- Dr. Abdel Bachri, along with a UALR astronomer Dr. Marc Seigar secured funding from NASA for a Collaborative Research Grant. The goal of the proposed research is to use the density profiles of certain galaxies dark matter halos to constrain the nature of the dark matter particles. Dark Matter accounts for about 25% of the energy density of the Universe, and it therefore will have a strong effect on its evolution. The proposed project is aligned with NASA’s strategic goal to “Discover the origin, structure, evolution and destiny of the Universe.”
- Dr. Brittney Schrick’s dissertation work entitled “Never Let Them See You Sweat: Silencing and Striving to Appear Perfect among U.S. College Women” was accepted for publication in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. Dr. Schrick is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her co-authors were Dr. Elizabeth Sharp of Texas Tech University, Dr. Anisa Zvonkovic of Virginia Tech, and Dr. Alan Reifman, also of Texas Tech University.
- On April 21, Deborah Wilson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, successfully defended her dissertation research and her Ph.D with Walden University was conferred. Wilson’s dissertation titled “An Evaluative Case Study of Response to Intervention on the Disproportional Placement of African Americans in Special Education” has been nominated for one of two Walden doctoral study awards. In May, Wilson attended the conference for The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues in Ann Arbor, Mich. where she presented an individual talk on the dissertation findings.
- Dr. Deborah Wilson and Kasi Townes, LMSW presented at the 40th Annual Behavioral Health Institute for the Mental Health Council of Arkansas held in Hot Springs in August. The presentation titled “Relationship Violence: Infancy through Adolescence” focused on increased awareness and understanding of types of violence experienced during the earlier developmental years, recognizing red flags/warning signs of physical and sexual abuse, and ethical responding of mandated reporting. Wilson and Townes also serve as board members of the Women’s Crisis Center of South Arkansas.
- Jeramy Meacham, Lisa Toms, Ken Green, and Vikram Bhadauria from the SAU College of Business recently had their manuscript “Impact of Information Sharing and Green Information Systems” accepted for publication in the Management Research Review journal. The authors surveyed 159 manufacturing managers and found that the ability to share information with suppliers and customers through established enterprise resource planning systems is a necessary precursor to developing green information system capabilities and improving environmental performance.
- Scotland Stout, Associate Professor of Art is taking art to the area Head Start programs to teach young children. As an artist teaching in the Department of Art and Design at SAU, Stout is happy to be of help in the community.
“Part of the excitement for me is seeing the faces of kids light up as they begin to understand what they are doing,” he said.
Working with Gwen Wyrick in McNeil and Linda Jackson at Emerson, among others, Stout said there are plans to work with more programs in the area.
Head Start is a nationwide, federally funded program designed to foster healthy development of young children from low-income families. The Arkansas Head Start Association promotes a comprehensive child development program for economically deprived children up to 5 years of age.
- Dr. James Ulmer, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, will be reading from his recently released collection of ghost stories on Thursday, October 25 from 7-9 p.m. in Wilson 334 on the SAU campus. Stories from the collection, entitled “The Secret Life,” have appeared in The North American Review, New Texas, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, and elsewhere. The book will be available for sale at the reading. It is also available from the publisher Halcyon Press or as an e-book from Kindle Books at Amazon.com. Dr. Ulmer will be happy to sign copies at the reading.
- Dr. C. Shane Warrick received a PhD in Accounting from Jackson State University in May 2012. Dr. Warrick has been at the University since 2002. He teaches Accounting Principles, Managerial Accounting, Fraud Examination, and Accounting Information Systems. Warrick has coordinated several CPE trainings and served as a speaker for the SAU College of Business CPE Days and for the Arkansas Society of CPAs. He has published in the Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics; Journal of Business Administration Online; Review of Business Information Systems; Research in Higher Education Journal; and the College Teaching Methods and Styles Journal.