Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
In September, UA kicks off a ‘Year of Jazz’ with Wynton Marsalis
UA will kick off a yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of our Jazz Studies Program on Thursday, Sept. 28, when Wynton Marsalis performs here with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
University of Akron to graduate world’s first students with Ph.D. training in biomimicry
Nearly 3,000 UA students are graduating this spring. UA is hosting six commencement ceremonies at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.
Biomimicry graduates already working to ensure sustainable future
The University of Akron graduated the first two students in the world with Ph.D.-level training in biomimicry during spring ommencement ceremonies.
Art Bomb Brigade creates colossal ‘kaleidoscope’ mural
In the heart of Downtown Akron, a colorful mural has emerged as a one-of-a-kind public work of art, thanks to the Art Bomb Brigade. The unveiling is set for May 11.
Japanese delegation inspired by biomimicry in Northeast Ohio
Japanese delegates visiting Cleveland and Akron through the U.S. Department of State made a visit to UA to learn about the innovative work being done here in biomimicry.
Graduates from The College of Arts & Sciences.
Research Spotlight: Biology
Studying "Obese" Whales to Understand Human Obesity
How do mammals get fat and stay fat? Specifically, how do whales do it? That’s what researchers in UA Biology are trying to finout out. To do so, Hope Ball, a PhD student in the Integrated Biosciences program is looking at tiny protein called leptin that’s involved in how the body regulates how much it eats and how much energy it burns. The goal for mammals is typically to find a balance between food intake and energy burn. Whales, and other obese mammals, have found a way to build large fat stores despite this balance but rather than being obese they appear to be healthy and happy as fat mammals. 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.