June 5, 2017

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub announced that Joel Gordon has been named as its new executive director.

Joel has served as the director of making at the Hub since its launch in 2013, and co-founded Arkansas's first makerspace there. He is also the founder of the North Little Rock Mini Maker Faire.

June 5, 2017

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Professor Mark Smeltzer, PhD, has been awarded $11 million in federal funding for Phase II of a program that supports microbiology and immunology research.

Phase I of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012 at $10 million. Phase II began May 1, and is $11 million.

June 5, 2017

C. Lowry Barnes, MD, chair of the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, was invested June 1 in the Carl L. Nelson, MD, Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Barnes, who graduated with honors from the College of Medicine in 1986, and completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at UAMS, has served as department chair since August of 2014.

June 5, 2017

Three years ago, Baptist Health committed to supporting healthier lifestyles for its employees and local communities by hosting farmers markets on its Little Rock and North Little Rock campuses.

“We seek to be an organization that’s about health and not just health care,” said Troy Wells, Baptist Health president and CEO.

Conway residents now have access to homegrown produce from local farmers, too.

June 5, 2017

Arkansas’ statewide trauma system reduced the rate of preventable trauma deaths by about half over five years, and taxpayers saw a nine fold return on their investment in the system, according to a study led by faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).