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Annual Spring Meeting

2019 NAS Annual Spring Meeting- April 12, 2019 at Nebraska Wesleyan University

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2019 Call for Papers 

2019 Section Chairs 

2019 General Registration Form (or register under Events tab the top of the page)

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SPRING MEETING DEADLINES - Chek back later for updated information! 
     February, 2019        Abstracts, presenter registration forms, and payment are due to                                         section Chairpersons
     February, 2019       Section Chairpersons send abstracts, registration forms to NAS office
     March,  2019          Executive Committee Ballots sent to NAS/NATS membership
     April 11, 2019         Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Competition
     April 12, 2019         129th NAS Annual Meeting

2018 Maiben Lecturer

Thomas Clemente 

Tom received a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985.  He earned an MS degree in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from North Carolina State University in 1993.  Following his doctorate program he did postdoctoral training at Monsanto Company from 1993 to 1996. Tom currently serves as the Director of the University of Nebraska’s Plant Transformation Core Research Facility, where he holds a joint appointment within the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture and the Center for Plant Science Innovation.

Tom has over 25 years of experience in plant transformation technologies. His program has established an agriculture biotechnology pipeline at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which enables researchers to evaluate transgenic events from the bench to the field with procedures emphasizing identity preservation and stewardship of the biologicals.  This infrastructure was instrumental during the development of the dicamba tolerance technology, currently marketed as Roundup Ready Xtend cropping system.  His program is currently actively engaged in a number of transdisciplinary, multi-institutional team-based projects, targeting feedstock development for sustainable aquaculture feeds, designing genetic approaches to protect yield from both biotic and abiotic stresses along with enhancing phenotypic outcomes of C4 grass feedstocks for the bioeconomy.


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

2018 Honorees

Mary Kalen Romjue
Orlando, FL

Dr. Romjue graduated from William Jewell College She in Liberty, MO with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biology. She returned to Nebraska to teach Middle School Sciences, General and Advanced Biology at Naponee Public Schools and Franklin Public Schools (1963-1987). She organized School wide Science Fairs in both schools and her students competed in the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences, Junior Science and Humanities Symposiums, the Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair (GNSEF), the Central Nebraska Science & Engineering Fair (CNSEF), and the International Science and Engineering Fairs (ISEF) throughout those 24 years.

A new committee, the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) was formed in 1974. Dr. Ritter, Dr. Rhodes and Mary wrote rules for student research involving Vertebrate Animals, Human Subjects, Pathogens, and Recombinant DNA etc. Any science fair affiliated with the ISEF worldwide is required to follow these rules. All research submitted to ISEF is reviewed for compliance. She served on the SRC until 2002. The top two students at ISEF go to the Nobel Award Ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1988 she helped as their escort. Then in 1998 & 1989 she helped escort the American Students to the South American Science Fairs in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.

Mary was awarded the Henzlik Award for Outstanding Teacher In Nebraska and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching Certificate of Honor, State Award Winner in 1985. 

She earned her Ph. D. at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln (UNL) in 1991 and then taught Elementary Science and Social Studies Methods at Fort Hays State University. During a leave of absence from FHSU she coordinated an EPA Grant to develop Environmental Science Curriculum for the Nebraska State Department of Education. In August 1993 she joined the Faculty at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she taught Elementary Science Methods and Space Science for Educators on Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach and Palm Bay Campuses until retirement in 2010.

Currently Dr. Romjue volunteers at the Brevard Zoo Dinosaur Exhibit and in a Fossil Lab (The Academy of Natural History Preparation). She also assists with SCSEA Projects like, the Florida Middle School Science Bowl and Energy Whiz Olympics.

Michael Sibbernsen
Lincoln, NE

Michael Sibbernsen is a Lecturer of Astronomy at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, co-founder and CEO of Branched Oak Observatory, and a NASA Solar System Ambassador for the state of Nebraska. Working in an ad-hoc capacity, Michael and his wife Kendra facilitate the NASA Nebraska High Altitude Ballooning (N-NHAB) Program launching scientific payloads into near-space.

Before working at the university, Michael was the Science & Technology Coordinator for the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, and before that, the Outreach Coordinator for the NASA Nebraska Space Grant. Michael has traveled throughout the state delivering hundreds of hands-on science & astronomy demonstrations and workshops for teachers and students under the auspices of NASA, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and the Nebraska Department of Education. Michael has appeared on national television, and was for some time, a regular fixture as “the science guy” on the local “Morning Blend” talk-show in Omaha.

In September of 2017, the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science awarded Michael their “Catalyst Award," the organization's highest honor in recognition of significant contributions to science and science education in the state of Nebraska. Michael lives with his wife, Dr. Kendra Sibbernsen and identical twin sons, Matthew and Lucas.

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