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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

February 7, 2019


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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:



FOR USE Sunday, Feb. 10, and thereafter:


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Three broadly defined avenues of research tied to health, sustainability and data analysis have been announced by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in an effort to forge a standout identity and prioritize collaboration. Described by UA as “signature research areas,” they are: Harnessing the Data Revolution; Enriching Human Health and Community Vibrancy; and Promoting a Resilient and Sustainable Future. Together they will “highlight the role of research and discoveries at the U of A in a way that distinguishes us from other institutions at the national and international level,” Jim Coleman, UA’s provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, announced in late January. By Jaime Adame, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 799 words.


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ Being a community college all comes back to what the students and community need, National Park College President John Hogan said recently. Hogan, speaking to Oaklawn Rotary Club’s regular weekly meeting at The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa, updated Rotarians on Phase One of the college’s master plan, which is well under way. The college has made significant investments in its athletic and academic programs, Hogan said, expanding athletics to include baseball, softball and cross country, as well as investing in more associate degree programs and expanding the nursing program. By Beth Reed, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 869 words.


FOR USE Monday, Feb. 11, and thereafter:


SPRINGDALE, Ark. _ Bentonville is set to be the first Northwest Arkansas city to see new artist studio and living space following a yearlong study by a national nonprofit organization, according to a report recently released. Artspace, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization, used a $400,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to study the need for artist space over the past year. The 210-page report recommends developing affordable places for artists to live and work in the region’s four largest cities, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. By Alex Golden, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 754 words.


JONESBORO, Ark. _ A group of Arkansas State University educators and students are studying effects of heat on rice crops in a three-university project aimed at discovering plants that can withstand global warming. Scientists at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Kansas State University are also looking at creating a heat-resilient variety of wheat. The five-year, $6 million project is funded by the National Science Foundation through its Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program. By Kenneth Heard, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 639 words.

^The AP, Little Rock

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