President's report: David J. Stroup, President.
The South Carolina Academy of Science was organized in 1924 under the direction of Grover Cleveland Mance, Professor of Geology at Winthrop College. The Academy is dedicated to raising the level of science education in South Carolina by promoting research and the transmission of knowledge within the State. The 77th Meeting of the SCAS was held at the College of Charleston, April 15-16, 2004. One hundred ninety-four oral presentations and sixty-four posters were presented. Academy members from twenty-nine different institutions participated in the meeting. Officers, Council members, and members of the Academy are to be congratulated for a successful year in promoting the goals and mission of our academy.
Funding for the activities of the Academy depends upon numerous sources including membership fees, meeting registration fees and support from business, industry and individuals. In the face of limited funding, the Academy would like to thank the Governor of South Carolina, the S.C. Legislature, Roche Carolina, Inc., Mead Westvaco, Michelin North America, Santee Cooper Power, and the Milliken Foundation for their support of the Academy and the 2004 Annual Meeting.
In any organization that depends on volunteers, there must be a core of individuals that have a deep appreciation for the organization and a willingness to give of their time and talents over a significant period of time. As President, I would like to personally thank Dr. Karen Fox, SCJAS Executive Director, and all of the Officers, Council Members, Committee Chairs, Directors, Judges, and all Academy volunteers for an excellent year in promoting science, math and engineering in our state.
The Academy also has enjoyed the support of the Office of the Governor of the State of South Carolina. Every year the Office of the Governor, assisted by the Academy, presents two awards, The Governors Awards for Excellence in Science. In 2005, for the first time a third award directed to a gifted young researcher will be presented. The Academy appreciates the assistance of the Governor's Staff, Dr. N.D. Camper, Dr. Don Jordan and Dr. Lucia Pirisi-Creek for making these three awards possible.
Dr. James Privett, President-Elect, has organized an outstanding Annual Meeting this year at Winthrop University. The Academy appreciates the efforts of Dr. Privett, his staff and members of the 2005 Meeting Committee at Winthrop for planning and hosting the 2005 Annual Meeting. At this meeting the Academy will establish the South Carolina Academy of Science Trust Fund to promote the mission and goals of the Academy in the future.