February 2023

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EPSCoR & IDeA News Established Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Institutional Development Award (IDeA), including federal funding opportunities and more! EPSCoR is a program serving states such as Kentucky, to build capacity for federally funded scientific research.

Ky- INBRE Recent News  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 events, funding leads, and job opportunities.  You can also subscribe at the above link.

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

Share your news with KAS members

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

KAS working to welcome more Industry members

KAS is working to diversify our membership and welcome more Affiliates and members from the private sector. There are some exciting job opportunities in scientific companies in Kentucky, and a lot of benefits for our scientists in academia to be connecting to scientists in business & industry. Are you interested in helping us make those connections?

KAS Treasurer Mark Wilson, former CEO of ECMBio, is chairing a new committee to explore ways to make these connections. We'll be setting up a new Affiliate membership category for Industrial members, and exploring member benefits. If you're interested in joining this committee, or if you have ideas to share, please email Mark Wilson.

KAS Member, Dr. Monica Unseld recognized as Science Defender

Dr. Monica Unseld, KAS Member and the Executive Director of Until Justice Data Partners was recently recognized as a Science Defender by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). This recognition is awarded to individuals who have defended science or used science in a way to help people and change the world for the better. Dr. Unseld aims to democratize access to science and data for those who seek justice

Learn more about Until Justice and what they do at untiljusticedatapartners.org. You can also read about other UCS Science Defenders and their amazing work by following this link.

Mentorship opportunity: "Meet the Scientists" Feb 16

Meet the Scientists
Feb 16th, 9:30 am / 3:30 pm ET

The American Junior Academy of Science is looking for scientists for a virtual "Meet the Scientists" program on Thursday, February 16th. Scientists like you are volunteering for a 70-minute session, talking about your career path, and what you love about being a scientist. You'll be talking to small groups of high school students in either a morning (9:30 ET) or afternoon session (3:30 ET) and answering their questions.

Organizers are looking for scientists from all over the country for this VIRTUAL mentorship event. Please specify your time of day preference and send RSVP's to Philip Winchell, Acting Director, American Junior Academy of Science.

Memberships available for the Citizen Science Association

The Envirome Institute in Louisville is offering KAS members 10 complimentary memberships to the Citizen Science Association (CSA). Anyone interested to join can sign up by clicking this unique membership link. These memberships are for one year (January 1 to December 31, 2023) and are worth between $40-120.

The Citizen Science Association (CSA) is a member-driven organization that connects people from a wide range of experiences around one shared purpose: advancing knowledge through research and monitoring done by, for, and with members of the public. Learn more about what interesting things are happening at the CSA by visiting their webpage

2023 KOFS Annual Meeting

Kentucky Organization of Field Stations
Annual Meeting

Please save the date for the upcoming annual meeting of the Kentucky Organization of Field Stations. The meeting will be held in collaboration with Kentucky State University. The general details are as follows:


  • Thursday, March 23rd – Any attendees wanting to arrive early can do so, for primitive camping. The location for attendees on the afternoon of this day (and evening) will be at KSU’s Environmental Education Research Center.
  • Friday, March 24th – The principal meeting for KOFS will be held at KSU’s Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm. The agenda will follow with the new year, but generally we’ll have a start time of ca. 9:30 AM and a wrap-up by 3:30 PM.

For questions or any programming ideas for the meeting, do not hesitate to email Luke Dodd (Web/Communications Offier) or Jenny Hubbard-Sanchez (KOFS President).

Contributions needed for science students’ D.C. trip

Rob Weber

There’s still time to reach our goal in a fundraiser to support Kentucky high school students who have earned invitations to present their scientific research at a national meeting in Washington, DC!
You can contribute  by clicking here. 

Our goal is to raise $6,400 to support seven students’ participation in the American Junior Academy of Science meeting in March. To reach our goal, we need your help!

The students earned their invitations to serve as delegates at the meeting in Washington D.C. by giving highly rated research presentations during the 2022 Junior Academy of Science meeting. The D.C. meeting will give students opportunities to share their research with others in the national academy, receive feedback and encouragement from scientists, and become inductees in the American Junior Academy of Science. Click here to learn more about their work!

More than 60 sign up for KAS science advocacy workshops

Rob Weber

Science Student Advocacy workshops offered by KAS are enjoying healthy growth in their second year! 

The number of student groups collaborating with KAS on the workshops has also grown, from two last year to three this year. UofL’s Science Policy and Outreach Group and UK’s Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition are both collaborating for the second straight year. The Kentucky Students Environmental Coalition is the latest group to come on board as a collaborator.

The first of two workshops was held Feb. 3. The second workshops will be held Feb. 17. Students who participate on both of the online workshops will be certified as “Kentucky Science Advocates.

Read the full story here.

Website shows bills tracked by KAS Education and Advocacy team

Rob Weber

The KAS Education and Advocacy Committee is once again tracking state legislation important to the science community and sharing its work online. You can see the bills committee members have identified as measures worth following by clicking here
So far, 22 bills have been tagged as priority items to keep an eye on by the committee.  Education, environment, and health measures are among those on the list. The number of bills being tracked is certain to grow as more legislation is introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2023 session. Viewers of the KAS website can view legislative summaries, see who sponsors bills, and click on links to the General Assembly’s website for additional information. The KAS page is updated regularly to show exactly where each bill stands in the legislative process.
Education and Advocacy members rank bills on a ten-point scale to determine which ones are considered most worthy of being followed. Bills that have scored highest on that scale this year includes a measure to create an Innovative Teacher Education Grant Program and a bill that would end the state’s requirement for community water fluoridation.
The General Assembly’s 2023 session is scheduled to adjourn on March 30.

Carbonate short course in Bahamas May 13-20

For more details about this short course, contact Frank Ettensohn (fettens@uky.edu, 859-257-1401).

Wildland Firefighter Recruitment Camp June 5-9

Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

It's time to start thinking about summer research in 2023. Paid research opportunities are available across the country in many disciplines! Most application deadlines are in February. Start you research here:

Invitation to Apply: Smithsonian STEM Education Summit

STEM Education Summit: Building a Coalition for Attracting and Retaining a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce
March 3 – March 5, 2023
Application Deadline: January 20th

The Smithsonian Science Education Center in collaboration with Shell USA, Inc. is hosting a STEM Education Summit on March 3-5, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana to engage leadership teams throughout the US who have identified problems of practice related to attracting and retaining a diverse STEM teaching workforce. This Summit is a highly interactive experience, with a clear outcome at the end – giving education systems the tools to develop district-specific “action plans” for attracting and retaining minority STEM teachers to leadership roles while remaining in the classroom. 

Learn more about the program by clicking here. For additional details on how you can participate and apply as a team or as a mentor, follow this link

2023 AAAS Annual Meeting

Attend the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. or online!

The 2023 meeting will feature multi-disciplinary research that advances knowledge and responds to the needs of humanity. Follow the conversation online with #AAASmtg. Click here for additional details.

Science Job Postings around KY

We have several new job postings this month that you can view at our jobs page. Please send any job announcements to executivedirector@kyscience.org and include contact information and closing date. 
KAS Newsletter - February 2023