MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College is excited to host the 124th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The Iowa Academy of Science is a non-profit organization established to promote scientific research, science education, public understanding of science, and recognition of excellence in these endeavors.
The meeting will open on Friday morning with the Iowa Junior Academy of Science oral and poster presentations. High school and middle school students from around the state will present their original science research. The IJAS is organized to promote the study of and participation in science by elementary and secondary students and teachers. The program helps students explore career opportunities in science and promotes an understanding of the importance of science and scientific research in meeting today’s challenges.
Three general sessions will also be held and the public is invited to attend free of charge. Registration is not required. Session one will be held on Friday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. in the North Iowa Community Auditorium.
Keynote speaker Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will lead a panel discussion about the STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) and ways to improve student achievement and interest in STEM fields with six members of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. That same evening the second session will take place at 7:45 p.m. in the North Iowa Community Auditorium. Joseph Tiffany from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse will be speaking about The Mississippi Valley Archaeological Center: Archaeology in Action. Come listen to Dr. Tiffany as he speaks about the work of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and the current research that explores and helps to understand the past and present. The third session, held on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Beem Center Auditorium, will feature Sidney Robinson from Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Robinson will speak about Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Organic” Architecture.
Symposia sessions will be held on Friday afternoon featuring Wind Power in Iowa: Challenges and Solutions; Photography and Video in Conservation Research; and Iowa’s Role in Advancing Biotechnology Worldwide: ISU’s Vision. Registration is required to attend the symposia.
The annual meeting will also have luncheons, silent auction, banquets, and special events such as Frank Lloyd Wright field trips.
For more information and registration you may visit www.iacad.org.