May 2019

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KAS has set up a new listserv so our members can talk to each other, to share science-related news & announcements, offers, requests, questions and answers. We are excited about fostering more conversations within our scientific community!

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KAS is looking for an Instagram account manager

If you use Instagram, and you'd like to help KAS manImage result for instagramage our Instagram account, get in touch with us. We're looking for someone to post something about once a week and keep in touch with our members. Thanks!

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The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative's STEM Event Guide

The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative's STEM Event Guide has a number of summer listings- and the Summer edition will be coming out soon. Check it out at:

Upcoming Events

From our calendar at www.kyscience.orgg

Monarch Monitoring training in Frankfort
KY Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Frankfort
#1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601

The Kentucky Geological Survey Annual Seminar
Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building on the University of Kentucky campus

“Go Girl! Engineering Sleepover” at UK

Lexington Youth Science Summit

Louisville Youth Science Summit
07/09/2019- 07/10/2019

SpaceTrek Science & Engineering camp for girls
07/12/2019- 07/20/2019
Morehead State University

Apollo 11 Party
Kentucky Science Center
727 W Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Apollo 11 Celebration

Ecological Society of America meeting in Louisville
08/11/2019- 08/16/2019

Junior Academy Photos & Winners

2019 Award Winners
Grand Prize Winners

1st: Kavya Koneru and Jack Boylan
1st: Naomi Kim
2nd: Evan Hendrickson
2nd: Jiaen Hu and Eleanor Hummel
3rd:  Varun Chandrasekhar
3rd: Aamya Vohra
All grand prize winners will receive financial support from KAS to attend the American Junior Academy of Science meeting in Seattle in February 2020, as Kentucky delegates.
Category Winners
High School Microbiology and Medical Anthropology
1st: Aamya  Vohra
2nd: Jonathan Joh
3rd: Harshith Gontla
High School Biological Topics 1
1st: Naomi Kim
2nd: Aakash Vadhanam
3rd: (TIE) Smrithi Balasubramanian
       (TIE) Sreevatsa Vemuri
High School Biological Topics 2
1st: Jack Boylan and Kavya Koneru
2nd: Emma Huang
3rd: Rojin Shirwan
High School Chemistry
1st: Jiaen Hu and Eleanor Hummel
2nd: Shreeya Julakanti
3rd: Viyathma Hapuarachchi
High School Computer Science and Engineering
1st: Varun  Chandrasekhar
2nd: Nimish Mathur
3rd: Muran Srinivasan
High School Botany and Environmental Science
1st: Evan Hendrickson
2nd: Vasa Vemuri
3rd: Shyam Ravishankar and Ranga Chennakesavula
Middle School Group 1
1st: Sarah Kwasny
2nd: (TIE) Sarah Jenkins
       (TIE) Leah Niemann
3rd: Vedha Balamurugan
Middle School Group 2
1st: Swetha Senthilnathan
2nd: Eli Oetken
3rd: (TIE) Anirudh Srinivasan
       (TIE) Tejaswin Gontla
Middle School Group 3
1st: Mary Shea Ballantine
2nd: Varshini Loganathan
3rd: Chloe Nunn

Great big round of applause to our KSU student volunteers and to our judges. We couldn't do it without your help! Thanks to Robert Skolik, Robin Cooper, Frank Ettensohn, Akash George, Rubens Petit-Homme, Leslie North, Ed Wilcox, Ehigbai Oikeh, Charlie Zhang, Doug Chatham, Andy Martin, Lalu Vijayakrishnapillai, Mahavir Singh, Swagata "Ban" Banerjee, Ibukun Amusan, Jennifer Birriel, Chandler Al-Namer, Bala Appakalai, Ignacio Birriel, (and there in spirit: Jyotica Batra and Keely Lowe).

More about the Junior Academy

A few photos from this year's event

Congratulations to our 2019 KAS Grant Recipients

Marcia Athey and Botany Funds
The role of mycorrhizal associations in promoting Microstegium vimineum invasion. Kimberly Koenig, University of Louisville.
  Amphibian Developmental Plasticity in Response To Global Climate Change at Geographic Range Margins, Cy Mott, EKU

Engineering Surfaces to Control Wetting Behavior of Ultra-small Droplets,  Srinivasan Rasipuram. University of Louisville
  Bingocize: A Novel Mobile Application to Help Improve Older Adult Health in Underserved Areas, Matthew Shake, WKU
  The Waldron Shale Project: Fossil identification and analysis for K-12 Science Classrooms. Katherine Bulinski, Bellarmine University
Neuro-NORSE (Neuroscience Outreach Resources for Secondary Education). Christine Curran, NKU

Find more information about KAS Research Grants HERE

Berea 2019 & EKU 2020 Annual Meetings

Berea College is excited to welcome KAS on Nov 1-2 for the 2019 Annual meeting!

Highlights will include:
  • Registration, Exhibitors, and Talks in the beautiful new Margaret A Cargill Science building
  • Posters & Plenary session in the Alumni Center and Woods-Penn
  • Student-organized Friday Night of Science and an over-21 reception at Boone Tavern
  • Graduate student reception
  • An outing to the forest and guided hikes by the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center
  • Accommodations for a more inclusive meeting such as gender neutral restrooms and space for nursing mothers
  • Two Science Teacher workshops
Don't miss it! Registration and Abstract Submission will be open in August.

In 2020, KAS is collaborating with the Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA) for a joint meeting at EKU. If you're a member at EKU and you'd like to be involved in advising & planning, please get in touch.

KAS developing Code of Ethics

The Kentucky Academy of Science is working on drafting a Code of Ethics so that we can uphold a high level of scientific and professional integrity in all of our events and programs. Watch for more about this in coming months!

Monarch Monitoring workshop May 3

By Michaela Rogers, Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

A representative from The Monarch Joint Venture is coming to KY to host a monarch monitoring workshop on May 3rd. The focus of the day will be training attendees on protocol for the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP). This program is used to monitor monarch populations and habitat as part of a national initiative, but can also be tailored to assess your own pollinator enhancement sites. 
Date: May 3, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (or 3:00 PM/optional final session)
Location: KY Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Frankfort
Cost: Option to choose between full day attendance ($25), or half day attendance ($15) in which you attend the field portion only
Registration: Online at MJV’s website: click here to register. Sign up by May 1st, registration limited to 25
See the registration website for further details, please reach out with any questions. For those that cannot attend on this date, feel free to let me know if you would participate in a future workshop.  
Find workshop flyers here
Read more about the protocol


EKU Natural Areas jobs

Submitted by Stephen Richter

Find more Science Job listings on KAS' website: CLICK HERE 

Eastern Kentucky University has two vacant positions we are filling that are associated with our Natural Areas.
The College of Education is currently searching for an assistant professor of science education, with a preferred (although not required) focus on environmental education. We hope the successful candidate will work closely with our Division of Natural Areas to assist with and conduct research related to our environmental education programming for K-12 and adults at our three field stations. The position was approved late in the academic year, but it is now posted on the Chronicle of Higher Ed and can be accessed on EKU’s HR site:​.  The position closes mid-May.
The Division of Natural Areas, the department that manages our three field stations, is searching for an assistant manager at our Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Research Station, which is an old-growth forest with a research and learning center, bunkhouse, and other facilities. This position is not yet posted.  Please contact Melinda Wilder at, with questions.

Kentucky Natural History initiatives

Did you know? Kentucky has an online Natural History Survey. Check it out and participate here:

Meanwhile, efforts are underway to re-establish the Kentucky Society of Natural History, which recently became inactive. The society began around 1943 and was associated with the University of Louisville. During this time, it had a strong science-driven focus. In 1982, it was no longer associated with UofL, and although the focus was still on the science of natural history, many academic scientists stopped participating.

Members of KAS and the Kentucky Organization of Field Stations (KOFS) hope to re-establish the Society and get university faculty and students more involved. This society includes all of the field sciences of natural history— geography, geology, biology, environmental chemistry, and others. If you would like to nominate yourself for a leadership position before May 15, please click HERE. Please also pass this on to colleagues that you think might be interested.  KAS and KOFS hope for future collaborations and partnerships among the three groups. For more information, please contact Stephen Richter.


New Journal issue published

Check out the latest issue of the Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science!
Members can log in at our website to find all journals available for free. To search, use the Bio One link on this page:

The Journal is transitioning to online-only publishing which will result in fast publication for authors. Find submission instructions at the link above.

Modeling Workshops for Teachers

Submitted by Dr. William Thornburgh

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) has over 50 summer workshops planned across the USA.  These 1-3 week workshops are professional development opportunities for Middle School and High School STEM teachers.  Visit for more information by content or by location.  Of special interest to physics and/or astronomy teachers, AMTA is offering an Astronomy Modeling Instruction Workshop on the campus of the University of Louisville.  For more information, please contact Dr. William Thornburgh at 502-438-8099 or

Ecological Society of America meeting in Louisville August 11-16

Submitted by Sarah Emery

Louisville is hosting The Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting from August 11-16 at the Kentucky International Convention Center ( This gathering of over 3000 ecologists from around the country will involve research talks, poster sessions, career workshops, field trips, and plenty of opportunities to network.  Abstracts for late-breaking posters can be submitted through May 2, and Early Bird registration is open through June 27.  Students can volunteer to assist for 14 hours during the meeting and get their entire registration reimbursed.  See their website for more information:

Volunteer Scientists Needed for Louisville and Lexington Youth Science Summits

Submitted by Andrew Spence

The Kentucky Science Center needs your expertise! The Lexington (Saturday June 22) and Louisville (Tuesday July 9 and Wednesday July 10) Youth Science Summits need presenters.
In Lexington 6/22 (at Lexmark Inc.) for a predominately Middle School audience:

STEM Demonstrations / Lab Experiences & Tours / Presentations– Do you have an upbeat and lively hands-on experiment demonstrating an aspect of STEM? We can’t wait to have you here to show off your enthusiasm for your line of work! We are looking for interactive programs or engaging presentations that last 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

Reverse Science Fair- This is an opportunity for rapid-fire STEM interactions. Instead of a traditional fair where youth stand by poster boards for judging by adults, this event features a variety of adult-led displays and interactives for the participants to explore at their own pace. Trade show or conference displays are ideal, and the best stations also include small, easily-repeatable tabletop science activities and free swag.

Techpreneur Coaches & Judges- This track is specifically for High School students to explore the science of business solutions. The full-day experience challenges high schoolers to solve a real-world problem, prepare a business plan, and present a pitch to potential investors in the style of “Shark Tank.”

In Louisville 7/9 and 7/10 (Headquartered at Genscape, with lab sessions throughout the community) for a mostly High School audience w/ Governor’s Scholars Program:

STEM Demonstrations / Lab Experiences & Tours / Presentations– Do you have an upbeat and lively hands-on experiment demonstrating an aspect of STEM? We can’t wait to have you here to show off your enthusiasm for your line of work! We are looking for interactive programs or engaging presentations that last 30, 60, or 90 minutes. Our Summits typically draw an accelerated audience, so don’t hold back on content!
We will come to you! Each track of students will have access to a bus for lab presenters to share content at their own facilities! Showcase cutting-edge technologies and research in the comfort of your own space…and encourage your colleagues to join in. 

Speed Mentoring- Each high school-aged Summit participant will have the opportunity to engage in hour long blocks of time for speed mentoring. Groups of 4-5 teens will be at a table with a professional (that’s you!) to simply chat about higher education, career paths, STEM advice, etc.  Every few minutes, a timer will sound and all participants will rotate to another table. This allows short but diverse interactions and an opportunity to gather many perspectives and possible contacts for follow-up conversations. This option is ideal if you can only volunteer for a couple of hours or if you do not have prepared content to present.
Interested? Please don’t hesitate to contact:
Andrew Spence
Manager of Public Programs and Events
Kentucky Science Center, 727 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Direct: 502.560.7129

Kentucky Science Center Apollo 11 celebration July 20

Save the Date! Plan to spend the day at the Kentucky Science Center on Saturday July 20 to Commemorate Apollo 11!

Join us for:
  • A full day of hands-on demos and Moon & Space Science activities
  •  An evening screening of Capricorn 1
  • A panel discussion afterward with KAS scientists about the theory that NASA faked the moon landing, and other anti-science conspiracy theories
If you'd like to volunteer to help out with programming that day, get in touch.

The Kentucky Science Center is located at 727 W Main St, Louisville.

New books on Wildflowers & Edible plants

Submitted by Mack McCormick, UK Press

Read Reviews here for two new books from the UK Press:

Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin
Dan Dourson and Judy Dourson

Wild Yet Tasty
A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky
Dan Dourson and Judy Dourson


Seeking STEM Role Models in Lexington

The KY Girls STEM Collaborative is seeking STEM Role Models to lead hands-on workshops for girls and boys ages 5-12,  and for mentoring sessions to engage middle school girls, at a community summer camp in downtown Lexington. We are looking for individuals and organizations to provide content and encouragement to the campers with an one-time workshop or over the course of multiple visits. Serving primarily African American K-8 students who attend the Lexington Traditional Magnet School, this summer camp supplements summer education with STEAM activities with particular focus on engineering, forensic science, mathematics, and agriculture. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the camp contact KGSC programs manager Rosemary Fama

Girls Rule STEM-H summit

This year’s Girls Rule STEM-H Summit, held at U of L April 6, included more than 300 girls and 100 volunteers. The event was created to encourage young women and their parents to consider STEM as a career pathway. The Speed School partnered with the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Army ROTC to host the event. Check out a highlight video from the event.

Cumberland Watershed Climate and Biodiversity Conference

Submitted by Lane Boldman

RFP: Request for Topic Presenters
The Cumberland Watershed Climate and Biodiversity Conference
October 11-12, 2019
Cumberland Falls State Park
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This conference is being organized by a coalition including The Kentucky Conservation Committee, Kentucky Heartwood, The Center for Biological Diversity, Dogwood Alliance and the Livelihood Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN).
  • Highlight challenges for the public relating to climate change on species in and along the Upper Cumberland Watershed (Land and waters along the tributaries of the Rockcastle River, Laurel River, Big South Fork, Lake Cumberland).
  • Provide new opportunities to exchange knowledge among a broad base of constituents and stakeholders including the public at large.
  • Provide opportunities for public engagement in affected communities and encourage community-based solutions.
  • Strengthen relationships among stakeholder groups.
We are inviting the following interest groups to present:
Local Government Entities (sustainability, land, conservation, biology)
Local Community Nonprofits who work in the climate or ecological sector
State-Based Nonprofits with a focus on climate, ecology or conservation
Frontline community groups (stakeholders who live in the region, with particular encouragement for participation from under-represented groups, communities of color, communities represented near and around public lands).
Contact: Lane Boldman,, 502-209-9659.


KAS Represented at the Posters at the Capitol

In February 2019, some of our undergraduate members visited the Capitol to share their science research with our elected leaders. 
Andrea Shiverdecker, Samantha Hamilton, Cora Teets

Lawrence Madriaga, Lori Porter
Jamison Burchett, Hannah Brewer
Gabby Barnes, Parker Kain

Taylor Robinson and Jacob Dobler
KAS Newsletter - May 2019