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: http://www.aursfund.org/home

To donate to AURS: http://uca.edu/go/giveAURS

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: http://faculty.uca.edu/wvslaton/CNSM_Tailgating/Tailgating.html

Homecoming Events 10/23 – 10/28

The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics invites you to join us for Homecoming Week 2017!

Join us in downtown Conway for The Science of Football at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at King’s Live Music. This is a panel event that seeks to bring experts from varying areas of academia together to discuss the science of football.

On Homecoming Day, we will host an open house of the new Conway Corporation Center for Sciences. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy h’ors d’oeuvres and mimosas alongside facility tours and shows in the Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium. RSVP by October 24 to daynab@uca.edu.

The CNSM tailgate begins later that day at 2 p.m. on Bruce Street in front of Buffalo Alumni Hall. Homemade jambalaya will be served before the UCA Bears take on McNeese State Cowboys at 6 p.m.

To see the full schedule of events, visit uca.edu/homecoming. If you would like to give to the Dean’s Enhancement Fund or theAdvancement of Undergraduate Research for the Sciences, please click here.

P.S. Don’t forget to buy your official homecoming t-shirt! The UCA Bookstore has opened presales and shirts will be available for pick-up or shipping on October 2.

STEM Career/Graduate School Fair Wednesday, 10/11!

3rd Annual Pseudoscience Fair Thursday 10/12

The 3rd Annual Pseudoscience Fair is Thursday, October 12th, from Noon-3:00 pm in Arkansas Hall.  It is hosted by the STEM Residential College. The classes of Biology I, College Chemistry I, Philosophy, Psychology, and Music Appreciation are participating. You are invited to stop by and see what our students have been working on!

New Planetarium Show

The “Edge of Darkness” is showing at Griffin Planetarium, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm on 10/6, 10/7, 10/13 & 10/14. 

The one-hour show include a tour of the evening sky, flights around the universe, and the new full-dome movie “Edge of Darkness” which features discoveries of space missions to comets, asteroids, and outer solar system worlds.

The planetarium is located in the Conway Corporation for the Sciences. Doors open at 7:30pm and close promptly at 8 pm. Seating Limited!

For directions and for the remaining Fall 2017 schedule, please click on Planetarium website. 

 

Cyber Range Announcement

Governor Asa Hutchinson Wednesday announced that a $500,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education will be provided to the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) to help pay for a fully functional dedicated cyber range for educational training—a first-of-its-kind operation. 

For the full story, please read the UCA News Announcement.

Please click here for the Bear Tales Youtube video highlights.

Jewel Moore Nature Reserve Photography Contest

 

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

 

STEM Career Fair 10/11/17

Dean Addison Kicks off Challenge Week 2017

CNSM Dean Stephen Addison kicks off Challenge Week next Monday, 10/2, with this topic “Algorithms: What they are, How we use them, and Why you should know about them” in Doyne Auditorium at 5 pm.  Reception to follow.

The Schedler Honors College Challenge Week theme is  “Brave New Algorithms: How ‘Big Data’ Shapes Our World and runs October 2-6.

For all the details, please go to Challenge Week.