HAYS, KS -- A free public lecture on reptiles and amphibians will kick off the 134th annual meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science, to be held in the Fort Hays Ballroom of Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union on April 12 and 13.
The lecture will be presented at 7:15 p.m. April 12 by Joseph T. Collins, director of the Center for North American Herpetology. Collins' experience includes herpetologist emeritus of the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, adjunct herpetologist for the Kansas Biological Survey, and adjunct curator of herpetology for the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. He has also been named the "Wildlife Author Laureate of Kansas" by Gov. Bill Graves.
The Kansas Academy of Science was established in 1868 to encourage education in the sciences and dissemination of scientific information and to achieve closer cooperation and understanding between scientists and non-scientists. The annual meeting will feature talks and posters by scientists from all disciplines highlighting their most recent work.
To encourage high school students and teachers to attend the meeting, the host committee has arranged a special session for pre-college students to present research. Work presented in this category is not limited to original research, but can also include in-depth study of any area of science. An abstract, written by the student, will be published in the meeting program.
More information on the meeting, including a complete circular, and guidance on pre-college submissions can be found on the Internet on the Kansas Academy of Sciences home page at www.wuacc.edu/kas.
For further information, please contact the FHSU host committee chair, Dr. Karen Hickman, assistant professor of biological sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the pre-college session should be directed to Greg Liggett, assistant director of Sternberg Museum, at email@example.com.