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Dr. Mary Yang
Dr. Mary Yang, associate professor and director of UALR-UAMS joint bioinformatics program, has been awarded a $373,520 grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to launch her research project investigating the relationship between genes and the development of cancer. The project, which focuses on developing and utilizing computational methods by which the genetic mutations that cause cancer can be observed and tracked, could be instrumental in improving cancer diagnoses and treatments. Read more…
Dr. Alexandru Biris
Congratulations to Dr. Alex Biris, Director/Chief Scientist of the UALR Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Services! The Arkansas Research Alliance has selected Dr. Biris as one of five inaugural fellows in its newly-formed fellowship program.
Dr. Biris is conducting research on the science of nanostructures that can be used to alter properties of substances at the atomic level. As a new fellow, he will receive a three-year, $75,000 grant in support of his projects.
Dr. Hanan Mahdi
Ground Penetration Radar
Hanan Mahdi, Associate Professor of Research in the UALR Graduate Institute of Technology and the Arkansas Earthquake Center, has received a $286,341 grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) to investigate Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) system configurations that will most effectively assist the AHTD in state highway maintenance and management.
“According to the highway administration, it is highly probable that unknown utilities will be encountered when construction begins, resulting in possible project delays and cost overruns,” Mahdi said. “To avoid these delays, the planning and early design phases should include site characterizations of subsurface utilities. While not all utilities are detectable, utility-locating surveys will significantly reduce the uncertainty typically associated with these projects.”
During the two-year grant period, Mahdi and her co-principal investigator Amin Akhnoukh, associate professor of construction management in the UALR College of Engineering and Technology, will assess various GPR configurations. Based on their research, they will give AHTD their recommendation for the most efficient system to purchase. Read more…