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New OMB Uniform Guidance
In December 2013, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced it would be issuing the Uniform Guidance which would detail revised regulations for federal grants made on or after December 26, 2014. These revisions will address new cost principles, administrative requirements, and audit protocols and will affect all new awards, supplemental funding, and renewals. Existing awards are excluded. 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.
“The use of a specifically-designed GPR configuration will help AHTD in different projects, such as detecting the location and depth of underground utilities to avoid any destruction of water pipes, gas pipes, drainage systems, electric cables, and sub-pavement cavities,” said Mahdi. “Additional advantages of this project include the investigation of any archeological sites or unmarked graves that AHTD may encounter during the work.”
Mahdi and Akhnoukh will also train AHTD personnel on the use of the new system during field investigations and through workshops. “We’re looking forward to working with AHTD to accomplish the project tasks to benefit the state with these important needs,” Mahdi said. Read more…