Griffin Planetarium Shows

Griffin Planetarium Public Shows resume for the 2018 Spring Semester with the premier of “Dark: Understanding Dark Matter” on 1/12 and 1/13.

“The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time- the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which human life is but a flickering instant.  ”

“Dark” will play again the following weekend of 1/19 and 1/20.  Included with the full dome movie is a tour of the current evening sky and flights around the universe.  Griffin Planetarium is located in the Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences.  The full Spring Semester schedule of all 8 different movies is at the Planetarium link.

Shows start promptly at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.


Winners of Photo Contest Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Jewel Moore Nature Reserve Photography contest!














For more details, please go the UCA News link.

Chalk Talk on 11/28

The last Chalk Talk for the Fall 2017 Semester will take place Tuesday, November 28, from 1:40 – 2:30 pm in Laney-Manion Hall, Room 102.  The student presenters and their advisors are listed in the flyer. 

CNSM Featured in UCA Magazine

UCA Magazine’s Fall 2017 issue focuses on science, thus CNSM faculty,  students and alum are featured in several articles.  “Passing the Torch” discusses undergraduate student research in Chemistry and Geography.  “Conway Corporation Center for Sciences” shows off our brand new state of the art science building and Griffin Planetarium.  Drs. Azida Walker, Ginny Adams, Uma Garimella, Karen Thessing, Debra Burris and alum Dr. Missy Clifton are featured in “Women in STEM” for the outreach they do.  UCA’s new partnership with the Research Learning Center at Steel Creek Campground is the topic of “Preserving Arkansas’s Natural Treasures”.  Please read these great articles by Chelsea Huckabay and Fredericka Sharkey of University Relations and Creative Services to see what CNSM has been doing!  UCA Magazine Fall 2017

JMNR Photography Entries Due November 1!

Digital photographs of nature or of humans interacting with nature must be taken in the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve, in the restored creek adjacent to the HPER, in the natural areas behind Lewis Science Center (including Culwell Natural Area and rain garden), or at the Steel Creek field station along the Buffalo River. Photographs of organisms taken from these areas and photographed in the lab may also be submitted (e.g. protists, algae, insects).

Contest is open to all UCA students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Deadline for submission November 1, 2017.

Please read link for submission details:  JMNR Photocontest 4 2 2017

Pre Med Panel Thursday, 11/2

Chemistry Seminar 10/26

Science Outreach at Homecoming 10/28

Saturday, October 28:  
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. – Join the CNSM student organizations for a tailgate on Bruce Street near Crafton Alumni Pavilion. Jambalaya will be served along with family-friendly STEM activities
  • Tailgating activities include: Jewel Moore Nature Reserve Tours (2:003:004:00, and 5:00); Computer Science Research Demonstrations (2:00-6:00); Chemistry and Physics Demo Shows (2:303:304:30, and 5:30); Griffin Planetarium Shows every 15 minutes (3:00-5:00)
  • All donations made go to support undergraduate student STEM research at UCA

Micah Abrams

The University of Central Arkansas has prided itself on student research over the last decade.

With the increase in student research comes a need for an increase in funds to make that research possible. Thanks to the help of generous alumni like Dr. Micah Abrams, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics now has an endowed scholarship fund ready to offer students these opportunities.

“We have students who do undergraduate research in chemistry, and the knowledge they gain and the relationships they develop with faculty helps lay the building blocks for their future career,” Pat Desrochers, Chair of Chemistry Department said.

Abrams, a 2001 chemistry graduate, went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his postdoctoral research at Virginia Tech. He joined the UCA chemistry faculty as a theoretical chemist beginning in the fall of 2006 and served at UCA for two years. He left UCA for a position in the private sector in the Washington, DC area in 2008.

Abrams still lives in the D.C. metro area where he is currently the CEO and CTO of Raptics, Inc. He and his business partners focus on creating and deploying analytic solutions for customers in the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). Though he stays very busy, he donates his time and resources to UCA’s Advancement of Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (AURS) fund. Abrams pledged $75,000 in 2016 to both grow the fund and make the fund more attractive to alumni and commercial donations.

“Will Slaton and I recognize the importance of student research to burgeoning young scientists.,” Micah Abrams said. “We want more students at UCA to have the opportunity to focus on student research and be rewarded for their achievements.”

AURS supports students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. In 2017, the fund awarded $100 to the top student thesis from each department and two $5000 summer research stipends. Starting in 2011, the AURS fund has funded eight summer research stipends and twenty best departmental thesis awards. Some of the past recipients’ research has ranged from “Comparing Efficiency of Roundabouts to Traffic Lights in Conway, Arkansas: A Probabilistic and Simulation Approach” to “E-cadherin expression in prostate cancer cells is modulated by adhesion status.”

“The fund gives students an opportunity to work with UCA faculty in the summer, focus on a research project, and potentially publish the findings in a scientific journal,” said Abrams. “I hope the fund will have a positive and lasting impact on the students who choose to pursue science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at UCA.”

For more information on AURS:

To donate to AURS:

Fish Fry Tailgate, Saturday, 10/14!

Come out this Saturday from 1:00-6:00PM to enjoy a fish fry put on by the UCA chapter of the American Fisheries Society at the CNSM tailgate spot located on Bruce street near the Crafton AlumniPavilion! Cost is $6 per plate that goes to support chapter activities.

CNSM tailgates are a family and kid friendly event. Come on out to help build community!
More details about past and upcoming CNSM tailgates can be found here: