Anthropologist Part of International Team That Identified New Human
Biological anthropologist Lucas
Delezene is part of the international team of scientists who verified
that fossils found in a South African cave belong to a new species of
“We were all in agreement that the fossils are different than anything found previously,” he said.
Researchers to Lead Interdisciplinary Effort to Train Teachers in
Over the next three years, Training Arkansas Computing Teachers, or TACT, will prepare 50 Arkansas teachers for licensure to teach the new advanced placement computer science principles course, introducing high school students to basic computer programming and applications.
The program’s goal is to increase student awareness and interest in computer-related professions.
“Until June of this year, fewer than one out of every 10 Arkansas public schools offered computer sciences courses, and the state had no process in place to certify teachers in this area,” said Dale R. Thompson, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering. “This grant and program will make that happen and ensures that these courses will be taught in every Arkansas public high school and charter school.”
Astrophysicists Receive NASA Grants for Venus, Mars, Titan Research
The grants focus on the study of surface liquids and volatile compounds on the unique planetary environments.
The Mars study has implications for the availability of water, and ultimately habitability, on the planet.
The Titan study could help scientists better understand the hydrological processes, and ultimately habitability, of a place without water.
Though the Venus study has few astrobiological implications, it will add to the small number of research projects that have been done on a planet of approximately the same size and as Earth.
Vincent Chevrier, an assistant research professor in the Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, also recently received a $465,000 NASA grant for a four-year project to study whether microbes from Earth can survive in Martian conditions.
Geoscientist Receives NSF Grant to Track Climate Change Through Tree
Geosciences researchers have received a grant to develop the first
multicentury tree-ring chronologies in the Amazon River basin to help
build a historical record of climate change in one of the most
ecologically diverse areas on Earth.
By studying tropical species of trees, Stahle hopes to lengthen the
Amazon’s climate record by up to three centuries, enough to determine
whether extreme variability is unusual, or a recurring pattern.