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Harding University lecture series continues with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Harding University lecture series continues with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

SEARCY, Ark. — Retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman of the U.S. Army will continue the 2013-14 Harding University American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium.

Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker, and he is an expert in the field of human aggression and the sources of violence and crime. Grossman has taught at West Point as a psychology and military science professor and has combined his experiences to create a new field of scientific study termed “killology.” With breakthrough contributions, Grossman has shared information on the understanding of killing in war, the psychological expense of war, the causes of the current “virus” of violent crime, and the process of healing the victims of violence in war and peace.

New study to focus on economics of educating women in Arkansas

New study to focus on economics of educating women in Arkansas

CONWAY (UCA)—University of Central Arkansas faculty and students in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership (LEAD) program are working together with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas to examine the economics of educating women in Arkansas.

This study will build upon previous findings by taking a new look at why women in Arkansas choose to pursue or not pursue higher levels of education. The study will examine how education impacts the individual characteristics, families, and communities of women when they have access to knowledge.  Researchers are also interested in the roles education, health, and other nonprofit institutions, as well as policy-makers, can play in influencing and lifting a woman’s potential. Previous research has examined earning potential of educated versus non-educated women, factors that influence educational attainment, and other economic and social results of not completing an education. 

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will kick off the new school year with the continuation of its Science Café Public Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Dr. Jack Waddell, a physics instructor at the school, will present “Six Degrees of Separation: What the Science of Complex Networks Reveals in our Lives.” The first Science Café of the year will be held in the ASMSA Boardroom, located in the Administration Building at 200 Whittington Ave.

The Science Café Lecture Series features a member of the ASMSA science faculty leading a discussion of scientific interest. The speaker will give a 20-minute lecture and then lead a discussion on the subject in a laid-back atmosphere. Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

HOT SPRINGS — The Lewis E. Lyle Chapter of the Air Force Association has named Nick Seward its Chapter Teacher of the Year for the high school division.

Seward is a computer science instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.

He is also a coach of the school’s CyberPatriot competition team. The competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, features teams of high school students interested in careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The teams compete to protect computer systems from cyber attacks.

 Schools nominate teachers for the award, and the chapter members vote on the nominees, said Larry Louden, the Lyle Chapter president. Louden and Morris Cash, the chapter’s secretary, presented the award plus a $250 prize to Seward this week.

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Summit Arena at the Hot Springs Convention Center. There are 97 students in the Class of 2013.

Three seniors will speak during the ceremony. Student Government Association President Sorena Lo of Paris will give the senior address. Mehr Shah of Little Rock will provide the welcome, and Dimple Shah of Paragould will give the senior speech. Lo is the daughter of Vanessa and Hue Lo. Mehr Shah is the daughter of Sitara and M.B. Shah. Dimple Shah is the daughter of Nisha and Himansu Shah.