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Annual Spring Meeting

2020 NAS Annual Spring Meeting- April 17, 2020 at Nebraska Wesleyan University

PLEASE NOTE the weather/cancellation policy for all events: Your registration fee will be refunded or waived ONLY if an event is cancelled due to inclement weather. Otherwise, the original cancellation date remains in effect for all events.

2019 Section Chairs 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about registration are answered HERE!

Nebraska Wesleyan University Map  2019 Parking Pass

     February, 2020 - Abstracts, presenter registration forms, and payment are due
     February, 2020 - Section Chairpersons send program pages and timeline to NAS
     March,  2020 - Executive Committee Ballots sent to NAS/NATS membership
     April, 2020 - Pre-Registration Closes; Registration fees increase $20
     April 16, 2020 - Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Competition
     April 17, 2020 - 130th NAS Annual Meeting

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2019 Maiben Lecturer

Dr. David Swanson, PhD 

David R. Swanson received his BS degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1987 and obtained a Ph.D. in computational chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995. He then served as an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in theoretical chemistry at the Technical University of Wroclaw (Poland), and an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC.  He has studied and simulated organic monolayers and energetic materials but has focused primarily on advanced distributed computing in several collaborative projects since returning to UNL in 1999. 

David has been the Director of the Holland Computing Center (HCC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for the last 10 years, where he is a Research Professor in Computer Science and Engineering. As Director of HCC he oversees staff and resources that currently serve over 1000 researchers from across the four campuses of the University of Nebraska (NU) system and the state of Nebraska. UNL was awarded a U.S. CMS Tier2 site 15 years ago which led to an ongoing close connection with the Open Science Grid (OSG), a national consortium for distributed data intensive computational science. Swanson currently serves as Chair of the OSG Council and manages the HCC Virtual Organization for NU campus researchers; HCC campus resources have been opportunistically shared with OSG researchers for several years.  

This talk will summarize the changes in computational science over the last 20 years from the vantage point of a collaborating campus resource provider.  A statewide computational coalition will be proposed, and HCC’s role in some of the most exciting science of our time will be recounted.


NAS Friend of Science Award

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

2019 Honorees

Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas currently serves as the Interim Dean for Research in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Beginning with her elementary teaching experiences in rural and urban Nebraska classrooms (14 years), Thomas recognized children’s science enthusiasm and decided to pursue a doctoral degree in science education. Now, as a university professor (24 years), Thomas enjoys research and teaching related to elementary science education.  She has led numerous funded projects and published research focused on children’s science learning and teacher professional development.  Proud accomplishments include collaborative efforts – such as No Duck Left Behind, a partnership with waterfowl biologists to promote wetland education efforts, and Engineering is Everywhere (E2), a partnership with a materials engineer to develop a time-efficient model for STEM career education. 

Throughout her teaching career, Thomas has been actively involved in national and international professional associations such as the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA-Past Executive Director), National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA-Awards and Nominations Committees), the Council for Elementary Children International (CESI-Past President).  In Nebraska, Thomas has been a long-time member of the Nebraska Association of Science Teachers (NATS) having served on the board from 1991-92 and continuing as a NATS conference presenter.  Thomas continues her science education leadership as the NJAS Director of the Southeast Regional Science Fair.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).  His appointment is shared by an academic department where his duties focus on instruction and an educational center where he works on curriculum development, outreach, teacher training, and technology support. 

He oversees the Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska web site at which houses computer simulations, a library of dynamic peer instruction questions, a suite of interactive ranking and sorting tasks, and a growing library of astronomy demonstration videos available on YouTube.  The simulations have been used globally by astronomy faculty for more than 10 years.  This work was largely responsible for Kevin winning the AAPT’s Halliday and Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching in 2012.

Kevin has organized an annual workshop in astronomy education each fall for over 15 years.  This workshop has been held jointly with the fall meeting of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  He recently has returned to UNL after a three-year stint as a rotating program officer in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education. 

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