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March 22, 2011
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University to be host to Kansas Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will be host to the 143rd Annual Meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science on April 8-9.

More than 50 students and scientists will present the results of their research in a professional forum at the conference. Also, students will display research posters that will be discussed and defended. Baker-0964 

Mark Moffett, an ecologist, explorer and photojournalist, will be the keynote speaker during the awards luncheon at 1:30 p.m. April 9 at Harter Union. Moffett will present “The High Frontier: The Canopy."

Moffett received a Ph.D. from Harvard University under one of the world’s most respected ecologist, E.O. Wilson, and is known for his experience with Sri Lankan ants. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, in addition to his portfolio of more than 20 articles and 500 photos in National Geographic. Moffett has served as curator and research associate at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and as visiting scholar and associate curator at the Essig Museum at the University of California, Berkley. Moffett has appeared on the Colbert Report, Conan O’Brien and NPR.

To register for the keynote event, go to Kansas Academy of Science website. 

For more information, contact William R. Miller, event organizer, at (785) 594-8379 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Kathy Wright, event coordinator, at (785) 594-8419 or or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Here is a list of the Kansas Academy of Science events:

Friday, April 8

Noon - 6 p.m. | Registration: Baker Wetlands Visitors Center

3 p.m. and 4 p.m. | Baker Wetlands Tours, 1365 N 1250 Road, Lawrence, KS 66046

Located on the south edge of Lawrence, the Baker Wetlands is 800 acres of restored habitat. Roger Boyd, director of natural areas at Baker University, will present a program on the history and future of the wetlands. Guided walking and driving tours of the diverse habitat will follow. Maps

3 p.m. | KU Natural History Museum Tours | 14th St. & Oread Ave., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045

A leader in collection management and biodiversity informatics, the KU Natural History Museum has both public displays in Dyche Hall and a massive collection of research specimens. The museum is offering KAS members a tour of the back room to learn about how the collections support biological and paleontological research around the world.

3 p.m. | KU Electron Microscope Tour | 1043 Haworth, 1200 Sunnyside Ave., Lawrence, KS 66045

The lab is offering KAS members a tour to learn about electron microscopes. Take a SEM picture of a tardigrade; bring a flash drive.

7 - 9 p.m. | KAS Banquet, Maceli's, 1031 N.H., Lawrence, KS

Banquet talk: “Adventures Among Ants,” Dr. Mark Moffett, ecologist, explorer, and photojournalist

Saturday, April 9 | Baker University

8:30 - 10 a.m. | Presentations Sessions I

Professional research talks with PowerPoint presentations. Original research and discovery works. Great experience for students.

10 – 11:30 a.m. | Break & Posters

42" x 42" poster reports of research by Kansas undergraduate and graduate students and scientists. Students work is judged for experimental design, research methods, data analysis, and presentation. Cash prizes reward the best student projects in undergraduate and graduate categories.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Presentation Sessions II

Professional research talks with PowerPoint presentations. Original research and discovery works. Great experience for students.

1:30 p.m. | KAS Meeting & Awards Luncheon, Harter Union

Luncheon Talk: "The High Frontier: The Canopy," Dr. Mark Moffett, ecologist, explorer, and photojournalist

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