April 2021

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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. We are excited about fostering more conversations within our scientific community!

 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

Share your news with KAS members

If you have something to share in the monthly KAS newsletter, get in touch with our Newsletter editor, Mark dela Cerna.

Vaccine rollout continues!

Vaccine rollout continues in the state and as of the first week of April, more than 1.4 Million Kentuckians have been vaccinated (including your newsletter editor!). Find out if you are eligible to get the vaccine and sign up for notifications through this link. Please remain vigilant and continue to practice social distancing, when possible #MASKUP.

Find out more about the vaccines and keep updated by visiting this Corona Virus Vaccine Tracker from the New York Times. For more information about  services and updates in our state, visit the official Team Kentucky COVID-19 source

Call for Judges for Junior Academy April 17

Spend a couple hours virtually, with some of Kentucky's most talented young scientists on Saturday April 17. We are looking for professional or graduate level members to serve as judges for morning and afternoon sessions. Judges watch presentations from several students in a session, ask friendly questions, and assign scores.
 Log in at the KAS website and find the signup link in your member menu. Thank you!

We have two orientations scheduled for judges to show you the online scoring system-
Join us at either 12 noon or 5pm EDT Friday April 9.

Photo from the most recent in-person meeting in 2019.

KJAS is open to ANY middle or high school science student in Kentucky. It offers student scientists an opportunity to present their original research to the community. Presentations are evaluated based on a rubric found here.

Please feel free to forward this to your colleagues and graduate students!

For more information please contact Junior Academy Director Melony Stambaugh.

Scholar Strategy Network Welcoming New Members

The Kentucky Scholar Strategy Network focuses on connecting its members with policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists. KY-SSN is welcoming new members from University of Kentucky or University of Louisville to join the network. If you do research that has public policy relevance, KY-SSN can help train you on how to communicate your research in the community.

Find out more at https://scholars.org/chapter/kentucky.

Science Communication Symposium - Recordings & show notes

We had a terrific March 26 symposium on Science Communication, Education and Advocacy. If you missed it (or want to share it with colleagues or students) you can find the links at our website:
Recordings from KAS Science Communication Symposium March 26

Inspired to join our Speakers Bureau, or share this great resource in your own community?
Find out more about the Kentucky Science Speakers Bureau!

KAS member at EKU wins Goldwater Scholarship

Mr. Andrew ElliotCongratulations to Andrew Elliott at EKU, who works in Dr. Margaret Ndinguri's lab. Andrew is a 2021 Goldwater Scholar and is the first from EKU to receive this honor.
Andrew competed with more than 5,000 college sophomores and juniors, at 438 academic institutions.

Andrew won a student competition award in the Chemistry: Organic/ Inorganic section at the KAS meeting last fall. You you can listen to an interview with him about his research on Bench Talk: the Week in Science this week!


Join the Kentuckians for Science Education

Kentuckians for Science Education
KSE is a non-profit organization made up of Kentuckians dedicated to ensuring that the Commonwealth maintains high standards for science education.  Learn more about the organization or join the efforts to improve science education in the state by visiting their website: kyscied.wordpress.com. Members are welcome to participate in meetings- see our calendar in this newsletter for details

Jobs Corner!

The Kentucky Science Center is hiring for the following positions:
  • Offsite Program Educator
  • Educator I
  • Onsite Camp Counselor
  • Onsite Camp Teacher
  • Onsite Camp Lead
  • Onsite Camp Supply Specialist
Click here for more information on the postings and the application process.

We're posting new science jobs whenever we get them-- Check job postings on our website and send us your announcements if you have one to share!
KAS Newsletter - April 2021