The ARA Blog

AR-BIC 2019: It’s a whole new consortium

January 14th, 2019 by

The Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium (AR-BIC), held this year on February 25 – February 26, 2019, is an Arkansas-centric bioinformatics community aimed at developing, leveraging, and enhancing state-wide scientific collaboration, thus forming a stable environment available to support the Arkansas-wide research, education, training, and entrepreneurial/industrial activities in life sciences-related computing.   This year, we’ve instituted a number […] Click to read more →

Collaborations and Revelations from the Third Gathering of the ARA Academy

October 25th, 2018 by

Set at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop beautiful Petit Jean Mountain, members and guests of the ARA Academy of Scholars and Fellows convened (Oct. 21-22) to elevate the role of research in Arkansas. Each of the state’s five research universities were represented, plus the U.S. FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research. “The theme of these year’s gathering was Impact,” said Bryan Barnhouse, […] Click to read more →

New Reality: Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

October 10th, 2018 by

The National Academy of Engineering has inducted  2,293 members in its 54-year history. But only one for “contributions to immersive visualization” – Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, ARA Scholar and professor at UA Little Rock, who was formerly inducted on September 30 during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. “I hope it opens the […] Click to read more →

Platinum Planet: How Dr. Tansel Karabacak is using a precious metal to save the world

October 10th, 2018 by

Dr. Tansel Karbacak’s laboratory is not the colorful menagerie of test tubes and Bunsen burners one might imagine. Instead, his lab feels more like an auto garage, with a rack of precision (and not-so-precision) hand tools hung on the wall, and a noisy piece of machinery humming in the center of the scuffed linoleum floor. […] Click to read more →

ARA welcomes new faces at August BoT meeting

August 5th, 2018 by

The Arkansas Research Alliance board of trustees met on August 2 at the Little Rock Club for its mid-year session. Among the items on the agenda, greeting new members of the board. Present at the meeting were the board’s new additions, Ronnie Dedman, President of AT&T Arkansas and Kent Fonvielle, Executive Director for MISO. This […] Click to read more →

ARA Academy of Fellows and Scholars changes venue (and expands view)

July 27th, 2018 by

The ARA Academy of Scholars and Fellows is a unique assembly of the state’s brightest researchers, comprised of more than 20 scientists from Arkansas’ six research campuses. Meeting one time a year, The Academy is a special opportunity for these talented people to collaborate on projects, share ideas, and gain new perspective. “The Academy is […] Click to read more →

AR-BIC 2018 Recap

June 6th, 2018 by

The 4th annual meeting of the Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium (AR-BIC) was successfully held March 23-24 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Attended by over 200 participants, AR-BIC 2018 was made possible through the generous support from a conference grant awarded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), sponsorships by the […] Click to read more →

Dr. Alex Biris’ research inspires (and confounds) Arkansas columnist

April 18th, 2018 by

And it’s happening right here in Little Rock. Research is a catalyst for economic growth in Arkansas, one that Mr. Nelson understands is undervalued in the Natural State. Click to read more →

RELEASED: The Official 2018 AR-BIC Schedule

March 22nd, 2018 by

On April 23-24, the 4th Annual Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium convenes at Embassy Suites in Little Rock, bringing together the state’s bioinformatics community for a unique opportunity to network and exchange ideas. This year’s agenda is packed, featuring speakers and presenters deeply connected to the present and future of bioinformatics. Download by clicking the link below. […] Click to read more →

ARA Profile: Rebecca Lochmann Takes on the World

March 19th, 2018 by

In the late 1990s, catfish farming was a $50M+ industry in Arkansas, with nearly 160 farms providing a good living to many hardworking people in the Mississippi Delta. But sudden competition from Vietnam and other Asian countries has cut Arkansas catfish sales half. Today, according to Catfish Farmers of America, two-thirds of the catfish sold […] Click to read more →

ARA president Jerry Adams sits down with Roby Brock and Talk Business

March 14th, 2018 by

Arkansas Research Alliance was founded in 2008, and according to president Jerry Adams, the mandate for the hardworking agency has evolved over the decade.  “Originally I thought I’d be sitting in the tech licensing office for our five research universities, watching intellectual property go across,” mused Jerry Adams, speaking with Roby Brock and Talk Business, […] Click to read more →

$1 Million to Energize One Billion: 7 Questions for Dr. Alan Mantooth

February 14th, 2018 by

Dr. Alan Mantooth, ARA Fellow and professor of electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas, is a man of many talents – and endeavors. As head of an award-winning, electronic research program at UA, Dr. Mantooth has founded three startup companies in Arkansas, contributing an estimated $4 billion to the state’s economy. As president of […] Click to read more →

Breakthrough: 3 Ways Liquid Biopsy Can Revolutionize Treatment for Lung Cancer

February 8th, 2018 by

Each year, 215,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer. The epidemic is especially burdensome to Arkansas with death rates far higher than the national average. A lung biopsy – an invasive procedure needed to diagnose lung cancer – is both uncomfortable, risky for the patient, and expensive. But promising research conducted by in-state institutions is […] Click to read more →

Arkansas State University pays a visit to NCTR

February 5th, 2018 by

On February 5, a research contingent from Arkansas State University dropped in for an official visit to the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). Located in Jefferson County, AR, NCTR is the only FDA center located outside of Washington D.C, playing a critical role in the missions of FDA and the Department of Health and Human […] Click to read more →

ARA Scholar Carolina Cruz-Neira wows at CES 2018

January 27th, 2018 by

Each January, tech companies from around the world gather in Las Vegas to show off their latest efforts at CES, the biggest gadget show of the year. This year, UA Little Rock professor and ARA Scholar Carolina Cruz-Neira and other industry leaders were invited to speak about virtual reality. “I talked about the fact that […] Click to read more →