November 2023

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Science Job Postings

We have some terrific opportunities this month that you can view at our jobs page. Please send any job announcements to and include contact information and closing date. 

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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.

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.

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Scenes from the KAS Annual Meeting

It was great to see you at the KAS Annual Meeting at NKU last week!

You can also see other videos from the annual meeting in the KAS YouTube channel. We’ll post more photos and videos from the annual meeting to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter in the days ahead. Please follow KAS on social media so that you see our posts about the meeting’s speakers,
researchers, and activities!

Watch the KAS website for additional news. We will also be making an announcement soon about the location of next year's meeting. Thank you!

2024 KAS Research Grant Applications now open

KAS members at Academic Institutions are eligible to apply for KAS grants. Grant applications are now open and are due on November 15, 2023!

For 2024 we have updated the Terms and Conditions for all KAS Grants requiring grantees to submit something for publication. Please familiarize yourself with the updated Terms and Conditions.
Kentucky Academy of Science awards grants in several categories:
  • Marcia Athey and Botany Funds
  • Special Research Program
  • Undergraduate Research Program
  •  Supply grants
  • Summer Research Grants
  • Athey Science Education & Outreach Grant

Click here to find out more about the grants, the new Terms and Conditions, and also to see the past research that we have funded!

AAUW Scholarships due Nov 15

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Since 1888, AAUW has been one of the largest funders of women’s graduate education, investing in women who go on to change the world. They are providing more than $6 million in funding to 285 fellows and grantees in the 2023-24 award year. The following are currently available fellowships and grants – all with November 15th deadlines:
  • American Fellowships, $8,000 to $50,000: Supports women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 
  • Career Development Grants, $2,000 to $20,000: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2016. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation and dependent care. Funds are not available for doctorate-level work. 
  • Community Action Grants, $3,000 to $10,000: Provides funding to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations, as well as community-based nonprofits for programs that promote education and equity for women and girls.
  • International Fellowships, $20,000 to $50,000: Awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents. Both grad and post-grad studies at accredited US institutions are supported.
  • International Project Grants, $3,000 to $10,000: Awards grants to International Fellowship alumnae who have returned home after successfully completing the course of study for which they received funding to build on their academic work and implement community-based projects that will improve the lives of women and girls.
  • Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine and Science, $10,000 to $35,000: Help women overcome barriers by funding research projects that will culminate in scholarly publications. The grantee must publish their research in a scholarly publication and be listed as a primary author.
  • Selected Professions Fellowships, $20,000: These are awarded for the following master’s programs: architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics. Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields: Master’s in business administration, Law, doctorate in medicine.

KAS to take part in Giving Tuesday

Rob Weber

The Kentucky Academy of Science will participate in “Giving Tuesday” on Nov. 28 and we need your help! 

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a
day dedicated to charitable giving, encouraging people worldwide to support causes they care
about. As members of the Kentucky Academy of Science, we understand the importance of fostering
scientific education and research within our state. By supporting KAS on Giving Tuesday we can
directly contribute to support the advancement of science in Kentucky.


Join Science on the Ballot!

Science on the Ballot (formerly Science Debate) asks candidates, elected officials, the public, and the media to focus more on science policy issues of vital importance to modern life. As part of a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Science on the Ballot is completely nonpartisan.

Click here to join the KY coalition of Science on the Ballot to help prepare for the 2024 elections! You don’t have to be an NSPN member to help out! 

To donate to the Science on the Ballot program, click here. For questions, contact Madison Flory.


KAS and partners screen film on “Science of Reading”

Rob Weber

 A lively panel discussion followed the Oct. 22 screening of the film “The Right to Read” at Louisville’s Speed Cinema.

The Kentucky Academy of Science partnered with the cinema and the Louisville Courier Journal to host the event and shed light on efforts to promote evidence-based literacy instruction methods. While the film primarily focused on literacy advocates' endeavors in Oakland, California, the issue at hand resonates with schools nationwide, including Kentucky, which is actively addressing the need for improved literacy education.

Click here for the full story.

Second “Kentucky Math Summit” to be held in Hopkinsville

Rob Weber

The first “Kentucky Math Summit” was such a success that a second one has been scheduled for Hopkinsville next month. The Hopkinsville meeting will bring together math teachers and others interested in mathematics to look at data, identify trends, and collaborate on ideas about improving math achievement among Kentucky students.

The Dec. 4 meeting will be held at The Bruce Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There’s no cost to attend. You can find more info and register here. If you are interested in the summit but can’t attend, the registration form provides an option to receive a recording of the meeting and provide feedback asynchronously.

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Study Abroad opportunity for geologists

Tax law Section 174 and its impact on small business R&D

One of the interesting issues that has recently come before the KAS Science Policy Committee involves change in federal tax law and its impact on research and development efforts. Committee members heard a first-hand account of the way research aimed at developing a neonatal heart pump with the help of University of Louisville scientists was being hindered. To help spread awareness, the following explanation of the new tax law and its impact on efforts associated with the heart pump has been provided by KAS members Dr. Gretel Monreal, UofL Associate Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and Dr. Steven C. Koenig, Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and Bioengineering. The Science Policy Committee will continue to track this issue and proposals in Congress to address it.

Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA, passed in December 2017) that went into effect in 2022, small businesses are now facing the unexpected challenges and overwhelming burden of being taxed on research expenditures associated with a recently included change in Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 174. As a consequence, small businesses are now taxed on any research grant they receive, including those from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other federal funding agencies. Small businesses have depended on these grants to fund their pre-commercialization research and development efforts and to seek investor support to bridge funding gap(s) and bring their products to the market.  Nearly all innovation comes out of small businesses, which account for over 60% of all industry. The majority of small businesses are LLC start-ups with less than 10-15 employees spun out of universities that license and support intellectual property developed by faculty and students, and are comprised of women, underrepresented populations, military veterans, and early retirees seeking to develop highly innovative devices and platform technologies at an early development phase (Phase I) through product design freeze (Phase II) and ultimately successful commercialization (Phase IIB). KAS members Gretel Monreal PhD and Steven C. Koenig PhD, faculty at the University of Louisville, know this very well: through their Advanced Heart Failure Research Program, they collaborate with small businesses to write and submit grants to help with the development and testing of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices for the treatment of end-stage heart failure (think blood pumps, total artificial hearts, etc), for which they have been awarded 30+ National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and helped successfully translate 15 medical devices into clinical practice.

Click here for the full story.

Nagoya University IRES Summer Internship

You are invited to apply to this NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) summer internship at Nagoya University, Japan.

Six undergraduate and one graduate student will do research and development on the Neutron Optics Parity and Time Reversal EXperiment (NOPTREX), which will investigate the matter/antimatter asymmetry of the Universe. Recruitment, selection and training are carried out by the collaborating institutions: University of Kentucky, Indiana University, Ohio University, Berea College, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Centre College, and Hendrix College. Participants will receive extensive individualized training during the academic year as they develop specialized hardware for the experiment to prepare them for specific tasks during their research in Japan the following summer. 

Participants will learn collaborative skills as they share their progress with each other and their Japanese mentors in weekly collaboration video conference meetings during the academic year. They will receive additional scientific and cultural awareness training during two in-person collaboration meetings before travel to Japan. Click here for more information!

UofL Post-Bac Program

University of Louisville

Interested in pursuing a PhD in biomedical science but not ready to apply to a PhD program? UL-BIOMED-PREP is a paid interdisciplinary post-baccalaureate program offering research experience, professional development workshops and tuition-free courses for graduates who are interested in pursuing a PhD in science. Application portal will open December 15th.

For more details, click here or contact

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KAS Newsletter - November 2023