Arkansas Science

The Martian movie poster.
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This month's Science Cafe looks at the psychology of long-term space travel and isolation through the lens of the popular movie The Martian, based on a 2011 novel.

Host Dorothy Graves sits down to talk space psychology with Jennifer Fayard, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Ouachita Baptist University.

An excerpt from the Guardian sets the scene:

Science Cafe: The Intersection Of Art And Science

Feb 23, 2016

In this month's Science Cafe Little Rock, we explore the connection between art and science by looking at creativity in the business sector. Marla Johnson, CEO and co-founder of Aristotle, discusses the value of creativity in business and how creativity can translate into economic impact.

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Researchers at the University of Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences have received more than $1 million from NASA to study Venus, Mars and one of Saturn's moons.

The three grants focus on the study of surface liquids and volatile compounds on the planets. They include a $434,000 cooperative grant with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study the formation of ice islands on Titan, which is Saturn's largest moon.

An early version of the Atari classic Centipede.
Venture Center

Arkansas is in the midst of push to teach computer coding to students and the Venture Center in Little Rock hosted one pioneer programmer of Atari fame that claims Arkansas as home, Dona Bailey, on Tuesday night.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman sat down with Dona Bailey before her Code IT talk in a conversation covering women in the early days of the industry and the increasingly entrenched place of video games in modern society.

Ten Arkansas univerities are sharing a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support research.

The funding comes under the foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, which sets up partnerships among government, higher education and industry. The grant was made through the science and technology division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The top investigators are Gail McClure of the AEDC and Min Zou of the University of Arkansas.

Biologists at the University of Arkansas are using a federal grant to track the migration of the familiar American woodcock, a bird whose population is slowly declining across eastern North America.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded nearly $50,000 for the project to the U.S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, which is housed in the University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences.

UAPB Receives Grant To Study Foodborne Pathogens

Feb 11, 2015

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $149-thousand to study food safety.  It will allow research on controlling foodborne pathogens in ready-to-eat foods.

It specifically concerns natural microbrials and bacteriophage. Bacteriophage is a virus that doesn’t attack humans or animal cells, but kills bacteria. 

The project will be multi-institutional, with UAPB working with Mississippi State University, Arkansas State University and the USDA. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $14,520 grant to John Brown University for a drinking water disinfection project in Guatemala. Every year, the program helps student teams pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative methods to address environmental challenges.

The project will design a low-cost, low-impact drinking water purification system for a community in Escuintla, Guatemala. Most of the freshwater in that area isn't fit for human consumption due to industrial waste, volcanic chemicals, viruses and bacteria.

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