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Crowdfunding Pitches as Genre Writing

One U of A researcher is studying a new – and unique – genre of writing: successful crowdfunding pitches. Adam Pope, visiting assistant professor of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, has developed a technique for analyzing successful crowdfunding pitches using the same methods used with other professional writing genres. He explains his technique and methods of teaching it to writing students in his article, “Understanding the Writing Demands of Crowdfunding Campaigns with the Genre-Mapping Report,” published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. For his research, Pope focused specifically on pitches for funding independent...

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New NEH Institute Helps Teachers Re-imagine “Monsters and Heroines”

This summer, thanks to a $173,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, two U of A faculty hosted a two-week institute focused on helping K-12 teachers teach their students about how literature is adapted over time. The institute, titled “Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences,” was developed and directed by Sean Connors, associate professor of English Education in the College of Education and Health Professions, and Lissette Szwydky-Davis, assistant professor of English in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Erin Daugherty, a doctoral student in the English department, served as the Program...

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Thirst Might Not Be the Best Indicator of Whether You’re Hydrated

When it comes to staying hydrated, “just drink when you’re thirsty” has been a rule of thumb for years. Yet a recent study by University of Arkansas researchers may prove that thirst alone is not a reliable indicator of proper hydration levels. In the study, “Dehydration Impairs Performance, Regardless of Thirst,” published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Stavros Kavouras, director of the Hydration Science Lab at the U of A, and his team studied seven cyclists exercising in hot, dry conditions. The cyclists were “blinded” to their hydration status by the use of a...

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Research Suggests Creative People Do Not Excel in Cognitive Control

A recent study by a University of Arkansas researcher, Darya Zabelina, assistant professor of psychology, takes a new approach to measuring the association between creativity and cognitive control, that is, the mind’s ability to override impulses and make decisions based on goals, rather than habits or reactions. Her research shows that people who have creative achievements do not engage in any more or less cognitive control than less creative people. This contradicts previous research, which relied on laboratory tests, rather than real-life achievements, to measure creativity. Zabelina and co-author Giorgio Ganis of Plymouth University set out to compare the cognitive...

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