2018 Iowa Academy of Science Election

Voting Deadline: Noon, Friday, April 20, 2018

We want to thank all of the candidates for their willingness to run for election. Serving on the Board of Directors carries the responsibility of overseeing the operation of the Academy and also to help shape its direction. But the Board cannot do it alone. It is the membership that ultimately determines the effectiveness of the organization. Please take the time to become familiar with the candidates and vote. In the future consider volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors, an IAS committee, as a Junior Academy of Science judge or mentor, or be part of many other ways members help the Academy advance science in Iowa.


Candidates for President Elect
(Vote for one)


Bob Libra

Candidate for President-Elect

Candidate Statement

Bob Libra, Candidate for President-Elect

Bob Libra, Candidate for President-Elect

“The Iowa Academy of Science is unique in its long history of bringing together students, teachers, researchers and practitioners from across the scientific disciplines, a function that continues to increase in importance.  The interaction between the various disciplines and those involved in a broad spectrum of science activities add to the relevance of IAS.  As a career public service scientist, I particularly value the increasingly important role of IAS in furthering public understanding of what science does, how it enhances our quality of life, and the way it adds our sense of wonder about the world around us.”

Professional Experience

State Geologist of Iowa, IGS, 2003-2017
Supervisor, Hydrogeology and Stratigraphic Studies, IGS, 1998-2003
Research Geologist, IGS, 1982-1998
Research Scientist, University of Wyoming Water Resources Research Institute, 1980-1982.

Special Academy Activities and Recognition

Founding Member, Iowa Groundwater Association
Member, state of Iowa Gulf Hypoxia Committee, 1999
Member, national review committee for Geological Data Preservation, 2007
Member, national Geological Mapping review panel, 2010-2012
Advisory Board member, UI Water Sustainability Initiative faculty cluster, 2010-2012
Advisory Board member, IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering at UI, 2013-2017.

Other Special Activities and Recognition

Currently a professional member
As State Geologist, I encouraged and supported staff involvement in IAS meetings and  sponsoring field trips to accompany the annual meeting.

Kata McCarville, Ph.D.
Candidate for President-Elect

 

Candidate Statement by Kata McCarville

Kata McCarville, Ph.D., Candidate for President-Elect

Kata McCarville, Ph.D., Candidate for President-Elect

"Today, science is absolutely essential in understanding our planet, the life it supports, and how we humans participate in the Earth System. Unbiased observations, critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and honest, clear communication are some of the values that science brings to bear on the essential questions. It would be an honor to serve the Academy in fulfilling its mission as a positive force for excellence in science education—both formal and informal--and support for incisive research, as these can propel us toward a future of resilience and sustainability for Iowa and Iowans."

Professional Experience

I am currently Professor of Geosciences at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. I teach a wide variety of courses in geosciences and geography, including soil genesis, geomorphology, and hydrogeology, most of which are strongly field-based. I work with science educators in a number of capacities. My interests span the earth and environmental sciences, and frequently cross disciplinary boundaries. My current research centers on the origins of the Iowan Erosion Surface, a project that has included student participation from its inception. In a former life, I spent 18 years in information and instructional technology in higher education and corporate settings.

IAS Special Activities and Recognition

I brought three students and their posters to the IAS annual meeting in Spring 2007, soon after joining the faculty at Upper Iowa. I have participated as a member of the Academy for a number of years, primarily as a research mentor for students. Since 2007, UIU's participation has remained strong, and the Academy has provided many students with opportunities to see how science is done and/or share their own research with peers. I have spoken in the IAS Summer Speaker Series at Saylorville Lake in past years.

Other Special Activities and Recognition

As an advocate for diversity in STEM, I serve as UIU's Campus Director for the IINSPIRE Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM disciplines, and as Co-Principal Investigator on an NSF-funded project called STEM-Pros: Growing More STEM Professionals in the Heartland. In 2013, I was awarded the Excellence in Mentoring faculty award at the IINSPIRE Alliance Annual Conference.


Candidates for Board of Directors
(Vote for One)

Scroll down to read about the 3 candidates for the Board of Directors. The election ballot is at the bottom of the page. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.


Katie Goff
Candidate for Board of Directors

Candidate Statement

Katie Goff, Candidate for Board of Directors

Katie Goff, Candidate for Board of Directors

"I would be honored to serve on the Iowa Academy of Science Board of Directors. As a budding professional I could offer fresh viewpoints to IAS. I am passionate about increasing awareness and access to scientific endeavors in Iowa, and would love the opportunity to help foster science in our state."

Professional Experience

Currently, I work as an Environmental Scientist for an engineering company in the Des Moines metro area. Most of my work involves wetland and Waters of the U.S. delineation for proposed development sites. Other parts of my job include facilitating and monitoring storm water projects such and stream-bank stabilization or bio-retention basins. I am a recent graduate from the University of Iowa with an M.S. in Geoscience. My graduate thesis work focused on the geochemistry of soil weathering profiles found in soils from Clear Creek watershed, located just west of Iowa City. I am passionate about conserving and protecting our environment, and finding solutions based on strong scientific evidence.

Special Academy Activities and Recognition

I am new to the Iowa Academy of Science, joining as a member in July of 2017. I have not had very much experience with IAS, but am definitely looking forward to being of service to IAS, learning more about the history of this 130 year old organization, and investing my time and energy into IAS activities.

Other Special Activities and Recognition

During my time as a graduate student I was afforded the opportunity to take a research trip to Xian, China. During this trip our research team collaborated with Chinese scientists from Xian who were studying similar topics. This trip enabled me to build on meaningful research and expand my view of the world.

As an undergraduate student I was awarded the honor of Outstanding Field Analysis student during the 2011 course. I was also nominated as an Outstanding Student Employee during 2011 and 2012 for my work in the Earth and Environmental Science Department’s Petrographic Facilities Laboratory. 

Recently, the company I work for, Foth, hosted an event called Introduce a Girl to Engineering. It was very successful with over 100 people attending. I was proud to be a part of this event and hosted an activity demonstrating permeability and infiltration rates of soils. 


Joseph Nguyen, Ph.D.
Candidate for Board of Directors

Candidate Statement

Joseph Nguyen, Ph.D., Candidate for Board of Directors

Joseph Nguyen, Ph.D., Candidate for Board of Directors

"During my time with the Iowa Academy of Science, I have enjoyed all of the educational and research opportunities that they have given to the students and educators of Iowa. During a time of economic uncertainty, I believe my unique set of experiences as both an educator, at both the high school and collegiate level, and successful researcher would be beneficial as a board member. I would also love the challenge of utilizing my ability to creatively develop solutions to certain problems to help the academy grow during these hard economic times. Thus, I would be honored to serve on the Board and help the academy continue to be at the forefront of science education and research in Iowa and spread its overall influence."

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Mount Mercy University, 2016 - Present
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mount Mercy University, 2010 - 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Diego, Department of Chemistry, 2008 - 2010
High School Science Teacher, Arlington High School, Indianapolis, IN, 2002 - 2003

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Kansas, 2008
M.S., Science Education, Indiana University - Bloomington, 2002
B.S., Chemistry, Creighton University, 2000

Special Academy Activities and Recognition

IAS member, 2011 - Present
IAS Meeting Chemistry Section Chair, 2018
IAS Meeting Chemistry Section Vice-Chair, 2017
IAS annual meeting Symposium A Organizer and Presenter, 2016
Associate Editor, Iowa Academy of Science Journal, 2015 - Present
Distinguished Iowa Science Teaching Award, IAS, 2014
Iowa Science Foundation Grant Reviewer, 2014
STARR Grant Reviewer, 2013, 2017
Sponsored Undergraduate Student presenters at IAS annual meetings, 2012 - Present

Other Special Activities and Recognition

CheMMUsical Found and Science Club Co-Advisor, Mount Mercy University, 2011 - Present: I find it important to help increase and nurture interest in the sciences in our primary schools, and I accomplish this by involving my undergraduate students in a variety of science outreach activities as the Science Club Co-advisor. 
FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent - Uniting Research and Education) in Biomedicine Fellow (2011) and Senior Fellow (2015), University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa Higher Ed STEM Champion, 2015 - Present


Paul Weihe, Ph.D.
Candidate for Board of Directors

 

Dr. Paul Weihe, Candidate for Board of Directors

Dr. Paul Weihe, Candidate for Board of Directors

Candidate Statement

"I am exploring Iowa's wetlands, developing research involving hybridization and ecological impacts of Cattail invasion. I am committed to helping develop our science education capacity and the next generation of scientists. This must include public outreach, and I actively engage both through my own social media and traditional press outlets."

Professional Experience

I have served the Biology Department at Central College in Pella since 1998; currently I am Department Chair and Associate Professor of Biology & Environmental Science. My research training is in wetland science, with an emphasis on plant ecology and hydrologic function. However, I am primarily an educator with publications and experiences with students at Central College, with study-abroad (Mexico, Kenya) and with Iowa's field station (Iowa Lakeside Laboratory) where I teach Aquatic Ecology and Ethnobotany (human-plant interactions).

Special Academy Activities and Recognition

I have been a member of IAS for most of my 20 years in Iowa; manuscript reviewer for JIAS; served a term as Chair of the Conservation Section.

Other Special Activities and Recognition

Served on the state Conservation & Preserves Board; Co-author of Textbook of Limnology; 2011 Bioscience Education Network (BEN) Scholar (AAAS)


2018 Iowa Academy of Science Ballot

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