Field Notes

Reading Renaissance Portraits

Clio Rom links Petrarch’s poetry with static, idealized profile portraits. Neoplatonic philosopher Marsilio Ficino, who believed that looking into a woman’s eyes could inspire a divine frenzy, may have prompted the shift to three-quarter views. Here, Rom walks us through three portraits that signify a sea change in Renaissance art, literature and philosophy.

Civil War Meets Mid-Century Modern

Built in 1956 as part of the “Mission 66” federal initiative to modernize national parks, the overlook at Pea Ridge Military Park affords stunning views of a battlefield where the Union army won a decisive victory over Confederate forces. But the mid-century modern structure, still pleasing to 21st-century tastes, landed on a historically sensitive site.

Hydroponic Profits

Honors students Sarah Gould and Laura Gray stand between two wooden stakes embedded in the ground at local community garden Tri Cycle Farms. Today the empty space holds a vision: a greenhouse for hydroponically grown vegetables that will generate profits, and a sustainable future, for the farm. Gould and Gray’s honors theses in biological engineering will help transform this vision into reality.

A Champion for Cultural Competency

Marshall Islanders have moved from a culture where the sick consult healers and pastors into health care marked by waiting rooms, co-pays, and often complicated jargon. Many people in Northwest Arkansas pass them in the grocery store, at a bus stop, or in a doctor’s office, but never truly understand who they are and where they have come from.

Market Entry Masala

Nine cities. 14 days. 23 meetings. It’s an eye-popping schedule, but for accounting and finance major Grayson Greer, it was a bold way to jump-start research on his honors thesis. He designed the two-week trip to India himself, intent on identifying a unified strategy for entering the Indian food and beverage market.

Queens of the Jungle

Senior honors students Kelsey Johnson and Mersady Redding were traipsing through the Belizean jungle one day when they heard low grunts nearby. Stooping down, hoping for a sighting of wild pigs, the two women and their three guides suddenly fell victim to an onslaught of sticks hurled at them from above.