In Right to Dream: Immigration Reform and America's Future, sociologist William A. Schwab explores the key issues surrounding the DREAM Act and immigration reform. Throughout, he weaves in the personal stories of undocumented youth, and he advocates for the economic, political and social benefits of the DREAM Act.
The drum line of the Razorback Marching Band shows off their shiny new Yamaha drums and explains what a big difference a good drum makes.
"Ask Dr. Parry" is a useful video series aimed at helping us all better understand the poll results we see in the news. In the first episode, Janine Parry, director of the annual Arkansas Poll, explains margin of error, how it works and why it is so important.
Yes, warm-mix asphalt is sustainable, more energy-efficient and less costly than traditional hot-mix asphalt, but will it stand up to freezing, thawing and pounding traffic? In Stacy Williams' lab, researchers are learning what it takes to produce a warm mix that performs under stress.
Historian Elliott West examines the myth and reality of the West as portrayed in movies, using examples of accuracy and silliness from “Dances With Wolves.” West also reads from his book of essays, The Essential West, using excerpts from women’s letters to give voice to those usually unheard in popular culture. West is a Distinguished Professor of history at the University of Arkansas.
What happens when a physics grad student spends many, many hours gazing at galaxies? If the student is Doug Shields, he turns to poetry.
Luke Knox explores animal mythology and metaphors in his art, making unexpected connections that say stop a moment and contemplate.
Watch dendrochronologists pull samples of history from the core of a tree.
The University of Arkansas' College of Engineering and the Fay Jones School of Architecture, take a look at the possibles of light rail in Northwest Arkansas.
Poet Michael Heffernan reads "The Art of Self Defense," a poem that "is not simply about things as they are."
See scientists suffer in the sun to expose a 115-million-year-old world where dinosaurs strode the Arkansas coast. Learn why footprints tell us more than bones can.
Students at the University of Arkansas learn how to choreograph their own sword fighting scenes.
Rafael Jimeno, assistant professor of political science and the Diane D. Blair Professor of Latino Studies
Jimeno’s research and teaching interests include political behavior, party identification and ideology, racial and ethnic politics, and Latino and immigration politics. In his most recent work, he has studied the dynamics of Latino “linked fate” and the pre-immigration preferences of Latino immigrants and how those impact their preferences in the United States.
“Nowhere like in the South can the dynamic nature of the Latino community be observed. Because the South is a relatively new receiving area for Latino immigrants, the growing influence this community may come to exert is a promising area of inquiry.”
Angie Maxwell, assistant professor of political science and the Diane D. Blair Professor of Southern Studies
An American Studies scholar, Maxwell’s research interests include the modern South, the social construction of race and identity, and white political behavior. She and Todd Shields co-edited Unlocking V.O. Key Jr.: “Southern Politics” for the Twenty-first Century, released by the University of Arkansas Press in spring 2011. Her future publications include an edited volume of the notebooks of journalist James Agee and a book titled Why Do They Live There?: How the White Southern Inferiority Complex Shaped Modern America.
“Demographically, religion and, specifically, one’s view of the Bible remain the key distinguishing factors between the South and the non-South.”
Pearl K. Ford Dowe, assistant professor of political science
Dowe’s research interests include African-American political behavior, the intersection of race and class, and electoral behavior. She is editor of a book published by Mercer University Press, African Americans in Georgia: A Reflection of Politics and Policy in the New South, in which she provides a comprehensive study of the impact of structural and historic racism on the implementation of public policy and on political climate in Georgia.
“The data confirms that African-Americans are politically and socially conscious regardless of which region they reside in.”
Todd Shields, professor of political science, director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, and dean of the Graduate School and International Education
Shields’ research interests lie broadly in applied statistics and American elections. He and Angie Maxwell co-edited Unlocking V.O. Key Jr.: “Southern Politics” for the Twenty-first Century, which was released by the University of Arkansas Press in spring 2011. He wrote The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns with Sunshine Hillygus. The book won the Robert E. Lane award for the best book in Political Psychology, awarded by the American Political Science Association in 2009.
“The significance of this survey is difficult to overstate. Given the general absence of accurate data on Southern politics and the attitudes and trends among minority groups, the Blair-Rockefeller Poll is a source of accurate information about Southern politics and policy, as well as the political and social attitudes of African Americans and Latinos.”
When it comes to dead plants, look no further than the Division of Agriculture’s own plant detective to find out the culprit. If you have pustules on your poppies or warts on your wisteria, you can send your specimens to the Plant Health Clinic. To find out how to submit a plant, please visit http://bumperscollege.uark.edu/health_clinic/.
Join Research Frontiers editor Melissa Lutz Blouin as she learns more about superconductivity and its importance in a live demonstration with physicist Jak Chakhalian.
Food waste builds up on campus to about 200,000 pounds a year! Honors College student Zoe Teague decided to research what could be done about getting the food out of the garbage cans and putting it to work.
Two students in biological sciences study the ebb and flow of watersheds in the region. They also look closely at the spineless creatures that live within their depths.
A local company uses nanotechnology developed at the university to provide solutions to societal problem.
The University of Arkansas celebrates 10 years of interdisciplinary space and planetary sciences research through the Arkansas Center for Planetary Sciences.
“Painting the Past Alive,” an Arkansas 180 video, follows art professor John Newman as he paints a mural depicting the African Americans who crossed the Missouri River to freedom in Quindaro, Kan. Quindaro, a port community founded by Wyandotte Indians during the Civil War, was the only stop on the Underground Railroad between Missouri and Kansas.
Professors of kinesiology explain some of the moves that can help people stay mobile as they age, and a group of enthusiastic people demonstrates the moves.
A plant pathology student studies the mysterious deaths of roses that have plagued growers for 70 years. His research uncovers the culprit and points the way to deterring its spread.
So I’m going to try to explain a little about how tubas work, but before I do that I want to do two other things. I want to describe how sound works, and then I want to describe a little bit about how instruments work in general.
Experience the tuba in concert and hear Ben Pierce, professor of music talk about the instrument and the many pleasures of performing with this brassy behemoth.
In 2005, two years after the most catastrophic power failure in U.S. history, an elite group of electrical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas, led by Dr. Alan Mantooth, received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate and develop purely electronic systems to help modernize the nation’s outdated power grid.
Mathematics, physics, biology, anthropology, Spanish ... these are all common majors for college students. But one University of Arkansas couple combines all of these majors. Titus and Shaina met while members of Razorbacks for Christ during Shaina’s freshman year. They married three years later, giving interdisciplinary studies a whole new meaning.
Professor Mohja Kahf performs her poem "Fayetteville as in Fate".
David Fredrick, the researcher behind Digital Pompeii, was probably the only classics scholar at the game development conference in March 2009. Why would someone who studies Roman wall art and social history take up game development? Because 3-D gaming technology is especially suited to revealing the experience of daily life in ancient Roman cities.
University of Arkansas researcher Curt Rom and his colleagues have two jobs. As professors, they stay busy teaching and advising students and providing service to the university. But as horticulture researchers, they dedicate their time to the farm.
John Clark heads the largest blackberry-breeding program in the world, and a Research Frontiers video shows how varieties originally developed to withstand the Arkansas heat are making it possible for farmers worldwide to produce those nutritious berries closer to local markets.
There is no mistaking that sound. Most of us hear, “Danger!” “Stay back!” “Go away!” But University of Arkansas researcher Steve Beaupre hears something else: He hears the health of an ecosystem.
Listen to one student discuss her experience working for the Belize Community Development Program, a large-scale service-learning and community-development project focused on Dangriga and the surrounding Stann Creek District. Dozens of students and faculty members in disciplines as diverse as economics, biology, English, social work, engineering and agriculture have traveled to the small country to enhance the educational experience and to help improve the community. The experience has changed students’ lives in profound and lasting ways.
Laura Terry lives and paints on a wooded hillside in the Ozarks. Just half an hour away at the University of Arkansas – and sometimes half a world away in Rome – she introduces architecture students to the art of developing and conveying their design ideas through hand rendering.
“When on board H.M.S. Beagle, as naturalist, I was struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America….” Thus begins Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, a book that has changed the way humans understand the world and our place in it.
Jessica Minard, the first University of Arkansas student to participate in the Organization for Tropical Studies in South Africa, was taught a different field of science every week. The students studied in the South African National Parks, spending most of their time in the Kruger and Mapungubwe Parks.
“Hi. Last September my office released a short video about the importance of putting students first. In this installment of Arkansas 180, I would like to talk about how teaching and research fit into the equation.
Technology brings unseen artifacts to public eye.
Humans have used symmetrical patterns for thousands of years in both functional and decorative ways. Now, a new book by three mathematicians offers both math experts and enthusiasts a new way to understand symmetry and a fresh way to see the world.
Multiple sclerosis is a frightening disease, in part because it's unpredictable. It attacks the central nervous system, usually striking young to middle age adults, many of whom were otherwise healthy.
Teaching students how to SEE requires the experience of having SEEN clearly and vigilantly. And that experience has helped me be a better writer. In every class session I have learned something new from the students about the ways of looking at art and at the world.
Watch translation professor John DuVal as he explains the difference between Italian and Romanesco and reads from examples of both.
A group of ceramic artists from all over the country gathered on campus to discuss the culture of ceramics. Art professor Jeannie Hulen discusses the work of ceramicists and gives and overview of the exhibit that came to town during “Crafting Content: Ceramic Symposium 2008.
Geosciences professor Sonja Hausmann and an international team of researchers took ski-doos and sleds to Lake Pingualuit in northern Quebec to study core samples from its waters. The lake, formed 1.4 million years ago by a meteor crater, contains some of the most pristine water on earth – the water turns over about once every 300 years. Visit our Web site to find out how the researchers worked to be sure not to introduce pollution into the lake.
As tourists visit this World Heritage Site, recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, they literally wear the sandstone away beneath their feet.
During Solar Splash 2007, students worked with professors to research, design and develop solar-powered boats and competed against colleges from all over the world for the world championship.
A depiction of the atmosphere in Little Rock at the time of the integration of Little Rock Central High School, complete with television footage from 1957.
Distinguished Professor Ron Rardin, holder of the John and Mary Lib White Systems Integration Chair in Industrial Engineering, explains some of the logistical issues facing health care professionals today.
Elementary and middle school students participate in hands-on science learning projects. Teachers talk about what their students have learned from their involvement with this university-based program.
Derek Sears provides an update on research into water on Mars at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences.