Some highlights of what you can expect at the 133rd Annual Academy Meeting, March 24, 2018, at the J.S. Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Join us!  Register Here

  1. 1) On August 17, 2017 gravitational waves were observed through the combination of the LIGO and VIRGO gravitational wave observatories for only the second time. Previous gravitational wave signals were seen only by LIGO.  Shortly afterwards, a brief pulse of gamma rays – a gamma ray burst - was seen by the Fermi and INTEGRAL observatories. These coincident detections were quickly analyzed, and their importance became manifest. As is often the case in science, this discovery has raised at least as many questions as it has answered. Discuss those questions with Patrick M Motl, in the discussion entitled The Neutron Star Merger GW170817. 
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  2. 2) Do you know about the DigIndy Tunnel System?Did you know that once the system is fully constructed, it would prevent up to six billion gallons of combined sewage from entering Indianapolis’ waterways annually. The intent of this presentation by Practicing Engineer Michael Miller of Citizens’ Energy Group, is to provide an in-depth look into the DigIndy Tunnel System, and share the benefits to our environment that the program will provide, in the discussion entitled Abating Indianapolis’ Combined Sewer Overflow System.
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  2. 3) Historically, science and art worked hand-in-hand but over time became separate disciplines, which lead to a general decline in understanding and appreciation of science (and art) among large portions of the public. However, scientists and artists have always been motivated by a passionate curiosity, an appreciation of the subjects they explore, and for creating/discovering new things.
  4. Science + Art = Symbiotic Learning
By recognizing these commonalities, scientists and artists are collaborating more again in efforts to bring a greater appreciation of both science and art to a broader spectrum of the public. Distinguished IU Professor, Roger P. Hangarter will present examples of science/art and discuss their effectiveness for engaging public audiences in this discussion.
  2. 4) Paul Rothrock and Eric Knox from Indiana University will facilitate the Workshop entitled How to Use the Consortium of Midwest Herbaria Data Portal in Research and Teaching, and introduce participants to the features of the Consortium of Midwest Herbaria (CMH) data portal, with tips on how to search and download botanical information for a range of disciplines from plant systematics to community ecology. The CMH data portal currently holds over 181,000 Indiana vascular plant specimen records, including 76,990 specimens from the Indiana University Herbarium and 43,301 records from the Butler University Herbarium.
  2. 5) The Fulbright Program is the flagship educational and cultural exchange program of the U.S. government. For over 70 years, the Fulbright Program has fostered mutual understanding by connecting faculty, administrators, students and communities in the U.S. and over 160 countries around the world. The Fulbright Program has produced more Nobel Laureates than any other educational award in the world. Fifty-nine Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes; eighty-two have won Pulitzer Prizes. In 2017, two Fulbright alumni, Dr. Michael Rosbash (Physiology/Medicine) and Dr. Kip S. Thorne (Physics) received The Prize. This discussion will provide Meeting attendees with an overview of both the Fulbright Scholar, and the Student Programs. Mr. Peter Raucci will highlight opportunities in the science fields for research and/or teaching in his discussion entitled Research and Teaching Opportunities in the Sciences with the United States Fulbright Program.
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