Topping Out Ceremony

CCCS Building Progress

Conway Corporation

Center for Sciences

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees and President Courtway invite you to a topping-out ceremony for the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences at 3:30 p.m., Friday, September 25.  The ceremony will take place at the construction site.

The final beam is currently located by the construction trailer on Western Avenue. Please bring a permanent marker if you plan to sign the beam.

We hope to see everyone there!

SPS Google Hangout


Extreme Infrasound Seminar – Sept 8th at 5:30PM LSC 168

The Society of Physics Students is hosting their first Google Hangout seminar of this academic year on the topic of infrasound.The seminar will be in LSC 168 starting at 5:30PM on Tuesday, Sept 8th.

You can watch the live-stream via YouTube:

Infrasound is low-frequency atmospheric sound generally below the threshold of human hearing. Routinely produced by large-scale unsteady fluid flow, infrasounds can propagate for thousands of kilometers and can provide early warning of natural or man-made hazards. However, these signals are imbedded in a rich ambient sound field and their detection often relies on the processing of four or more microphones arranged as an array.This presentation discusses infrasound from extreme events, which produce very deep sounds. At the lower frequencies (mHz) radiated by the 2004 Sumatra and 2011 Tohoku tsunamigenic earthquakes, the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, and the 2014 Kelut volcanic eruption, the whole Earth vibrates. Large volcanic eruptions produce a long-ranging, recognizable acoustic signature that can be used for early warning of eruptions that pose an ash hazard to aircraft. At higher infrasonic frequencies, the ocean also radiates persistently in the 0.1-5 Hz range, and can provide supplementary observations of marine storminess and high surf.Anybody with an iPhone, Pod Touch, or iPad running iOS 7 or later can now record and process infrasound by downloading the free Infrasound Recorder and Analyzer apps from the Apple App Store.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Garcés specializes in large things that blow up. Specifically, the study of global infrasound from man-made and geophysical sources in the atmosphere, ocean, and solid Earth. He founded the Infrasound Laboratory of the University of Hawaii, and is a collaborating scientist with the Earth Observatory of Singapore. Dr. Garcés operates International Monitoring System stations in Hawaii and Palau, as well as regional stations in Hawaii. Recent projects include the study of infrasound from hurricanes, tsunamis, meteors, and high surf, as well as real-time acoustic monitoring of volcanic eruptions. Lately, he’s been going off the deep end while exploring the transition between gravity and acoustic waves.

Background reading for the seminar:

Bedard and Georges’ Physics Today article entitled “Atmospheric Infrasound”:

Be sure to check out Dr Garces’ webpage for more infrasound background reading:

Dr Garces has developed a cool crowd sourced infrasonic detector app network! Try it here:

Check our Dr Milton’s YouTube channel:

SPS Observer

UCA Google Hangout Seminar Series Featured in SPS Observer

The summer edition of the SPS Observer includes an article on the UCA Google Hangout Seminar Series. This series of seminars has been organized and championed by Dr. William Slaton. Over the last two years more than 20 speakers, from as far away as Australia, have given live presentations of their research to UCA students and faculty. The topics of these presentations range from the physics of bacteria to cosmic background radiation. Each of the presentations is available on YouTube and you can receive updates by following the twitter hashtag #GHOSeminar.

The schedule for future seminars is at

To read the article go to the summer edition of the SPS Observer.


Computer Coding 2015 @ UCA

2015 Coding

Computer Coding 2015 @ UCA for middle and high school students is a summer program sponsored by the Department ofMathematics, Department of Computer Science, and STEM Institute at UCA.

The goal of this program is to provide kids with an early opportunity to learn computer programming. The students will be taught basic programming concepts, various simple computing techniques and problem solving skills with some hands-on project work.  “Scratch” and/or on-line resources will be introduced so students can practice and work on their projects.  Students will learn important basic mathematical and computer concepts that improve their creative thinking, logical reasoning, problem solving, and team collaboration skills.

The program will be conducted by Mr. Sudheer Kavi, a Senior Solutions Developer at Acxiom and an adjunct professor of Computer Science at UCA.

When: June 9-July 3, 2015

Where: Math and Computer Science Building, UCA Campus

Cost: $75 per student

To Register or for more information go to:



Geography in the News

Cadron-Settlement-ParkKudos to Steve O’Connell and the Environmental Science and Geography students that have been working on the Conway Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the past year.  There was a very positive article (for our College and UCA) on the front page of the April 15, 2015 Log Cabin Democrat.   It mentioned two faculty and two groups of students from the CNSM being involved in the Parks Project.

This project is a good example of what geographers do at the cultural/economic end of our discipline.  As Geography is the “new kid on the block” in our College, our discipline is sometimes still misunderstood, as it is with the general public.  Once past grade school, we do not memorize capitals or locate countries on maps.   We gather spatial data; in this case park location, size and type, sidewalk and bike access, demographic proximity and related factors.  Then we analyze current and past use trends, but most importantly predict future use trends and options that might impact these trends.

To read the article go to:

Prep for Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, & Algebra II Summer Program

Algebra CampTrack 1 – Pre-Algebra Prep Class (June 8 – July 2, 2015)
Meets Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Designed for rising 7th and 8th graders who will be taking Pre-Algebra or an equivalent class in the
upcoming academic year.

Track 2 – Algebra I Prep Class (June 8 – July 2, 2015)
Meets Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Designed for rising 8th and 9th graders who will be taking Algebra I or an equivalent class in the
upcoming academic year.

Track 3 – Algebra II Prep Class (June 8 – July 2, 2015)
Meets Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Designed for high school students who will be taking Algebra II or an equivalent class in the
upcoming academic year.

Workshop Location: UCA-Math & Computer Science Building, Rm. 212
Instructor: Dr. Clarence Burg, Associate Professor-UCA

Each class limited to 18 students

Cost of workshop: $80 per track

For more information or to register, please visit

Master Project Presentation

The Department of Computer Science invites you to a Master Project Presentation:

Speaker: Mani Krishna Mudiganti
Title: Image Stitching & Binarization
Date: Thursday, April 30th 2015
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: MCST 339

Image processing is any form of signal processing for which the input is an image, such as a
photograph or video frame. Our goal is to stitch various partial photos and make it look like a
single image without any overlapping. The project is primarily constitutes of three parts
including 2D image stitching, 3D image stitching and the image binarization techniques in order
to get good results from the degraded image.

Our primary goal is to build a 2D image of various buildings in the UCA campus. I actually
used a drone in order to capture these pictures for image stitching. A 2D image can be stitched
with ease because, there are various commercial and online software tools available to perform
the image stitching. However 3D image stitching is completely different from 2D image
stitching, because it needs various steps to be followed in order to create a 3D image. The
software’s provide the different editing options to edit the images after the stitching process is
done. But the image after it is stitched may contain some issues like the ghosting, parallax error
and overlapping. Once the image is stitched we can crop the portion of image which we require
for use. We were successful in building the various 2D images in the UCA campus as well as
the 3D images.

The last part of goal is to build an image that is crystal clear, because after the image is stitched
there may be some overlapping between the images. In order to overcome from some of these
issues we use a Image Binarization technique I was successful in building a clear image for the
degraded images which have text in it. All the concepts related to image processing research are
clearly explained in our documentation.


Biology Capstone Poster Session

The Department of Biology invites you to come by the Lewis Science Center foyer and the Biology II lab, LSC 127, on Thursday, April 30th, from 1-2 pm where students in the capstone courses will be presenting their final projects as posters. Posters will cover Animal Behavior (David Dussourd), Microbiology (Zaida Gomez-Kramer), Environmental Practicum (Ginny Adams and Matt Connolly) and Restoration Ecology (Sally Entrekin). The students have worked very hard on these projects and they are excited to get a chance to communicate their results to a larger audience.

Classified Employee of the Year

Christy PeelChristy Peel, Administrative Specialist III for the Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, won the 2015 Classified Employee of the Year Award.

The Employee Of the Year is a UCA full-time staff member that has shown extraordinary performance to the University community over the past year. This person is a well-rounded employee that goes above and beyond and truly cares about students, colleagues, and UCA.

Dr. Patrick Desrochers, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, writes:

Christy anticipates needs before they are manifest.  Evidence of this is her proactive approach to researching and troubleshooting departmental needs while they are only in the discussion stage.  This establishes her as a valuable contributing member of the department’s administration.  She often makes inquiries (by phone or email), based on planning discussion, and on her own initiative that provide useful data on which a final departmental decision can be made.  This greatly increases the efficiency of departmental operations and increases the volume of work accomplished.

Christy’s knowledge of hiring, budgetary, and purchasing procedures at UCA is a real plus for the department.  This knowledge translates into timely purchasing and good stewardship of departmental budget allocations.

Christy is consistently courteous to faculty and students coming to the department seeking help with classes, etc.  This contributes to a positive work environment and to a positive perception from the students about chemistry and UCA.

The department is stronger at better able to meet its obligations with Christy in the office.

The award was presented at the 2015 Employee Service Awards held on Thursday, April 16th, in the Student Center Ballroom.

UCA-STEM Power for Girls

Hosted by the UCA STEM Institute

Friday, May 22, 2015

Participants will attend breakout sessions on different STEM careers such as mechanical engineering, fisheries pathology, computer science, and biology education.

Event InformationUCA-STEM-Power-for-Girls

Open to: Female students in High School (10th, 11th, and 12th grades) and female college students (Freshman and Sophomores).
Time: 8:30am—3:30pm
Location: University of Central Arkansas
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

Registration Link:

For more information contact UCA STEM Institute, (501)450-3426