132nd Annual Academy Meeting

Saturday, March 25, 2017

 J. W. Marriott, downtown Indianapolis 

  Online registrations are CLOSED.  Walk-in registrations are welcome the day of the meeting. The price is $140.00 and includes:
- A whole day of Indiana Science (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) with nearly 250 research papers and posters, hot topics, and workshops to choose from.
-Continental breakfast
- The 132nd Annual Academy Meeting Luncheon featuring Dr. Rob Shumaker, internationally recognized expert on orangutan behavior and cognition.
-End of the day Networking Reception.

2017 Annual Meeting Program At a Glance
The Schedule of Events, Research, Hot Topics,
Workshops, Exhibits

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Annual Meeting --- Some of the Highlights (check back weekly!)

The tree-ring record preserved in the timbers of historic buildings represents a unique opportunity to investigate past growing conditions in regional forests. The goals of this long-term, on-going project are to date the construction of historic buildings from throughout the Midwest, to create regional, centuries-long tree-ring chronologies (series of accurately dated and measured tree rings), and, ultimately, to use tree-ring data to reconstruct Midwestern forest conditions (e.g., disturbance history). Dr. Darrin Rubino will share his research in this area in the Morning Plenary entitled ‘Dendroarchaeology: Using building timbers and tree rings to explore the past’.

Luncheon Speaker -- Dr. Robert Shumaker, Vice President of Conservation & Life Sciences, Indianapolis Zoo. Dr. Shumaker is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in primate behavior.  Click here to read more about Dr. Shumaker's work. Watch this wonderful video of Dr. Shumaker working with Azy, one of the zoo's star primates. 

Cool Tools and Hot Science - An Early Exposure to Advanced Chemical Concepts WORKSHOP   Open to all Annual Meeting registrants, with emphasis on undergraduate, high school, middle school educator, and students who are planning careers in teaching).The workshop facilitators will  present contemporary topics, such as the use of mass spectrometry in forensics, NMR spectroscopy in medical science, lasers in colloidal chemistry, and electron microscopy in nanoscience. These materials will be presented in a pedagogical manner that will include problem-solving sessions. A lesson plan for each topic will be available for the participants to use in their chemistry courses. We anticipate that this workshop will not only encourage but also provide teachers with tangible course materials in order to implement these advanced topics in their courses. The overarching goal is to excite students to participate in STEM fields. (Click here for workshop facilitators and more)

Are the Earth-size planets around Trappist-1 habitable? Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez (Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Ball State University and Senior Fellow at Discover Institute's Center for Science and Culture), will summarize the properties of the star and its family of planets with special attention to the system’s habitability.  This 'Hot Topic' discussion will cover the February 22, 2017  announced discovery of 7 Earth-size planets orbiting the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1.

Humanitarian Science in the Texas Borderlands: Scaling the Wall of Misinformation. Forensic Scientist Dr. Krista Latham will document the role of University of Indianapolis faculty and students in volunteering as humanitarian scientists in every aspect of the identification process from exhumation to skeletal analysis. This 'Hot Topic' discussion will demonstrate the scientific and social responsibility and dedication required in the effort to give these individuals a name, and return them to their families.  

NEW to the Annual Meeting -- Biodiversity Symposium

A symposium on the biodiversity of Indiana and Illinois will be held on the Friday afternoon (the 24th, 1:00 - 5:30 p..) before Saturday’s 132nd Annual IAS Meeting.  This symposium will comprise 12 20-minute presentations of our current knowledge of different groups of organisms (vascular plants, lichens, bryophytes, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mollusks, worms, crustaceans, insects, spiders, and fungi) and how to make this information available in useful ways to scientists, teachers, students, and the general public.  This symposium is open to everyone attending the IAS Annual Meeting, but when you register for the meeting, you should indicate if you will also attend the symposium (yes or no checkbox on the registration form), so that we can plan for the anticipated audience.  There is no additional charge for this event.
Read more about the symposium and the list of speakers.

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