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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Faculty members at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) have started a group to explore feminist research and collaboration opportunities around campus. The Feminist Research Collective is open to all faculty members interested in intersectional feminist research, advocacy and pedagogy at UA Little Rock. Read more
  • More than 50 teams made up of over 300 team members from the third grade to the university level competed in UA Little Rock's first VEX Robotics Tournament. The event is an invitational tournament for new robotics teams and coaches that have never competed before. It is part of the university’s effort to get educators and students interested in robotics and STEM education. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Dr. Elise Riker, assistant professor of business administration at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, wanted her marketing research class to tackle projects that give students hands-on, project-based learning experiences. So when the opportunity came about for her class to research and recommend strategies to improve downtown Van Buren, Riker jumped on the opportunity. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Dr. William A. Taylor, an associate professor of security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded three 2018 national research grants, including a Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Grant and a Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grant, to fund research for his third book. Read more

California State University Northridge
Declaring a major in the humanities—whether philosophy, English, a classical language or cultural studies—often elicits a skeptically raised eyebrow from friends and loved ones. Research sponsored by the WhatEvery1Says Project, co-directed by California State University, Northridge English professor Scott Kleinman, may provide you with new data to counter those skeptical looks. The project has recently been awarded $1.1 million by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Read more

Colorado State University-Pueblo
One of eight recipients of a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Colorado State University Todos Santos Center and Autonomous University of Baja California Sur will collaborate to establish an Institute of Ecotourism Studies in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Read more

Midwestern State University (Texas)
Through a nearly $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Midwestern State University’s Kimbell School of Geosciences will begin an outreach program to high school students that will prepare them for studies and careers in geoscience and environmental fields. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support agriculture faculty and students in developing a partnership with middle schools throughout the region to support an awareness and appreciation for food systems. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University has been awarded a five-year, $1.16 million federal grant to continue the current successful Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program that began at Southeast in October 2003. The McNair Scholars Program, one of the seven federal TRiO programs, prepares first generation, limited income and underrepresented students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law has received more than $1 million that will create a more affordable pathway to a law degree for Pulaski County residents and future law students who want to practice law in the county. Read more

University of North Georgia
GreyStone Power Corp., located west of Atlanta, has given $28,000 to endow the GreyStone Power Corporation Corps of Cadets Scholarship at the University of North Georgia. Read more

University of West Florida
A $278,880 National Science Foundation grant awarded to three University of West Florida professors will provide research experiences to help acclimate transfer students and to enhance undergraduate research in the Department of Biology. Read more



Awards and Honors

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg State has been accepted to form a chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, America’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Frostburg’s chapter, coordinated by Dr. Gregory Wood, will initiate its first members in spring of 2018. Several Phi Kappa Phi members can be found among Frostburg’s faculty and administration, including President Ron Nowaczyk. Read more

Georgia College
Emmanuel Little, director of the Call Me Mister program at Georgia College, has been recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The award is given to educators “that are doing exceptional work in the areas of student learning, development and success.” Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The Epsilon Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was awarded the Distinguished Chapter of the Year award from the organization’s national office. This year alone, the students in the organization have completed 12 projects, including speaking with at-risk youth, hosting a financial literacy workshop and hosting a continuing professional education event. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

  • When she first encountered the painting “The Descent from the Cross” by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden in college, Mary Shepard was intrigued. Flash forward: Dr. Mary B. Shepard, having completed her fifth year as the art historian at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has a chance to fly to Spain for research, thanks to the Lucille Speakman Legacy Endowment. Read more
  • Dr. Becky Timmons, director of assessment and accountability at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was recently recognized for her work supporting single parent students. Timmons was awarded December’s Volunteer of the Month for the state of Arkansas by the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, rewarding her three years of volunteer work with the organization spanning a plethora of duties and accomplishments. Read more

University of North Georgia
Dr. Katherine Kipp, professor of psychological science at the University of North Georgia was selected as a 2017 Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the academic year. The Governor's Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 to provide Georgia's higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Read more




Angelo State University (Texas)
Six members of Angelo State University’s Ram Powerlifting Club brought home medals, including two championships, from the U.S.A. Powerlifting 2017 Collegiate Cup contest held Dec. 2 in San Antonio, Texas. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Several days a week, you can find Hannah Jo Selan cruising through Rapid City, driving from one position of advocacy to another. Whether she is editing notes as a medical scribe, studying physiology to better understand the needs of her future patients, or developing programming for students at Black Hills State University (BHSU)-Rapid City, Hannah lends her voice to those who need to be heard. Read more
  • BHSU has announced its record-breaking goal of raising $32 million through a Capital Campaign for student scholarships and campus advancement. The campaign has raised $23.7 million since July 2014 and has already provided for 46 new scholarship endowments. BHSU aims to complete the Capital Campaign by December 2019. Read more

California State University Long Beach
Great whites are showing up in droves along the Southern California coast. Chris Lowe, director of California State University Long Beach’s Shark Lab, noticed the first signs of population growth about 20 years ago. Read more

California State University, Northridge
Before the beginning of every class, California State University, Northridge chemistry professor Kayla Kaiser prepares a new recipe from a list of her students’ favorite foods. So far, Kaiser says, the project has been used to illustrate sustainability—the class reuses plastic utensils and plates, and composts paper and food scraps; math and money—students keep a running total of expenditures; infectious diseases—students guard against food-borne illnesses; and how having a full stomach promotes attention, learning and memory. Read more

Colorado State University-Pueblo
Colorado State University-Pueblo Computer Information Systems major Ryan Garbars, a junior from Golden, scored top in the nation out of 2,423 cyber security competitors from 68 institutions at the Fall 2017 National Cyber League (NCL) nationwide online cyber security competition. The team ranked #6 out of 175 university and college cyber teams and #3 in the Nation out of 65 cyber teams in the NCL Silver Category. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • A documentary directed and produced by Millersville University professor Dr. Changfu Chang will air on BBC throughout the month of December 2017. Twelve years of production in the United States and China involved a BBC team, Chinese crew, and Millersville University colleagues and students. Chang's documentary, "The Return," follows a Chinese couple’s odyssey to reunite with their lost daughter. Read more
  • Members of Millersville University's Student Affairs and Enrollment Management team offered a free Thanksgiving dinner to all Millersville University students on Nov. 16. Staff members purchased, cooked and served a traditional meal to approximately 130 students. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A group of University of Arkansas at Little Rock students has won the Best Paper Award from the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA) for their paper studying blogs’ effect on the information flow of Venezuelan migration. Read more
  • Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock researchers presented their findings on the spread of misinformation campaigns through blogs and social media to the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Nov. 8 in Riga, Latvia. Read more
  • Rosalyn Miller, advisor to Delta Sigma Theta sorority at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will deliver gift bags to the 115 residents of Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Good Shepherd in Little Rock. “Many who are confined to nursing homes may not have family or loved ones to visit them during the holidays," Miller said. "Each year, I look forward to making gift bags and delivering them to residents in a nursing facility in our community, for this is the season of giving.” Read more
  • Kristin Dutcher Mann, professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been fascinated by the role of sound and music in the history of New Spain. Mann presented her research, “Bells as Markers of Time and Space in the Missions of Northern New Spain,” during the Franciscans in Mexico: Five Centuries of Cultural Influence Conference held Oct. 12-15 in Washington, D.C. The conference explored 500 years of Franciscan presence in Mexico. Read more
  • Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Tennessee helped save the life of a baby alpaca named Hercules, thanks to a nanomaterial-based bone regeneration device, the NuCress™ scaffold. Read more
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock students, staff and faculty wrote “Letters of Hope for Syria” on Monday, Nov. 13, as part of International Celebration Week. The letters will be delivered to Syria by the Wisdom House, a Conway-based nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid to the people of Syria and sponsors a school and women’s center. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
The most affordable university in the state just got a little more affordable thanks to an initiative by University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) students. Tatiana Scharr of Fort Smith and Austin Lloyd of Pearland, Texas, led an effort with the help of the UAFS Lions Bookstore to have the Boreham Library at UAFS offer textbooks of general education courses at the university. Students can reserve the book for an hour at a time and are required to read it at the library. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • A new diagnostic test that can detect a Zika viral infection within 30 minutes could be headed to hospitals next year thanks to a partnership between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Orlando startup Nano Discovery Inc. Qun Treen Huo, a faculty member at UCF’s Department of Chemistry and NanoScience Technology Center, and a co-founder of Nano Discovery, developed the customizable immunoassay technology product called D2Dx. Read more
  • A study published recently in Nature provides a new explanation for how clay formed on Mars, which could help scientists and engineers figure out how to unlock the early climate history of the planet. Read more
  • A University of Central Florida biologist whose groundbreaking work tracking the movements of sea turtle yearlings in the North Atlantic Ocean attracted international attention has completed a similar study in the South Atlantic with surprising results. South Atlantic sea turtles do not passively ride prevailing currents as historically assumed, but instead actively swim and orient to keep themselves offshore. Read more