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Jim Rankin Named President of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Rankin will return to his alma mater as the 19th president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on Jan. 8, 2018. 

“I am pleased and honored to be selected for this position, but I will miss the U of A and all the amazing people I’ve had the privilege to work with," said Rankin. "I wouldn’t be where I am today without my experience here, and I will always treasure my memories of Fayetteville.”

Grant Opportunities in Nutrition, Obesity and Health

The purpose of this RFP is to provide the demonstrated cross-institutional, multi-disciplinary teamwork, experience, and preliminary data needed to be competitive for large, extramural grant funding opportunities. One or more of the following general research themes should serve as a guide in terms of the aims and relevance of your submitted proposal:

  • Cardiometabolic health
  • Metabolism  and energetics
  • Food insecurity
  • Microbiome-host interactions
  • Environmental, cultural and social aspects of health
  • Physical activity and muscle function
  • Dietary behavior

RazorGrant: IRB Submission Training

RazorGrant electronic research administration system has a new, online Institutional Review Board submission process. Transition to the automated process became mandatory Oct. 1, ending the use of hard copy forms in the submission process. Learn more about the new IRB submission process

RazorGrant: Proposal Training

Learn how to create a proposal development in RazorGrant, completing PI and Co-PI certifications, working with your grant specialist, and routing and approval completion.

New Board Members at the University of Arkansas Press

The University of Arkansas Press Editorial Advisory Committee is pleased to welcome four new members who will serve three-year terms. In addition to its advisory role, the committee serves to verify the peer review undertaken by the press as it fulfills its mission to disseminate academic knowledge and creative work that advances the goals of the university.

  • Brooks Blevins is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University. He is the author of five books including Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image (University of North Carolina Press); Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South (University of Illinois Press); and Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State (University of Arkansas Press).
  • Cherisse Jones-Branch is associate professor of history at Arkansas State University. She is the author of Crossing the Line: Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II (University Press of Florida) and is coeditor of Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming 2018). Her current research project is "Better Living by Their Own Bootstraps: Rural Black Women's Activism in Arkansas, 1913-1965."
  • Davis McCombs is associate professor of English and director of the Program in Creative Writing and Translation in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. McCombs is the author of three collections of poetry. His most recent volume, lore, won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Utah Press last year. His first book, Ultima Thule, was chosen by W. S. Merwin as the winner of the 1999 Yale Series of Younger Poets. Dismal Rock, his second, won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and was later awarded the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award and the Kentucky Literary Award.
  • Joshua Youungblood is research and outreach services librarian at the University of Arkansas Libraries, Special Collections.

UA Press Awards

Research Data Management Primer

Do your research assistants know the basics of data management? This new online guide, produced by the University Libraries, introduces best practices for documenting data collection, organizing data files, handling sensitive data, and storing data securely. Throughout, this guide points to services and information resources available at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Last Month's Top Research Awards

$800,000 from the NoVo Foundation to Janie Simms Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative in the School of Law, for widening the food circle of collaboration and self-governance for tribes and their communities.

$449,895 from Siemens Corporation to Alan Mantooth, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, for a study of novel temperature sensors and wireless technology to monitor active gas turbines.

$415,415 from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to Brian Haggard, director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center, for water quality monitoring in the upper Poteau River watershed.

$331,415 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Benjamin R. Runkle, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Engineering, for a study comparing three water-saving irrigation strategies in production-scale rice fields.

$173,087 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Lissette Lopez Szwydky-Davis, an assistant professor in the English department, for a summer institute for school teachers on adapting classic literature to contemporary audiences.

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