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Author: DeLani Bartlette

Who Was Florence Price?

Answered by Er-Gene Kahng, graduate chair, violin, in the Music Department Florence Beatrice Smith Price (1887–1953) was the first African-American woman to write a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, though much of her orchestral music remains unknown. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Price received early musical training from her mother while being educated in the city’s segregated schools. She graduated first in her high-school class and, to pursue a musical career, enrolled at Boston’s New England Conservatory in 1903. There she studied with the city’s leading musicians, including conservatory director George Whitefield Chadwick, Henry Dunham, J....

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How Much Water Do We Need to Drink Daily?

Answered by Stavros Kavouras, professor and director of the U of A’s Hydration Science Lab and adjunct professor in medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The daily total water intake guidelines for American adults is 3.7 liters for males and 2.7 liters for females. However, this amount includes the water from solid foods (fruits, vegetables, rice, etc.) that accounts for approximately 20 percent of total water intake. Thus, the total daily fluid intake is around 3 liters (96 oz) for males and 2 liters (64 oz) for females. This amount includes water from all beverages. However,...

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U of A Receives $700,000 NSF Grant to Purchase MicroCT Scanner

Above: The investigators of the grant include Claire Terhune, assistant professor of anthropology; George Sabo, director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey; and Wenchao Zhou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Other investigators include Haley O’Brien and Paul Gignac, both assistant professors at Oklahoma State University Center of Health Science’s department of anatomy and cell biology. The U of A has been awarded a nearly $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a high-resolution, X-ray micro-computed tomography (microCT) scanner. The scanner to be purchased, an advanced Nikon imaging system, will allow three-dimensional, non-destructive study of a wide variety of...

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Searching for Metallic Frost on Venus

Planetary Sciences doctoral student Sara Port is using computer modeling at Japan’s Okayama University this summer to further her research into “metallic frost” on Venus. Here is her dispatch from the field: Data collected on Venus from NASA and the USSR orbiters back in the 1970s-1990s detected unusual radar reflecting surfaces on the tops of its mountains. There are several theories on what could cause such a signal, but there is a consensus among the community that it is due to some metallic material, though we have yet to determine the composition. Due to its appearance in high altitude...

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