DeAnn HubberdDeAnn E. Hubberd, M.A., Associate Director

Day-to-day operations of the office are in the hands of the Associate Director. DeAnn is experienced in leading and managing nonprofit organizations and is highly skilled in organizational communications. She has assisted groups in planning, budgeting, organizing, and submitting complex grant applications, including program projects and government contracts. DeAnn has written and designed executive summaries, reports, educational materials, brochures, newsletters, and websites. As administrative duties allow, she also edits grant proposals and manuscripts.

Bettie CookBettie Cook, Senior Research Administrator 

Bettie provides investigators support with developing budgets, completing requisite forms, and submitting grants. With more than 29 years of experience in providing grant management support and budget development to UAMS investigators and faculty, she has a broad base of experience with grants management in both preaward and postaward periods. Bettie has helped groups plan, budget, organize, and submit complex grant applications, including program projects, COBREs, and government contracts. She also develops budgets and is an expert in submission requirements and guidelines for NIH and other sponsors. In addition to working with SciCom, Bettie has worked in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the College of Medicine, and she has served numerous roles on the UAMS Grants Management Program Committee.

SciCom Editors

SciCom science editors are

  • Grounded in biological sciences, social sciences, and medical writing
  • Experienced in research project and consortium development
  • Skilled in grantsmanship, document organization, and document design and formatting


Peggy BrennerPeggy Brenner, Ph.D., ELS, Editor

Peggy has nearly 20 years of experience in scientific writing and editing. She holds a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Davis, and she also taught and conducted research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Peggy has written her own funded grant applications, as well as abstracts, manuscripts, and slide presentations. As an editor, she is skilled in a broad range of areas, including substantively editing research proposals, manuscripts, brochures, and reports, as well as organizing and preparing figures. Peggy is a board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) and is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.

Jarod DailyJarod Daily, M.A., Editor

 Jarod has 15 years of experience writing and editing in various contexts. He holds a master’s degree in professional and technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas Christian University. Before joining the Science Communication Group in 2017, Jarod was a technical writer for General Dynamics Health Solutions and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a copy editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and a writing teacher and tutor for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. As an editor, he specializes in working directly with writers to fine-tune grammar, syntax, and word choice for optimal clarity and readability.

Kerry EvansKerry L. Evans, Ph.D., Editor

Kerry earned a doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she studied bacterial stress responses. She has published original research, presented numerous posters at scientific meetings, and worked as a freelance writer for a science news website. Kerry is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and is pursuing board certification as an Editor in the Life Sciences.​

Madison HedrickMadison Hedrick, M.A., Editor 

Madison has worked as a writer and editor for more than ten years. Her background in basic science began with an early collegiate focus on medicine and research methodology that blended into her studies in rhetoric and writing. Madison has worked on multiple funded grant proposals that exceed $1 million in funding. These include large, multi-part rural technology grants, nonprofit grants, and federally funded grants. Madison has extensive experience carrying out original research and writing, editing, and submitting research data and case studies for peer-reviewed publications; she is listed as a co-author on multiple publications and presentations, including a manuscript in Clinical Pediatrics. Madison is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.