the University of Arkansas, is an ecologist and fisheries biologist studying the factors affecting the population and community dynamics of freshwater fish and invertebrates.