Observatory Public Viewing Wednesday 3/14

The UCA Observatory will be open from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday 3/14/18 for the public to view the night sky through the 14-inch aperture telescope.  Stairs to the observatory are located in the front lobby of Lewis Science Center.

 Please click on Observatory website for details.

Griffin Planetarium Shows

The Griffin Planetarium Public Show for 3/9, 3/10, 3/16, & 3/17 is “From Earth to the Universe”.  The one-hour shows include a tour of the March evening sky, flights around the universe, and the full-dome movie.  “From the Earth to the Universe” encompasses a journey through the solar system, galaxy and the universe.

The planetarium is located in the Conway Corporation for the Sciences.
Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts promptly at 8 pm.  Admission is free.
For the entire Spring line-up, please visit the Planetarium website.

Women in STEM Celebration 3/9/18

The Women and Minorities in STEM class is hosting a Celebration of Women in STEM on Friday, March 9 with speakers in Griffin Planetarium.  A lunch will be served at 11:30 am in Lewis Science Center 100, followed by a panel discussion with diverse STEM professional women.  Also, UCA’s STEM Institute will be hosting an event for central Arkansas high school girls in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.  For more details, please see UCA News.  Registration is required for the lunch at https://form.jotform.com/80445049671156

UCA Day of Giving, 3/8/18

“I will be better prepared for a future because of my research.” – Kristen Jones.

UCA’s Day of Giving is Thursday, March 8, 2018.  The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has two different funds from which donors can choose — the CNSM Advancement Undergraduate Research Fund or the CNSM Enhancement Fund.

For more details, please read the full story on UCA News.

Posters at the Capitol Wednesday 2/14!

The University of Central Arkansas will be among a dozen state colleges and universities exhibiting students’ STEM research at the state Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 14.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Arkansas STEM Posters at the Capitol will feature more than 120 undergraduates in Arkansas displaying  posters that highlight their work in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Students will discuss their research — leaving jargon at the door — with the public, elected officials and other students and faculty, allowing attendees to learn more about the STEM field and the students an opportunity to strengthen their communication skills.

Now in its sixth year, the posters at the Capitol event will showcase around 70 different posters. UCA students with majors such as biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics will be among the presenters.

For more details, please go to UCA’s News website.

First Science Wednesday of 2018!

This month’s Science Wednesday will be “The Science of Space Travel.” Join our distinguished panel as we talk everything from survival to rockets and sort the fact from the fiction surrounding space travel. Event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm, allowing time for some informal socialization with the panelists before trivia starts at 8pm.

Panelists this month include:
Dr. Scott Austin – UCA, Physics; Director of Astronomical Facilities
Mr. Ralph Carruth – NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Mr. Terry Wright – UCA, Fine Arts & Communication

Please plan to arrive early as seating is limited.

Griffin Planetarium Shows

Griffin Planetarium Public Shows resume for the 2018 Spring Semester with the premier of “Dark: Understanding Dark Matter” on 1/12 and 1/13.

“The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time- the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which human life is but a flickering instant.  ” http://darkthemovie.info

“Dark” will play again the following weekend of 1/19 and 1/20.  Included with the full dome movie is a tour of the current evening sky and flights around the universe.  Griffin Planetarium is located in the Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences.  The full Spring Semester schedule of all 8 different movies is at the Planetarium link.

Shows start promptly at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.


Upcoming Planetarium Shows

Shows for this and the following Friday and Saturday (12/1, 12/2, 12/8 & 12/9) in Griffin Planetarium include a tour of the evening sky, flights around the universe, and the full-dome movie “The Edge of Darkness” (an exploration of asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets in our solar system). 

The planetarium is located in the Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences.

Shows start promptly at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.


“Secret Lives of Stars” will replay as the full-dome movie on 12/15 & 12/16.

Winners of Photo Contest Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Jewel Moore Nature Reserve Photography contest!














For more details, please go the UCA News link.

CNSM Featured in UCA Magazine

UCA Magazine’s Fall 2017 issue focuses on science, thus CNSM faculty,  students and alum are featured in several articles.  “Passing the Torch” discusses undergraduate student research in Chemistry and Geography.  “Conway Corporation Center for Sciences” shows off our brand new state of the art science building and Griffin Planetarium.  Drs. Azida Walker, Ginny Adams, Uma Garimella, Karen Thessing, Debra Burris and alum Dr. Missy Clifton are featured in “Women in STEM” for the outreach they do.  UCA’s new partnership with the Research Learning Center at Steel Creek Campground is the topic of “Preserving Arkansas’s Natural Treasures”.  Please read these great articles by Chelsea Huckabay and Fredericka Sharkey of University Relations and Creative Services to see what CNSM has been doing!  UCA Magazine Fall 2017