The 129th Iowa Academy of Science
The 85th Iowa Junior Academy of Science
April 21 - 22, 2017
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Advance Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
See Conference Schedule Below
The Advance Program Guide includes the Call for Papers, online Abstract Submission Form, registration and meals, Iowa Junior Academy of Science Symposium information, General Sessions, Symposiums, special events, directions, hotels, and parking. It will be updated regularly.
If you are not a Member of the Iowa Academy of Science we invite you to join before you register to get the Member registration fee. Primary authors will receive special registration instructions once their abstract has been accepted. Secondary authors register as a regular attendee.
Join your friends and colleagues at Iowa's only general science conference. The Iowa Academy of Science provides opportunities for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to present research in an oral or poster format. The Iowa Junior Academy of Science meeting for middle and high school students is also held at the IAS Annual Meeting. Attend general sessions and symposiums discussing topics of scientific interest and importance. Topics this year include climate change impacts on Iowa, ongoing water quality issues facing Iowans, and mining and the environment. Additional topics and speakers will be announced shortly.
Advance Program Guide
For more information click on the appropriate sections below.
This guide is updated regularly.
Notice to attendees: The Iowa Academy of Science is working with local organizers in Cedar Falls who are planning a March for Science on Saturday, April 22nd. Please watch this space for more information. All registered attendees will receive an email regarding the time of this event which is being planned for Saturday afternoon.
Geological Society of Iowa Field Trip
Saturday, April 22nd, 1:00 pm.
All registered 129th Annual Meeting attendees are invited to participate. Read all field trip instructions.
Enjoy your Annual Meeting box lunch at Noon on Saturday and then head to the BMC Aggregates Waterloo South Quarry for an afternoon field trip. BMC Geologist Sherman Lundy will begin the tour at 1:00 p.m. Maps will be available on the IAS website here and at the Registration Desk located in the Schindler Education Center.
Travel Plans and Clothing
- Participants drive themselves to the quarry and park near the scale house.
- Vans will take people in and out of the quarry.
- All participants will need be dressed for the expected weather with long pants and close-toed shoes (boots preferred).
- Eye protection and hard hats are required, but may be provided if necessary.
- Please sign up when you register. It helps us plan for the number of participants!
Field Trip Description
The field trip will begin with an opportunity to see one of the most unique reclamation projects in Iowa. The waste produced by coal-fired power plants on the campuses of the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa in the form of fly ash is being placed in the old quarry pit. BMC geologist Sherman Lundy will discuss the Beneficial Use Determination process and take you through the steps of returning this old quarry to productive farmland while ensuring minimal environmental impacts.
We will continue the field trip with a stop at the old incline into the former underground mine where we will get up close and personal with the Hinkle and Eagle Center members of the Little Cedar Formation. Rare stromatolites in the uppermost Eagle Center Member are evident, as well as the full Hinkle Member.
We will conclude the field trip with a stop in the main working pit where you will see why this quarry is the type section for the Eagle Center Member. The trip will be highlighted by picking through the rock piles for beautiful mineral specimens. Collectors have found large calcite crystals as well as pyrite, marcasite, chalcopyrite, fluorite, and barite in pockets and veins within the Hinkle Member at this location.