Welcome to the July 2020 Round Up of the Fulbright REVIEW Blog

by | Jul 20, 2020 | Announcements, Dean's Corner, Uncategorized

Summer is in full swing here at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and we are so excited to share some of the incredible things that our students, alumni, faculty and staff have been up to!

First of all, please check out this recap of our recent meetings to discuss former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and his controversial and complex historical and political legacy.

At Chancellor Steinmetz’s request, we’re forming a committee to evaluate Fulbright’s presence on campus and to reexamine how the university recognizes and honors him. We’ll be sure to keep you posted and let you know how you can give your feedback on this important topic, too!

In other big news, a $194.7 million grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation is establishing the U of A’s new Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I3R), which will transform our research, innovation and economic development culture!

Additionally, one of our researchers is co-leading a $20 million grant to build an Arkansas-wide high-performance computing network for data analytics, and a new $2.74 million grant will help diversify the social work workforce in the state and beyond through scholarships to underserved students.

One of our awesome researchers also took a look at the ways college students with special needs can continue to forge ahead during the pandemic, three faculty members are working on a powerful new project to address troubling local racial history, and the new online exhibit, Womanhood Project, is now live!

A big congratulations also goes out to three of our honors students who were selected for the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. Summer Internship Program, to the amazing faculty member who won this year’s Imhoff Award and those inducted as University of Arkansas Teaching Academy Fellows, and to this anthropology doctoral student who received a $29,800 NSF grant!

On a bittersweet note, we also have a wonderful story commemorating a beloved faculty member that we lost too soon this spring, and the memorial fellowship being created in his name to help the students he devoted his life to serving.

Our college’s student success team also has a request for you – they are seeking video submissions for an online open house project. Get the details and send yours in!

If you’d like to learn more about the people, initiatives, projects and activities that make up Fulbright College, please visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Our handle is @uarkfulbright on all three.

And, as always, we’ll keep providing you with more new stories at fulbrightreview.uark.edu. We hope you’ll stay tuned, and if you have a great story idea, please email us at fulbcomm@uark.edu.

Please keep in touch, take care and be well!


Todd Shields
Dean, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Todd G. Shields

Dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

479-575-4804 // tshield@uark.edu