The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is one of five institutions sharing a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a multi-scale integrative approach to digital health.
The money will be used to promote smart health in Arkansas and West Virginia, according to a news release.
Nitin Agarwal, Ph.D., will receive $600,000 for his "Multi-scale Integrative Approach to Digital Health: Collaborative Research and Education in Smart Health in West Virginia and Arkansas" study, which will be conducted from August 2019 to July 2023.
His plans are to develop novel social media mining algorithms to study health behaviors in Arkansas and West Virginia, including health attitudes, intentions, health conditions, lifestyle choices, overall sentiment and mood.
Agarwal is the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy endowed chair and a professor of information science. He also heads the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) at UA Little Rock.
The other university partners are the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, West Virginia University and West Virginia State University.