Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Dr. Trace Peterson, assistant professor of regulatory science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), was recognized as one of five inaugural Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) Fellows at a press conference held at the Arkansas State Capitol on Wednesday, December 3.
Governor Mike Beebe announced the five ARA Fellows, each representing one of the five research universities in the state: UAPB, Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The ARA Fellows program recognizes distinguished university research leaders in the state. The new program was designed by the ARA board of trustees and received input from the academic leaders of the five research universities.
Each ARA Fellow was nominated by a university chancellor and will receive a $75,000 grant paid over three years.
“We are excited and pleased that Dr. Peterson will be representing the university in the 2014 Class of ARA Fellows,” UAPB Chancellor, Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, said. “We look forward to him and his team making an even greater impact through their research and innovation.”
Dr. Peterson and his research team at the UAPB Regulatory Science Center of Excellence examine transgenic humanized zebrafish used to study human cancers and kidney diseases. He also researches drug delivery systems and patentable vaccine technology for previously non-preventable food fish diseases to enhance worldwide food security.
“ARA is proud of the new ARA Fellows program because it underscores our mission to stimulate economic opportunities through university innovation and collaboration,” Jerry Adams, ARA president and CEO, said. “By identifying and investing in researchers currently working in the state, we are maximizing opportunities for commercialization and economic impact.”