Monthly Update From the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development


Herr Joins U of A as Head of New Office of Scholarly Communications

Melody Herr comes to the U of A from the University of Michigan Press, where she was the acquiring editor.
Melody Herr has joined the U of A as head of the Office of Scholarly Communications. Based in Mullins Library, the office is jointly sponsored by the University Libraries and the Office for Economic Research and Development.

The Office of Scholarly Communications hosts the university's institutional repository ScholarWorks@UARK, now in its first phase. ScholarWorks@UARK is an open access showcase for the research, scholarship, and creative output of U of A’s faculty, staff, and students.

Herr will develop the repository by increasing the size of the collection, its visibility, and use. ScholarWorks@UARK will be a feature collection of the University Libraries, but also a community service for the state of Arkansas. The repository will showcase student theses and dissertations, help satisfy funding mandates, and provide global visibility for U of A's work.

The office will also serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding open access, copyright, and other relevant issues. Herr and her staff will provide workshops for faculty and students on topics like getting published, measuring the impact of publications and outreach, and managing research data.

Research Office Awards Arts and Humanities Seed Funding to Faculty

Kelly Hammond, assistant professor of history, visits the Jama Masjid in Delhi, India. Courtesy Kelly Hammond
The Office of Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development at the University of Arkansas has awarded seven faculty research grants through its Arts and Humanities Seed Funding Program.

The grants, totaling $25,000, are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of the faculty member and the university and result in new opportunities for research or other creative endeavors. The money will be used on items that will further a project such as materials, supplies and travel.

Those selected for the grants are:

  • Todd Cleveland, Department of History
  • Kathy Comfort, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Kelly Hammond, Department of History
  • Lisa Hinrichson, Department of English
  • Jonathan Marion, Department of Anthropology
  • Joshua Byron Smith, Department of English
  • Lia Uribe, Department of Music

U of A-Affiliated Technology Firm to Build UV Imager on a Chip for NASA

Ozark Integrated Circuits developed a silicon carbide wafer containing application circuits on an earlier, National Science Foundation-supported project. Courtesy Ozark IC
NASA has awarded $754,000 to a University of Arkansas-affiliated technology firm to build a silicon-carbide-based ultraviolet imager prototype for planetary exploration and Earth observation from space, among other applications.

Ozark Integrated Circuits Inc., which designs semiconductors at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park, will develop a complex photo-detecting microchip that can operate in temperatures ranging from minus 200 degrees to 500 degrees Celsius (minus 330 degrees to 930 degrees Fahrenheit.)

“The uniqueness of our approach is the extreme responsiveness of our imager’s sensor and our ability to integrate it with the readout electronics to turn the detector readings into images for a computer or spacecraft system,” said Matt Francis, Ozark IC’s president and chief executive officer. “NASA would be able to use the imager to observe areas on Earth from space as well as other objects in space.”

The use of silicon carbide means the imager can operate at low voltage over a very wide temperature range. That makes it well-suited for planetary exploration that requires space-borne instruments capable of measuring light in the ultraviolet spectrum.

Geosciences Researcher Awarded Inaugural Diversity Grant

Celina Suarez is one of seven recipients of an inaugural Deep Carbon Observatory Diversity Grant from the American Geosciences Institute. Photo by University Relations
Celina Suarez, assistant professor of geosciences, joins seven researchers in the nation to form the inaugural class of Deep Carbon Observatory Diversity Grant recipients.

Suarez recently received the award from the American Geosciences Institute, which established these grants to support geoscience researchers with funds for national and international conferences to present Deep Carbon Observatory-affiliated research and attend DCO-related workshops, conferences and events. 

The funds also support lab or fieldwork that advances DCO-aligned research, or instrumentation time at DCO-affiliated facilities.

“Dr. Suarez’s work is on the forefront of ecology and climate research,” said Ralph Davis, professor and chair of the Department of Geosciences, and associate vice provost for research and economic development. “Though she's won many previous awards including an NSF fellowship, this latest accomplishment serves to further validate the importance of her research on a global scale and to support her continued successful track record of discovery.”




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The following is a sampling of the top grants awarded to faculty and staff in May, with the principal investigator, the award amount and the sponsor. An asterisk (*) indicates the continuation of a previous award.

  • Brent Thomas Williams, $3,843,843, U.S. Department of Education
  • Benton M. Brown, $930,921, The Walton Family Foundation
  • Feng Wang, $402,886, National Science Foundation
  • Lynne Harris Hehr, $71,822, Arkansas Department of Higher Education
  • Manuel D. Rossetti, $60,000, Medtronic Inc.