Special Free Lecture - at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Albuquerque)
What: Waiting in the Wings: Emergence of Zika and Other Mosquito-Borne Viruses
Who: Kathryn Hanley, Ph.D., Biology Department, NMSU
When: 7:00pm, Friday, September 23, 2016
Where: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (map)
Mosquito-borne viruses in the Americas have undergone a cataclysmic shift over the past decade. Rates of dengue fever have surged across North and South America including Florida, Hawaii, and regions of the U.S.- Mexico border. Chikungunya virus invaded the Americas in 2013 ushering in an epidemic of disabling joint pain. Finally Zika virus appeared in the Americas in 2015, triggering a public health emergency because of its ability to cause microcephaly in the developing fetus. This presentation will describe the ancestral cycles of dengue, chikungunya and Zika and the ecological factors that promote human transmission. Dr. Hanley will offer her thoughts on what the future may hold and whether new methods of mosquito control will be sufficient to contain whatever may be "waiting in the wings."
Dr. Kathryn A. Hanley conducts cutting-edge research on the emergence and control of mosquito-borne viruses, including Zika, dengue and chikungunya. She participated in the development of a dengue virus vaccine, currently in clinical trials, during research at the National Institutes of Health. At NMSU she investigates the ecology and molecular biology of mosquito-borne viruses in the laboratory and the field, and works on the development of new drugs to treat dengue and Zika virus. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 research papers and co-edited the book Frontiers in Dengue Virus Research. Dr. Hanley has a B.S. in biology (Amherst College) and Ph.D. in biology (University of California, San Diego). She is currently the Chair of the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses.
This special lecture is sponsored by the New Mexico Academy of Science in partnership with the NM Museum of Natural History & Science.
Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss will be speaking at UNM Anthropology Maxwell Museum lecture hall on June 25, 1:30 p.m., sponsored by CESE and NMSR (see below). The talk is free and open to the public.
The NMAS recommends adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by the New Mexico Public Education Department. For more information about NMAS' position and NGSS, visit our new webpage on the topic.
February 11, 2016
2 pm lecture by Rick Bonney, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
4 pm poster session and reception
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Free, but space is limited so please RSVP.
Around the globe, thousands of research projects are engaging millions of individuals—many of whom are not trained as scientists—in collecting, categorizing, transcribing, or analyzing scientific data. These projects, known as citizen science, cover a breadth of topics from microbiomes to native bees to water quality to galaxies. Most projects obtain or manage scientific information at scales or resolutions that are unattainable by individual researchers or research teams, whether enrolling thousands of individuals collecting data across several continents, enlisting small armies of participants in categorizing vast quantities of online data, or organizing small groups of volunteers to tackle local problems. The scientific potential of citizen science is enormous, and hundreds of peer-reviewed papers have now been published based on citizen-collected data. The educational opportunities provided by citizen science are also huge, but are not yet reaching their full potential. This talk will explore the range of citizen science projects; describe numerous outcomes for science, environmental conservation; and public literacy; show how to integrate citizen science into research and teaching; and discuss next steps for this rapidly growing field.
Co-sponsored by the NM Informal Science Education Network (NM ISE Net) and NM EPSCoR, with support from Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), NM Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Who Should Attend?
Informal Science Educators, Environmental Educators, Museum Professionals, Citizen Science participants, and Scientists with an interest in Outreach or STEM Education
Who Should Present a Poster?
Anyone who would like to share their citizen science project or results.
About the Speaker
Rick Bonney is director of the public engagement in science program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he has worked for 32 years. During that time he has received more than 20 awards from the National Science Foundation focused on program and curriculum development, professional development, exhibit development, and program research and evaluation. Rick co-founded the Lab’s citizen science program and started many of its current citizen science projects. He is founder and director of the website www.citizenscience.org;co-editor of the book Citizen Science, published by Cornell University Press; and Principal Investigator of two NSF-funded workshops designed to identify best practices in citizen science project development, implementation, and evaluation. He is also a founder of the Citizen Science Association and is serving on its first board of directors. Rick was lead of the CAISE inquiry group on citizen science in 2009 and editor of the PI Guide to Managing Evaluation in Informal STEM Education Projects published by the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education in 2012. His team at the Lab of Ornithology is currently developing customizable tools for evaluating the impacts of participating in a range of citizen science project models and is employing these tools in the evaluation of several citizen science projects around North America.
Registration deadline for the lecture or reception is February 5. Poster abstracts are due byJanuary 29.
Click here to register
It is our great pleasure to announce the 2015 NMAS Outstanding Science Teachers: Turtle Haste and Anna Suggs.
Turtle Haste has been teaching science for 25 years and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Desert Ridge Middle School in Albuquerque. She has a B.S. in Physical Geography from the University of Central Missouri and an Masters in Science Education from Oregon State University.
She is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Science. She holds a NASA Endeavor Fellow STEM Certificate from Columbia University Teacher College. In 2007 she was a NOAA Teacher at Sea, in 2014-2015 she was named a Teachers For Global Classrooms Fellow, and in 2015 she was honored as one of the New Mexico Women of STEM for her contributions in motivating young women to pursue education and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Ms. Haste is known for her connections with researchers around the world, showing her students how the topics they study are being explored by scientists. Her students have exchanged e-mails, packages and the occasional video hook-up with researchers in Antarctica. Student work on a sun shadows project—measuring the length of shadows at different locations around the world at consistent times between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice—was the first middle school science project ever accepted for presentation to the American Geophysical Union, the major annual professional meeting for geophysicists.
She has taught the summer program for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (held at Stanford University) from 2005 to 2015. She has participated in the American Meteorological Society DatasStreme Project from 2010 to 2015 (serving as Local Literacy Implementation Team (LIT) coordinator for New Mexico) and the NOAA Climate Stewards Educational program from 2011 to 2015 (with involvement through project wiki, professional development opportunities focusing on climate, on-line digital meetings, sponsoring a local climate stewardship project, and serving on the Teacher at Sea initial applicant review committee).
Her nominator for the NMAS Award said the following about her: “She uses her curiosity, knowledge, and awe of the physical world around her to instill excitement in her students. When she introduces basic and very important scientific concepts, she does so in fun and entertaining ways.”
Anna Suggs has been a sixth grade teacher for 21 years. For the last 15 years, she has been teaching sixth grade science at Zia Middle School in Las Cruces NM. She has a B.S. in agricultural animal science and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction, both from New Mexico State University.
During her tenure at Zia Middle School, she has been instrumental in implementing and participating in multiple afterschool science and technology programs, including the following: SEMAA (Science, Engineering Math and Aerospace Academy) through New Mexico State University; GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) Computer Program; BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Teams; and the Technology Students Association. Her students at Zia also have worked in coordination with Spaceport America to build and launch small rockets carrying payloads.
Her desire to inspire young scientists has led to her (and her students’) participation in the NASA Remote Sensing Earth Science Teacher Program in cooperation with Goddard Space F;ight Center. Ms. Suggs and her students have been doing research at White Sands National Monument for 5 years. The research was to determine the impact of human activity on the dune field and the students worked with satellite data and a small UAV flown by the local model airplane club. This research has involved hundreds of students as well as teachers, university personnel, members of the model airplane club, and parents. She has also frequently taught other science teachers at summer institutes and science conferences.
In 2015, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, one of only 102 mathematics and science teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense Education Activity to receive the award.
Ms. Suggs said the award is affirmation and inspiration to her, "The award affirms that the years of hard work, of constantly refining the art of teaching science, have been recognized," she said. "The inspiration is that, now that I have the award, I must continue work to empower my students and colleagues with a love of science and learning."
Marshall Berman died on October 25, 2015 after being in a short-term coma caused a series of declines in his health. He moved from Albuquerque to Colorado to be with his children where he could be cared for a few years ago. But his heart was still in Albuquerque among his many friends and associates. Marshall was very active throughout his life in the process of learning for both the old and young. He founded and was the President of the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education, The Friendly Philosophers, and helped start the New Mexicans for Science and Reason, and he was also a Past President of the New Mexico Academy of Science.
Dr. Berman was a friend of education and communication. In 1998, Marshall successfully ran for the State Board of Education. His intent was to help increase the effectiveness of education in the state and to try and block the effects of pseudo-scientists who had taken over the Board and were driving educational standards with some very ill-conceived science requirements and lack, thereof. He was successful in the latter and set the stage for the former by instilling the concept of using data to drive reform rather than silver bullets. Marshall did not believe in the current changes that began in 2011, but by then, there was no more Board of Education and he was growing quite ill with a variety of health problems.
Marshall was retired from Sandia Laboratories, and had a PhD in nuclear physics. He is survived by 3 children and 3 grandchildren with another on the way. Marshall touched many lives and drove many events in New Mexico. He will be missed very badly. There will be a memorial in celebration of his life in Albuquerque on the weekend of December 12 and 13th. As soon as the details are worked out, the specifics will be published and sent out to the many people he influenced over the years.
The New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS) and its partners, the New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) and the University of New Mexico Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (UNM CREST), invite you to the 2015 Research Symposium!
Visit the official NMAS Symposium site for more information and to register.
National Youth Science Camp 2015 Program
With All Expenses Paid Including Travel
For Two Graduating NM High School Seniors
Application Deadline is March 1, 2015
Two New Mexico high school seniors who are interested in science will be selected for an all-expenses-paid, month-long stay at the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands from June 17 – July 11, 2015. Applications are now being accepted for this prestigious program. Each year in the summer following graduation, two New Mexico high school seniors attend an intense month-long camp for young scientists. The NYSC program pays all expenses for the students including airfare. New Mexico’s participation is established through a request from the Governor of West Virginia, Earl Ray Tomblin, to New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez.
Applicants must be candidates for high school graduation between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and must be able to attend the entire NYSC program. Application forms and other information are available from the National Youth Science Foundation on the web athttp://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/. You may also inquire about the NYSC in the following ways:
Phone: (304) 205-9724, direct voicemail extension 90 Fax: (866) 833-0875
E-mail: email@example.com Facebook: National Youth Science Foundation Twitter: NYSCdotORG
Applications are done through the website http://apply.nysc.org. The deadline is March 1, 2015
The New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS, www.nmas.org) administers the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) program in New Mexico. Judges from NMAS will select two New Mexico high school seniors to attend the science camp this summer based upon their academic achievement, leadership in school and community activities, and a genuine interest in the sciences. The NMAS Coordinator for NYSC is Dr. Richard E. Nygren (Sandia National Laboratories, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last year’s attendees were Dennis Huang from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque and Anjik Ghosh from Albuquerque Academy, and Rana Chan from La Cueva High School was the alternate. In 2013 the attendees were Maria Morrow from El Dorado High School in Albuquerque and Evan Liu of Albuquerque Academy, and Stephen Jenkins of Onate High School in Las Cruces was the alternate.
Students from around the country attend the NYSC in the wilderness of the Monongahela National Forest in the eastern mountains of West Virginia's Potomac Highlands. Visiting scientists are invited to the camp based on their reputation as leaders in their field(s) and on their ability to share up-to-date research with the students. Their exciting lectures and the hands-on experiences expose delegates to current work across the spectrum of scientific disciplines. Students have many opportunities to increase their appreciation for the great outdoors and push themselves physically in an extensive outdoor program. Many students establish friendships that last a lifetime.
Annunciation Catholic School is in need of judges to share their enthusiasm about science with our students. We are looking for friendly professionals with experience in biology, medicine, physics, engineering, agriculture, or city planning to judge Science Fair or Future City models, research papers, and presentations. Please volunteer to judge the Middle School competition on Friday January 16th from 8:00-12:30. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The address is 2610 Utah, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Major cross streets are Wyoming and Menaul.
Please contact Colleen Ruiz at email@example.com or 505-228-8185 if interested.
Public Lecture by Dr. Mark Boslough on "The 2013 Chelyabinsk (Russian) Meteorite and Other Stories of Destructive Impacts and Airbursts on Earth"
The 2013 Chelyabinsk (Russian) Meteorite and Other Stories of Destructive Impacts and Airbursts on Earth
Mark Boslough, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories
Friday, January 9, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Doors open at 6:15 PM.
Free admission, no registration required
New Mexico Academy of Science
Host & Lecture Location
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800
Shortly after dawn on February 15, 2013, an asteroid descended at about 19 kilometers per second (42,500 mph) exploding at high altitude in a momentary flash brighter than the sun and generating a shock wave that injured over a thousand people. This type of event is not as unusual on Earth as one might think. Hear the story and related research from New Mexico expert Dr. Mark Boslough on planetary impacts and global catastrophes. Dr. Boslough’s research on airbursts challenged the conventional view of asteroid collision risk and is now widely accepted by the scientific community. In 2011 he stated, “It is virtually certain (probability more than 99%) that the next destructive NEO (Near Earth Object) event will be an airburst."
Dr. Boslough’s work has been profiled on PBS NOVA, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and the BBC. The asteroid 73520 Boslough (2003 MB1) is named after him. He is currently a Principal Member of the technical staff at Sandia Laboratories.He earned his B.S. in Physics (Colorado State University) and M.S. and Ph.D.in Applied Physics (Caltech) where his research focused on geophysics.
New Mexico Academy of Science