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84th Iowa Junior Academy of Science Annual Meeting

The 84 Iowa Junior Academy of Science Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 128th IAS Annual Meeting at Grand View University in Des Moines on April 22, 2016. For more details and to register go here:


Attendees of the 84th Junior Academy Meeting are also registered to attend all events at the 128th IAS Annual Meeting which is held on April 22 - 23, 2016 at Grand View University.

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Outstanding Science Student Award Nominations Due - March 4, 2016

IJAS high schools may nominate seniors to win the IJAS Outstanding Science Student Award medal and certificate sponsored by Pella Corporation. The front of each medallion is struck with the Iowa Academy of Science logo while the student's name and high school is engraved on the back with acknowledgement of the Pella Corporation sponsorship.

One award is presented at each school. Each member high school may pick one winner or if more than one name is submitted the winner will be chosen by the Student Program Committee of the Iowa Academy of Science. The award is typically presented during a spring school assembly. 

 OSSA nominations must be postmarked or received via email by the first Friday in March.

Learn more and nominate here: http://www.scienceiniowa.org/ossainfo

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IAS Fellow Nominations Due - February 12, 2016

Iowa Academy of Science Fellows are leaders within Iowa’s Scientific Community. Fellows are members of IAS who, through their actions, embody the Academy’s mission of promoting science research, science education, public understanding of science and recognition of excellence in science. To be elected a Fellow in the Iowa Academy of Science is a distinct honor. Nominees must be persons of good character and of high professional standing. Members who have provided meritorious service to the Academy and effective promotion of science in Iowa, as well as substantial contributions in science or science education will be considered.

Qualified IAS Members may apply for Fellow status or may be nominated by another IAS member.

Learn more and nominate: http://www.scienceiniowa.org/fellow-nominations

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IAS Dues Renewal Reminder

The Iowa Academy of Science will remind members who have not renewed their membership that it is time to renew for 2016. Dues may be paid online at: http://iowaacademyofscience.wildapricot.org/ under "Join or Renew" with options to pay by credit or debit card online or by printing out an invoice and paying by mail. Members without valid email addresses will receive a notice in the mail.

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IAS Speaker Series - Venomous Snakes in Iowa - Saylorville Visitor Center

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Venomous Snakes in Iowa
Paul Frese, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
2:00 p.m. in the Saylorville Visitor Center Theater
Audience: Children and Adults

This program will discuss the ecology and conservation of the venomous snakes of Iowa. 

About Paul Frese

Paul Frese works for the Iowa DNR Wildlife Diversity Program out of the Boone Wildlife Research Station. He manages the field activities of the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program, which is a cooperative state-wide survey with Iowa State University to gather information on over 1000 Iowa wildlife species and their habitats. Paul grew up on the outskirts of Bridgewater, Iowa and attended college at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. During the summer, he worked for the Adair County Conservation Board through my college tenure. Afterwards he completed his graduate work at Missouri State University in Springfield concentrating on amphibians and reptiles. He worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Private Lands Wildlife Biologist for 10 years prior to joining the Iowa DNR. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, practicing wildlife management on their farm, and spending time with his family. 

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IAS Speaker Series - Track 'em Down Dig 'em Up! - Saylorville Lake Visitor Center

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Track 'em Down and Dig 'em Up: Dinosaur Discoveries in Alberta
Bill Desmarais, Washington High School - retired, Cedar Rapids
2:00 p.m. in the Saylorville Visitor Center Theater
Audience: Children and Adults

Alberta, Canada is a known hot bed of dinosaur discoveries and fossils. Come on this virtual expedition and find thousands of dinosaur tracks and track ways uncovered in a large coal mine in the Canadian Rockies. The expedition continues with discoveries of multiple Albertosaurus skeletons in the badlands of the Red Deer River that hint at the pack hunting nature of large tyrannosaurs. There will be interactive parts where you will be able to apply your paleontologist skills and observe real dinosaur fossils and footprints.


About Bill Desmaris

Bill Desmarais was a high school science teacher in Iowa for 36 years before his retirement in 2007. He taught biology, earth sciences, and Advanced Placement Environmental Science at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. Since 1982 he has had the good fortune to work with Dr. Phil Currie of the University of Alberta at Edmonton and Pete Larson of the Black Hills Institute, Hill City, South Dakota at several dinosaur quarries in South Dakota, Wyoming and several locations in Alberta, Canada. Bill is a member of the Iowa Academy of Science and the Cedar Valley Rock and Minerals Society, as well as the Mid America Paleontology Society.

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IAS Speaker Series - Stormy Weather - Saylorvillle Lake Visitor Center

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Stormy Weather
Craig Johnson, Iowa Academy of Science
2:00 p.m. in the Saylorville Visitor Center Theater
Audience: Children and Adults

Storms have shaped Iowa's history. Anyone living in Iowa quickly realizes that the weather can be foul or friendly. It often determines what we can and cannot do. Knowing what causes Iowa weather and in particular the storms that crisscross the state not only helps us cope but it brings a new appreciation of the world around us.  Join Craig Johnson as he takes you behind the scenes of the great storm maker - the jet stream. Learn what causes the fickleness of Iowa weather and why it has impacted humans for as long as we have occupied the state. See what is inside blizzards, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. This program is suitable for children and adults and includes an opportunity see and touch some of the tools used by meteorologists. 

About Craig Johnson

Craig  Johnson is an Iowa native who grew up along the Des Moines river in Fort Dodge. For as long as he can remember he wanted to be a meteorologist. His interest grew out of countless hours enjoying the outdoors including watching the sky. While growing up he read, "...every book they had about meteorology in the Fort Dodge Public Library." He used paper route earnings to buy a rain gauge (he still has it), a Taylor wind vane and anemometer (he still has them), barometer (he still has it), and a sling psychrometer (it didn't survive). Using basic instrumentation and building some of his own, he began collecting data and learning about weather first hand.  

Craig has degrees in Meteorology and Communications from the University of Utah and is approaching 4 decades of involvement in meteorology including 30 years as a broadcast meteorologist in Utah and Iowa. His expertise is weather forecasting. He is the Executive Director of the Iowa Academy of Science and continues to be active professionally in meteorology through forecasting and making presentations to various groups ranging in age from elementary students through adult. He enjoys speaking with and encouraging children and their parents to enjoy science and the world around us.


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IAS Speaker Series - Wonders of Flight - Saylorville Lake Visitor Center

The Iowa Academy of Science Speaker Series resumes this Saturday, July 11th, as Rhea Waldman from Iowa State University presents the “Wonders of Flight” at 2:00 p.m. in the Saylorville Visitor Center.

What do insects, birds, bats and airplanes have in common? They all fly! But there are huge differences in how they fly. Join Rhea Waldman from Iowa State University and learn how size and flight speed complicate flight and now these fliers must adapt.

Tell your friends about this program for the entire family – ages 5 and up! To learn more go to the Saylorville Speaker Series page on the IAS website at:


The program is co-sponsored by the Iowa Academy of Science and the Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake. It is open to the public free of charge and children are especially encouraged to attend.

About Rhea Waldman

Rhea (née von Busse) Waldman is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Department at Iowa State University.
She started her research on bat flight 10 years ago during her master's thesis, which she did in collaboration between the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany and Lund University, Sweden. This collaboration continued during her dissertation, entitled “the trinity of energy conversion - kinematics, aerodynamics and energetics of bats flight”. She received her doctorate from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 2011. She extended her research at Brown University in Providence, RI, focusing on flight energetics, muscle activity, and X-ray high-speed videography of flying bats.

 Rhea joined ISU in January 2014. She now works on several flight-related projects, such as conservation-motivated research of butterfly flight in a wind tunnel, butterfly wing morphometrics, aerodynamics of leaf flammability and is collaborating with the Aerospace Engineering Department to investigate the aerodynamics of aster seeds. 
 Rhea enjoys science outreach and is passionate about creating graphical visualizations of the methods and results of her studies to make her research accessible to a broad audience. She is a Portal to the Public scientist at the Science Center of Iowa.

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