News and Events

Check back often to discover exciting and new things happening in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Central Arkansas.

Eclipse Viewing Links for Monday 8/21

Dr. Scott Austin, Director of Astronomical Facilities at UCA, shares the following website links for your live eclipse viewing on Monday, 8/21:

https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

https://www.youtube.com/user/TimeMagazine

http://eclipse.stream.live

https://live.slooh.com

Night Under the Stars 8/21

Beginning at 5 p.m. on 8/21, the Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium will be showing condensed NASA footage of the solar eclipse from earlier that afternoon in 15-minute intervals. To conclude the evening, guests will have the opportunity to view the premiere of the planetarium’s public fall show, “The Edge of Darkness,” at 7 p.m.

Guests may also tour the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

Tickets are $10 and can bepurchased by clicking here.

All proceeds will go to the Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium in order to ensure the continued quality of planetarium productions.

UCA HOSTS CYBER CAMP FOR FOURTH YEAR

The 2017 Analysis and Investigation through Cyber-Based Scenarios (AICS) Camp is being hosted by CNSM this week, June 26 – June 30.  The week-long residential camp is for high school juniors and focuses on national cyber intelligence and security issues. The Department of Homeland Security through the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) funds this camp.

For more information, please click here for the UCA NEWS details.

JMNR Prairie in Full Bloom!

The JMNR committee wanted you all to know that the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve prairie will be on fire with blooming Blazing Star and other perennial prairie plants from June 23rd until July 3rd or so.  If you’re in Conway, please consider a walk through the reserve on UCA’s campus to see the show and you’ll notice many improvements Dr. KC Larson and her crew have made in the last year.

Griffin Planetarium Summer Public Show Schedule

May 26 – July 7 and August 4 – 18:   3 pm and 8 pm

All shows are currently free and first-come first-seated for up to 94
people per show.  Donations to the Griffin Planetarium are
encouraged (Give to Griffin link).  Doors open 30 minutes before show time.  The one-hour shows include a tour of the current sky and a full-dome movie.  Griffin Planetarium is located inside the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences building at UCA.
Full-dome movies:
Secret Lives of Stars:  May 26, June 2, July 7, August 4
Invaders of Mars:  June 9, 16, August 11, 18
Stars of the Pharaohs: June 23, 30

Math & Science Summer Programs

Math & Science Summer Programs for kids sponsored by the Math Department and the STEM Institute. Please contact 450-3147 with questions.

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Science Wednesday 4/26

Join us on April 26th at 6:30 pm at Kings for the final Science Wednesday of the semester! This month’s event is co-hosted by UCA’s American Chemical Society chapter, and will encourage discussion on the regulations and repercussions of environmental pollution.Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 2.58.29 PM

Panelists for the event include:

Dr. Rick Tarkka — UCA, Chemistry
Dr. Matthew Connolly — UCA, Geography
Dr. Laurie Warren — UCA, Biology

Invite your friends and spread the word! Public participation is encouraged. Please plan to arrive early as seating is limited.

CNSM represented at UCA’s 64th Annual Service Awards

Congratulations are in order for several CNSM faculty members that were recognized at UCA’s Annual Service Awards.  Dr. Andrew Mason, Physics and Astronomy, and Dr. William Taylor, Chemistry, were both finalists for the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award.  Dr. Melissa Kelley, Chemistry, was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award.  Way to go CNSM faculty!!Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 9.28.49 AMFor the full story, please see the UCA News.

Earth Day @ UCA 4/21

Earth Day will be celebrated at the Student Center from 10 am until 3 pm on Friday, 4/21.  A Scavenger Hunt will take place from 1 – 3 pm at the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve.  Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 2.45.38 PM

Observatory Public Night 4/19

Tonight, Wednesday, 4/19, is the last scheduled Observatory Public Night for the Spring semester.   The telescope will be open for viewing from 9 – 11 pm.

For more details, please go to the Observatory website.