University Showcases Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Research
Doctoral student Nasya Sturdivant explains her research to Chancellor Joe Steinmetz at the neuroscience showcase. Photo by Matt Reynolds, University of Arkansas
Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, speaking at a recent showcase of the University of Arkansas’ brain and neuroscience research, said that future advancements in finding out how the brain works will rely on interdisciplinary collaboration.
“When I started as a faculty member at Indiana University in the 1980s I basically worked alone,” Steinmetz said. “The brain is even more complicated than we imagined it would be 30 years ago. There are so many levels of neuroscience analysis that requires people to collaborate on all levels. I’m excited that the University of Arkansas is positioned well for neuroscience collaboration.”
Steinmetz, an accomplished neuroscientist, spoke to an estimated crowd of 75 faculty, students and staff who attended the showcase at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House.
“This showcase is near and dear to my heart and it’s nice to see so many people here,” Steinmetz said. “It shows there is truly a real interest in neuroscience research on this campus. It’s a thrill to see this kind of work.”
Ashlea Bennett Milburn's research will help emergency medical responders use the power of social media to respond to natural disasters, such as the 2011 Joplin tornado.
Milburn the grant through the Faculty Early Career Development Program to develop decision-support models that identify scenarios in which the integration of information posted to social-media could improve emergency response.
Covers of various publications from the James D. Bales personal library, published between 1938-1965. The publications will be processed and cataloged along with his papers.
A specialized truck is used to vibrate the ground and create sheer waves that are measured to characterize soil composition and layering. Photo courtesy Clint Wood
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department awarded Clint Wood, assistant professor of civil engineering and a geotechnical earthquake engineer, a $211,650 grant to study the unique soil composition and layering in Arkansas’ upper delta region.
Various soil types react differently in earthquakes, and Arkansas’ upper delta, which is near the epicenter of the New Madrid fault, has unique traits that can affect infrastructure in the event of an earthquake.
The research by Wood and his team will help improve bridge design and construction in the earthquake zone.
Details of their work can be found in this video on Research Frontiers.
Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development
The Office of Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development has added several electronic distribution lists relating to subjects of interest to the University of Arkansas research community. More information about the types of lists and registering for them can be found here.
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The following is a sampling of the top grants awarded to faculty and staff in February, with the principal investigator, the award amount and the sponsor. An asterisk (*) indicates the continuation of a previous award.