Arkansas Catalyst

Greetings from the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development!

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I hope that you enjoy The Arkansas Catalyst, the monthly newsletter from the office of research and economic development. The newsletter highlights exciting research and economic development activities on the University of Arkansas campus.

You can view the February issue of The Arkansas Catalyst newsletter online.

This issue kicks off our redesign, which makes Catalyst more focused on news, events and information useful to those interested in research at the University of Arkansas. We’ve highlighted two new initiatives in the VPRED’s office — the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Industry Engagement — listed upcoming research-focused events, noted a few of our larger grant awards and reported on the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, or MarTREC, a Tier 1 University Transportation Center that recently received a $1.4 million grant.

Each month will feature university researchers and new research funding. The newsletter will introduce you to staff in different office departments, including Technology Ventures, Research and Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance and the Arkansas Research and Technology Park. We will also use the newsletter to announce new researcher tools.

The office of research and economic development is working to enhance the university research enterprise, including multi-disciplinary research. Future newsletters will also focus on the six interdisciplinary research strengths at the U of A: health, energy and environment, nanoscience and engineering, supply chain logistics and transportation, food safety, and American art, architecture and the humanities.

We hope that this newsletter will be useful to the research community. If you have suggestions on topics that should be included, please let us know.

Jim Rankin
Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development
205 Administration Building
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701


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