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High School Scholars Visit U of A to Gain Geosciences and STEM Skills

This week, 25 high school juniors from across the nation are visiting the University of Arkansas to take part in the Math, Science and Engineering Academy pre-college outreach program – known as MSEA – in partnership with Fort Valley State University in Georgia. Geosciences professor Steve Boss is Kvamme's co-coordinator for the program, and classes are taught by Boss, geosciences emeritus John Van Brahana and electrical engineeringassistant department head Robert Saunders from the College of Engineering.

Researchers Examine How Arkansas.gov Can Better Serve State's Businesses

A new survey by communication researchers at the University of Arkansas revealed that Arkansas businesses frequently interact with state government online, especially for routine tasks, such as paying taxes or applying for permits. Attitudes that business people have about dealing with e-government vary according to business size, the survey showed, with the state’s smallest businesses – those with 10 or fewer full-time employees – preferring face-to-face interaction and other traditional means of conducting business with government agencies.

M.F.A. Theatre Directing Alumna Earns Prestigious Assistantship

Kholoud Sawaf, who earned her M.F.A. in theatre directing last August, has been awarded an Artistic Assistantship in Directing at the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Kholoud will be in residency for six weeks at the festival, with responsibilities including assisting on a production of the new comedy Vietgone, by Qui Nguyen. This highly competitive award includes housing, round-trip airfare, and a stipend.

Research Examines Obstacles to Making Biofuel from Perennial Plants

 A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy. Cellulose fibrils are microfibers of inert carbohydrates within plants. They give wood its durability, for example. Through a process known as pretreatment, chemists separate these fibrils into individual carbohydrate chains that can be digested by enzymes. This process takes a long time, but Wang and other chemists are studying ways to speed it up.

Physics Department Recognized Nationally for Physics Teacher Preparation

Only 12 universities in the nation – including the University of Arkansas – are being recognized this year by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) for graduating five or more well-prepared physics teachers in the past academic year. Recent estimates by the organization indicate that less than half of all high school physics courses are taught by a well-qualified teacher with a degree in physics. Universities like the U of A that are striving to reverse this trend are being inducted into the group's 5+ Club.

U of A Bands Commits Over $1 Million in Scholarships to Arkansas Students

Becoming part of “the Best in Sight and Sound” just got even better – now Arkansas students who want to study music at the University of Arkansas or join one of the U of A bands can receive a $5,000 annual scholarship to help them achieve these goals. Starting in fall 2016, the newly founded Arkansas Music Initiative will commit more than $1 million in scholarship support over the next five years for students planning to study music in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Alumna Discusses How Psychology Degree Has Opened Career Doors

Pursuing a degree in psychology can lead to many career opportunities, many of which are not typically considered by students wishing to study the subject. Brandie Patton, an alumna of the Department of Psychological Science in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, is an excellent example of this. She currently works for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in GISAT, which stands for Global Investigations, Security Aviation and Travel.

Latino Youth Visit Campus, Hone Spanish and English Language Skills

Jose Flores perched on a stool in a Discovery Hall chemistry lab, pulled on a pair of oversized goggles and grinned at his lab partner. "I'm a scientist!" the 12-year-old exclaimed. The duo mashed chopped strawberries with dish detergent, hot water and salt, then filtered the paste through mini coffee filters, and trickled ice cold ethanol into the test tube. Ten minutes later, a whitish-colored layer floated between the pink liquid and the clear ethanol. Jose dipped a wire loop into that layer and pulled out a sticky bead of strawberry DNA.