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Crunching the Climate Change Numbers

Earlier this week, an international team of 42 researchers, including John Tipton, assistant professor of mathematical sciences at the University of Arkansas, published an analysis of changes in vegetation after the last ice age in the journal Science. They found that rising temperatures caused dramatic changes in Earth’s vegetation, which suggests that warming from climate change could have a similar effect in the future. The team, which was led by researchers at the University of Arizona, looked at previously published data from 594 sites, covering every continent except Antarctica. In order to compare the different records, they classified the...

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Fungi and Fire: Studying How Prescribed Burns Affect the Forest

Prescribed burning, also called controlled burning, is a widely used forest management technique in Northwest Arkansas. The fire burns away much of the litter layer (dead leaves and small twigs) on the forest floor. Logs and other pieces of dead wood can be burned to some extent, but the usual effect of the fire is to leave at least the larger pieces charred. The ecological effects of prescribed burning on forests are not completely understood because the appropriate studies have never been carried out. Steven Stephenson, a research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and an expert in the...

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‘An American Consumer in Italy’; Marketing Professor Shares Program Experience

  ‘Marketing in Rome – An American Consumer in Italy’ allows students to earn six hours of marketing credit while studying at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. Two classes in consumer behavior and marketing research were designed to cover the class material with a focus on Italy and Rome in particular. Over a five-week summer session, students explored Rome and several parts of Italy and worked with Roman businesses on a marketing research project. Students became Roman consumers by living in an apartment and shopping and exploring Rome via public transit. The following is account of this experience written by Molly...

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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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