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Nebraska Academy of Sciences

We believe science is essential for all Nebraskans 

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The Nebraska Academy of Sciences

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences was first organized in Omaha in 1880, with 75 charter members. The Union Pacific Railroad, which supported the programs to make Nebraska the

educational and cultural center of the West, was instrumental in the establishment of the Academy.

Samual Aughey, first professor of science at the University of Nebraska and first Director of the University Museum, was the Academy's first president. 

The Academy was reorganized in Lincoln in 1890-91. In 1895, ecological and environmental studies were begun at the University of Nebraska, and various Academy members were pioneers in these studies, which were especially important during and after the droughts of the 1890s and 1930s. Ecology and environment continue to be emphasized in the Academy's programs.

The Academy is classified as a 501(c)(3) Private Foundation. Donations are tax deductible. The Academy is not a state agency, and is not sponsored by a particular university, college, or other Nebraska educational organization.

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences Objectives 

  • To further the work of scientists and to facilitate cooperation
  • To improve the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare and environmental quality
  • To provide the opportunity for scientific research related to the problems of the ever-changing environment of the Great Plains
  • To increase public understanding and appreciation of the importance and promise of science in human progress
  • To stimulate science education, and to encourage young people to become involved in science
  • To foster the interaction of business, industry, government, education, and the academic scientific community
  • To disseminate scientific knowledge, and to recognize high achievements in attaining the Academy’s objectives

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