Pryor-England Center for Science and Engineering
During the summer of 2004 Harding's Science Center underwent significant expansion and remodeling and was rededicated as the Pryor-England Center for Science and Engineering.
The new three-story addition now houses Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. Extensive modernizing allowed expansion of the Biology and Chemistry departments.
The Advanced Genetics Lab
During the Advanced Genetics Laboratory course (BIOL 371) students are assigned individual projects which contribute to a large on-going collaboration between Dr. Rebekah Rampey and Dr. Bonnie Bartel (Rice University).
This course covers recombinant DNA techniques currently used in molecular biology research. After completing this course students may apply for summer research fellowships at Rice University in Dr. Bartel's lab. In the photo above, Josh Pratt ('07) prepares to stain and photograph an agarose gel to determine the success of his overnight plasmid ligation.
Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology is a two semester course. Lectures and labs are integrated such that systems are studied by discussion and simultaneous dissection.
Having used both models and preserved dissection specimens, students will be well prepared for pre-professional admission exams and admission into the nursing program.
They provide a unique perspective of the types of organisms found in the local freshwater environment as well as a sampling of saltwater species. The provide a popular viewing area for visitors to the science building as well as a respite from the stresses of academic life for students.
The Freshwater aquarium
The freshwater aquarium is set up in such a way as to represent the local conditions and aquatic life one would find in the Little Red River and Gin Creek which flow through Searcy. All of plants and animals in the aquarium were collected locally.
The Saltwater aquarium
Our 155 gallon aquarium was donated by W. R. and P. M. Boykin. It is stocked with marine fish and invertebrates.
Botany Classroom and Lab
Students are introduced to plant diversity, ecology and growth patterns through microscope work, field trips, and classroom discussions.
The greenhouse provides a variety of flowering specimens year round for the Botany class.
Cell and Tissue Culture Facility
Equipped with laminar flow hoods, incubators and inverted microscopes - this facility allows us to train students in a variety of techniques and assays used to study cell proliferation, apoptosis, and signaling pathway activation.
While practicing aseptic culture techniques, each takes a turn transferring media between containers at risk of being "shot" by water guns from on-lookers if a cap is dropped. "God made pinkies for one thing...aseptic technique!" (Dr. Steve Moore)
Developmental Physiology Lab Facility
Caenorhabditis elegans is a recently added animal model to the Cell and Molecular Biology lab course. Worms cultured by students are used to investigate the workings of RNA Interference, RNAi.
Lab work is an integral part of our Genetics course. During lab, students gain experience in DNA isolation, recombination, electrophoresis and other lab procedures commonly used in nucleic acid research.
124: Lecture Hall
One of the largest classrooms in the recently renovated portion of the Science and Engineering Center, Rm 123 is home to freshman Chemistry, introductory Biology, Chemistry Seminar and many other courses commonly taken by all science majors.
A popular place for students between classes, the lobby is equipped with comfortable seating, wireless internet, and a large plasma screen displaying the day's chapel announcements and advertising upcoming campus events.
Applying the culture and diagnostic techniques learned during the semester, Microbiology students work to identify their assigned bacterial "unknowns".
During the semester students use PCR to amplify species specific DNA fragments from their "unknowns". Using Bioinformatics techniques they compare the fragment sequences to national databases for identification.
Vertebrate Morphology Lab
Vert-Morph lab offers a rigorous dissection experience and provides solid foundation for understanding comparative anatomy. It is highly recommended for students planning careers in any of the allied health fields. Scott Benton and Daniel Bettis conduct their cat dissection outside to enjoy Arkansas' fall weather.
Students learn the diversity of the animal kingdom through numerous dissections and hands-on examination of the teaching collections; including terrestrial, freshwater and marine invertebrates, and reptiles and amphibians.