Be Curious UCA

UCA’s Residential Colleges Challenge You to Be Curious

As educators, we challenge our Residential College students to be curious. Now, the Residential Colleges are challenging you to join our 2019-20 Be Curious UCA campaign.
Spring 2020

In a 2018 online issue of Popular Mechanics, associate editor and author Jay Bennet suggested 15 patents that will change the world (April 2018). Some of them are listed bellow for you to discover. Some were dreamed up by independent innovators tinkering in their labs & workshops and others involved collaborative efforts. A few of these inventions became instantly applicable and still others proved to be way ahead of their time. Can you find the famous woman actor who laid the groundwork for wireless communication? Did you know that one of these inventors, Temple Grandin, will be at UCA on January 30, 2020 at Reynolds Performance Hall?

Below are 18 inventions that impact you, either directly or indirectly. By exploring these important innovations through their US Patents numbers, you can join the Twitter discussion @ResCollegesUCA using the hashtag #BeCuriousUCA.

6-10 January  US174465A (1876)
13-17 January US389124A (1888)
20-24 January US2026082A (1935)
 27-31 January  US2292387A (1942)
 3-7 February  US3053480A (1962)
 10-14 February  US3287323A (1966)
 17-21 February  US3470828A (1969)
 24-28 February  US3789409A (1974)
 2-6 March  US4378116A (1983)
9-13 March  US4575330A (1989)
16-20 March US5906540A (1999)
 23-27 March US6073115A (2000)
30 March-3 April  US7071258B1 (2006)
 6-10 April  US7149534B2 (2006)
 13-17 April  USD672769S1 (2012)
 20-24 April  US20070271130A1 (2012)
 27 April-1 May  US8527057B2 (2013)
4-8 May  US8697359B1 (2014)
Fall 2019

According to the US Supreme Court’s government webpage,, the words engraved above the main entrance of the Supreme Court Building “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW” expresses “the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution.”

Below are 18 cases that various scholars have deemed as landmark or watershed decisions. There are, of course, more landmark cases than weeks in the term; consequently, we focused on cases that were highlighted as landmark by multiple authorities, focusing on the themes of power, equal rights and privacy. By exploring these critical junctures in U.S. jurisprudence, you can join the Twitter discussion @ResCollegesUCA using the hashtag #BeCuriousUCA.

12-16 August
19-23 August
26-30 August
3-6 September
9-13 September
16-20 September
23-27 September
30 September-4 October
7-11 October
14-18 October
21-25 October
28 October-1 November
Roe v Wade (1973)
4-8 November
11-15 November
18-22 November
25-29 November
2-6 December
9-13 December