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2023 NAS Annual Spring Meeting (Hybrid)

April  21st 

Abstract submission



for the NAS Annual Meeting

  • General Registration – $50.00

    Includes meeting registration and lunch

  • General Registration with Membership – $95.00

    Includes meeting registration, lunch, and a one-year membership to NAS

  • Student Registration – $50.00

    Includes meeting registration, lunch, and a one-year membership to NAS

Additional Information

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

Session Chair Contact Information 

Spring Meeting Deadlines

  • January 20th, 2023- Online Registration opens
  • February 24th , 2023 - Abstracts Due
  • March 17th, 2023- Section Chairpersons send program pages and timeline.
  • March 17th, 2023- Section Chairpersons send program pages and timeline. NAS section chairpersons will notify presenters of abstract acceptance
  • April 10th, 2023 -  Online Registration closes, will reopen the morning of the meeting 
  • April 20th, 2023 - Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Competition
  • April 21st, 2023 - 132st NAS Annual Meeting. 

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2023 Maiben Lecturer

Jason Bartz

Jason Bartz

Professor and Chair

Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Associate Dean of Academic & Faculty Affairs

School of Medicine

Creighton University

Omaha, NE 68178

Dr. Bartz has been investigating prions for over 30 years. Dr. Bartz’s research has investigated interspecies transmission, pathogenesis, and the biology of prion strains. Dr. Bartz’s group has developed novel whole animal and in vitro models of prion disease and, more importantly, the results from these systems have changed the paradigm of how a protein-only infectious agent can perform complex biological tasks. More recently, Dr. Bartz has expanded his studies to include the interaction of prions with the environment by leveraging his expertise in prion biology with collaborators in environmental engineering resulting in fundamental discoveries on how prions interface with the environment influences the biology of prion disease. Dr. Bartz is currently on the editorial board of numerous peer-reviewed journals including PLoS Pathogens and the Journal of Virology, has chaired numerous national and international prion advisory groups and serves on numerous grant review panels, both in the United States and abroad.

This year's Maiben Memorial Lecture is titled "Prion and Prion-like Diseases”

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.

NAS Friend of Science Award

2023 Friend of Science

Dr. Ray Ward

Dr. Ray Ward is the founder and past President Ward Laboratories in Kearney, NE. Ward Laboratories is an industries leader in soil health testing, and recently celebrated 40 years in business. Dr. Ward has committed his life to preserving soil resources through soil analysis, educating Nebraskans, and mentoring up and coming scientists. Although he is no longer the President of Ward Laboratories, he has passed down that position to his grandson, Nick Ward. Besides helping prepare Nick for this important role, he has also been teaching agronomy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney to ensure the next generation is prepared to take over as the next generation of industry leaders in soil analysis and soil health.

Dr. Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis is the Aaron Douglas professor of mathematics; director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education; and the director of STEM education research initiatives in the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 2004-2006 he served as Chair of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. From 2015-2018 he worked at the National Science Foundation, first as Deputy Assistant Director and then as Acting Assistant Director for the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Lewis was chair of the writing team for The Mathematical Education of Teachers II, co-chair of the National Research Council committee that produced Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Technology: New Practices for the new Millennium, and a member of the AMS Task Force that produced Towards Excellence: Leading a Doctoral Mathematics Department in the 21st Century.

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

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