Brain waves 

Brain waves

More news on the neurosurgery front at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: Dr. Ali Krisht, vice chairman of the neurosurgery department, will resign Oct. 1. Rumor is that he'll go to St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, but the hospital could not confirm that. Krisht's pay for the current year was $472,770, with a potential bonus of $150,000.

Two weeks ago, Dr. Ossama Al-Mefty resigned the chairmanship of the department, UAMS said, so he could spend more time writing. He still does clinical work. Dr. T. Glenn Pait is interim chair of the department.

In May, neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Rowe left the department for a job at the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute. UAMS spokesman Leslie Taylor said the department's gamma knife device, used in non-invasive brain surgery, is down for the installation of new software.



The list of National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists came out this week and Central High School in Little Rock led the state with 20 of the 147 in Arkansas. Then came Fayetteville (14); Cabot and Episcopal Collegiate (7); Bentonville (6), and, with five each, Conway, Fort Smith Southside, Mount St. Mary Academy and the Arkansas Math and Science school in Hot Springs.

Elsewhere in Pulaski County among public schools, Parkview Magnet had 3 semi-finalists; Mills University High and North Little Rock had 2 each; and Jacksonville had 1. Among private schools, Little Rock Christian, Central Arkansas Christian and Pulaski Academy each had 2; Catholic High, Lutheran High and Arkansas Baptist each had one. There were three home-schooled semi-finalists in the county.

One in four semi-finalists in Arkansas came from either Little Rock Central or Fayetteville High.


Quiet LR visit

We were unable to pin down the day, but The Insider learned recently that retired Alltel executive Joe Ford and his wife had a arranged a “small dinner” for former President George W. Bush and his wife in the Ford's Little Rock home. Ford declined to comment. But it's well known that Bush is making the rounds of potential supporters to raise money for the presidential library he's building in Dallas. Ford, who's been both a political supporter of Bush and a recent dinner partner of the former president, is a believer in the value of presidential libraries. He spoke in support of fund-raising for the Clinton Library and helped jumpstart local fund-raising with a major Alltel contribution. 




From the ArkTimes store


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.
  • Another Jesus

    If you follow the logic of Jason Rapert and his supporters, God is very pleased so many have donated money to rebuild a giant stone slab with some rules on it. A few minutes on Rapert's Facebook page (if he hasn't blocked you yet) also shows his supporters believe that Jesus wants us to lock up more people in prison, close our borders to those in need and let poor Americans fend for themselves for food and health care.
  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.

Latest in The Insider

  • All in the family

    Old habits die hard. We may have a new Republican majority in the legislature, but like the old Democratic majority, it still doesn't hurt to have a lawmaker spouse to land a part-time job during the legislative session.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • 'Circuit breaker' legal

    When we first asked Gov. Mike Beebe about the "circuit breaker" idea out of Arizona (automatically opting out of Medicaid expansion if the feds reduce the matching rates in the future), he said it was fine but noted that states can already opt out at any time, an assurance he got in writing from the feds.
    • Jan 30, 2013
  • Church goes to school in Conway

    An interesting controversy is brewing in Conway Public Schools, periodically a scene of discord as more liberal constituents object to the heavy dose of religion that powerful local churches have tried to inject into the schools, particularly in sex education short on science and long on abstinence.
    • Jan 23, 2013
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »


2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Ruth Coker Burks, the cemetery angel

    • I'm only 31, still quite a young lesbian by some standards. Born in 1986, I…

    • on July 24, 2017
  • Re: Up and running

    • INTERESTING - However the idea isn't new.........a Major Technology Park was planned for the old…

    • on July 24, 2017
  • Re: A week at Midtown

    • Yes indeed, it is so wonderful to finally be back home. This is my 10th…

    • on July 24, 2017

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation