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.

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.

FWS Speaker on 4/14

UCA’s Fish and Wildlife Society is hosting Kendall Moles from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. FWSSpeaker3.14.17

62nd Annual State Science Fair

The University of Central Arkansas was host to the 62nd Annual Southwestern Energy Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair.   It is held every spring at UCA, and is affiliated with the Society for Science and the Public’s International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  The State Science and Engineering Fair is open to students in grades 9-12 who have finished in the top 4 places in their respective categories at one of Arkansas’ regional ISEF-affiliated science fairs.  CNSM’s Biology Department’s Dr. Mark Bland is the director for this annual event.

For pictures and more details, please go to the full story on UCA’s Bear Blog.

Arkansas Academy of Sciences 4/7 – 4/8/2017

The 101st annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science will be held
on April 7 – 8, 2017, hosted by the University of Central Arkansas.  Oral presentations will begin on Friday afternoon in the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences.  Friday evening will feature an informal mixer, followed by a dinner with keynote speaker Dr. Sally Entrekin, an ecologist with UCA’s Department of Biology.  Oral presentations will continue on Saturday morning, and all posters will be on display at the Poster Session in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation (HPER) Building gym from 9:30 – 11:30 am Saturday morning.
Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 1.42.24 PMFor more information about the 2017 ASA annual meeting, please click here.  For information about the Academy, please click here.