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Kirkwood to Host Annual IAS Meeting April 11-12

By April 3, 2008 January 21st, 2019 No Comments

Iowa Academy of Science opens opportunities to the public

For only the second time in 120 years, the Iowa Academy of Science will meet on a community college campus. On April 11-12, the public is invited to Kirkwood Community College to attend the meeting, which will feature numerous science events. The free events are sponsored in part by the Mel Oliven Lecture Series at Kirkwood. All of the seminars will be held in Ballantyne Auditorium in Iowa Hall.

On Friday at 11:00 a.m. energy will be the topic when Frank Brush, former Senior Project Engineer and Inspector for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission speaks on, “Nuclear Power Plants: Their Operation and Safety.” Mr. Brush will use his unique perspective to address the risks associated with nuclear energy while discussing nuclear plant operation, safety, and waste disposal.

Friday at 2:30 p.m. teachers are invited to a seminar on, “The Elements and Chemistry of Leadership.” Using inspiring chemical demonstrations Dr. C. Marvin Lang and Dr. Donald L. Showalter from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, address the characteristics of being a motivating and inspiring leader.

Friday at 8:00 p.m. enjoy a rousing program guaranteed to please the entire family. Have fun and learn about chemistry as Dr. C. Marvin Lang and Dr. Donald L. Showalter from the University of Wisconin, Stevens Point, present a dramatic chemistry program filled with demonstrations and hands on activities.

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. the topic is genetics as Dr. Pamela Geyer from the University of Iowa presents, “Marking up the Genome: Why Identical Cells Look Different.” Learn how the study of genetics helps us better understand human health including our development, cancer, and aging.

The following event is open to the public. Admission is charged. At 7:00 p.m. Saturday, “Food Matters,” will be presented by Laura Krouse from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Learn why our food choices matter and how eating food grown closer to home can have positive impacts on the environment, our rural economy, and our health. The admission is $3.00 for Indian Creek Nature Center members and $5.00 for non-members.

The Iowa Academy of Science is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization promoting science research, science education, and the public understanding of science.