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UALR Science Laboratories Tours

Come tour UALR science laboratories, talk to current students and faculty members, discover exciting new developments in science, and explore career opportunities in science and research.

Lab tours will open at 9:00am and will continue throughout the day until 5:00pm. (Lab tours will be closed during the keynote address between 1:00pm and 2:30pm). All laboratories and displays will be located in UALR Science Lab Building.

  • The Museum of Discovery will have a station called “Design Your Own Dino.” Visitors will be presented with a variety of ecosystems ranging from a sweltering swamp, to an icy mountain top, to the dark depths of the ocean. After picking one of these habitats, you will be able to design a dinosaur to live in one of these unique climates. You will want to keep in mind that it would need to move around, get food, and stay safe.

    To design a dinosaur you will pick out body parts that are printed on card stock, including bodies, appendages (legs, arms, wings, tails, necks), and heads to build an animal that you think will be able to thrive in a specific environment. After you have the different parts picked out, you can color your dinosaur to be camouflaged or really bright so that it would stand out to warn others.

  • Paleontologist Joseph Daniel will present a fascinating display of fossils and dinosaur bones and will be there to answer any questions. Additionally, you will be able to see what fossils you can find in Arkansas and where to find them, or bring your own fossils for identification.

  • Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (3D Printer at UALR)

  • Nanotechnology Center

  • Geology Laboratories: "Mineral evolution, which frame mineralogy in a historical context, is based on the premise that the geosphere and biosphere have coevolved through a sequence of deterministic and stochastic events.  Three eras of mineral evolution planetary accretion, crust and mantle reworking, and biologically mediated mineralogy – each saw dramatic changes in the diversity and distribution of Earth's near-surface minerals.  An important implication of this model is that different terrestrial planets and moons achieve different stages of mineral evolution, depending on the geological, petrological, and biological evolution of the body." ( from "Mineral Evolution: Mineralogy in the Fourth Dimension" in Elements Magazine, February 2010, Volume 6, Number 1). The exhibit will discuss the stages of mineral evolution on Earth, and show different examples, both in hand sample and under the microscope, of minerals from the different stages of Earth's mineral evolution.

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