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Staff & Faculty


Cathy Ma

Program Administrator, Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4422

Jennifer Fowler

Program Director, Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4419

DART Leadership & Supporting Faculty

The Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Executive Management Team is headed by Program Director, Dr. Steve Stanley who serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Arkansas RII Track-1 Award. Dr. Stanley is responsible for overall program management and works with Cathy Ma, Program Administrator, and Jennifer Fowler, Director of Education, Outreach & Diversity out of the Central Office at AEDC. Dr. Jack Cothren at UARK serves as the science director of DART and co-PI to Dr. Stanley.

The Central Office team also relies on campus administrators to assist in inter-university collaborations, reporting, and strategic planning related to the project. These representatives work to ensure project implementation and information flow between campuses and the EPSCoR Central Office.

The DART Scientific Steering Committee is made up of co-leads from each of the project’s components. Any questions related to DART research can be directed to the appropriate co-lead below.

Data curation and life cycle analysis

Dr. John Talburt, UALR (email [email protected])

Dr. David Ussery, UAMS (email [email protected])


Social awareness

Dr. Xintao Wu, UARK (email [email protected])

Dr. Xiuzhen Huang, A-State (email [email protected])


Social media and networks

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, UALR (email [email protected])

Dr. Justin Zhan, UARK (email [email protected])


Learning and prediction

Dr. Heather Nachtmann, UARK (email [email protected])

Dr. Md Saber Karim, SAU (email [email protected])

Dr. M. Emre Celebi, UCA (email [email protected])


Research and development cyberinfrastructure

Dr. Jack Cothren, UARK (email [email protected])

Dr. Fred Prior, UAMS (email [email protected])

Dr. Jan Springer, UALR (email [email protected])



Dr. Karl Schubert, UARK (email [email protected])

Dr. Steve Addison, UCA (email [email protected])