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Dr. Mengjun Xie Receives over $100,000 to Develop Virtual Cybersecurity Lab

Dr. Mengjun Xie of the UA Little Rock Department of Computer Science has received $124,537 from U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for his project to develop a cloud-based virtual network security lab that will help students practice network and cyber defense skills. The project, called Networking and Network Security in the Cloud (NetSiC), will address issues related to cloud-based computing environments. In a cloud-based environment, information is stored on a remote server in an outside location, rather than locally on a piece of hardware. Read more…

UA Little Rock Survey Research Center Receives over $6,000 to assist Arkansas Literacy Councils

The UA Little Rock Survey Research Center (SRC) has received a $6,039 grant from Arkansas Literacy Councils to evaluate and capture data for the Arkansas Reads Program. This program, led by AmeriCorps members in community-based literacy councils around the state, provides one-on-one and group tutoring sessions to adult learners seeking Basic Literacy instruction. The program also provides services to adults seeking to learn English as a second language and recruits volunteer tutors to assist with these services. Read more…

UA Little Rock Biology Professor Receives $35,000 to help City of Little Rock with Mosquito Surveillance

Dr. Carl Stapleton, an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of BS in Environmental Health Sciences Program at UA Little Rock, has received $35,000 to assist the City of Little Rock with its mosquito surveillance system for the 2017 mosquito season.  Dr. Stapleton will provide recommendations for mosquito trap locations, collect and identify mosquito species, collect samples from mosquito breeding areas, compile and analyze data, screen selected mosquito specimens for the presence of the West Nile Virus, and conduct educational tasks. Read more…

Ottenheimer Library Awarded $13,000 to Engage Community on the Hispanic Experience

The UA Little Rock Ottenheimer Library has received $13,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) to participate in its Big Read Program. The NEA Big Read Program, in partnership with Arts Midwest, allows communities to engage in reading programs and events that broaden their understanding of the world and region. Read more…

College of EIT Wins $20,000 for 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute

Vernard Henley, Assistant Dean of the UA Little Rock College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT), has received $20,000 to host the 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute. The Institute is a two-week program designed to heighten interest in transportation careers for students living in rural and underserved regions of Arkansas and Memphis, TN. The Institute will run from June 18 to June 30, 2017. Read more…

Dr. Agarwal and collaborators are awarded a $7.5 million project to analyze online political groups

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, the Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair Professor of Information Science at UA Little Rock, is collaborating on a five-year, $7.5 million project recently awarded from the U.S.  Department of Defense (DoD)/Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The project is scheduled to start in September 2017. Dr. Agarwal, who was specifically awarded $676,955, is collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University, University of South Carolina, and University of Pittsburgh to assess and develop new research models to track online groups that have a political agenda and focus. Read more…

Linda Barker Receives Five-Year Grant for Educational Opportunity Center in the Arkansas Delta Region

Education is an important component for success that should be available to all persons regardless of socio-economic background. Linda Barker, Director of the TRIO Educational Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center Programs, has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,179,985 from the US Department of Education for a new Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) that will provide information and access to education and training programs for 1,000 people in a 12-county area in the Arkansas Delta. TRIO will receive $235,997 each year. Read more…

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