152nd Kansas Academy of Science & 96th Kansas Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting

Baker University Welcomes You 

​Baker University is proud to host this joint meeting of two of the longest-lived scientific societies in Kansas. Baker’s proud history of scientific exploration and discovery has allowed us to be a natural partner with KAS and KES as we welcome you to two event-filled days of learning, networking, and camaraderie. Friday’s events will take place at the Baker University Wetlands, in Lawrence. Join us on Baker’s Baldwin City campus for Saturday’s program.


Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • Posters should be maximum 36″ x 48″ (landscape only).
  • Include the Title, Author(s), and Affiliated Institutions at the top center of the poster.
  • Label each section of the poster (e.g., Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature Cited).

Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • Presentations must be loaded on the computer in the assigned room no later than 8:30 a.m.
  • Presenters will be limited to 15 minutes: please try to allow 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions.
  • We recommend that you email a copy of your presentation to yourself and also save a copy on an external drive.
  • Room moderators will introduce the presentation, including presenter name and university affiliation.

​It is in the abstract that you summarize your presentation in as few words as possible, including such things as what you expected to find, what you actually did find, and any interpretations you made about the data. Abstracts usually begin with one or two sentences of background followed by clear statements of the hypothesis and predictions, a methods sentence, and a sentence stating results. The final sentence should convey the “big picture” conclusion of your study.

Follow these guidelines exactly to ensure acceptance of the presentation into the meeting program. See an example below.

  1. List each author (in bold print, Last name, first initial, second initial) beginning with the presenter and others added in the order in which you want them to appear in the meeting program.
  2. Add author institution affiliation (in bold print) immediately following the last author’s name. If a presentation is authored by multiple authors associated with different institutions, add a superscript numeral following each author’s name indicating the appropriate institution (which itself should have a superscript preceding it). See below for an example.
  3. Title of the presentation (in all caps).
  4. Body of the abstract – limit abstract body to a maximum of 300 words.
  5. Prepare and save the abstract submission as a MS Word file named with the presenter’s last name and first initials of both the first and second names appended with 2020 (e.g. “doc”). Upload the file below.

Sample Abstract

Presenter AB1, Otherauthor CD2. 1Fantastic State University, 2Kansas Department of Great Science. THE TITLE OF THIS PRESENTATION IS INFORMATIVE AND INTERESTING. Though many papers presented at the Kansas Academy of Sciences annual meeting cover sciencey topics, this presentation abstract is only an example of how to write an abstract. In writing this abstract, it occurs to us that we do not have very much to say about how to write an abstract other than what has been said above. So, in following the directions above, you will be sure to have written an informative, succinct, and well-organized abstract worthy of presentation in the meeting program and later publication in the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. Having now written this abstract, we see that we have confirmed our hypotheses that writing an abstract is a valuable exercise and that an abstract is worthy of proofreading.

Important Dates

March 13: EARLY Online Registration Closes

March 13: Abstract Submission Due

March 20: Notification of Acceptance

March 20: Online Registration Closes

April 3-4: On-Site Registration (check or cash only)

Key Note Speakers

Friday | Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Biological Research and Education Consultants, Missoula, Montana

Marine Turtles: Sand, Sex, Sea, and Satellites

Jeffrey Miller in the water with a sea turtleMarine turtles are enigmatic. They have been around for eons, have been studied for decades and yet their biology and ecology hold many surprises. Beginning with the beach, they use multiple habitats as they mature, and when reproducing they migrate between foraging areas and nesting areas, often across international boundaries. The methods used to study these awe-inspiring creatures are as simple as a thermometer and a tape measure, and as complex as satellites. As research details emerge about their biological requirements, we are realizing that their conservation management is as complex as their life history.

Jeff Miller spent most of his career studying the ecology and reproductive biology of marine turtles in Queensland, Australia, where he earned a PhD in developmental biology and embryology. In addition, he has worked with marine turtles in the Red Sea and the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. Currently, he is conducting a multifaceted study of marine turtles in the Arabian Gulf.



Saturday | Dr. Robb Krumlauf

Stowers Institute of Medical Research, Member of the  National Academy of Sciences

Robb Krumlauf is a developmental biologist known for demonstrating how the Hox family of transcription factors controls patterning of the hindbrain, head, and body plan in development, disease, and evolution. His seminal work discovered colinearity, whereby mammalian Hox homeobox genes are clustered next to one another, and the order of genes on the chromosome matches the order of their expression and function in the embryo. Krumlauf received a degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1970 and a PhD in developmental biology from The Ohio State University in 1979. In 2000 he became the founding Scientific Director of the Stowers Institute and holds faculty appointments at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Medical Science (UK) and served as Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Biology and President of the Society for Developmental Biology.

Research Interests

​Robb Krumlauf’s research is interested in the gene regulatory information, transcriptional mechanisms and cellular processes which guide the formation and elaboration of the basic vertebrate body plan. They have investigated head development and Hox genes as models for understanding the integration of patterning mechanisms and regulatory networks governing hindbrain and craniofacial development. They revealed that formation of regional diversity in the hindbrain is achieved through a process of segmentation and the Hox family of transcription factors is coupled to this process. This provides a molecular framework for specifying the unique identities of hindbrain segments and facial structures. By dissecting regulatory circuits they have developed a mechanistic understanding of the cis-regulatory components of Hox clusters, their cognate upstream factors and the signaling inputs which govern the highly conserved expression and function of Hox genes in hindbrain development. Genomic approaches have identified downstream Hox target genes and linked these loci to the pathways and cellular processes they modulate in organogenesis and morphogenesis. Through comparative studies between different species they have built a detailed picture the regulatory cascades that control early head and facial patterning in development, disease and evolution.

Friday, April 3 | Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center

1 – 4 p.m. | Field Trips (meet at Discovery Center)

  • Tour of Wakarusa Field Station – Dr. Irene Unger, Director of Baker University Wetlands and Associate Professor, Department of Biology & Chemistry
  • Walking tour of natural areas – Dr. Scott Kimball, Associate Professor of Biology; Mr. Matthew Sexson, Biologist and Natural Areas Manager, Baker University Wetlands
  • Live Water Bear Hunt: Learn how to find, process, and identify tardigrades – Dr. Randy Miller, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology & Chemistry

Discovery Center

5 – 6 p.m. | Check-in & social hour (main foyer)

6 – 6:30 p.m. | Welcome comments (main display room)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Dinner (main display room)

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Keynote presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Miller (main display room)

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. | KAS BOD meeting (classroom)

8:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Stargazing (observatory, weather permitting

Baker University Wetlands

Discovery Center
1365 N. 1250 Road
Lawrence, KS 66046

Saturday, April 3 | Baker University College of Arts and Sciences

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration & continental breakfast (Harter Union lobby)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Judges & moderators meetings (location TBA)

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. | Welcome comments (Rice Auditorium)

9 – 10:15 a.m. | Oral presentation session I (Mabee Hall)

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Poster session (Mabee Hall)

10:45 – 12:15 p.m. | Oral presentation session II (Mabee Hall)

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch & business meeting (Harter Union cafeteria)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Poster session (Mabee Hall)

2:45 – 3:45 p.m | Keynote presentation by Dr. Robb Krumlauf (Rice Auditorium)

4 – 4:30 p.m. | Awards presentation (Rice Auditorium)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | KES business meeting (Rice Auditorium)

Baldwin City Campus

618 E. Eighth Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006

pdf Campus Map

Baker University

Founded in 1858 as the first university in Kansas, Baker is an institution with a storied past. While standing in the center of our beautiful campus in Baldwin City, a person can do a 360-degree turn and see three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Lady Margaret Thatcher dedicated our Osborne Chapel, which was moved brick by brick from Sproxton, England. Abraham Lincoln personally donated to the construction of Parmenter Hall. William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, delivered the first speech on the topic of world peace 100 yards from where our current political scientists study. Given the university’s rich tradition of academic excellence and historical significance—and our beautiful campus, which is a registered arboretum and Tree Campus USA award winner—it’s no surprise that George Will once called Baker University a “Midwestern Hidden Gem.”

Baker University Wetlands

One of the most diverse habitats in Kansas, the Baker Wetlands encompasses 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife. Students, faculty, and nature lovers have identified 278 species of birds, 98 other vertebrate species, and 487 plant species at the Wetlands — and these counts grow with each adventure. This exceptional environment gives students the unique opportunity for increased exploration and education about biological and ecological processes.

The Baker University Wetlands and Discovery Center is paradise for our student biologists, ecologists, biochemists, and pre-health professionals. But our students aren’t the only beneficiaries of the stunning 927-acre natural habitat. Stargazers, bird watchers, and exercise enthusiasts are always bustling around the area, which is open to the public. Located just 10 miles north of the Baldwin City Campus, the Baker Wetlands is a true distinction for the university in its region.

Kansas Academy of Science

The Kansas Academy of Science was founded on Sept. 1, 1868. It is the second oldest state Academy of Science in the United States, after Connecticut’s. Article II of the constitution of the Kansas Academy of Science identifies the purpose of the Academy as (1) “To encourage education in the sciences and dissemination of scientific information through the facilities of the Academy” and (2) “To achieve closer cooperation and understanding between scientists and non-scientists, so that they may work together in the common cause of furthering science.”

The journal Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science was established in 1872 and is the official journal of the Kansas Academy of Science. This peer-reviewed journal includes all subjects of biological, cultural, and physical sciences; mathematics and computer science; history and philosophy of science; and science education.

This weekend’s meeting is the 152nd annual meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science. For more information about the history of the Kansas Academy of Science, membership, student grant opportunities, and the journal, please visit the Kansas Academy of Science website at kansasacademyscience.org.

Kansas Entomological Society (Central States Entomological Society)

The Society goes by both of the names above and provides a forum for entomologists. It welcomes as members all persons interested in insects or other terrestrial arthropods, their ecology, behavior, systematics, physiology, control, conservation, and so on.

The Society was established in 1928 and produces a quarterly publication, the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society that contains papers by local authors as well as by persons from many other parts of the world.

The Society holds annual meetings in Kansas or nearby states, at which students as well as established entomologists present results of their research or reviews of topics of interest. There are no concurrent sessions! Thus, interactions among individuals and their diverse disciplines are fostered.

For more information about becoming a member of the Kansas Entomological Society, visit Kansas Entomological Society/membership.


Dr. Scott Kimball, Associate Professor
Baker University Department of Biology & Chemistry


Dr. Erin Morris, Chair & Associate Professor
Baker University Department of Biology & Chemistry

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