December 2020

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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.

Happy Holidays and Stay Safe!

Mark dela Cerna, Newsletter Editor

On behalf of the Kentucky Academy of Science, I'd like to wish everyone happy holidays! It has been a tough few months, but with early promising results from clinical trials, there is some hope that we will begin the next year on a more positive note. However, we should remain vigilant. Cases in Kentucky have hit all-time highs late November and early December, and we all have to do our part to keep each other safe, mask up, and observe proper safety guidelines.

Find out more about vaccines under development and keep updated by visiting this Corona Virus Vaccine Tracker from the New York Times (image below)

For more information about  services and updates in our state, visit the official Team Kentucky COVID-19 source. Happy holidays and stay safe, everyone!

KAS Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Amanda Fuller, KAS Executive Director

It was great to see 403 of you for our virtual Annual Meeting November 6-7! Many thanks go out to our board members,  officers, section leaders, presenters, and judges, for making it as smooth & successful Annual Meeting.

Abstracts and Powerpoint presentations are all available in our Online Program.
Abstracts will be published in the 2020 volume of our Journal.

Our two great keynotes are recorded and available to you on our Facebook page. You should not have to log in to watch. 
Dr. Steven Stack, our Commissioner in the Department for Public Health, shared his perspective of applying science into the complicated problems of the pandemic, and reminded us to look up from our lab benches :)
Dr. Chris Atchison shared some paradigm-shifting insights and examples about making science education inclusive to everyone, starting with geology field work -- see if this changes the way you teach or work! He also shared some great resources with us.

Student Competition Winners
Congratulations to our 59 competition winners!
Catch some of our Student Competition winners on upcoming Bench Talk podcasts!

2021 Meeting
Our fingers are crossed for a meeting at EKU in November 2021!

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Dismantling Racism in Science

Jon Dixon

At the KAS Annual Meeting on November 6th we held a forum on the topic of Dismantling Racism in Science and were blown away by the number of registered attendees, group discussions, and productive discourse! Whether in the lab, academia, or workplace, the issue of inequality towards BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) requires constant attention and action for progress to occur.

Together we discussed where we see racism lurking in the sciences, our interactions with systems where racism can be embedded, and acting on paths forward so that we can be better both personally and as a community. 

These weren’t meant to be a one-time discussion, but rather a platform for continued dialogue. After hearing from others, hopefully we can continue becoming aware of issues , with the goal being action items towards dismantling systemic and institutional racism.

We plan to host a follow-up forum in the near future and continue working towards an equitable future!

In lieu of a Bench Talk Live this month...

Cancer, Racism, and Clinical Trials

We are sharing a program from Dec. 3 about Cancer, Racism, and Clinical Trials, hosted by UofL Alumni. Dr. Rebecca Redman, Deputy Director of Clinical Trials at the Brown Cancer Center, and Dr. Wayne Tuckson, colon and rectal surgeon, with others, discuss the barriers, stigmas and health disparities surrounding clinical trials. They were joined by a panel of African American cancer patients who shared their experiences in clinical trials.

It's worth watching: Watch the recording here. You may also share your thoughts with us via email or through our social media.

KAS Science Speakers Bureau at your service

Do you know of a community organization, an educator, or a media outlet that would like to hear from one of our scientists? Over 200 members of the Kentucky Academy of Science have joined our Speakers Bureau and are available to share their work with the public.

Take a look and take advantage of our wide breadth of scientific expertise!
Check out our Speakers List Here

If you are a KAS member and would like to join our Speakers Bureau, follow the instructions here and log-in using your member log-in information. 

US Forest Service Opportunity

National Forests in North Carolina, Cherokee National Forest, and the Daniel Boone National Forest are partnering with Student Conservation Association to fill a Forest Management Corps Crew. The Forest Service, Southern Region is looking for individuals who are interested to jump start a career in forestry. The crew would start in February 2021 and would work on all three national forests through May 2021. Crew members who complete 640 program hours have the opportunity to earn a Public Land Corps hiring authority which allows them to apply with merit status to United States Forest Service jobs.

Applicants can learn more about the position HERE. There will also be an informal Q&A with US Forest Service and SCA staff on December 9th from 11 am to noon. Anyone can join in by clicking this link.

Kentucky Nature Preserves 2020 Report

The Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves protects Kentucky's natural heritage. This year, despite the challenges of a global pandemic, the OKNP has established the Drennon Creek State Nature Preserve, the first new State Nature Preserve in over a decade. There are also several rare species discoveries including the four-angled rose gentian (Sabatia quadrangula) which has never before been documented in Kentucky or West of the Appalachians. 

Find out about several more other current projects benefiting rare species and natural areas throughout the Commonwealth in the
KNP 2020 Annual Report.

Learn more about what the OKNP does and stay up-to-date with their efforts and projects by visiting their webpage or following their social media page.

Help us improve the KAS Newsletter!

Earlier this year, we started our Monthly Newsletters to better engage the community and to provide updates about events across the Commonwealth. We are always looking for better ways to engage our Science community in the state. If you have any suggestions on content or features or any idea to improve our newsletter, let us know! You may email me directly or contact us in any of our social media.

Meanwhile, if there is something you want to share, do not hesitate to contact us:
  • Exciting news and updates about your work;
  • Opportunities (e.g. open internship positions) for the next generation of scientists;
  • Volunteer opportunities in your organizations;
  • Workshops, conferences, or other related activities relevant to KAS
KAS Newsletter - December 2020