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Business Meeting & Maiben Lecture

FRIDAY, APRIL 22


11:00-12:00 

MAIBEN LECTURE

Olin Hall Lecture Hall ‘B’  ZOOM

  • Dan Sitzman, Lecture Title: History of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences


12:00-12:30 

BUSINESS MEETING

Olin Hall Lecture Hall ‘B’   ZOOM

  • Nebraska Academy of Sciences (all members)
  • State of the Academy
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Comments from Members-at-Large


12:30 – 1:30

 LUNCH Student Center Cafeteria (pre-purchase ticket or pay-at-door)


1:00 – 1:20 

NAS Future Leaders Panel

Sunflower Room (Student Center by the Cafeteria) ZOOM

  • join the informal discussion to learn how you can help lead NAS into the future


2022 Maiben Lecturer


Dan Sitzman

Dan Sitzman is a Omaha Public Schools Science Educator with 31 years experience at middle and high school level. As a biology and chemistry teacher at Omaha North High Magnet School, he received the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Dan then served as Curriculum Specialist at Omaha North for 12 years, remaining directly involved with students as co-sponsor for the school's Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams, mentoring Science Fair students and directing Omaha North STEM Summer Camps. Since 2015, Dan has served as a districtwide Science Instructional Coach, supporting science teachers at 12 middle schools and seven high schools. He continues to mentor student science researchers, including many who have presented at the American Junior Academy of Sciences. His professional leadership at the local, state, and national level includes terms as President of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science, and, currently, the Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair. He presently serves on boards for Nebraska Science Festival, Nebraska Science Olympiad, Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences, and on the Long-Range Planning Committee for the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. For over two decades, he has taught at University of Nebraska-Omaha's Aim for the Stars Summer STEM Camps. When he is not bicycling or hiking with his family, Sitzman researches and catalogs the histories of local organizations, including high school sports teams, the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science, and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Dan earned a B.S. in natural science from St. John's University (MN) and an M.S. in curriculum and instruction from University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Maiben Memorial Lecture Overview

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences is one of the oldest academies in the United States, with a history reaching to the early days after statehood. During its 142 years, the Academy membership includes names and discoveries familiar to Nebraskan, as well as people and events that are now cloaked by time.  The 2022 Maiben Memorial Lecture will trace the organizational ancestry of the Academy, connecting the present day with those who came before us.


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