February 2024

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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.


Science Job Postings

We have some terrific opportunities 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. 

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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.

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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.


Looking for Research Funding or Scholarships

Check out  KAS' Listing of Research funding leads and scholarship opportunities:

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.

 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 more involved with KAS on one of our Committees

Do you care about how science is being used by decision makers in Frankfort? Come to a KAS Policy Committee meeting to promote better science in state policy. We are going to be reviewing bills being introduced in this 2024 legislative session and looking for opportunities to ensure the best science available is being taken into consideration. The committee currently meets (on zoom) 2nd Wednesdays at 12:30pm ET but we may set up more meetings during the legislative session--- and you can always review bills  on your own time! Contact Rob Weber or Amanda Fuller if you'd like to join.

Are you passionate about advancing science education, supporting teachers, and promoting science literacy more broadly in Kentucky? Come to a KAS Education & Engagement Committee meeting. We're developing resources & programs for K12 STEM teachers, and promoting our existing programs like Mentor Match and the Science Speakers Bureau.  Help us bring more science to more people in Kentucky! We currently meet (on zoom) on 4th Mondays at 10am ET. Contact Rob Weber or Amanda Fuller if you'd like to join.

The Industry Committee is building connections with our STEM colleagues in the private sector and working to diversify membership within KAS. If you have connections with STEM employers and researchers in the private sector in Kentucky, or if you'd like to help us make these connections, we'd love to have you on this team. Email us if you'd like to join!

Feel free to get in touch if interested or if you have questions about any of our committees and initiatives!

Please donate to give students an unforgettable experience!

Rob Weber

As advocates for science education and innovation, we have a unique opportunity to empower the next generation of scientific leaders right here in our home state. Eleven exceptional high school students from the Kentucky Junior Academy of Science have earned the chance to represent our state as delegates at the prestigious American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) annual meeting this month in Denver.

Will you please donate to help give them this incredible experience? To contribute, please click here.
Please join us in supporting exceptional students who are poised to our state’s future innovators. Your generous contribution will help provide them with the opportunity to engage with leading scientific minds, share their research on a national stage, and receive invaluable encouragement to propel their pursuit of science.

Science Volunteer Opportunities

Spring into Reading Fair, Franklin County on April 26th. Volunteers will set up a table for KAS and share science activities for families and kids aged 4-8 years old. Will Hillenbrand, an Ohio author and illustrator, will share his story, Kite Day.
  • Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) 300 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort . 9:30 am – 1:00 pm ET. Contact Amy Olson, Youth Services Consultant:  amy.olson@ky.gov  502-564-1739

Science fairs are a great way to meet the next generation of Kentuckian scientists and to celebrate the scientific creativity of students in our state. Learn more by visiting the webpage for the following science fairs throughout Kentucky, and volunteer as judges as needed!

Find additional ongoing Science Volunteer Opportunities at the KAS website.

Study Geology in England and Scotland

For more information, watch the following informational video made by the trip leader!


Undergraduates: Apply now for summer research opportunities

It's time to apply for NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)! Most program deadlines are in mid-February.

The Kentucky Academy of Science has updated our list of undergraduate research opportunities for Summer 2024. Click here to find some of these Undergraduate Research Opportunities, including a link to search nationally for a program that fits your interests. 

Funding opportunities

Did you know? The Kentucky Academy of Science has a whole page that contains information of several funding opportunities that may be of interest to its members! Here's a new one we just posted:

Kentucky Waterways Alliance Seed Grant funds projects in all of Kentucky’s seven major river basins, addressing nonpoint source pollution.

Click here to find out more about other funding opportunities!

Eclipse Science for All

from Scientific American

On April 8, millions of Americans will have a direct view of a complete solar eclipse. If you’d like to get more hands-on during this last-of-a-generation event, here are four NASA-funded projects that anyone can participate in on eclipse day. 

SunSketcher: This app will automatically snap two photos during the eclipse to help scientists get measurements of the sun down to a few kilometers of accuracy. 
Eclipse soundscape: Volunteer data collectors will use recording devices called AudioMoths to capture sound wherever they are during the eclipse. One of the goals is to monitor how animals and insects react to eclipses.
HamSCI: Radio frequencies bounce off the Earth’s ionosphere, and changes in that part of the atmosphere can change the radio frequency measurements. During the eclipse, participants can tune into a shortwave station out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Using special equipment they can record changes in the frequency measurement from the radio station. Those changes can be attributed to variations in the ionosphere during the eclipse.
Eclipse megamovie: Participants in this project will use digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) cameras with a zoom lens and a tripod and point it in a specific direction at a specific time to snap images of the eclipse. Researchers will use artificial intelligence to help analyze the images and identify solar storms, sun spots and plasma outbursts.

KAS to empower future science advocates with Feb. 9 workshop

Rob Weber

The Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) is preparing to offer its online Science Advocacy Workshop this year. The session is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. There’s still time to register at https://bit.ly/48mLfhJ.

The Feb. 9 workshop, as well as the first one held last month, are aimed at helping college students pursuing science degrees become effective voices for the science community when public policy decisions are made. Much of the focus is on the issues being debated by the Kentucky General Assembly. Tips on how advocates can stay connected to the policymaking process and have an impact.
KAS offers with workshops in partnership with the Kentucky Academy of Science, UK’s Kentucky Advocates for Science Policy and Research (KASPR), UofL’s Science Policy and Outreach Group (SPOG), and the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition. The first workshop featured insights from the Science Policy and Outreach Group as well as Rep. Lisa Willner, D-Louisville.
At the Feb. 9 workshop, we’ll hear from Kentucky Advocates for Science Policy and Research, a panel of health and environmental advocates, as well as two state senators: Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ryland Heights, and Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard.

KAS Policy Committee tracking action at State Capitol

Rob Weber

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2024 session is now in its second month and activity in the State Capitol is speeding up.

The KAS Science Policy Committee is tracking issues under consideration, getting feedback from members, communicating with lawmakers, and highlighting matters important to the science community.
This year is a budget-writing year in which lawmakers are tasked with creating the next two-year spending plan for the state. This is the biggest issue of the session and the only bill lawmakers are constitutionally required to pass.
As the legislative session unfolds, citizens are encouraged to actively engage with their lawmakers. You can share your feedback with lawmakers on any issue by calling the General Assembly’s legislative message line at 1-800-372-7181.

Click here to read full story focusing on issues KAS is tracking!

Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) applications open until Feb 9

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is a networking conference where younger scientists not only get to network with their peers, but also have the unique opportunity to meet the pioneers in their fields. Only 200 young researchers will be invited to Heidelberg every September and there is an open application until February 9th 2024.

Please share with undergraduate/graduate students or post-doctoral fellows in mathematics and computer science or closely related fields. Attending the HLF is a truly beneficial experience that provides the next generation of researchers not only with a resourceful network but also sustainable career development.

Nominate a Geologist for a national award!

Recognize an Outstanding Member for an AIPG 2024 National Award!  The American Institute of Professional Geologists has extended the deadline to nominate members for 2024 Awards - February 9, 2024.

The online process to make a nomination starts at aipg.org/awards.
KAS Newsletter - February 2024