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Dr. Mengjun Xie


Dr. Mengjun Xie, UALR Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is serving as a co-investigator on a UAMS research study that recently received a 2015 TRI Pilot Award from the UAMS Translational Research Institute. The project, entitled “Exploring the Effects of Sleep Patterns and Physical Activity on Asthma in Adolescents with Wrist-Work Smart Devices,” is led by Dr. Tamara Perry of UAMS; Drs. Jiang Bian and Yi Guo of the University of Florida are also collaborating on it. Read more…


Dr. Alexandru Biris

Dr. Alex Biris

For nearly 20 years, the Arkansas Breast Cancer Research Program (ABCRP) has promoted innovative research work in breast cancer factors, prevention, detection, and treatment. This fall, ABCRP will support Dr. Alexandru Biris, chief scientist and director of the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, in launching his research project “Tunable Plasmonic Nanostructures for the Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer.” Dr. Biris has received a $75,000 grant from ABCRP and UAMS to support the project, which will investigate the use of nanostructures to pinpoint and possibly destroy individual breast cancer cells. Read more…


Dr. Cang Ye

Dr. Cang Ye

According to the American Foundation for the Blind, around 25 million Americans live with significant vision loss. Dr. Cang Ye, a professor in the department of Systems Engineering, aims to make these individuals’ lives easier with the results of his upcoming research, funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The $820,263, three-year grant will enable Dr. Ye, his team of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, and his research collaborator Dr. Yantao Shen at the University of Nevada, Reno to develop a Wearable Robotic Object Manipulation Aid (W-ROMA) for the visually impaired. Equipped with a camera, the device detects objects that the wearer needs to move or use, then guides him or her to take hold of them. Read more…


UALRTeach Noyce Teacher Scholarship

With a new grant from the National Science Foundation, UALR scholars will be able to make a major impact on early STEM education in Arkansas. The over $1 million grant supports the UALRTeach Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which is a collaboration between UALR, Henderson Middle School, UALR Children International, and the Museum of Discovery. The program will take a multi-pronged approach to tackling Arkansas’s shortage of science and mathematics teachers, particularly in high-need schools. Led by Dr. Tony Hall and Dr. Gail Hughes, the program will benefit current and future STEM teachers, current and future middle school students, and research in the area of STEM teacher education. Read more…