Arkansas Short Takes

Welcome to the home of Arkansas Short Takes, where you will find a series of short videos featuring stories about outstanding students, faculty and special points of pride at the University of Arkansas.

Determined to Succeed

University of Arkansas student Erick Soto was the recipient of the McDonald’s HACER Scholarship – an achievement that helped jumpstart his journey at the U of A as a first-generation college student. Since then, he’s found a way to help other students as a mentor in the Freshman Commuter Student Success Program, where he enjoys sharing his own experiences and motivating his peers to persevere through life’s challenges. Soto believes, “If you’re determined to succeed, I think you’ll accomplish anything you put yourself to.”

Lights, Camera, Insects!

University of Arkansas researchers are helping protect valuable crops with a prototype of an insect trap that can help farmers monitor and identify potential pests more efficiently. The trap, developed by researchers Ashley Dowling and Khoa Luu, captures footage of insects, uses artificial intelligence to identify them and sends real-time data back to the farmers. It also eliminates the need for manual monitoring, allowing farmers to make decisions on the fly and take the appropriate measures to counteract potential damage.

Full STEAM Ahead

Every summer since 2015, University of Arkansas Assistant Professor Tameka Bailey returns to the Arkansas Delta determined to inspire a new cohort of students to love science and envision the opportunities available in the field. What started as a camp at the Dumas Community Center has evolved into a weeklong immersive experience involving a field trip to Fayetteville, tours of the campus and hands-on lab work. Since its inception, students from her inaugural class have gone on to enroll at the U of A and embrace the life-changing opportunities introduced to them by her outreach.

Recipe for Success

Coleman Warren is dedicated to Arkansas. The Farmington native started his own ice cream business during his sophomore year at the U of A with the goal of fighting hunger. He also excelled in and out of the classroom and led the student body as president of the Associated Student Government. In 2021 and 2022, his stellar achievements were recognized when he was named a Truman Scholar and Rhodes Scholar, respectively – the latter being an opportunity extended to only 32 students in the country.

The Art of Mathematics

The new courtyard Curvahedra at the University of Arkansas is a conversation piece that sits proudly outside Gearhart Hall. Its name comes from the words “polyhedra,” or objects with many flat faces, and “curve,” since the assembled pieces create curved versions of those forms. Essentially, the structure employs two-dimensional shapes to create a three-dimensional sculpture and, in its finished 12-foot diameter form, offers passersby a respite from campus life and the opportunity to contemplate its uniqueness. Thanks to the interdisciplinary work of students and faculty, it also showcases the beauty of mathematics and utilizes a new innovative method of construction.

Talking the Walk

The University of Arkansas is home to more than six miles of sidewalks engraved with the names of 210,000+ graduates, dating back to the first graduating class in 1876. Hear some of their personal recollections about their time at the U of A, many pulled from old yearbooks and film clips, in the documentary film, “If This Walk Could Talk” by Larry Foley, department chair for the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Watch the premiere live on the U of A YouTube channel or attend in person at Faulkner Performing Arts Center on campus. The premiere begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2022. Can’t make it or watch live? After the premiere, the documentary will be available to watch anytime on YouTube.

Arkansas Roots

David and Monica Petter of Stuttgart, 1993 graduates of the U of A, dedicated a portion of their soybean field to honor the U of A’s 150th anniversary by cutting the logo across a 3.5 acre swath of beans. The design gives a nod to the U of A’s agricultural roots and fundamental purpose as a land-grant institution and state flagship university – to serve the state of Arkansas.

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