November 2020 (Vote!!)

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Be heard. VOTE!

This is just a friendly reminder to our members: 

NOVEMBER 03, 2020. VOTE!

Find out where to vote or check your registration by visiting the KENTUCKY VOTING INFORMATION PORTAL

Included in this newsletter is the results of our survey (just below this item). Check out if some of your candidates responded and get to know their thoughts on some issues relating to science.

Vote for Science!

Be informed as we exercise our right to vote. The Kentucky Academy of Science led an initiative to send a questionnaire on science policy topics to Kentucky candidates for state and federal office ahead of election day. The final survey, which was distributed in early September, covered topics including general science policy, energy and environment, pandemic response, and university research support. 


Please share this link with fellow voters or on your social media. Be informed and please come out on November 3rd to vote! 


Partners in our coalition include the KY Psychological Association, the Kentucky Paleontological Society, the National Science Policy Network, Kentuckians for Science Education, March for Science Louisville and Lexington,  Kentucky Advocates for Science Policy and Research,  and Central & Western Kentucky Citizens Climate Lobby.

KAS Annual Meeting!

KAS Virtual Annual Meeting
November 6/7, 2020

The Annual Meeting Program is now available online! Check out all the uploaded presentations at your leisure starting today, and join us for live keynotes & other meetings on Friday & Saturday.

 Registration is open until Wednesday, November 4th. Click here to register.

Join us for the Dismantling Racism in Science Forum on Friday, November 6th at noon ET. We hope that everyone can join us in this important conversation for our greater community. Register for the meeting to get a link.

For further details about the meeting, including detailed schedules, sponsors, photo galleries, and more, visit the Meeting Overview page. We hope to meet everyone as we appreciate science across the state!

2021 KAS Grant Applications due Nov 15

Application for KAS Research Grants are currently available to faculty or students at our educational institutions. The funding period is for 12 months beginning in Februray 2021 with final reports due on April 2022. 

Multiple research grants are available. Click here to find additional details on each of these grant mechanisms:
  • Marcia Athey and Botany Funds
  • Special Research Program
  • Undergraduate Research Program (Supply grants and Summer Research Grants)
  • Athey Science Education & Outreach Grant
To apply for the grants, please preparing the following materials:
  • Project Abstract (250 words)
  • Project Description (1000 words)
  • Project Budget
  • At least one CV
  • Brief letter or other certification from an authorized individual that your Institution will comply with our Terms and Conditions.
  • Optional: Additional CV for team members; Letter from Institutional Review Board, for projects involving human or animal subjects, and other letters of support.
For additional information, visit our website or send inquiries to the KAS Grants Chair.

Vote for KAS officers until Nov 5

Voting for KAS officers remains open until November 5th. If you are a current KAS member, please check your email inbox or log in at  for your ballot(s). All members can vote for:
  • Vice-President
  • At-Large Representative
Members of the Social Science Division vote on a separate ballot for:
  • Social Science Division Representative
The election for Treasurer is also on-going and voting remains open until 11:59 pm ET on November 9.

Call for Applications: Science Standards Committees

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is accepting applications for the Science Standards Review Committee (RC) and Advisory Panel (AP). The review process for the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Science will begin during the 2020-2021 school year.

The KDE is seeking current K-12 classroom teachers and postsecondary educators to participate in this work. Applicants will be required to meet virtually and/or in Frankfort for 5-10 days beginning in the Spring 2021, continuing through summer with further meetings possibly taking place in the 2021-2022 school year. When applicable, selected team members will receive reimbursement for travel expenses and the teacher’s school district will be reimbursed for substitute teacher expenses. Potential applicants are asked to verify the willingness of their school or district to release them for work dates throughout the school year.

If interested, please visit the application page.  Applications will be accepted through Nov. 12. Selected team members will be notified by Nov. 23.

Come together to restore the Ohio River!

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has recently drafted a general restoration framework for the Ohio River Basin to protect the river and its ecosystem for the wildlife and the people. This effort aims to address environmental threats in the basin, build on earlier restoration efforts, and develop a visionary ecosystem water restoration plan in collaboration with stakeholders. If interested, you can learn more about the plan and some background information by viewing this document

We are inviting Kentucky Academy of Science members to participate in this initiative by joining the Healthy and Productive Ecosystems Working Group to help craft a restoration action plan with NWF's Jordan Lubetkin, Director (Ohio River Restoration). This will be an on-going effort for the next 1-1.5 years and community feedback is significant to move forward! Sign up is available here

For more information, you may also contact NFW Staff Scientist Michael Murray. We will also provide more updates over the next few months.
KAS Newsletter - November 2020 (Vote!!)