Southern Arkansas University


Thu March 19, 2015

Southern Arkansas University physicist to study space radiation on human cells

Physicist Abdel Bachri, right, recruited three SAU students to help with research. From left, are Darryl Webb, Ricardo Romo, Cullen Shaffer and Bachri.
Credit Southern Arkansas University

A physicist at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia has received a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of space radiation on human cells.

Associate professor of physics Abdel Bachri will team up with scientists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Division of Radiation Health in Little Rock on the $265,000 grant. Bachri says they want to examine what space radiation does to human DNA.

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Thu October 16, 2014

Upshur County Assistant DA speaks on prosecuting domestic abuse cases

Southern Arkansas University's Ceil Bridges displays her designs as part of the Clothesline Project traveling exhibit raising awareness about domestic abuse.
Credit Southern Arkansas University

The assistant district attorney for Upshur County, Texas, will speak Friday at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia about two difficult topics: strangulation and the documentation of domestic abuse.

Becky Ojeman is a full-time prosecutor of domestic violence cases. She’ll talk about how to recognize the signs of domestic violence and effectively document for criminal cases. She says evidence like in the Ray Rice domestic violence case is uncommon.

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Mon August 4, 2014

Southern Arkansas University to offer marine biology degree

Jesse Filbrun (left) is leaving his post at the University of Southern Mississippi to start a marine biology degree at Southern Arkansas University.
Credit Southern Arkansas University

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will offer a marine biology degree when classes begin later this month.

The new undergraduate major is expected to attract more than a dozen students, according to SAU provost and vice president for academic affairs Trey Berry. The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill heightened awareness about the need for studying oceans and the human toll on the Gulf Coast ecosystem, according to Berry.

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Mon March 10, 2014

Southern Arkansas University participates in iPad pilot project with Silicon Valley firm

Southern Arkansas University's Honors College students are aglow with their iPads.
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The Honors College at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia is helping to pilot a new app that helps students manage and complete their coursework on a mobile device. 

The app’s creator, EmpoweredU, is working with 11 universities nationwide to get ongoing feedback. The director of SAU’s Honors College, Edward Kardas, says the Silicon Valley company reached out to SAU because its honors students are equipped with iPads. He says the students take surveys to help improve the app’s functionality.

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Tue February 4, 2014

Southern Arkansas University aims to ramp up in engineering

Southern Arkansas University president David Rankin speaks with Sen. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia, at the district meeting of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Credit Aaron Street

Southern Arkansas University can move ahead in starting a new bachelor’s degree in general engineering in the fall semester. The school in Magnolia got the go-ahead for the degree Friday from the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. SAU president David Rankin said there are already more than 20 students who plan to enroll, and local industry helped SAU make a strong case for the value of these graduates.

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