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Margulis Named Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences

Elizabeth Margulis, professor in the Department of Music, has been named a 2016 Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. The honor incudes her participation in the Japanese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium Dec. 2-4 in Irvine, California. Kavli Fellows are young scientists selected by the advisory board of the Kavli Foundation, members of the National Academy of Sciences and organizers of the Kavli/National Academy of Sciences Frontiers in Science Symposia series. The Kavli Foundation, based in Oxnard, California, supports scientific research, honors scientific achievement, and promotes public understanding of scientists and their work.

Human-Centered Design Class Creates Artifacts to Help Arkansas' Marshallese

Being pulled over by a police officer can already be a nerve-wracking experience. Do you have your license and registration handy? Do you know why you were stopped? Now, imagine you don't speak the same language as the officer. How would you communicate? How will you understand what's happening?

U of A Evolutionary Biologist Awarded $540,000 by Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation has awarded $540,000 to University of Arkansas biologist Andrew Alverson to study the evolution of microscopic marine algae in the Baltic Sea. Alverson is one of four researchers across the United States selected as a 2016 Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution.

U of A Anthropologist Part of Team that Identified New Human Ancestor

A University of Arkansas biological anthropologist is part of the international team of scientists who verified that fossils found in a South African cave belong to a new species of human ancestor. The National Geographic Society and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, announced the discovery of the new species — Homo naledi – on Thursday, Sept. 10. The U of A has a partnership with Wits University and researchers here have been working on the project since the fossils were found in 2013.

U of A Graduate Student Selected for DOE Science Research Award

Raymond Walter, a doctoral student in physics and mathematics, is the first student from the University of Arkansas selected for a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Research Award.  The award program will provide Walter a $3,000 monthly stipend for up to one year and a $2,000 travel allowance. The program gives doctoral candidates an opportunity to conduct a significant part of their doctoral dissertation research in collaboration with scientists at a Department of Energy national laboratory. Awardees are selected on the basis of a submitted research proposal aligned with one of the Office of Science Priority Research areas.

U of A Psychologist Working With State Law Enforcement on Eyewitness Policy

James Lampinen, distinguished professor of psychological science at the University of Arkansas, is partnering on a project with the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police to adopt a science-based model policy for Arkansas law enforcement officers to use that will reduce errors when collecting and evaluating eyewitness identification information. The association’s goal is for all Arkansas police departments and law enforcement agencies to adopt and use this model policy. Lampinen has provided feedback on the policy and is helping to promote it with law enforcement agencies around the state. He will also help train officers in how to effectively use the method.

U of A Researcher Links Mass Extinctions to 'Planet X'

Periodic mass extinctions on Earth, as indicated in the global fossil record, could be linked to a suspected ninth planet, according to research published by a faculty member of the University of Arkansas Department of Mathematical Sciences. Daniel Whitmire, a retired professor of astrophysics now working as a math instructor, published findings in the January issue of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that the as yet undiscovered “Planet X” triggers comet showers linked to mass extinctions on Earth at intervals of approximately 27 million years.

U of A Leads Effort to Nurture Research Collaborations in Southeast Asia

The University of Arkansas is helping lead an effort to develop a bioscience network of scientists in the United States and Southeast Asia. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $500,000 grant to establish the Food, Energy, Water and Ecosystems Resources Research Coordination Network, to build a team of minority and minority-serving faculty to strengthen research collaborations in the U.S. and enhance ties between U.S. faculty scientists and researchers working at institutions in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.

Fulbright College Chemistry and Mathematics Major Awarded Two National Fellowships

Undergraduate senior honors chemistry and mathematics major Craig McLean recently received not one, but two prestigious national fellowships, one from the National Science Foundation and a second from the National GEM Consortium. "Craig is the first honors undergraduate researcher I've worked with who took basic skills in protein biochemistry that he learned in my laboratory and applied them to the development of his own original research project," said Paul D. Adams, McLean's honors thesis adviser and an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program. "I found this to be remarkable to say the least!"

U of A Graduate Student Creates Guide for the USDA and EPA Aimed to Reduce Food Waste

It’s a difficult statistic to stomach, but a staggering 31 to 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. ends up in landfills each year.  With numbers like these, Melissa Terry, a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and its Department of Political Science, knew something needed to change. 

Biological Anthropologist Awarded NSF for Fossil Research in Romania

A biological anthropologist at the University of Arkansas and her colleagues have been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct fossil surveys in the Oltet River Valley of Romania. The award, a High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (HRRBAA) grant, is designed to provide investigators with seed money to assess the feasibility of anthropological research that may rely on factors that are difficult to assess but which may have great payoffs, and if successful can lead to more extensive funding submissions.