2021 NAS Annual Spring Meeting (Virtual)

April  23rd and 24th (AM)

Last Minute Registration for the NAS Annual Meeting is Closed

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Additional Information

Presenters with specific questions regarding program sections, please contact your section chairs.

Chairperson Contact Info 

Spring Meeting Deadlines

    March 26th, 2021 (deadline extended from the 19th) - Abstracts, presenter registration forms, and payment are due
     April 4th, 2021- Section Chairpersons send program pages and timeline.

                                         NAS section chairpersons will notify presenters of abstract acceptance
     April 19th, 2021 -  Registration closes
     April, 2021 - Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Competition
     April 23-24th, 2021 - 131st NAS Annual Meeting Virtual

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2021 Maiben Lecturer

Dennis Ferraro

Dennis is the resident herpetologist and a professor of practice at the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a UNL faculty member since 1990. "My main goal in my career and in life is the conservation of amphibians, reptiles and turtles in North America," he said. Dennis maintains the university's live animal lab of native Herpetofauna for research and educational purposes, and has developed a health and medical protocol for the animals' care. Underlying the many projects that Dennis has in the works are his ongoing goals: to promote the conservation of Nebraska's amphibians and reptiles to the public, and to instill appreciation of and stewardship for natural resources in students and youth. 


NAS Friend of Science Award

2021 Friend of Science

Dr. Paul Karr is a professor of Chemistry at Wayne State College. During his tenure at WSC Dr. Karr has taught a variety of courses including general education science, general chemistry I and II, environmental chemistry, and physical chemistry I and II. He and Dr. Young, along with several students, developed a series of Science On-The-Road Shows, which were designed to generate interest in the sciences in K-12 students. The shows were delivered to several area middle and high schools from 1998 until 2003. Beginning in 2008, when Dr. Young became director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College, Dr. Karr began serving as an assistant, helping prepare the planetarium for public shows and delivering public shows.

Dr. Karr is part of an international research coalition and has worked with collaborators around the globe including scientists in Japan, India, Spain, Canada, Greece, Germany, Spain, and England. As part of the group Dr. Karr has co-authored over 70 scientific papers, which have been published in several peer-reviewed journals including but not limited to The Journal of Physical Chemistry, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, The Journal Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, and Chemical Physics/Physical Chemistry. Not only is Dr. Karr an active researcher, he has also served as a peer-reviewer for over 30 science research papers.

Dr. Karr is currently part of a research group consisting of four Wayne State College students with collaborators at The University of Minnesota-Duluth, The Universitas Miguel Hernandez, Spain, The National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and the University of North Texas. The Wayne State College group’s research component utilizes the supercomputers maintained by The Holland Computing Center and focuses on the investigation of novel materials for use in electronics, as solar energy collectors, as chemosensors, and as anti-cancer agents.

The Friend of Science award is given annually at the Annual Spring Meeting. Past Friend of Science honorees can be found HERE. De

2020 Honorees

Tiffany Heng-Moss

Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss currently serves as Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).  Since joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) faculty in 2001, Dr. Heng-Moss has developed and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses along with providing leadership for the development and implementation of multiple academic degree programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She is passionate about teaching; focuses on student success; is excited about agriculture and science; and motivates students to want to learn.

Dr. Heng-Moss currently provides leadership for NebraskaSCIENCE, which is a partnership initiative among the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; contributes to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ (IANR) science literacy program that is focused on providing education platforms for the continuum of learners in resilient food, energy, water and societal systems; has facilitated the development of the undergraduate Life Sciences curriculum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and has partnered with Nebraska schools to offer food, energy, and water systems experiential learning opportunities to K-12 students and educators.   

In her role as dean, Heng-Moss has led the development of the college’s graduate education framework, college-level attributes, a smart enrollment growth framework, and the first education compact in Nebraska. She has authored/co-authored over 85 refereed teaching and research articles and secured over $50 million in teaching/outreach grants and $9 million in research funds.

Heng-Moss has received several teaching awards, including the USDA National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Entomological Society of America Distinguished Achievement Award, Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award, and the University of Nebraska Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA).

David Harwood

Dr. David Harwood is a Professor and TM and EE Stout Chair of Stratigraphy in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has been in service there since 1989. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Geology and Mineralogy in 1986 from The Ohio State University, a M.S. in Geology in 1982 from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Geology in 1980 from the University of Akron.  Harwood’s main research interests involve reconstructing the paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean through paleontological and stratigraphic studies of sedimentary rock sequences and drill cores.

His specific expertise is as a micropaleontologist and stratigrapher, studying Cretaceous and Cenozoic diatom microfossils and applying them in biostratigraphy and paleoecology. He has been to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean 18 times, leading small tent-based remote field teams, as well as large international drilling projects like the Antarctic Geological Drilling Program (ANDRILL), of which he was the U.S. Principal Investigator. He now manages the Hot Water Drilling Program at UNL, which drilled more than 1000 meters below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in 2018 to provide access into Mercer Subglacial Lake. Dr. Harwood teaches a general education course entitled ‘Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences’, as well as courses in ‘Micropaleontology’ and ‘Siliceous Phytoplankton Paleontology’.

Since 2004, Harwood has led an impactful summer professional development experience for science teachers in conjunction with NMSSI, a 16-day inquiry-based geoscience field course across WY, NE, SD, where teachers discovery the history of the Rocky Mountains and sharpen their classroom skills. Harwood has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his commitment to science and education in Nebraska including: Catalyst Award from the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (2015); Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), UNL (2019); Lawson Award Dept. EAS, UNL (2015) and Coffman Excellence in Geology Award from EAS, UNL, was recognized as a NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1991-1996), and is presently a Dean’s Fellow of the College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Academy, UNL.

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