Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
UA Speech and Debate Team triumphs with state championship win
It’s two in a row for The University of Akron Speech and Debate Team as it again wins the Ohio Forensics Association State Championship.
Tarantulas inspire new structural color with the greatest viewing angle
This finding opens new potential to mass produce structural colors because highly ordered designs are easy to scale-up and manufacture.
New UA theatre program exceeds traditional theatre curriculum
With a focus on applied theatre, students will gain experiential learning in several areas.
Host of ‘The Open Mind’ to speak at UA
Alexander Heffner to talk about civil discourse in a digital age on Jan. 24.
Trump’s triumph is a new reality and a new course at UA
Class will look at the election results and why many people voted for Donald Trump.
Graduates from The College of Arts & Sciences.
Research Spotlight: Biology
Researchers Explain Spider Web Stickiness
Todd Blackledge, Department of Biology (far left in photo), and a team of UA researchers have recently unraveled the mysteries behind the glue spiders use to spin their webs.
This path breaking illustration of knowledge production will have a powerful impact on the development of future bio-adhesives, result in multiple commercial applications, and marks another achievement in a field where UA is taking a leadership role in collaboration with regional partners and the medical community.
The research, “Viscoelastic Solids Explain Spider Web Stickiness,” will appear in Nature Communications (May, 2010). Learn More
BCAS student receives Game-Changer Award
The Game-Changer award will be presented to eight University of Akron students who embody the I-won’t-take-no-for-an-answer, roll-up-my-sleeves-and-make-it-happen approach that our career-ready graduates are known for.
UA Game-Changers will receive recognition at select Zips football and basketball games throughout the season, and all eight recipients will be presented with a $1,000 prize.
Reed Jacobsen is pursuing a double major in computer engineering and applied mathematics. He is the lead software engineer for the University’s award-winning robotics team, and he hit the ground running at his recent co-op assignment where he worked on software that predicts how stealth airplanes will react to radar waves at Berrie Hill Research Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. He is co-founder and chief technology officer of Smart Gun Systems, a start-up company inspired by the tragic shooting at Chardon High School. He is currently developing a prototype for the Smart Motion Tag – a device to protect families by alerting firearm owners via a text message if their weapon is being moved or handled.