Arkansas Research Alliance Scholars Jensen, Xiao Join U of A
A scientist who specializes in energy storage and conversion and an
engineer who focuses on experimental cardiovascular surgery are joining
the University of Arkansas faculty as Arkansas Research Alliance
Xiao and Jensen will each receive a $500,000 grant from the research
alliance, paid over three years.
NSF Renews Funding for National Hub of Geospatial Research in
The $277,264 grant allows the program, known as SPARC, to continue to provide funding for data collection in the field and lab analysis, along with research expertise for archaeological research projects that use 3-D measurement, geospatial analysis and remote-sensing technologies.
The SPARC Program helps researchers learn about spatial archaeometry, which measures properties of archaeological materials at all scales, including objects, sites and landscapes. The spatial properties of the measurements are central to their analysis and interpretation.
Since SPARC launched, CAST researchers have collaborated on more than 15 projects, including working with the City of Boston Archaeology Program to scan fingerprints on the unglazed ceramic potsherds found at colonial-era kiln and tavern sites and with the University of California, Berkeley, on magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar surveys to map the ancient Edomite complex in Busayra, Jordan.
Biologist Awarded Grant to Study Amoebae Cell Structures and
Fred Spiegel, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded a $141,335 grant to study cell structures and development for certain species of amoebae that represent the range of their diversity.
The grant came from Mississippi State University as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project.
“Amoebae are often considered no more than flexible blobs of cytoplasm,” Spiegel said. “They are single-celled organisms when they are crawling around and actively feeding. To most people, they look like blobs. But they are subtle and display a wide range of structural diversity once you know what you are looking for.”
The overall project seeks to better understand the biology, taxonomy and evolution of amoeboid, single-celled organisms in the group formally known as Amoebozoa, the major group of protists that are the focus of the study. Matthew Brown, an assistant professor at Mississippi State and one of Spiegel’s former students at the U of A, is the principal investigator on the NSF grant.
RSSP Faculty Training Available for Pivot, RazorGrant, NSF/NIH
of Research and Sponsored Programs is offering several trainings
sessions this fall for faculty who are interested in finding external
funding for their scholarship.