Arkansas Short Takes

Welcome to the home of Arkansas Short Takes, where you will find a series of short videos featuring stories about outstanding students, faculty and special points of pride at the University of Arkansas.

How the Razorback Ran

Did you know we were once known as the Cardinals? Former football coach Hugo Bezdek is credited with first saying the team fought like Razorbacks after a game in 1909. It wasn’t long before the name stuck and we’ve been calling the Hogs ever since. Hank Hancock, a 1926 graduate, is credited with making our Razorback iconic by drawing the first running Razorback mascot. His drawing remains the foundation of our running Razorback brand today. This is the story of how Hank Hancock made the Razorback run.

Faculty Brothers

Chris Nelson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and Alex Nelson, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, are alumni, faculty and brothers. They bring their knowledge and connection to the classroom and laboratory every day to help teach the next generation of engineers and develop new technology that improves lives. **This video was filmed in early 2020, before the pandemic hit.

Come As You Arkansas

Join us Sept. 10 to celebrate the U of A's 150th Anniversary. >Come As You Arkansas is a daylong event with food, prizes and more than 50 festivities, from games on Old Main lawn to history exhibits, a sand hog demonstration, math circus and more. Come As You Arkansas and join the fun!

Returning to Rome

The University of Arkansas Rome Center had to find innovative ways to bring Rome to students during the pandemic, when study abroad classes were suspended. Working with faculty to provide online learning from Rome and creating video tours of the city, the Rome Center was able to give students unique experiences, even when learning from home. Now the Rome Center is reopening and welcoming students back for May 2021 classes.

Spraying Power

Imagine a spray disinfectant that protects hard surfaces from harboring or transferring bacteria and viruses like COVID-19 for multiple touches. That’s what chemical engineering professor Jamie Hestekin and doctoral candidate John Moore did. They envisioned a way to protect against the spread of disease from high-touch surfaces and developed it in partnership with two researchers at UAMS.

K-9 Patrol

The University of Arkansas Police Department has five canine officers working to keep campus safe and connected. They sniff out bombs and illicit drugs before events and serve as part of the community. They walk campus, visiting with students and offering stress relief and comfort in difficult times, like finals.

Closing the Gap

The Delta Autism Project began in Helena-West Helena when Peggy Schaefer-Whitby discovered a gap in available services and resources for children with autism and their families in the Arkansas Delta. An associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, Whitby’s research focus is on special education and curriculum for students with autism. Through the Delta Autism Project, she is working to close that gap in support and services in Arkansas by providing applied behavior analysis training for teachers and organizations, while also expanding resources and helping students with autism thrive.

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