Most read news of 2021

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Top from left: Homecoming Queen Grace Crain and Homecoming King Jack Berg, Associate Professor Vicki Collet and Associate Professor Jeffrey Allen Murdock; middle row: distinguished speaker Angela Davis, senior students of the Honorable Mention Jissel Esparza Saucedo and Emily Grace Richey, and old parking stickers that are no longer in use; bottom row: Chi Omega Greek Theater Bid Day, former Anna Hopkin swimming to gold at the Olympics, and psychology professor Mitch Brown.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The most read stories of 2021 included groundbreaking research, pandemic plans, the continued work to make the university a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus, and a myriad of student accolades and awards.

The University of Arkansas news site,, has over 1.76 million pageviews in the past year, and readers spent an average of 2.5 minutes to read each article.

Top 10 2021

Here are the 10 most read stories of 2020, based on pageviews:

1. Study shows moral outrage is attractive to long-term relationship researchers – Mitch Brown, professor of psychology at A State University, and colleagues found that people who displayed moral outrage by action were seen as more benevolent and trustworthy.

2. Zoom Meeting Attendees Can Now Change Display Name – In an effort to improve diversity and inclusion, students asked IT if the Zoom app could be changed to allow attendees to use a preferred display name rather than automatically choosing the official name in UAConnect. IT has found a workaround to make this happen.

3. Research reveals positive impact of COVID distance learning on cultural awareness of educators – Vicki Collet, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Education, studied the distance learning experience of Marshallese during COVID-19 and found that focusing on basic and socio-emotional connections with students can mitigate the negative effects of school closures. Other top stories related to COVID include:

4. An Evening with Angela Davis: First Distinguished Conference of 2021 – Angela Davis, recognized as a torchbearer committed to the fight for economic, racial and gender justice, was invited to campus as the committee’s first conference of the distinguished conferences of 2021.

5. Preparing for New License Plate Recognition – University of Alberta Transit and Parking Department has moved to a fully digital form of parking permit issuance and monitoring using technology recognition of license plates. This story explained the process of getting permits and parking properly.

6. Greek Life Welcomes New Members on Application Day – Over 1,981 women participated in a hybrid recruiting experience at the end of the summer. The application day took place at the Chi Omega Greek Theater on August 21 just before the start of fall classes.

7. Announcing the University of Alberta’s 2021 Significant Seniors Class – The Arkansas Alumni Association has announced the 2021 Significant Seniors edition. These exceptional seniors were selected based on their academic performance, leadership skills and extracurricular involvement.

8. All invited to reunion celebrations in 2021 – The university has announced plans for reunion celebrations in the week leading up to the reunion football game against the Auburn Tigers.

9. Direction Tokyo: 14 Olympians Razorback – Just before the Olympics, which were delayed for a year due to the pandemic, the university listed the students, alumni and staff who would compete in the Tokyo Olympics . At the conclusion of Olympic competitions, Arkansas News also provided a proud rundown of Arkansas athlete results.

10. U of A Music’s Jeffrey Murdock Wins 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award – Jeffrey Allen Murdock, U of A Music Education Associate Professor, has been named the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award recipient.


The next 10 most read stories include:

11. Ranu Jung at the head of the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research

12. NSF grant of $ 18 million for the construction of a national semiconductor manufacturing facility

13. University enrollments hit record highs at the start of the fall semester

14. U of A will dedicate NPHC gardens

15. Underlying Themes of Occult Practices Explored in Next Distinctions Overview

16. Thomas appointed CEO of World Trade Center Arkansas

17. Gloria Steinem will deliver the next distinguished lecture

18. Honors College selects 2021 Honors College class scholars

19. Honors College announces 2021 Bodenhamer Fellows

20. Dayglow in concert on September 2 at the Greek Theater


One of the Top 20 2020 stories continued to gain readers this year at a rate that would also have placed it in the Top 20 2021. The article focuses on the work of Tiffany Murphy, associate professor at the U of A School of Law. She spent seven years searching for evidence that would exonerate a wrongly convicted client, Karl Fontenot. She started work running the Oklahoma Innocence Project and continued pro bono after starting to teach at the university.

The university’s news site,, and the Arkansas News The emails provide information on awards, research, events, and similar information about and for the University of Arkansas campus. The email is sent to approximately 37,000 recipients daily. University departments and student organizations can submit articles through the news site’s online submission form.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $ 2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world on Arkansas Research News.