People with "smart phones" can now access videos and slide shows from University of Arkansas' Research Frontiers on the Web directly from the print magazine using "QR code," short for "quick response code."
"For the first time, we can link the print magazine directly to multimedia stories on the Web," says Melissa Lutz Blouin, editor of Research Frontiers.
Readers can access three slide shows and two videos through QR codes in the Fall 2010 issue of the magazine. QR codes are small, printed bar codes that allow someone with a smart phone to scan the printed code and immediately see the online page associated with the code. A phone must have a QR code reader, many of which are available for free and available on the phone or by download.
The first slide show features art professor Kristin Musgnug's exhibit, "Un-Natural Histories—Paintings of Invasive Species," with canvases Musgnug produced after extensive research done at several locations and artists colonies. The second slide show explores the history of physics on the University of Arkansas campus through an antique collection of scientific instruments collected by professor Raj Gupta. The third slide show includes photos from engineering professor Brady Cox of his research trip to Haiti.
The first video features kinesiology professors Ro DiBrezzo and Inza Fort discussing the importance of exercise as we age. The second video features the research of plant pathology graduate student Alma Laney, who has characterized a virus that affects roses across the United States. A third video, which showcases the work of art professor John Newman, can be accessed directly from the QR code that accompanies this article.
The slideshows and videos are also available at:
Four feature stories discuss research into current issues affecting the world today. The Arts and Letters page features the work of archivists in the University of Arkansas Libraries, who are currently digitizing aspects of the collection.
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