October 2022

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KAS has been standing up for Science in Kentucky since 1914! We encourage aspiring scientists, promote science literacy, give science a voice in policymaking, and recognize those who make the future brighter through scientific discovery.


News from Partners

EPSCoR & IDeA Newsletter  (Sep 30th) Established Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Institutional Development Award (IDeA), including federal funding opportunities and more!

Ky- INBRE News (Oct 3rd) KY IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence supports biomedical researchers and educators within the Commonwealth. The purpose of the network is to develop infrastructure and capacity for biomedical research and training in the state. Their newsletter  has training evetns, funding leads, and job opportunities.  You can also subscribe at the above link.

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If you have something to share in the monthly KAS newsletter, get in touch with our Newsletter editor, Mark dela Cerna.

Publish in the KAS Journal

The Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science publishes work in the Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences.
Digital issues are published as Issues-in-Progress which expedites publication for authors.

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Occurrence of Compsopogon coeruleus (red alga) on Lernaea (Copepoda) from Fishes in the Obion Creek Drainage, Hickman County, Kentucky
William G. Wells, Joshua Alvarez
Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science 82 (1), 42-44, (28 January 2022) Abstract
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How to Join the KAS Listserv

KAS has set up a listserv so our members can talk to each other, to share science-related news & announcements, offers, requests, questions and answers.

 Opt In to the listserv:
Log In at the KAS website (https://kyscience.org/)
In the Member Menu, go to Communication / Message Boards
Click to Opt In to the KAS Member Listserv (and choose the Daily Digest option if  you prefer)
To post to the listserv, send a message to kyscience@memberleap.com

Get your COVID Booster to stay safe this fall

We're looking forward to seeing hundreds of you in Morehead next month, and we want you to stay safe & healthy wherever you are. COVID boosters are now available - we are encouraging everyone to get one before gathering in Morehead!

Kentucky counties range from green to red (as of Sept. 30, 2022 above) - check your local status and find a vaccine close to you here: https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19.

KAS Annual Meeting in Morehead November 10-12

Annual Meeting Registration

The final registration deadline is November 3rd. Click here for additional details about our annual meeting. To continue to meeting registration, follow this linkThis year, we are incorporating the Kentucky Junior Academy of Science into the 2022 KAS Annual Meeting. Our partners at the Center for STEM+ eXcellence are helping us produce a terrific experience for our young scientists in middle and high schools. 

Keynote Speaker, Nov. 12th (11:15 AM)
Traveling Through Disciplines
Prof. Andrea Armani works across disciplinary boundaries. Dr. Armani is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California where she is developing novel non-linear materials and integrated optical devices that can be used in understanding disease progression and in quantum optics. 

Teacher Workshops
We are offering six different learning opportunities for K-12 teachers on Thursday Nov. 10 and Saturday Nov. 12These are being offered at no cost to K-12 teachers and participants will be offered certificates to secure professional development credit.  Workshop options:
  • DNA in Color
  • Aquaculture
  • Tree Rings
  • Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE)
  • Color Mixing using Glow Sticks and Spectroscopy
  • Geology Field Trip (full w /waiting list)
Click here for more information about the Teacher Workshop Details

Interdisciplinary Sessions
Check out our special themed sessions on Saturday Nov 12.
  • Cancer 
  • Climate Science
  • Equity in Science
Evening at the Space Center
Friday evening we'll be at the Morehead State University Space Science Center. Join us for tours and a show at the Star Theater!
Anechoic chamber at Morehead Space Science Center

Happy Hour at Sawstone Brewing
Relax with your fellow scientists Friday evening over beverages & conversation.

Local Accommodations
We have hotel blocks for attendees of the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting. These are at Hampton Inn - Morehead and Best Western Eagles Inn - Morehead. Hotel blocks are open until October 11 and October 15. Details on KAS hotel blocks.


Click here for an overview of meeting itinerary.

Candidates respond to KAS survey

Rob Weber, KAS Communications and Policy Director

Responses from Kentucky political candidates to a science policy survey are now available for online viewing.

KAS, in collaboration with the National Science Policy Network, distributed the questionnaire to candidates running for state and federal legislative offices in Kentucky. The ten-question survey covered topics including STEM education, innovation, PFAS chemicals, and climate change.

Click here to view survey responses.

We would like to thank the candidates who responded to the survey! Survey responses inform voters and provide opportunities for ongoing public discussion on science policy matters.

This year's general election in Kentucky will be held on Nov. 8.

KAS Research Grants Applications now open

Applications for the KAS Research Grants are now open!

KAS professional and student members are eligible to apply for 2023 KAS Research Grants. Applications are due November 15, 2022. Click here for more details about the available grants and the proposal/submission process.

The following categories are available. You can follow the lnks to see listing of recent grant awardees:
KAS requests that grant awardees present their research at a KAS Annual meeting. 

KAS Professional Members:  If you're not planning to submit a grant this year, would you be interested in reviewing grant proposals? We are looking for 8-10 reviewers to read and review grants between November and January.  To sign up, login at https://www.kyscience.org/ and find a link in your Member Menu, Thank you!

Bench Talk celebrates four-year anniversary

Rob Weber, KAS Communications and Policy Director

Congratulations to Bench Talk: The Week in Science! Last month the radio show that delivers science news and features to listeners marked its 150th show with a four-year anniversary celebration!

Dave Robinson, the founder of Bench Talk, says that the show has been a collaborative effort with his fellow KAS members from the start.

“We are trying to dispel the three biases the general public has about science; that it is boring, irrelevant or too difficult to comprehend," Robinson said. "We do this by using simple language, and reporting on a variety of topics in the natural and social sciences, as well as politics, ethics, technology, and STEM education.  We try to discuss topics that are on people’s minds, and we aren’t afraid of controversy.  On the other hand, a little dose of fun and trivia never hurt anyone!  People seem to wonder what the show will cover next.”

Bench Talk: The Week in Science airs on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on Louisville Forward Radio, WFMP-LP 106.5 FM. The show is replayed on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. You can listen to archived shows at https://www.forwardradio.org/bench-talk.


KAS Science & Outreach Award - nominations EXTENDED

We are continuing to accept nominations for this award until October 15th, 2022!

The KAS Excellence in Science Education & Outreach Award provides recognition of distinctive activities, educational programs, or approaches that increase involvement, engagement, and sustainability of science in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Nominations are open to individual members, and to groups of members (for example, from one or various institutions), that have collaborated on Education and Public Outreach initiatives. 

Evaluation criteria includes advocacy and involvement in public outreach, and overall impact on the public. For more information about the award, click here. Please send nomination materials to KAS Vice-President, Noel Novelo at noel.novelo@kysu.edu.

Annual Meeting Teachers Workshops

We are delighted to offer five workshops for teachers at the KAS/JKAS Annual Meeting in Morehead! Visit our webpage for additional details.

Nov. 10th, Thursday, 5-8pm ET
  • DNA in Color with Dr. Elizabeth Thomas
  • Aquaculture with Dr. Ken Thompson

Nov. 12th, Saturday, 12-5pm ET
  • Tree Rings with Dr. Maegen Rochner
  • Amgen Biotech Experience with Dr. Joanne Dobbins
  • Color Mixing using Glow Sticks and Spectroscopy with Dr. Jennifer Birriel

We are offering workshops at no cost for K12 teachers. If you're interested in supporting the teacher workshops as a Sponsor, please email us.

KAS Governing Board Elections

Special Election Results
Treasurer: Congratulations to Mark Wilson who has been elected as the new KAS Treasurer.
At-Large Representative: This race resulted in a tie! We are holding a runoff election between Jennifer Birriel and Monica Unseld. Please vote in the General Election.

General Election  OPENS SOON- Voting opens on Monday October 10. Vote by November 10.
Find a link in your email by Monday, October 10th, that will take you to a ballot with candidate bios. All KAS Members will be voting for:
  • KAS Vice President (who cycles to President-Elect, President, and Past President)
  • At-Large Representative (runoff)

Social & Behavioral Sciences Division Representative Election- opens Monday October 10. Vote by November 10.
This will be sent as a separate link for KAS members in this Division (which includes Anthropology / Sociology, Psychology, and Science Education)

Physical Sciences Division Representative Election- opens Monday October 10. Vote by November 10
This will be sent as a separate link for KAS members in this Division (which includes Analytical and Physical Chemistry, Organic/Inorganic Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy)

Thank you to our Sponsors & Exhibitors

We would like to thank our Sponsors and Exhibitors who will be joining us at the KAS Annual Meeting! There is still time to become a Sponsor, set up an Exhibitor's Table, or advertise in our program -- so add your name to this growing list! The annual meeting is a great opportunity for your company or organization to meet STEM professionals and students from all over the Commonwealth.

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Science Job Postings around KY

If you're looking for a job or if you're hiring, pop over to our jobs page. Please send any job announcements to executivedirector@kyscience.org and include contact information and closing date. We have several new job postings this month that you can view by clicking here. 
KAS Newsletter - October 2022