Arkansas Research Alliance Adds 8 to Academy


From left, Philip Massey and Edward Yeh
From left, Philip Massey and Edward Yeh (Submitted by ARA)
From left, Hugh Churchill, Mariya Khodakovskaya and Fabricio Medina-Bolivar
From left, Hugh Churchill, Mariya Khodakovskaya and Fabricio Medina-Bolivar (Submitted by ARA)
From left, Laura Schnackenberg, Alan Tackett and Karl Walker
From left, Laura Schnackenberg, Alan Tackett and Karl Walker (Submitted by ARA)

Arkansas Research Alliance announced Tuesday an expansion of its ARA Academy of Scholars and Fellows, welcoming two new ARA Scholars and six new ARA Fellows.

The ARA Academy of Scholars and Fellows is composed of research scientists from the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research.

Founded in 2015, the academy now has 32 members. 

The new ARA Scholars are:

  • Philip Massey, associate professor of public health for the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation and director of the Center for Media, Technology and Health in the College of Education and Health Profession at the UA; and 
  • Edward Yeh, professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Nolan Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine at UAMS.

The new ARA Fellows are:

  • Hugh Churchill, assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and assistant director of the Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering at the UA.
  • Mariya Khodakovskaya, professor of plant biology and director of the Applied Science Graduate Program at UA Little Rock.
  • Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, professor of plant metabolic engineering in the Department of Biological Sciences at A-State, executive director of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, chief scientific Officer of Nature West Inc. and chair of the Northeast Arkansas Hispanic Professional Network.
  • Laura K. Schnackenberg, branch chief of the Innovative Safety and Technologies Branch in the Division of Systems Biology at NCTR. 
  • Alan Tackett, deputy director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute; professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Scharlau Family Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at UAMS.
  • Karl Walker, associate professor of mathematics and computer Science at UAPB.