The 137th Annual Academy Meeting will include exciting Hot Topic and Workshop Presentations!

How Do We Confront Antiscience? 
William (Bill) Sullivan, PhD 
Dr. Sullivan is the Showalter Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Microbiology and Immunology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Sullivan is the author of "Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are" (2019, National Geographic Books), which has been translated into a dozen languages. He is an award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator.

Challenges Faced by Student and Professional Scientists of Color in the US: Actionable Strategies We Can All Use for Reconstructing New Inclusive Contexts
Maresa Murray, PhD
Dr. Murray is an assistant dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Organizational Climate and clinical associate professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. This interactive workshop will briefly highlight some of the lived professional experiences reported among scintists of color within the context of their respective work environments. It will explore some of the simple actionable strategies accessible to all who are willing to support a more inclusive organizational climate for scientists of color.
Supplemental reading materials for Dr. Murray's workshop can be found here.

Global Health Training and my experiences in the 10-year journey from graduate school to becoming an independent researcher
Dibyadyuti Datta, PhD, MS
This presentation will discuss insights from Dr. Datta's decade-long journey in Global Health & Infectious Disease, starting in an immunology/molecular biology lab working on malaria vaccine development, transitioning to clinical reaerch based in Uganda to understand the impact of severe malarial infections on the developing brain of young children. Dr. Datta is Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

Using Torain's Equations as a Predictable Model in the Sciences
David Torain, PhD
Dr. Torain is Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland. His research area is in Optimization and Partial Differential Equations, where he studies the use of parametric nonlinear differential equations as a mathematical model. He was elected as a 2018-2019 AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the field of Applied Mathematics, particularly for the discovery of Torain's equations that model the harvesting ofspecies under abnormal conditions. Dr. Torain is the President-Elect of the National Association of Academies of Science.

Ten Years of Humanitarian Forensic Science in the Texas Borderlands: Transformative Learning Experiences through the Practice of Forensic Anthropology
Krista Latham, PhD
Dr. Latham is Professor of Biology and Anthropology and Director of the Human Identification Center at the University of Indianapolis. She is a Board-Certified Forensic Anthropologist (D-ABFA) and currently serves as a Consulting Forensic Anthropologist for police, coroners and pathologists in the Midwestern United States. Dr. Latham serves as a DNA expert in the uS Federal Court System and has delivered numerous lectures for state and local agencies around the country.

Climate services for our data-driven science, planning and decision-making needs
Beth Hall, PhD, is the Director of the Indiana State Climate Office, Midwestern Regional Climate Center, and is the Indiana State Climatologist. Dr. Hall's research interest is in investigating historical climate trends and spatial variability that will provide new knowledge to non-meteorological fields, and developing operational climate resources from which stakeholders can benefit.

Study Bioactive Natural Products in Medicine and Biology
Wei Shi, PhD
Dr. Shi is assistant professor of Chemistry at Ball State University.  His research is in the application of organic and medicinal chemistry to explore biological and pharmaceutical potential of underexplored bioactive natural products, in particular glycoconjugates. The long-term goal of his laboratory is to design new chemical entities derived from the natural products with an improved synthetic and/or therapeutic profile for drug discovery.

The Astrophysical Origin of the Periodic Table
Timothy Beers, PhD
Dr. Beers is the Grace-Rupley Chair of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. For the past thirty years, he has led the design and execution of large-scale surveys to identify the earliest generations of stars in the Galaxy, and used them to understand the origin of the elements.

Lessons from a Pandemic: What's in our Future?
Virginia Caine, MD
Dr. Caine is the Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine Infectious Disease Division and is an Indiana University Bicentennial professor.  Dr. Caine has served as the President of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest public health organization.

No pressure, no diamonds: Extreme processing to make precious materials
Khachatur Manukyan, PhD
Dr. Manukyan is an Assistant Research Professor at the Nuclear Science Laboratory in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame. He has authored over 85 research articles and invited review papers, a US Patent, and a book. Dr. Manukyan is a recipient of the Presidential Prize and the Gold Medal of the Republic of Armenia in the field of Natural Sciences, a Fulbright Scholarship Award, and a Best Electron Microscopy Publication Award from the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility. He serves as Editor of the International Journal of Self-propagating High-temperature Synthesis.

RNA Modification roles in the development of mRNA vaccines
Douglas Bernstein, PhD

Dr. Brenstein is an Associate Professor of Biology at Ball State University. HIs general interests are in RNA processing and modification.

Science Communication Roundtable
Erin Gerecke, PhD

Interested in communicating your science to people outside your field? Want to find out about science communication training opportunities for yourself or people you mentor? Wish you could connect with like-minded scientists, science educators, journalists, and others? Come to this informal roundtable discussion to discuss “SciComm” with fellow IAS members, share your own insights or challenges, and leave with some new ideas for your work or classroom. Dr. Gerecke is a research scientist at Indiana University School of Medicine and a former undergraduate biology educator.


Additional Hot Topic Presentations Include:

The Role of Interfaces in Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems
Seth Darling, PhD
Interim Chief Science & Technology Officer, Energy and Global Security Directorate; Director Center for Molecular Engineering, Director Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL.

Sex Susceptibility in Cryptococcus neoformans infections
Erin McClelland 
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Using Inclusive Science Communication Practices to Address Distrust in Science
Katherine Nicole Canfield, PhD
US Environmental Protection Agency, Narragansett, RI

The Rise of MXenes: The Novel Family of Two-Dimensional Metal Carbides and Nitrides
Anupma Thakur, PhD 
Postdoctoral Researcher, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI

Managing Daily Stress with Mind-Body Exercises: Ba Duan Jin
Hongtao Li, PhD, Tricia Pierce and Penny Quinn
Department of Sciences and Mathematics, St. Mary of the Woods College, Terre Haute, IN

Impacts of Climate Change on Indiana Ecosystems and Communities
Jeffrey Dukes, PhD

Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability; Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University


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