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Project to Help Farmers Recycle Water, Recover Nutrients for Fertilizer

University of Arkansas chemical engineering faculty are leading efforts to develop systems to help farmers recycle water and recover nutrients that can be used as fertilizer. The research is being funded with a new $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Agriculture accounts for more than three-fourths of all water consumption in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In order to help farmers save water, Lauren Greenlee, assistant professor of chemical engineering, will work with other researchers and local farmers to design water recycling technology, as well...

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Email Distracts Some Leaders From Long-Term Goals

A new study by management researchers at the University of Arkansas shows that organizational leaders with high email demands might be sacrificing long-term goals to manage their email accounts. Chris Rosen and Lauren Simon, professors of management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, found that managers, when confronted with high email demands, exhibited fewer “transformational” and “change-oriented” behaviors – types of behavior necessary for workplace leaders – and instead devoted time and energy to more immediate tasks that strayed from the organization’s long-term goals – specifically, responding to emails. “Daily email demands have a negative impact on...

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Well-Connected CFOs Obtain More Favorable Terms on Corporate Loans

Well-connected chief financial officers obtain loans for their companies with more favorable terms and conditions as compared to those who have less “social capital,” according to a new study by a University of Arkansas researcher and colleagues. “CFOs are the most important decision-makers on the borrower side,” said Tomas Jandik, finance professor in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. “These folks are responsible for negotiating loans on behalf of their employer. We found that those CFOs who have higher social capital – as assessed by their connectedness among all business professionals – are deemed more trustworthy, influential and...

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