October 2020

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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

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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.

Before you vote, find out what KY candidates think about science

The Kentucky Academy of Science has led an initiative to send a questionnaire on science policy topics to Kentucky candidates for state and federal office ahead of the November election. The final survey, which was distributed in early September, covered topics including general science policy, energy and environment, pandemic response, and university research support. 

Click HERE to view candidate responses to these important questions. 

Please share this link with fellow voters or on your social media. Be informed and please come out on November 3rd to vote! Those who intend to vote by mail, the deadline to request a mail-in ballot is October 9th.


Partners in our coalition include the KY Psychological Association, the Kentucky Paleontological Society, the National Science Policy Network, Kentuckians for Science Education, March for Science Louisville and Lexington,  Kentucky Advocates for Science Policy and Research,  and Central & Western Kentucky Citizens Climate Lobby.

KAS Annual Meeting 2020 Goes Virtual

KAS Virtual Annual Meeting
November 6/7, 2020

We are looking forward to seeing you share your research and catching up with you! Join us this year for our Annual Meeting to be held virtually on November 6 and 7, 2020.

Final registration deadline is Wednesday November 4. Click here to register.

Virtual Presentations of all formats will be uploaded by November 1. Authors are being notified this week with those instructions. All presenters and audience members will gather together in Live Q&A Sessions. Additional details available on the registration page.

On Friday, November 6 at noon ET, we will have the Dismantling Racism in Science Forum. I hope you can join us in this important conversation for our community.

For more details and the full schedule for the meeting, please visit kyscience.org.

KAS Annual Meeting Keynotes

This coming KAS Annual Meeting, please join us for thought-provoking keynotes on November 6th (1PM) and 7th (noon). 
COVID-19: Applied Science in Action
Dr. Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP
Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health
Friday, Nov. 6, 1 PM ET
Dr. Stack is a board-certified emergency physician and a leader in the medical profession for more than 20 years. He has held leadership roles in numerous medical societies, including being the first emergency physician elected into the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees where he also served as board chair and AMA president. Dr. Stack has expertise in healthcare policy, health information technology, healthcare anti-trust issues, physician licensure and regulation, and policy-making.

Empowering the Future Scientific Enterprise through Inclusive STEM Ecosystems
Chris Atchison, PhD
Executive Director, International Association for Geoscience Diversity, University of Cincinnati
Saturday, Nov. 7, 12 noon ET
Dr. Atchison specializes in Geoscience Education.  His research includes fostering inclusion in Earth Sciences for students/scientists with sensory, orthopedic, and developmental disabilities.  He is Executive Director of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity. IAGD is charged with advocating for students/geoscientists with disabilities, while promoting pathways into the Geoscience workforce through development of innovative and inclusive research opportunities and instructional strategies.

We look forward to learning with you! Please visit kyscience.org for more information and remember to register for our annual meeting!

2021 KAS Grant Applications due Nov 15

Application for KAS Research Grants are currently available to faculty or students at our educational institutions. The funding period is for 12 months beginning in Februray 2021 with final reports due on April 2022. 

Multiple research grants are available. Click here to find additional details on each of these grant mechanisms:
  • Marcia Athey and Botany Funds
  • Special Research Program
  • Undergraduate Research Program (Supply grants and Summer Research Grants)
  • Athey Science Education & Outreach Grant
To apply for the grants, please preparing the following materials:
  • Project Abstract (250 words)
  • Project Description (1000 words)
  • Project Budget
  • At least one CV
  • Brief letter or other certification from an authorized individual that your Institution will comply with our Terms and Conditions.
  • Optional: Additional CV for team members; Letter from Institutional Review Board, for projects involving human or animal subjects, and other letters of support.
For additional information, visit our website or send inquiries to the KAS Grants Chair.

Professional Members, we need your help!

We are currently looking for grant application reviewers and judges for student research competition. 

Grant Application Reviewers
We are looking for grant reviewers for the 2021 grants applications. If you are not submitting a grant, please consider serving as a reviewer. Reviewers typically read <10 proposals and can be done during your down time over the holiday break.

Judges for Student Research Competition
We are also seeking judges for the Annual meeting on November 6th and 7th.  This year we are using an online scoring form. We need 3 judges for each session, from different institutions. We ask judges to recuse themselves from judging students from their own institution.

Professional Members can sign up for either of these by logging in at https://kyscience.org/
Find a link on your Member Menu to sign up and choose your preferred topics.

Volunteer judges may also get in touch directly with Section Leaders, who need to assemble their list of judges by October 26th.

On behalf of the KAS leadership, we thank all of you in advance for your help! We look forward to working with you.


KAS members: voting is open for KAS offices until Nov 5

Voting for KAS offices remains open until November 5th. If you are a current KAS member, please check your email inbox for your ballot(s). All members can vote for:
  • Vice-President
  • At-Large Representative
Members of the Social Science Division vote on a separate ballot for:
  • Social Science Division Representative
There is also a separate ballot for Treasurer, so please watch out for that.

And of course, don't forget to VOTE for other important offices on or before Nov 3: Official Voter Information for KY

AAAS Annual Meeting 2021 Goes Virtual

AAAS Virtual Annual Meeting
February 6-8, 2021

This year's AAAS Annual Meeting will be completely virtual. The theme for the 2021 meeting is Understanding Dynamic Ecosystems and covers a broad range of research topics including pollution remediation, AI and nanotechnology, genetic engineering, social ecosystems, and in-person/virtual community building among others. 

Abstract submission for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual meeting is currently open. Students, post-docs, professional scientists, and policy advocates are encouraged to submit their abstracts by October 22, 2020

Read more about the meeting here. The AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. Lean more about AAAS and their mission by clicking here.

KPA Annual Convention 2020

This year, the Kentucky Psychological Association and Foundation Annual Convention goes virtual! Pre-registration is open until October 16th, and Late registration is from October 17th to November 6th

For more information, including speaker line up and schedule, please visit the meeting page.
KAS Newsletter - October 2020