The North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) will hold its 110th Annual Meeting at UNC Pembroke on Friday and Saturday, April 5 – 6, 2013.
Participants may register for the conference up to March 29 by going to www.uncp.edu/ncas/ and following the links. People may register at the door after March 29. Questions may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 910.775.4274.
It will be a significant gathering of scientists, graduate students and undergraduates from all over the state. For UNCP hosting the event is a great honor, said Dr. Maria Santisteban, a chemistry professor who chairs the hosting committee.
“UNCP has never hosted the Academy’s annual meeting,” Dr. Santisteban said. “We are extremely honored to be selected as the site of the 2013 meeting and excited about this golden opportunity to showcase our university.
“We hope participants and the university community will be invigorated and encouraged by the 110th Annual Meeting,” she said. “See you at the meeting!”
Students will have opportunities to show their research in poster and oral presentations, attend sessions and workshops, and attend a social Friday evening sponsored by UNCP’s Biology Club and TriBeta Honor Society.
The theme of the conference is “Science in the Genomics Era.” Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will deliver the plenary address on Friday, April 5, in the Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC). The title of his presentation is "The Human Genomics Landscape: Bringing Genomic Medicine into Focus". The program begins at 7:45 p.m.
David Micklos, executive director of the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, will deliver the keynote address at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in GPAC. Micklos’s talk is entitled “Engineering Society: The American Eugenics Movement.”
Both talks are open to the general public. The meeting will also feature a series of workshops and special presentations from which to choose, as well as a panel on “Preparing Students for College Science,” which will be of interest to high school students and teachers.
Workshops will be held on a variety of topics from primate genomics to the human microbiome project. Of special interest to undergraduate students will be the Graduate/Professional School panel. Among the special sessions, UNCP biologist Dr. Deborah Hanmer will address seed industry consolidation and UNC geologist Dr. Lee Phillips will discuss scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobes analyses.
The NCAS is the only statewide organization dedicated to promoting science education, scientific research and public awareness of science in North Carolina. The NCAS is structured to include opportunities for graduate, undergraduate (CANCAS), middle and high school students (NCSAS), faculty and senior scientists (NCAS senior academy). It sponsors research grants, workshops, a lecture series and various competitions at both the district and state levels.
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