July 2014

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies Featured in PBS series

CAST researchers on location in Petra, Jordan: Malcolm Williamson (from left), Eileen Ernenwein, Caitlin Stevens, Katie Simon and Adam Barnes.

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, one of the world’s preeminent research centers in the field of geospatial analysis, is featured in a three-part television series that aired nationally in July on PBS.

Time Scanners took the CAST researchers to historic locations around the world, including the pyramids in Egypt, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the ancient desert city of Petra.

CAST researchers used their advanced remote sensing technology to collect and analyze billions of measurements to form what is known as a point cloud, which not only provided a 3-D perspective of these structures but also solved some of the enduring engineering mysteries surrounding them.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our researchers to create point clouds for some of the world’s most famous feats of architecture and engineering,” said Jackson Cothren, director of CAST. “We were recognized as one of the preeminent organizations that could do this. Being part of this series capped a decade-long growth period for CAST.”

Steve Burrows, executive vice president of WSP, a global engineering and design consulting firm, is the featured expert in Time Scanners. He said, “The laser scanning technology meant that we could analyze the ancient structures in a way that no one ever has before, and some of the things we found were incredible.”

CAST, established in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in 1991, is dedicated to research and applications in geospatial analysis and modeling, remote sensing and digital photogrammetry. Remote sensing is the measurement or acquisition of information about an object without direct contact, such as by satellite imaging, radar or aerial photography. Photogrammetry is the science of recording, measuring and interpreting photographic images or other two-dimensional, remotely sensed data.


$1.3 Million Grant Awarded to Research Team


Tim Cavell

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has awarded a four-year grant of $1.3 million to a research team led by psychology professor Tim Cavell. 

The researchers will develop and test a system that school districts can use to offer mentoring to students from military families.

Cavell’s team will research strategies for schools and school districts to identify and support students from military families experiencing deployment-related stress. This form of stress puts military-connected students at risk for disruptions in learning, academic performance and social behavior.

The delivery model that is developed may enhance how school districts support students affected by deployment-related stress or by military parents struggling to reintegrate into civilian life. “Military service members and families are known for being highly resilient, but the wear and tear of combat deployment can exceed a family’s capacity to cope,” Cavell wrote in his grant proposal.

Cavell is a professor of psychology in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Center for Research on Aggression and Victimization. He studies effective interventions for school-age children who are overly aggressive or chronically bullied and at risk for later delinquency or substance abuse.

He has extensive experience in designing and evaluating mentoring projects over the past two decades and publishes frequently in academic journals and books.

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Registration Begins for 2014 SEC Symposium

Registration has begun for the 2014 SEC Symposium, the Southeastern Conference’s annual showcase of academic excellence of its member institutions. The second-annual symposium is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 in Atlanta.

Titled, “Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming a 21st Century Public Health Challenge,” the symposium will feature presentations from faculty and administrators from each of the 14 SEC institutions.

To register for the symposium, go to www.SECSymposium.com, which features a gold “Register” button on the home page and a draft program schedule. Only registered SEC Symposium attendees are permitted to submit an abstract, and prior to submitting the abstract registered attendees must enter their username and password. To upload an abstract, click the gold “Submit an Abstract” button on the home page of the website. Two health experts at the University of Arkansas — Rodolfo Nayga, a professor of agricultural economics and Matthew Ganio, an assistant professor of exercise science — will be among the scheduled presenters for the symposium.

In addition to Nayga and Ganio, the university will be represented by student ambassador Grace Heymsfield, an Honors College Fellow majoring in food, human nutrition and hospitality in the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences.

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Offices to Sponsor Research Camp for Faculty in Fall


The offices of the vice provost for research and economic development and vice provost for faculty development and enhancement are sponsoring a two-day research camp to introduce faculty members who are starting their research programs to strategies and techniques that will make these programs successful.

In addition, participants will be introduced to the University of Arkansas research development and research compliance policies, procedures and resources. All tenure-track faculty in their first, second or third year are eligible to apply. The camp will be held off-campus on Oct. 21-22. Transportation, housing and meals will be provided.

Approximately 30 faculty members will be selected based on the strength of their applications, their commitment to pursuing funding (by agreeing to submit a future proposal for external funding) and department chair/head recommendations.

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Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies Featured in PBS series

$1.3 Million Grant Awarded to Research Team

Registration Begins for 2014 SEC Symposium

Offices to Sponsor Research Camp for Faculty in Fall


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Grant Award Winners

The following is a sampling of grants awarded to faculty in June, with the principal investigator, the award amount and the sponsor.
� Frank Millett, $1,080,700, National Institutes of Health*
� Denise Airola, $510,000, Arkansas Department of Education
� David Zaharoff, $301,389, National Institutes of Health
� Ajay Malshe, $220,223, U.S. Air Force
� Greg Salamo, $109,911, National Science Foundation


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