The Climate Reality Project is focus of UA Little Rock Downtown talk

“The Climate Reality Project: Need for Change and Reasons for Hope” is the topic of Dr. Jessica Scott’s discussion tonight (3/27) at the UA Little Rock Downtown campus.  The program is free and begins at 6pm.

Must we change? Can we change? Will we change? These three questions will be the focus of Dr. Scott’s presentation on climate change and the work of The Climate Reality Project.

Although climate change is often misunderstood by the public, more than 97 percent of climate scientists agree that it is real and caused by the burning of fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas. Understanding climate change can be overwhelming because our atmosphere, oceans, soil, and weather are driven by a complex network of interconnected factors.

Dr. Scott’s talk, targeted at non-scientists, will not only summarize the evidence for climate change, but will also give an overview of what we know about its impacts and the policy and industry changes that experts predict will be necessary to mitigate these effects.

Dr. Jessica Scott is assistant director of the Donaghey Scholars honors program and anthropology instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and her B.A. in Anthropology and History from UALR.

Deviant Mobs of the Internet – UA Downtown Lecture Series tonight at 6pm

Image result for nitin agarwal ualrCOSMOS director Dr. Nitin Agarwal will be speaking about “Deviant Mobs of the Internet: Bots, Trolls, and Misinformation” on Wednesday, March 13, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the UA Little Rock Downtown location. This lecture is free and open to the public. Prior knowledge of the topic is not required.

About the lecture:
Social media platforms are widely used for sharing information. Although social media use is generally benign, such platforms can also be used for a variety of malicious activities, including the dissemination of propaganda, hoaxes, and fake news to influence the public. The availability of inexpensive and ubiquitous mass communication tools has made such malicious acts much more convenient and effective.

This talk will touch upon our various research efforts that demonstrate how disinformation campaigns work, examine the critical link between blogs and other social media platforms (viz., YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, VKontakte, etc.), and the different media orchestration strategies. Using socio-computational models that leverage social network analysis and cyber forensics, prominent information actors and leading coordinators of disinformation campaigns are identified.

Further, the talk will highlight tactics, techniques, and procedures used by the deviant groups to propagate disinformation. The talk will further illustrate application of the research methodology to prominent cases of massive disinformation campaigns in the Baltic region and NATO’s military exercises, conducted primarily through blogs but strategically linking to a variety of other social media platforms.

About Dr. Nitin Agarwal:
Nitin Agarwal is the Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Director of the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS). He researches cyber information campaigns, social computing, deviant behavior modeling, group dynamics, social-cyber forensics, data mining, and privacy.

“Religion and Community Engagement” is focus of tonight’s UA Little Rock Downtown lecture

The UA Little Rock Downtown Campus continues its Wednesday evening lectures tonight. This evening’s topic is “Religion and Community Engagement”

This talk is given by Rebecca Glazier, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs. In the talk, she addresses religion, politics, and community engagement.

Using data from more than 2,000 congregants and 200 clergy in Little Rock, Dr. Glazer will share information about the benefits of faith-based community engagement and take suggestions for questions and topics for the 2020 Little Rock Congregations Study survey of congregants.

The program will begin at 6pm at the UA Little Rock Downtown Campus.

Nonprofit Capacity Building Strategies is topic of UA Little Rock Downtown talk this evening

The UA Little Rock Downtown Campus continues its Wednesday evening lectures tonight. This evening’s topic is “Nonprofit Capacity Building Strategies”

This talk is given by Kirk Leach, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs. Dr. Leach will be discussing collaboration and social entrepreneurship in the context of nonprofit capacity building. The goal for the discussion is to engage nonprofits in a shared learning environment, to learn with, and from each other.

Dr. Kirk Leach, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs, joined UA Little Rock in 2017 and specializes in community development.  “My research focuses on non-profit management, collaborative governance, and nonprofits that are engaging with the private and public sector,” Dr. Leach said.

The program will begin at 6pm at the UA Little Rock Downtown Campus.


Art of Positive Communication is topic at UA Little Rock Downtown tonight

Image result for julien mirivelThe UA Little Rock Downtown Campus continues its Wednesday evening lectures tonight. This evening’s topic is “The Art of Positive Communication: How Small Behaviors Create Your Best Moments”

This talk is given by Julien Mirivel, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Communication. It is an introduction to the art of positive communication. It is built on the premise that “the spoken word, spoken honorably and well, can make a difference that no other form of communication can equal.”

In the talk, he shares a simple model to inspire the audience to communicate more positively. With personal examples and stories, the talk will invite everyone to practice concrete behaviors that will have a positive effect at work, at home, and in the community. By the end of the talk, every person in the audience will be able to create their best moments and to connect with others more deeply.

The program will begin at 6pm at the UA Little Rock Downtown Campus.

UA Little Rock Downtown’s Inaugural Lecture features Chancellor Andrew Rogerson

The UA Little Rock Downtown Campus will have evening lectures. The inaugural one will be tonight and features Chancellor Andrew Rogerson discussing “Tales of a Wandering Microbiologist.”

Before becoming chancellor of UA Little Rock, Andrew Rogerson spent 30 years as a researcher and professor in eight universities and two government laboratories.

Fascinated by the hidden, and continually engaged in the possibilities of the invisible, Dr. Rogerson has worked on a diverse range of research projects all united by the fact they have involved microbes. Rogerson’s research was funded by various federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This fun lecture requires no prior knowledge of science.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to discover the enthralling life of microbes through the life’s work of UA Little Rock’s chancellor.

The program will begin at 6pm at the UA Little Rock Downtown Campus.