July 2023

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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.


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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

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.


News from Partners

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.

Community Science Toolkit

After the Community Science workshop at the How-To Festival, we've assembled some tools for community members wanting to participate in scientific research, and for scientists wanting to serve their communities better.  Here are are few resources we've assembled:

If you know of other good tools, please share them with us and we'll add them to the toolkit!

West Louisville Math & Science Project hosts Human Anatomy event

Exploring Human Anatomy
July 15, 2023, 1-4 PM, KY Center for African American Heritage

There is a lot in store from the featured body systems to the panel of medical professionals, from the activities to the food. Those interested in participating can register by clicking here. For more information, please email info@wlmsp.org

Propose a special session or workshop for the KAS Annual Meeting

Call for Special Session & Workshop Proposals
KAS Annual Meeting

Nov 2-4, 2023, Northern Kentucky University

The Kentucky Academy of Science is requesting proposals for special sessions and workshops at the KAS Annual Meeting this November. If you’d like to organize a session on a special topic please send us a short proposal and we’ll consider including it in our program. We cannot promise you any particular time slot in the program but if you have recommendations we will do our best to accommodate.

Oral Presentation Session – 2-4 hours (for examples see the Cancer session and Climate Science session in the 2022 program)
  • Session topics should be cross-disciplinary
  •  Please list a minimum of 3 presenters
  • Abstract submissions will also be welcome into this session
  • Presentations may be longer than 15 minutes
  • Special sessions may also be appropriate content for a Theme issue of the Journal of the KAS
  • Please submit your Oral Presentation Session proposal by August 1

Workshop Session 1-3 hours
  • The audience may be students, professionals, and / or K12 Teachers.
  • Please submit a 250-word description + list of presenter(s)
  • Workshops are  offered at no cost or at a minimal fee for materials, if applicable
  • Please submit your Workshop Proposal by August 24.

Meeting Registration and Abstract Submission opens September 1
Abstract Submission deadline will be October 1.

Click here to submit a special session or workshop proposal

Master of Teaching Scholarships for STEM Graduates

The Bellarmine Noyce Knights Team  

Have you considered a career that allows you to share your passion for science or mathematics with future generations? Are you interested in a teaching certification in science or mathematics? If so, Bellarmine University has received a scholarship opportunity you may be interested in! The Noyce Knights Scholarship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides eligible students with tuition support to obtain their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and teaching certification at Bellarmine.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can apply at our website. You may also reach out to Kristin Cook (kcook@bellarmine.edu) to schedule a phone call or Teams meeting to discuss more details.   

The Bellarmine Noyce Knights Team  
 Kristin Cook, Ph.D.
Bellarmine University
Professor of Science Education
Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education 
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone 502.272.8146


Click here for some program highlights...

STEM Career trainings for historically under-represented groups

 The National Research Mentoring Network's new series of eight mini courses, “Applying for Graduate School and Summer Research Experiences" is intended to provide students from historically underrepresented groups the training, support, and resources necessary to successfully apply to Ph.D. programs in health-related research fields. 

Students can enroll in any or all of the following short courses, each designed to take an hour or less:
  • The Graduate School Application Process
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Preparation and Expectations
  • Seeking Financial Support for Graduate Schools
  • How to Interview Successfully for Graduate School
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Summer Research Experience

Looking for a mentor to help you through applying to graduate school or summer research?
NRMN's My Mentor Program can help match you up!

Publish with JKAS!

The Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science (JKAS) accepts various types of submissions:
  • Research Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Opinion pieces
  • Book Reviews
  • Notes
  • Proposals for Theme Issues
We publish on an issue-in-progress model which can mean faster publication for authors. 

Find out more about the journal by clicking here. Also, check out articles from the latest issue of the journal!

Kentucky Science Teachers' Association Membership & Annual Conference)

The KY Science Teachers Association is offering ½ price membership for New or Lapsed members. By joining now, you not only get a great deal, but this will also allow you to register (at member rate!) for the KSTA Annual Conference on November 3rd and 4th at the University of Louisville’s ShelbyHurst Campus Conference CTR. (Unfortunately this falls on the same weekend as the KAS Annual Meeting, but if you can't join KAS at NKU, we hope you'll gather with science teachers!)

During this meeting, you can expect concurrent sessions for all grade levels, as well as an exhibit hall with educational services and resources. The Keynote speaker this year is Dr. Paula Grisanti, CEO and founding member of the National Stem Cell Foundation. Other special guests include authors and science experts!

For more information about the conference, registration details, and session proposals, visit the KSTA website.


Prof. Holm coordinates Girls Science Day camp in Malawi

Photo Credit: Dr. Rochelle Holm

As an extension of her Wastewater Based Epidemiological work at the University of Louisville Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, Associate Professor Rochelle Holm coordinated a Girls Science Day camp in Malawi on June 3.  The themes focused on wastewater, sanitation, and viruses, as well as jobs in STEM. There were 250 area girls that attended from among 5 area elementary schools.

Make a nomination for KAS Member Spotlight!

Rob Weber

KAS has launched a “Member Spotlight” series to highlight exceptional KAS members throughout the state. You can help shine a spotlight on KAS members by making a nomination. Nominate yourself or any KAS member who you’d like to see featured on our webpage and on social media pages.

Each Member Spotlight will consist of a photo of a KAS member along with their response to a question like “What initially sparked your interest in science” or “Could you tell us about an interesting project you’ve worked on this year?”
Send your nomination(s) to policy@kyscience.org. To view our first member spotlight, which features Dr. Karen Rush of Campbellsville University, visit the spotlight page.

Become an S&T Policy Fellow

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps approximately 4,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits and industry to serve the nation and the world.

Application for the fellowship opens in the summer. Follow this link to watch out for the application and to submit your application.

Learn more about this program by visiting their webpage.

STEM Summer Camps are underway

KAS has compiled some opportunities for STEM summer camps around Kentucky - check out this list and send us others we missed

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 - July 2023