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November 2018

Jodie Mahony Center receives over $55,000 to provide workshops for Arkansas teachers

The Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education has received $55,241 from the Arkansas Department of Education to provide workshops and trainings to candidates seeking National Board Teacher Certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving effectiveness in education and teaching. Read more…

Dr. Mariya Khodakovskaya receives $1,000,000 to study heat tolerance of rice

Dr. Mariya Khodakovskaya Dr. Mariya Khodakovskaya, biology professor and interim associate dean in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences will receive $1,000,000 over a four-year period to study the genetic qualities of rice to determine its heat tolerance. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.  Read more…

 

 

 

October 2018

Dr. Shawn Bourdo receives $85,500 to study how nanomaterials affect bone regeneration

Dr. Shawn BourdoDr. Shawn Bourdo, research assistant professor at the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has received an $85,500 R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how certain nanomaterials may enhance healing in bone wounds. Read more…

 

 

 

Dr. Yupo Chan awarded nearly $25,000 to monitor earth’s atmosphere

Dr. Yupo ChanDr. Yupo Chan of the systems engineering department has received $24,900 from NASA to measure the earth’s atmosphere to monitor its health and future climate.  Chan is working with Dr. Edmond Wilson of Harding University and Dr. Po-Hao Adam Huang of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Read more…

 

Dr. Kieng Bao Vang-Dings receives nearly $50,000 to study effects of nanomaterials in immune systems

Dr. Kieng Bao Vang-DingsDr. Kieng Bao Vang-Dings, research assistant professor at the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences, has received $49,509 from the Center for Advanced Surface Engineering to study the effects of tunable nanosystems on the human immune system. The project was awarded through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s seed grant program. Read more…

 

 

Arkansas Economic Development Institute receives $102,000 to create feasibility study for leadership institute in four-state region

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The Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received $102,100 from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to create a feasibility study on the development of a leadership institute in the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas-Oklahoma region. Read more…


September 2018

Dr. Mariya Khodakovskaya awarded $464,000 to study environmental risks of carbon nanomaterials in plants

Dr. Mariya KhodakovskayaMariya Khodakovskaya, professor of biology and interim associate dean in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences has received $464,000 from the USDA to assess the environmental risks of carbon nanomaterials used to stimulate and regulate the growth of plants. Dr. Khodakovskaya is working with Dr. Alexei Basnakian, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAMS, and Dr. Micah Green, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, to examine if any health risks are involved with the use of these nanomaterials in plant agriculture. Read more…

 

UA Little Rock chemistry professor receives nearly $190,000 to research new methods for optoelectronic materials

Dr Noureen SirajDr. Noureen Siraj from the chemistry department has received $188,863 from the National Science Foundation to study experimental methods of developing organic optoelectronic materials. With this funding, Siraj will work with the Center of Organic Photonics and Electronics and Laser Dynamic Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology to characterize new materials developed at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock which possess Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) characteristics. Read more…


August 2018

Sequoyah National Research Center receives nearly $58,000 to develop digital interface on Trail of Tears

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received nearly $58,000 from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to develop an interactive touch-screen interface that teaches the general public about the Trail of Tears in Arkansas. The Trail of Tears, which occurred from 1831 to 1850, pertains to the forced relocation of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, Muscogee (Creek), and Chickasaw tribes from the southeastern United States to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). Read more…


June 2018

Dr. Daniel Berleant and Dr. Phil Williams receive nearly $50,000 to investigate protein accumulation in corn seeds

Dr. Daniel BerleantDr. Phil Williams Dr. Daniel Berleant and Dr. Phil Williams of the Department of Information Science have received $48,167 from the USDA to study how proteins accumulate in corn seeds depending on their genomic and epigenomic traits. In order to study this important problem, the project team will analyze the expression of native and recombinant proteins from corn plants. Read more…


May 2018

Jodie Mahony Center Receives Funding for Middle School Program: “MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience.”

The Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education has received $31,084 from the Arkansas Department of Education for “MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience.” This program allows seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students to produce and perform in the play “Hamilton,” a popular hip hop musical that started on Broadway in 2015. Read more…


January 2018

Department of Philosophy Plans for Annual Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl

The UA Little Rock Department of Philosophy has received a $1,600 grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council to host the sixth annual Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl. The Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl is led by Drs. Jana McAuliffe and Michael Norton in the Department of Philosophy. Read more…

Center for Arkansas History and Culture Wins Grant to Process and Digitize Arkansas Railroad and City Maps

The UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture has received $5,874 from the Arkansas Humanities Council to assess, digitalize, and catalog early railway line and city maps from 1917-1918. The project, entitled “Tie-ing Arkansas Together,” will process and digitize 133 oversized railway maps associated with the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railroad and the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Read more…

ASBTDC Awarded $100,000 to Assist Four-County Area

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received $100,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Portable Assistance Program. The competitive grant program supports one-year projects in areas that have experienced recent economic distress through natural disaster, downsizing, layoffs, or plant closures. Read more…

 

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