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 Information
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

UCA – STEM Power for Girls

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

Engineering is Elementary

Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a curriculum program that integrates engineering with elementary science topics. Connections with literacy, social studies and mathematics can also be made.

The Attraction is Obvious: Designing Meglev Systems
Designing Meglev SystemsInnovative “meglev” or magnetic levitation trains move by using magnets instead of wheels.

During this workshop participants will explore the concepts behind these concepts. The explorations are a vehicle for technological innovations behind these trains to come alive for students in this transportation-engineering unit. The participants will have access to all materials that are needed to implement this unit in their classroom.

Two sessions available:

  • February 17th & 24th 4:30pm to 8:00pm (must attend both dates)
  • March 4th – 9:00am – 3:30pm

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Free Robotics Camp


UCA Computer Science & STEM Institute Robotics Camp

Saturday, April 4th – 8:30am-12:30pm

Have you ever wanted to build and program your own robot?
Sponsored by a NASA EPSCoR grant, the UCA Computer Science
Department and STEM Institute are offering a free half day camp
on using the Lego EV3 Mindstorms and EZ robots (Six, Roli, or
JD). In this camp, you will learn the basics of robotics and will
work hands on with one of our robots. Our instructors will work
with you step by step in constructing, programming, and operating
the robot of your choice. This is open to 6th – 8th grade students
who are interested. No prior experience needed!

Robotics Day Camp
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Science Cafe Little Rock

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Radiation & OtherSpace Perils

Afterthought Bistro & BarMarch 24, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

2721 Kavanaugh Blvd (Hillcrest), Little Rock, AR

Marjan Boerma, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, UAMS, Little Rock, AR

Rahul Mehta, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, UCA, Conway, AR

Ed Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Harding University, Searcy, AR

Panelists will discuss the various kinds/levels of radiation in outer space as well as the effects of radiation on living systems. Dorothy Graves, PhD. Research Assistant Prof. at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and host of KUAR FM89’s “Science Café Little Rock” will moderate. Marjan Boerma will be the March radio guest.

Science Café offers a great night out, a chance to meet new people, learn new things, and discuss current scientific research in plain language. Events are free and open to the public.;é-Little-Rock
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Science Cafe

Conway’s own Science Cafe is this Wednesday, Feb 18th, at Kings Live Music (1020 Front St #102, Conway) starting at 6:30PM!

This month’s topic is the Science of LOVE! Panelists include Dr. Barbara Clancy, neuroscientist and professor in UCA’s Biology Department and Dr. Joe McGarrity, UCA Professor of Economics! Each panelist will bring an unique perspective on the topic of LOVE.

If you haven’t been to King’s now is a great opportunity! Come out to support Conway’s only Science Cafe!

Joe McGarrityBarbara Clancy 9.18.14

Posters at the Capitol

STEM posters in the Arkansas State Capitol rotunda.

STEM posters in the Arkansas State Capitol rotunda.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) undergraduates from across the state will present their research to elected state officials, the media, the general public, as well as other undergraduates and faculty on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in the Arkansas State Capitol rotunda.

92 students from 15 Arkansas colleges and universities will present 64 different posters of original work encompassing all aspects of natural science and mathematics. 7 students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will be participating in this year’s event.

Dr. Patrick Desrochers, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at UCA is the primary organizer of this event and Dr. William Slaton, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCA is the web page and social media organizer.

For more information or to check out past events, please visit or follow the event on Twitter using #ARPosters.