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Agenda Alabama Academy of science fall 2012 Executive Committee Meeting Samford University.

SATURDAY, October 6, 2012, 8:00 AM, Room 033 (downstairs) of the William Self Propst Hall

A. Call to order and approval of minutes of the Spring 2012
Executive Committee Meeting [Minutes on the Academy website]      3

B. Officer Reports                                                3

  1. Board of Trustees                            Ken Marion

  2. President                                    Ronald Hunsinger

  3. President-Elect                              Emanuel Waddell

  4. Second Vice President                        vacant

  5. Secretary                                    Janie Gregg

  6. Treasurer                                    Bettina Riley

  7. Journal Editor                               Safaa Al-Hamdani

  8. Counselor to AJAS                            Catherine Shields

  9. Science Fair Coordinator                     Virginia Vilardi

  10. Science Olympiad Coordinator                Jane Nail

  11. Counselor to AAAS                           Steve Watts

  12. Section Officers

    I.     Biological Sciences                    Ketia Shumaker

    II.    Chemistry                              Nixon Mwebi

    III.   Physics & Mathematics                  Prakash Sharma

    IV.    Engineering & Computer Science         Qichao Liu

    V.     Social Sciences                        Bryan Kennedy

    VI.    Anthropology                           Harry Holstein

    VII.   Science Education                      Janet Gaston

    VIII.  Industry, Environmental, and Earth     Yong Wang
           Science

    IX.    Health Sciences                        Beverly Myers

    X.     Bioethics & History/Philosophy of      James Bradley
           Science

  13. Executive Officer                           Larry Krannich

C. Committee Reports                                                  22

  1. Local Arrangements                           Ronald Hunsinger

  2. Finance                                      Ken Marion

  3. Membership                                   Vacant

  4. Research                                     Brian Burnes

  5. Long-Range Planning                          Adriane Ludwick

  6. Auditing, Senior Academy                     Robert Angus

  7. Auditing. Junior Academy                     Catherine Shields

  8. Editorial Board & Associate Journal Editors  Thane Wibbels

  9. Place and Date of Meeting                    Jimmy Triplett

  10. Public Relations                            Vacant

  11. Archives                                    Troy Best

  12. Science and Public Policy                   Scott Brande

  13. Gardner Award and AAS Fellows               Prakash Sharma

  14. Carmichael Award                            Richard Hudiburg

  15. Resolutions                                 Ketia Shumaker

  16. Nominating Committee                        Emanuel Waddell

  17. Mason Scholarship                           Mike Moeller

  18. Gorgas Scholarship Program                  Ellen Buckner

  19. Electronic Media                            Brian Toone

  20. Development                                 Larry Krannich

D. Old Business                                                      45

E. New Business                                                      45

F. Adjournment


1. Call to Order

2. Review/approval of minutes of the Fall 2011 Executive Committee Meeting

MINUTES OF THE ALABAMA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FALL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

Samford University, SATURDAY, October 8, 2011, William Self Propst Hall, Room 033 beginning at 8:00 AM

See Academy website and Secretary Report, B-5 Action Items Status

Spring 2012 Executive Committee Meeting

Report  Action Item         Action      Person           Due Date
                            Taken       Responsible

B-3     Approval of sites   Approved    Executive       2/22/2012
        for 2013 and 2014               Committee
        meeting

CM      Approval of the     Approved    Executive       2/22/2012
        travel award                    Committee
        recommendations
        from the Research
        Committee

C-4     Approval of the     Approved    Executive       2/22/2012
        research grant                  Committee
        award
        recommendations
        from the Research
        Committee

C-5     Expand              Approved a  Executive       2/22/2012
        coordination of     Task Force  Committee
        senior academy
        with the junior
        academy to include
        the Science and
        Engineering Fair
        and Science
        Olympiad programs

C-5     Initiate fund       Approved    Ken Marion,     10/6/2012
        raising for the                 Mike Moeller,
        Mason Fellowship                James Bradley,
        program                         Adriane
                                        Ludwick

C-9     Approval of         Approved    Executive       2/22/2012
        arrangements with               Committee
        Auburn Hotel for
        2014 meeting

C-15    Approve resolution  Approved    Executive       2/22/2012
        of thanks and                   Committee
        appreciation to
        Tuskegee
        University

E       Approve new AJAS    Approved    Executive       2/22/2012
        logo                            Committee

        Nominate Second     Defer to    Current Second   5/1/2012
        Vice-President      Second V-P  V-P will
                                        initiate


B. Officer Reports

B-1

Board of Trustees Report

No report submitted.

B-2

President's Report

As President of the Alabama Academy of Science, I have worked primarily in four areas. First, immediately following last Spring's Executive Committee meeting, I worked with others to draft a statement in opposition to the proposed HB 133, a bill that would have authorized "local boards of education to include released time religious instruction as an elective course for high school students." This statement was adopted by the Executive Committee after a vote. As a result of the AAS discussion and action, many of you contacted your Representatives. The proposed bill did not come up this year for discussion or for a vote and died in the House. Our actions and position were noted by the National Center for Science Education. The statement opposing the bill and stating our position on such matters can be found on the AAS website. Secondly, the AJAS has been extremely active in establishing working relationships with the various regions, AMSTI and the State Department of Education. I re-enforced and authorized the work of a special ad hoc committee to work toward this endeavor. Long term items to be addressed by this committee were: 1. Identify strengths and weaknesses of the AJAS program; 2. Identify people and resources located in each region; 3. Take an active role in the restructuring of the current districts; 4. Increase visibility and 5. Be involved in teacher recruiting and training in each area. All members of this committee are to be commended for the excellent progress they have achieved. In particular, Drs. Mickie Powell, Ellen Buckner, Adriane Ludwick, Eugene Omasta and Katherine Shields have shown strong leadership in this area. Thirdly, I have made preparations for this Fall Executive Committee Meeting here at Samford. Fourthly, I am establishing plans and working with committees to host the 90th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Samford, March 20-22, 2013. More detail on these plans will be discussed at the upcoming Executive Committee Meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ronald N. Hunsinger

B-3

Report of the President-Elect

No report submitted

B-4

Second Vice President Report

No report submitted

B-5

Secretary Report

See the report compilation from the Fall Executive meeting to be found on the website, the following summary of the minutes, and the status of Action Items from that meeting.

Minutes of the Spring Executive Committee Meeting

Tuskegee University, Kellogg Conference Center

February 22, 2012

7:30 PM

1. Seven Trustees were in attendance at the Executive Committee meeting.

2. Motion was made to accept the AMSTI regions as the new AJAS regions contingent upon approval of the AJAS.

3. 2nd V-President is working on the nominations and will have the list of nominees by next week.

4. The Treasurer's report, which was compiled on February 10th, shows a 5 month period where expenses exceeded income by $1,200. After the close of pre-registration on February 15th, the funds from PayPal were transferred to the AAS checking account. This includes $4,184 in membership dues and $4,300 in pre-registration fees, which was transferred to Tuskegee. In addition, $935 in dues checks was received and deposited. A check in the amount of $3,740 from the 2011 South Regional science fair is in the mail. The balance in the report does not reflect these amounts received after the Treasurer's report was done on February 10th.

5. AJAS has had a very active year with a lot of input from the senior academy. The AJAS website has been greatly updated with a lot of useful information.

6. A motion was made and approved that the $200 expense allocation to the science fair students attending the international science fair not require receipts. Instead, this allocation is to be viewed as an expense stipend.

7. Motion was made and approved to accept the Travel Awards recommendations

8. Motion was made and approved to accept the Research Awards recommendations.

9. Motion was made and approved to expand the coordination of the senior academy with the junior academy to include the Science and Engineering Fair and Science Olympiad programs. This can be easily facilitated through the AMSTI regional van drivers.

10. Motion was made and approved to initiate fund raising for the Mason Fellowship program. Ken Marion, Mike Moeller, Jim Bradley, and Adriane Ludwick will serve as the committee. The email received from Bill Mason's daughter will be forwarded to the committee.

11. Jim Bradley presented the proposal to hold the 2014 annual AAS meeting at Auburn University in the Auburn University Hotel Conference Center. Motion was made and approved that the site for the 2014 annual meeting will be at Auburn. The tentative date is March 12-14, 2014. The 2013 annual meeting will be held in March at Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

12. Committee on Science and Public Policy raised the issues surrounding HB 133 which would authorize providing high school graduation elective credit for enrollment in creationism classes off campus. The Executive Committee moved and it was approved to ask Scott Brande to write a position statement for the Academy as more information becomes available.

13. Motion was made and approved to accept the new logo for the AJAS contingent upon approval by AJAS.

14. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.

B-6

Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer's Report for the period 2/11/2012 through 9/30/2012 is found on the next page. Below is the status of the Science Fair Account for 2012. We still have not received the payment from the South Science Fair.

Respectfully submitted,

Bettina Riley

Treasurer

SCIENCE FAIR ACCOUNT 2012

Date               Income    Expenses  Description

4/4/2012        $1,390,00              Auburn (GEARSEF)
4/11/2012                   $5,042,00  Virginia Vilardi
5/8/2012        $1,320,00              UWA (West)
5/13/2012       $5,280,00              UAH (North)
5/13/2012       $5,280,00              UAH (State)
5/13/2012         $350,00              CSP Tech (Gupta)
6/28/2012                   $7,920,00  Virginia Vilardi
9/11/2012       $5,280,00              UAB (Central)
                  $292,53              CSP Tech (Gupta)
9/13/2012                   $5,572,53  Virginia Vilardi
               $19,192,53  $18,534,53  TOTAL
                              $658,00  BALANCE

SUMMARY OF SCIENCE FAIR ACCOUNTS 2005 - 2012

Year  Yearly Balance  ISEF Account Balance

2005    $ (2,369,92)          $ (2,369,92)
2006    $ (2,413,50)          $ (4,783,42)
2007    $ (1,889,60)          $ (6,673,02)
2008       $ (12.22)          $ (6,685,24)
2009      $ 4,044,00          $ (2,641,24)
2010      $ 4,631,29            $ 1,990,05
2011      $ 1,986,00            $ 3,976,05
2012        $ 658,03            $ 4,634,08  as of 9/30/2012


B-7

Journal Editor Report

The following has been accomplished since the last meeting:

* The Alabama Academy of Science Journal Vol. 83. No 1 will be released sometime this month. In both formats, electronically and hard copy.

* The Alabama Academy of Science Journal Vol. 83. No 2 should be released within the next month.

* I would like to bring to the attention to the members of the academy to become more active in submitting papers to the journal and volunteering to review manuscripts.

* We need to meet with the Executive Sales Representative for Cengage Learning--Brooks/Cole Pub. to invite them again to advertise in the journal.

Respectfully submitted,

Safaa Al-Hamdani

Action Items:

Meet with Cengage Learning-Brooks Cole Pub. Executive Sales Representative to continue advertising in the Journal.

Encourage AAS members to become more active in submitting papers and reviewing manuscripts for the Journal.

B-8

Counselor to Alabama Junior Academy of Science Report

The 2012-13 grant for the AJAS was submitted to the national Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in September. The request is again for $12,000 to support our expansion. We are delighted to have an active regional structure consistent with Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) regions and many people involved in establishing regional competitions. AJAS is grateful to the strong support from AAS and AMSTI, as well as many individuals who have contributed their time and expertise in helping us revitalize our program. We are hopeful that the 2012-13 competitions with see an increase in the quantity and quality of papers submitted.

Counselor's analysis and comments

Practices that continue to ensure program success

1. In 2011-12, we established a partnership with the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI). AMSTI works with science teachers state-wide to provide instruction, support and supplies for hands-on activities for students. This partnership is the key to helping us develop the state-wide presence we have sought for years.

2. We invited the State Science Director of AMSTI, Amanda Rylant, to be our speaker at the state meeting in March, 2012.

3. Each of the eleven AMSTI regions was invited to send a representative to the state meeting to experience the competition. Four regions sent a representative. Amanda subsequently committed each of the 11 regions to appoint a liaison to work with us to develop a regional competition in each of the state regions.

4. We changed our regional structure to match the AMSTI regional structure. We felt this would streamline the process of having AMSTI staff nurture student research in schools where they were already actively engaged.

5. Gene Omasta, a member of our parent organization, the Alabama Academy of Science (AAS), has developed a list of mentors who are members of AAS. The mentors have agreed to work with students state-wide in their areas of expertise. Gene is managing this list and is the point person for students seeking mentors for their research.

6. We invested in a science teacher to improve our website. He is located at Auburn, AL, which has been inactive for years. We hope his presence will help us develop participation in this area of the state.

7. We have developed a method for on-line registration at the state competition and hope to implement that as needed for regional competitions this year. This streamlined the process by reducing the paperwork this year.

8. The active regional coordinators distribute flyers at professional meetings and student competitions, such as the regional and state science fairs.

9. I have frequent communication about JSHS with potential student competitors, teachers, and AAS members through e-mails, phone calls, and encounters at professional meetings.

10. We conducted approximately six conference calls with stakeholders throughout the year to brainstorm and plan for expansion of our program. There were about six participants in most calls.

11. We have involved students more in leadership in student recruitment. We also hope to develop parent participation in this process, as we point out to them the scholarship potential of the program.

12. We invited members of the Alabama Power Foundation to attend the state meeting. Three members came to the meeting and expressed enthusiasm and a desire to help us develop the program.

13. We met with members of the Alabama Power Foundation several months after the competition to discuss ways they can help us. Plans are under discussion for ways they can

ALABAMA

REGIONAL SYMPOSIUMPartner with us.

Future goals and/or needs:

1. Maximize the relationship with AMSTI and with the Alabama Power Foundation through continued collaboration and communication.

2. Recruit more students to participate, working through AMSTI staff, students, and parents.

3. Increase the quantity and quality of papers presented.

4. Foster mentor-mentee relationships between students state-wide and AAS members.

5. Improve the website, including the ease of location of information for potential participants, registration of participants for meetings, and retrieval of information by program ad Respectfully submitted, Catherine Shields Interim State Counselor

Action Items:

* Maximize the relationship with AMSTI and with the Alabama Power Foundation through continued collaboration and communication.

* Recruit more students to participate, working through AMSTI staff, students, and parents.

Regional Financial Statement

Junior Science & Humanities Symposia Academy of Applied Science

24 Warren Street, Concord, NH

* Increase the quantity and quality of papers presented.

* Foster mentor-mentee relationships between students state-wide and AAS members.

* Improve the website, including the ease of location of information for potential participants, registration of participants for meetings, and retrieval of information by program ad

DIRECTIONS: Please see iSHS Financial Guidelines www.jshs.org

Budget--Complete appropriate columns; return signed original with proposal. Keep copy for your file. Actual--Complete appropriate columns; return signed original as final invoice. Keep copy for your file.

Internal Use

FY $$ Award

Adv $$ Pd

Bal $$ Due

Date Final Pd

Direct Expense Items          Budget  Budget     Actual  Actual
                                JSHS  Other        JSHS  Other
                            Subgrant  Sources  Subgrant  Sources
                                      of                 of
                                      Funding            Funding

1. Administrative Expenses

Director/Coordinator           $3000  N/A         $3000  N/A

Office Support                     0

Other (Describe)                   0

Total Administrative (may      $3000              $3000
not exceed 25% of Total
Direct Expenses or $3,000,
whichever is less)

2. Operational Expenses

Speakers                           0  N/A             0  N/A

Food                           $1500              $1500

Lodging                        $1500              $1500

Travel                         $1200              $1200

Office Operations              $3000              $3000

Printing                       $ 100              $ 100

Facility Rental                $1100              $1100

Miscellaneous (May not          $600               $600
exceed 5% of Total Direct
Expenses)

Total Operational             $9,000  $          $9,000  $

Total Direct Expenses        $12,000  $         $12,000  $
(Administrative +
Operational)

# Student participants 30

# Teacher participants 4

# Other participants 36

Budget Expenditure Approval:

Actual Expenditure Approval *


B-9

Science Fair Coordinator Report

Seventeen high school students from across the state of Alabama traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the 63rd International Science and Engineering Fair (May 13-18, 2012). Sixteen came to compete, one came to observe and learn. Intel/ISEF is the world's largest pre-college science and engineering competition. Over 1600 students from 59 countries competed in this event that culminates a year of research and experimentation by these young scientists. The awards are given by category (16 different) or as special awards from over 60 participating organizations.

The 2012 winners from the State of Alabama were:

Intel ISEF 2012 Grand Awards Ceremony

May 18, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced Grand Awards of the Intel ISEF 2012. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2012 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.

Fourth Award of $500

ET022 Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Cars: A Study of Solid Electrolyte Interface Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Rohan Bodh Gupta, 15, Auburn High School, Auburn, Alabama

PH060 Amateur Laser Physics: Engineering Affordable Gas Lasers to Discover What Affects Output Power

Joseph Patrick Lee, 15, Saint Peter's Academy, New Market, Alabama

Intel ISEF 2012 Special Awards Ceremony

May 17, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced special awards of the Intel ISEF 2012 Special Awards Ceremony. Intel ISEF Special Awards are presented by nearly 70 scientific, professional and educational organizations and include scholarships, summer internships, equipment grants, and trips.

American Chemical Society

Founded in 1876, the American Chemical Society is a self-governed individual membership organization that consists of members at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry. The organization provides a broad range of opportunities for peer interaction and career development.

Certificate of Honorable Mention

CH053 Depolymerization of Chitin Using Ionic Liquids

Vivian Vu Ho, 16, Murphy High School, Mobile, Alabama

International Council on Systems Engineering--INCOSE

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. INCOSE will award the best interdisciplinary project that can produce technologically appropriate solutions that meet societal needs. Certificate of Honorable Mention:

EE017 The Silk Spider Returns: Design of a Control System for Robotic Leg Motion David Christopher Lofts, 16, Covenant Christian Academy, Huntsville, Alabama EN005 Inflatable Structures for Earth and Space Applications Jodie Leigh Tinker, 15, Covenant Christian Academy, Huntsville, Alabama The following award was presented to all of the finalists and observer from Alabama. The finalists were: Courtney Kloske, Jodie Tinker, Olivia A. Dure, David Lofts, Ashby Marriott, Ian Black, Nicole Louw, Rohan Gupta, Suranjana Dey, Rohan Palanki, Joseph Lee, Monica Passala, Joshua Abreo, Vivian Ho, Lakshmi Raju, and Megan Moody. The observer was: Joel Tinker.

Wolfram Research, Inc.

Through innovation and progressive growth Wolfram Research continues to thrive as the world's leading technical software company. Wolfram Research products maintain a reputation for innovation, power, quality, and elegance. The company's aim can be summarized: Pushing the Envelope of Technical Computing. Wolfram Research is pleased to support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair by presenting all finalists with their own copy of Mathematica 5.2 Software for students. Mathematica integrates a numeric and symbolic computational engine, graphics system, programming language, documentation system, and advanced connectivity to other applications. It is this range of Capabilities that makes Mathematica uniquely capable as a "one stop shop" for technical computing. Mathematica software for all Intel ISEF Finalists and Observers

The following is the list of Alabama Science Fairs scheduled for 2013:

Central Alabama Regional Science & Engineering Fair, UAB Saturday March 2, 2013, Dr. J. Michael Wyss

Greater East Alabama Regional Science & Engineering Fair, AU, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Mary Lou Ewald

North Alabama Regional Science & Engineering Fair, Jacob Kerstiens.

West Alabama Regional Science Fair, UAW Saturday, March 9, Director Dr. Roger Campbell.

Mobile Regional Science & Engineering Fair, University of South Alabama, Dr. James J. Connors.

Alabama Science & Engineering Fair, UAH April 4 - 6, 2013, Vanessa Colebaugh.

Intel[R] International Science and Engineering Fair[R], 2013Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, May 12-17, 2013

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia Valardi

B-10

Alabama Science Olympiad Report

Fall registration is in full swing. As of today we have 84 teams registered. Alabama Science Olympiad is continuing to provide students with the opportunity of doing science and learning team work.

An A2 tournament in the Birmingham area is really needed!

So far, we have been successful keeping the hosting tournaments (three A2 tournaments, four B tournaments, and four C tournaments), but having one more in each division would be very helpful for the teams. In addition to the current regional hosts (UWA, AU, JHS, UAH, UAT, and SHC), I am very appreciative of directors and event supervisors at Huntingdon College for committing to host the State C and B for this and future years.

Please consider showcasing your campus, staff and students, and the science department by hosting a tournament! As always, thank you for your support of Alabama Science Olympiad.

ALABAMA SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 2012-2013

Division A2 Grades 3-6 Olympiad Tournaments

University of West Alabama, Tuesday, Oct 24. Dr. Janis Beard, Univ. of West Alabama, Station 7, Livingston, AL 35470.

Jacksonville High School. February. David Peters, 1000 George Douthit Drive SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265. (256) 435-4177, www.esoatjhs.org

Auburn University, February 9. Mary Lou Ewald, Science Outreach, 131 SCC Bldg, Auburn University, AL 36849. ewaldml@auburn.edu

Division B Grades 6-9 Olympiad Tournaments

Spring Hill College, March 2. Dr. Carolyn R. Simmons, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36608 csimmons@shc.edu

Auburn University, February 23. Dr. Steve Stuckwisch, Mathematics & Statistics Dept., 221 Parker Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849 and Mary Lou Ewald, Science Outreach, 131 SCC Bldg, Auburn University, AL 36849. ewaldml@auburn.edu, http://www.auburn.edu/~stuckse/ScienceOlympiad/

University of Alabama at Huntsville, February 24. Mrs. Vanessa Colebaugh, 5019 Willow Creek Drive, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763. (256) 922-5747 nessacita@comcast.net, http://www.uah.edu/sciolympiad/index.php

University of Alabama. February 19. Luoheng Han, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama, Box 870268, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0268, Phone: 05.348.7007, Fax: 205.348.0272. www.as.ua.edu

Division C Grades 9-12 Olympiad Tournaments

Spring Hill College. March 2. Dr. Carolyn R. Simmons, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36608 csimmons@shc.edu

University of Alabama Birmingham. February 16. Tiarkjiao Zhang scienceolympiaduab@gmail.com

University of Alabama at Huntsville. February 24. Mrs. Vanessa Colebaugh, 5019 Willow Creek Drive, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763. (256) 922-5747 nessacita@comcast.net,; http://www.uah.edu/sciolympiad/index.php

University of Alabama. February 19. Dr. Luoheng Han, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama, Box 870268, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0268, Phone: 205.348.7007, Fax: 205.348.0272. www.as.ua.edu Becky Snow Bsnow@eng.ua.edu

State Science Olympiad Tournament

Huntingdon College. State B and State C. March 16. Dr. Sidney Stubbs, Provost and Dean of the College and Professor of Mathematics). sstubbs@huntingdon.edu and Dr. Jim Daniels, Assoc. Prof. of Biology, jdaniels@huntingdon.edu, 1500 E Fairview Ave, Montgomery, AL 36106

National Science Olympiad Tournament

Wright State University--May 17-18, 2013--Dayton, Ohio

State Director: Jane Nall, 31110 Wakefield Drive, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 (251) 621-2911, email dmall@hotmail.com Alabama Science Olympiad web page: http://alabamaso.org

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Nall,

State Director

B-11

Counselor to AAAS Report

No report submitted.

B.12. Section Officers

B-12, I

Biological Sciences Section Report

The final numbers for the 2012 AAS meeting at Tuskegee University were:

A total of 52 presentations were made by faculty and students.

  30 talks (2 no-shows)
  22 posters (3 no-shows)


The one talk that was combined with the Biological Sciences Section from the Science Education Section was a no-show.

The number of university's represented in the Biological Sciences Section for both talks and posters were as follows: 15 from the University of West Alabama, 12 University of Alabama at Birmingham, 8 Samford University, 3 Troy University, 3 Judson College, 3 Jacksonville State University, 2 Alabama A&M, 2 Tuskegee University, 1 University of South Alabama, 1 Auburn, 1 University of North Alabama, 1 Birmingham Southern College.

Thirteen students entered in the competition for best talk. We gave awards for outstanding, first place, and second place talks. The students that received these awards are listed as follows:

  Tom Diggs, The University of Alabama at Birmingham,
  Examining endemism and population evolution through
  analysis of chloroplast and genomic DNA of geographically
  isolated plant congeners in southeastern glades
  (Outstanding Award),

  Andrea Larsen, Auburn University, Deepwater horizon ail
  spill effects on the bacterial communities of the gulf
  killfish (Fundulus grandis) (Second Place Award), and

  Jonathan P. Huang, The University of Alabama at Birmingham,
  Study of the microbial diversity using next-generation
  sequencing from microbial mats in Lake Joyce, Antarctic
  (Second Place Award).


Seven students entered in the competition for best poster. We gave awards for outstanding, first place, and second place posters. The students that received these awards are listed as follows:

  Haley E. Mabrey, The University of Alabama at Birmingham,
  Study of the antimicrobial effect of a pigment extracted
  from an Antarctic bacterium on gram-positive bacteria.
  (Outstanding Award),

  Dantria Grace, The University of West Alabama, Ozone stress
  response in Northern Red Oak. (First Place Award), and

  Rachael L. Maulorico, The University of West Alabama, Fish
  community structure in an Alabama salt marsh. (Second Place
  Award)


The 2013 AAS meeting will be held at Samford University. We are therefore anticipating that there will be more talks and posters submitted from Samford and The University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center in the Health Sciences IX Session. Currently, there is not a chair over the Health Sciences IX Section. So, the chair of the Biological Sciences I Section suggest that the AAS Executive Committee elect someone to hold the office of chair for Health Sciences IX Section for the upcoming 2013 AAS meeting.

After the spring 2013 AAS meeting, Dr. Malia Pincher, who is currently serving as vice chair, will take over as chair of the Biological Sciences I Section. We are open to suggestions for someone to take over the position of vice-chair for the Biological Sciences I section when Dr. Fincher takes office as chair.

Respectfully submitted,

Ketia Shumaker

B-12, II

Chemistry Section Report

The chemistry Oral presentation portion of the meeting was attended by a total of about 20 people and had three papers presented. The poster session had more attendance and a total of 9 papers were presented. The papers were ranked as follows

Oral

1. Stephen A. Smith    University of North Alabama
2. Calvin J. Scott     Jacksonville State University

Posters

1. Keyton P. Fike      Jacksonville State University
2. Kristy D. Crews     Tuskegee University
3. Apu Mazunder        Tuskegee University
4. Ethan C. Cagle      University of North Alabama
5. Zachary Riley       University of West Alabama
6. Corey W. Williams   University of North Alabama


During the business meeting, Dr. Amanda L. Hofacker, (alhofacker una.edu), Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of North Alabama, was elected chair-elect for the chemistry division.

Respectfully submitted,

Nixon Mwebi

B-12, III

Physics and Mathematics Section Report

No report submitted.

B-12, IV

Engineering and Computer Science Section Report

No report submitted.

B-12, V

Social Sciences Section Report

There were ten papers and three posters presented in Section V--Social Sciences for the 89th annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Tuskegee University.

Dr. Lonnie Hannon of Tuskegee University was elected Vice-Chair of Section V.

Respectfully submitted,

Bryan Kennedy

B-12, VI

Anthropology Section Report

No report submitted.

B-12, VII

Science Education Section Report

No report submitted.

B-12, VIII

Industry, Environmental, and Earth Science Section Report

No report submitted.

B-12, IX

Health Sciences Section Report

No report submitted.

B-12, X

Bioethics & History/Philosophy of Science Section Report

No report submitted.

B-13

Executive Director Report

Since the last Executive Committee Meeting, my activities have focused on the following:

1. Coordinated the development of an AAS response statement concerning HB 133, which proposed to balance the teaching of evolution with an off-campus elective offering with creation "science" as its core.

2. Sent a personalized email to each Alabama Representative stating the Academy's position and response to HB 133 and asking them to vote NO on that bill.

3. Communicated the Academy's position and response to HB 133 to the membership and posted the response statement on the Academy's website.

4. Distributed the Local Arrangements Manual to the local arrangements committee at the Samford University to assist them concerning arrangements, program booklet needs, and deadlines associated with the annual meeting of the Academy to be held on the Samford University campus, March 20-22, 2012 with the Executive Committee meeting on March 20th.

5. Participated in the ad hoc committee conference calls to discuss issues related to AJAS and the collaboration with AMSTI.

6. Sent welcoming emails and certificates of membership to all members who paid dues.

7. Prepared letters for distribution in late October to Alabama colleges and universities to solicit financial support for the Journal.

8. Prepared the Call for Papers for the 90th meeting of the Academy that will be distributed to all Section Chairs in electronic copy after November 15th.

9. Communicated with Justin Palmer, IRS agent, concerning IRS Form 1023, updated the AAS ByLaws to compile with IRS regulations, and filed the ByLaw updates with the Jefferson County Probate Judge. Reinstatement of the Academy's 501(c)3 status was received in late June 2012.

10. Filed the IRS 990N online form with the IRS for tax year 2011.

11. Consulted with Brian Toone, Editor for Electronic Media, to update the website with 2012-2013 officer and committee lists and to re-activate the on-line submission of Executive Committee reports and generate a compiled document for distribution to all attendees at the meeting.

12. Developed a doodle.com site for intended participation in the Executive Committee breakfast and meeting.

13. Prepared the committee chair report compilation and action items for distribution at the Fall Executive Committee meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Larry K. Krannich

C. Committee Reports

C-1

Local Arrangements Committee Report

No report submitted.

C-2

Finance Committee Report

The assets of the Academy as reported at the Fall
Executive Committee meetings and Annual Spring
meetings since 2001

PERIOD          ASSETS AT    CHANGE
                   END OF
                   PERIOD

1/1-10/12/2001    $71,763

1/1-10/12/2002    $72,197      $434

1/1-10/12/2003    $71,403     -$794

1/1-10/26/2004    $74,265    $2,862

1/1-10/26/2005    $63,906  -$10,359

1/1-10/26/2006    $62,162   -$1,744

1/1-10/31/2007    $34,004  -$28,158

1/1-10/10/2008    $25,619   -$8,385

1/1-10/14/2009    $26,937    $1,318

1/1-10/1/2010     $22,144   -$4,793

1/1-10/1/2011     $21,668     -$476

1/1-09/25/2012    $28,548    $6,880

1/1-12/31/2001    $75,813

1/1-12/31/2002    $72,813   -$3,000

1/1-12/31/2003    $74,800    $1,987

1/1-12/31/2004    $74,610     -$190

1/1-12/31/2005    $65,561   -$9,049

1/1-12/31/2006    $67,555    $1,994

1/1-12/31/2007    $36,435  -$31,120

1/1-3/13/2009     $28,989   -$7,446

1/1-3/23/2010     $26,814   -$2,175

1/1-2/14/2011     $24,865   -$1,949

1/1-2/10/2012     $28,004    $3,139


Our finances appear to have stabilized, but are not overly robust. In view of this and potential future needs to additionally support the AJAS, the Academy needs to maintain realistic budgets to reflect this and should be ready to consider steps (i.e., dues increase, increased meeting registration fees, etc.) to augment revenue in the near future, as needed.

Respectfully submitted,

Ken Marion

Chair, Finance Committee

* Does not include the Gorgas checking account and the AJAS checking account. These accounts have not been included in the table above during previous years; thus, for comparative purposes, they were not included in this report. As of 10/1/2012. Gorgas account was $3,062 and the AJAS checking was $9,002.

C-3

Membership Committee Report

C-4

No report submitted.

Committee on Research Report

As detailed in the Spring 2012 meeting minutes, the Research Committee awarded $1,155 in Travel Awards and $1,250 in Research Awards at the Annual Meeting. This total ($2,405) appeared to be at a sustainable level, considering the general finances of the Academy. The Research Committee encourages all members to apply for Travel and Research Awards for the 2013 Annual Meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Brian Burnes

C-5

Long-Range Planning Committee

No written report at this time.

Respectfully submitted,

Adriane Ludwick, Chair

Anne Cusic

Ken Marion

Eugene Omasta

C-6

Auditing, Senior Academy Committee Report

No report received.

C-7

Auditing, Junior Academy Committee Report

No report received.

C-8

Editorial Board & Associate Journal Editors Committee Report

No report received.

C-9

Place and Date of Meeting Committee Report

The places and dates for the 2013 and 2014 meetings of the Academy are as follows:

2013, Samford University (March 20-22, 2013)

2014, Auburn University (March 12-14, 2014)

2015, University of West Alabama

The contract with the Auburn University Hotel & Conference Center has been signed.

C-10

Committee on Public Relations Report

No report submitted.

C-11

Archives Committee Report

We need to obtain photographs (especially of members of the Executive Committee), committee reports, minutes of the AAS Executive Committee meetings, and any other materials that may be of interest to our membership. Items that may not seem of interest at present may be of great interest in the future. Photographs of officers and members at meetings are of special interest.

If you have items that you believe may be worthy of inclusion in the AAS Archives, please send them to me or to Dr. Dwayne D. Cox, University Archivist, Auburn University Ralph B. Draughon Library, 231 Me11 Street, Auburn University, AL 36849.

Access to our AAS Archives is available 7:45-4:45 Monday-Friday. Dr. Cox has provided the following information relative to access. Archives materials do not go out on interlibrary loan. Patrons can come in and use them according to the donor specifications. Some require special permission from the donating office or persons who made the donation or sometimes the archivist. Materials to be used at night or weekends need to have special arrangements made so they can be pulled before 4:30 in the afternoon (Friday afternoon for weekend use). Copies can be made in most cases and that can be done either by going through InfoQuest or contacting Dr. Cox or the reference desk at 334/844-1732.

I encourage all officers and members of the AAS to donate significant documents, photographs, etc. to the archives

Respectfully submitted,

Troy L. Best

Archivist, Alabama Academy of Science

C-12

Committee on Science and Public Policy Report

I. Legislative issues

In Alabama, a number of issues of science and education sporadically appear during the legislative sessions. In the past, the most important issues that concern this committee are those with the potential to introduce creationism into the pre-college public school system via changes in the science curriculum or the adoption or exclusion of particular science textbooks for Alabama use.

Creationists seek to influence the teaching of science in numerous ways, including legislative action. Previously, some legislators in Alabama, like those in other states, have sponsored so-called "Academic Freedom Acts", none of which have been enacted here. And fortunately for us, no academic freedom act bills were introduced in 2010 or 2011 to divert attention from a new and different issue that surfaced in Alabama for the first time during the 2012 legislative session. On February 7, House Bill 133 was introduced by Blaine Galliher (R-District 30) and would, if enacted, "authorize local boards of education to include released time religious instruction as an elective course for high school students." It was referred to later as the "credit-for-creationism", or "released time" bill.

I learned from a news report about this bill on Feb. 16, and because I wasn't able to attend the spring meeting of the Executive Committee, I notified Larry Krannich and other members of the Executive Committee on Feb. 20 that I would be doing some background research about this type of bill to ascertain actions we might take, if any.

I had never before heard of released time bills, but there was no difficulty locating web resources that documented the legislative and legal histories of such bills in other states. I also contacted a representative at the Alabama department of education for further clarification as to the implications of HB 133 for Alabama high school students. The picture was not pretty--basically the bill provided a maximum of three, non-required, elective credits towards the graduation requirement that could be fulfilled by off-campus religious instruction. Of course such an option raises numerous questions and issues about the intent and content of the public school curriculum as specified by the various Courses of Study, oversight by the state Board of Education, and others.

In the meantime, HB 133 was passed by the House Education Policy Committee. The next step for the bill was a referral to the floor, but before such a vote, several readings are required. Because this bill was a new (in Alabama) vehicle for countering the presence of evolution in the secondary public school system, we felt that a resolution against HB 133 expressing the opinion of the Executive Board was appropriate.

A flurry of email ensued amongst committee members, colleagues, and me, and by March 3 a draft statement against HB 133 based on a 1981 academy resolution (thanks, Larry, for the research into the academy archives) was circulating for consideration. That template was then electronically tweaked by a number of committee members to align it with the current issue posed by HB 133. After extensive online discussion and refinement, with input from numerous quarters, and guided by the leadership of the academy president, Ron Hunsinger, the resolution reached its final form within 48 hours. (Was this a record for fast-tracking action through the Executive Committee?)

The Executive Committee and Trustees of the Alabama Academy of Science hereby record their opposition to the stated motivation for HB 133 as a way of "balancing" the required instruction in evolution with an off-campus elective offering with creation "science" as its core. This, in our opinion, would undermine the science instruction that students receive on campus and which is presently guided by the Alabama Course of Study in Science. Furthermore, the Executive Committee and Trustees of the Alabama Academy of Science believe that the introduction of classroom subject content through the political process not only violates the academic freedom of the subject specialists to determine relevant and scientifically sound concepts, but also represents an inappropriate and potentially dangerous precedent for American public education. Therefore, we strongly urge members of the Alabama House of Representatives to vote against HB 133.

The window for our action was closing fast, as a news report had the bill on the house calendar for a floor vote March 6. Larry set up an online polling site at which members of the Executive Committee would vote secretly, and within 24 hours (March 6), the final tally was 18 YES and 1 NO.

Prior to the approval of this statement from the Executive Committee, Larry and I worked on compiling an email address list of all house legislators and principals at the Alabama Board of Education, to whom the academy's statement would be sent. On the same day the resolution was passed, it was distributed via email to those on our list. With the failure of electronic delivery to a few of the legislators, we tracked down alternative email addresses to finally reach almost every member of the house.

Although it would have been gratifying for us to receive extensive feedback from state legislators, we expected little and were not disappointed. By March 11, Larry received only one response, from Steve McMillan, who noted the following.

  "I sat through what surely was the longest committee
  meeting in the history of the Alabama legislature.
  The subject was teaching evolution in Al schools; it
  lasted all day. This was in the early 1980's. How
  things stay the same? Have not read bill but value
  your input & will consider. Sent from my iPhone"


There was no vote on HB 133 March 6. After that date, HB 133 was indefinitely postponed. The bill died a quiet death by the end of the regular legislative session.

I'd like to thank all those who were able to participate in the online collaboration that resulted in a timely response, when needed, to the latest challenge to the integrity of science education in Alabama. The Executive Committee, friends and colleagues, deserve credit for upholding our standing position that supports the best science education for pre-college students in Alabama public schools.

For those interested in learning more about the so-called "credit-for-creationism" bills, here are some references that provide the broader context, background, and experiences in other states. References:

http://ncse.com/news/2012/02/antievolution-legislation-alabama-007208

http://ncse.com/news/2012/02/credit-creationism-scheme-unconstitutional-007209

http://ncse.com/news/2012/02/background-credit-creationism-scheme-007211

http://ncse.com/news/2012/03/credit-creationism-scheme-passes-committee-007232

http://ncse.com/news/2012/05/credit-creationism-scheme-dies-alabama-007416

http://www.oyez.org/cases/1950-1959/1951/1951_431

http://religioninthepublicschools.com/downloads/Religion%20-%20Ch4%20-%20Curriculum%20Issues.pdf

II. Alabama Science Curriculum and Textbook Adoption Cycle

The development of national science standards (Next Generation Science Standards) has delayed the usual six-year cycle of adoption of the Alabama science curriculum (Course of Study:Science) and science textbook adoption. The science course of study committee is now working on the state standards, and the committee's work should be completed in 2013. The adoption of science textbooks follows in 2013-14, and the implementation of the science curriculum and use of science textbooks will take place in 2015.

Alabama's science standards (from 2005) were recently evaluated by the Fordham Foundation against a number of criteria, including content and rigor and clarity and specificity. Consistent with our state's historical record of conflict in the evolution/creationism sphere, the Fordham Foundation team assigned a grade of "D" for Alabama's overall science standards.

We hope that with each iteration of the science standards, our national reputation will improve. However, I expect that evolution will remain a focus for controversy during the development of the new state standards and subsequent textbook adoptions. I expect that developments unfavorable to evolution will arise and provide future opportunities for the Alabama Academy of Science, through its Executive Committee, to once again voice its professional support for the teaching of strong science.

We will keep you informed.

Respectfully submitted,

Scott Brande

C-13

Gardner Award & Fellows Committee Report

No report submitted.

C-14

Carmichael Award Committee Report

No report submitted.

C-15

Resolutions Committee Report

No resolutions needed at this time.

C-16

Nominating Committee Report

Dr. John McCall is being nominated as the second Vice President, effective October 6, 2012 for 2012-2013.

C-17

William H. Mason Scholarship Committee Report

Last spring the Committee reviewed four completed applications for the William H. Mason Scholarship. After assessing all application materials the Scholarship Committee offered the $1000 scholarship to Ms. Amber Foster. Ms. Foster accepted the award and is enrolled in the non-traditional/5th year teaching master's program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

The previous recipients of the William H. Mason Scholarship are:

1990-1991  Amy Livengood Sumner
1991-1992  Leella Shook Holt
1992-1993  Joni Justice Shankles
1993-1994  Jeffrey Baumbach
1994-1995  (Not awarded)
1995-1996  Laura W. Cochran
1996-1997  Tina Anne Beams
1997-1998  Carole Collins Clegg
1998-1999  Cynthia Ann Phillips
1999-2000  Ruth Borden
2000-2001  Karen Celestine, Amy Murphy
2001-2002  JeannineOtt
2002-2003  (Not awarded)
2003-2004  Kanessa Miller
2004-2005  Mary Busbee, Bethany Knox
2006-2007  Kelly Harbin
2007-2008  Michael Hallman
2008-2009  Sheri Sanders Grosso
2009-2010  (Not awarded)
2010-2011  Danielle Morlan
2011-2012  Cory Goble
2012-2013  Amber Foster


Attached to this report is a copy of an announcement that the Committee again plans to be sending soon to deans in colleges of science and colleges of education within Alabama. Members of the AAS Executive Committee are encouraged to copy and disseminate this information

Respectfully submitted,

Michael B. Moeller, Chair

William H. Mason Scholarship Committee

C-18

Gorgas Scholarship Committee Report

2012 Gorgas Competition: The 2012 Competition was excellent with finalists from eight (8) schools. The final press release is attached. Seventy judges contributed their time and expertise to judging the papers and the presentations. The competitions could not be done without these scientists. The list is also attached.

Gorgas-AJAS Teacher Fellow: In 2011-2012, the Gorgas Scholarship Competition continued to seek ways to grow the organization of science clubs and entrants to the competitions. Mark T. Jones, PhD, NBCT, completed his first 2-year term as the AJAS-Gorgas Teacher Fellow. He presented sessions at the Alabama Science Teacher Association meeting and has worked to develop connections in several areas. His major contribution was a complete development of an operational website for competitors to register for the meetings. His report and upcoming plans are attached. This work enabled the substantial outreach to establish regional competitions for the AJAS Paper reading. This partnership with the AMSTI-ASIM statewide organization will potentially bring in many more students and engage high school science teachers and programs actively. This major development could only have been done with the webmaster skills of Dr. Jones. Dr. Jones also held the first Summer Institute in our role as an AMSTI Affiliate.

The AJAS-JSHS grant was initiated by Dr. Catherine Shields (see her report). It was funded at a higher level than previous years and will provide the operational support to expand the competitions.

AJAS-AMSTI Regionals: An ad hoc committee met by conference calls all summer (2012) to plan a regional system of competitions in conjunction with AMSTI. Dr. Mickie Powell, Dr. Gene Omasta, Dr. Adrianne Ludwick, Dr. Ellen Buckner, Dr. Larry Krannich, and Dr. Catherine Shields regularly participated in the most calls. Additional AAS officers supported the initiative as well. This is described in other reports as well. Dates for the First 2 weeks in February are being established. This system of regional competitions at the AJAS-JSHS level will impact the Gorgas Competition as they become seniors. The memo to AMSTI (Contact Ms. Amanda Rylant) is attached. The list of AMSTI-ASIM and AAS Representatives for the Regional Competitions is attached. Additional calls were held with AJAS Officers. Their flyer is attached. Conference calls were sponsored at no charge by the University of South Alabama. A webinar was also held through AMSTI in September to discuss the process with AMSTI Specialists.

Alabama Power Foundation: I have met twice with the Alabama Power Foundation who would like to redesign our website and look at other ways to publicize the competitions. This could be invaluable to make it more effective and searchable.

The Committee would like to recognize the many outstanding teacher-sponsors of the students. Their work in encouraging students to enter the competition is instrumental to both the success of the program and to the success of the students.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Buckner

Report of Mark Jones, AJAS-Gorgas Teacher Fellow

The following activities have been completed or are in progress:

1. Paper work regarding the AMSTI affiliate was completed. The AMSTI affiliate programs was approved and placed in STIPD so that teachers could sign up online and receive professional credit. Two sessions were planned to take place at Drake Middle School in Auburn. The first session was cancelled due to unannounced floor maintenance at the school. The second session occurred in early August for six teachers and one outreach assistant at Auburn University. The session was a full day workshop to bring experimental design in to the classroom, extend that based on student interest into outside projects and then science fair projects. Teachers were oriented on how to take these projects then further to AJAS and Gorgas. Teachers were also trained on the new webpage that was to be put into place regarding AJAS.

a. This workshop will be used as part of the proposal to the Alabama State Department for a week-long training. In addition to the presented topics, engineering outreach, Alabama careers in engineering and inquiry-based science will make up the week of teacher training.

b. Next summer the one-day training can be done in five locations to include an Auburn location. This is TBD. Based on the first experience, teachers were interested in all aspects of the training, to include experimental design in the classroom, Science Olympiad and project-based science.

c. Aspects of this training will be presented at Auburn's regional Science Olympiad competition and the state's SO competition in at Huntingdon College.

2. The webpage for AJAS was updated so that it contained AJAS information regarding regional and state paper reading competitions. In additions, the page was reorganized to be easier to navigate. It contains a YouTube introduction, four main links and an introduction of the AMSTI regional organization of AJAS.

a. The webpage presents Dr. Catherine Shields describing in a YouTube video what impact paper-reading competitions can have on students' college careers and lives.

b. The Gorgas link includes the following information: Gorgas registration, Gorgas past-participant interviews, Gorgas Tips by last year's winner, Gorgas scholarships. This series of links will need to be compared to the Gorgas website itself so that no information is overlooked. In addition, requirements will be added for future plans with Gorgas finalists to include further interviews and a "Where are they now follow up."

c. The AJAS link includes regional and then state registration, meal registration for state, AMSTI regional representative report and registration as an AMSTI guest. This link will soon include an AMSTI region map with red bullets for the actual regional competition locations. These bullets will be hyperlinked to each regional site for more information.

d. The link to the experimental design workshop includes how to register and a link to STIPD. This link will be updated with experimental design videos done during the 1213 season. In addition, it will include a link to an AMSTI map that will include bulleted sites to training locations this summer as they are planned and reserved.

e. The general AJAS info link includes FAQ's, a submit a question form, a request a mentor form, tips on how to do a science fair project, a link to how to write a science paper, interviews with past AJAS participants and AJAS presentations, the application for the AJAS research grant, officer nomination forms and the outstanding teacher nomination form. Further development of this link will include more AJAS interviews and presentations. Our AJAS president has also compiled a list of all the schools that were presented with certificates of membership last year and these schools will be added as a flag on a copy of an Alabama map with the AMSTI regions on it. Each flag will be a link to that school or their club webpage if appropriate.

f. A final link at the bottom of this page summarizes the times and locations of all of Alabama's academic competitions for middle through high school. This is an ongoing updating process as information becomes available and new sources are discovered.

3 AJAS Officers are being put to work for publicity.

a. Officers will populate the Facebook page and actively advertised to get friends to join.

b. Officers will complete application form to create AJAS charter memberships at their school.

c. The AJAS president has agreed to connect to science club presidents to invite to membership in AJAS and participation in the Regional AJAS-JSHS competitions.

d. Retroactively, participants in these regional competitions will be contacted to connect to their school's science clubs.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark T. Jones, PhD, NCT

AJAS Data base of Schools/Chapters. Note: Some of these have not yet received their certificate but have supplied contact names.

Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham

Alabama School of Science and Math, Mobile

Auburn High School, Auburn

Brooks High School, Killen

Covenant Christian Academy, Huntsville

Daphne High School, Daphne

Florence High School, Florence

Indian Springs School, Indian Springs

JCIB, Birmingham

Murphy High School, Mobil

Paul Bryant High School, Tuscaloosa

Ramsay High School, Birmingham

Shoals Christian School, Florence

The Altamont School, Birmingham

Virgil I. Grissom High School, Huntsville

Wetumpka High School, Wetumpka

Gorgas Scholarship Competition

A Program of the Alabama Power Foundation

Administered by the Alabama Academy of Science

February 24, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today the Gorgas Scholarship Committee announced the rankings of the finalists of the 2012 Alabama Science Scholar Search. The Search was held at the meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.

The winner of the first-place tuition grant of $4000 was:

Pranjal Gupta, Auburn High School, 405 South Dean Rd, Auburn, AL 36830, Teacher-Sponsor, Mary Aglan

First alternate and winner of a tuition grant of $3000 was:

Rakesh Goli, The Altamont School, 4801 Altamont Rd S, Birmingham, AL 35222, Teacher-Sponsor, Donna Kentros

Second alternate and winner of a tuition grant of $2000 was:

Joel Tinker, Covenant Christian Academy, 926 Weatherly Rd, Huntsville, AL 35803, Teacher-Sponsor, Rhonda Lisauckis

Third alternate and winner of a tuition grant of $1500 was:

Joshua Passantino, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, 6100 Old Leeds Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210-4278, Teacher-Sponsor, Debbie Anderson

Fourth alternates and winners of a tuition grant of $500 each were:

Zachary Michael Fox, Wetumpka High School, 1251 Coosa River Pkwy, Wetumpka, AL 36093, Teacher-Sponsor, Virginia Vilardi

Meredith McPhail, Murphy High School, 100 South Carlen St, Mobile, AL 36606, Gene Montgomery

Unranked Finalists:

Patrick Blackmon, Ramsay High School, 1800 13th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205, Teacher-Sponsor, Dasi Mosley

Andrew Guo, Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, 1255 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36604, Teacher-Sponsor, Kevin Dolbeare

Mohit A. Limdi, The Altamont School, 4801 Altamont Rd S, Birmingham, AL 35222, Teacher-Sponsor, Donna Kentros

Megan Elizabeth Moody, Wetumpka High School, 1251 Coosa River Pkwy, Wetumpka, AL 36093, Teacher-Sponsor, Virginia Vilardi

Tulsi Patel, Wetumpka, AL 36093, Wetumpka High School, 1251 Coosa River Pkwy, Wetumpka, AL 36093, Teacher-Sponsor, Virginia Vilardi

Victoria Stringfellow, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, 6100 Old Leeds Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210-4278, Teacher-Sponsor, Debbie Anderson

The rankings were established by a panel of judges consisting of department heads, deans and professors from many of the leading universities and industries in Alabama. Winners and finalists in the Gorgas Contest receive offers of tuition scholarships to colleges and universities in Alabama for the study of science. The Gorgas Scholarship Program is named for General William Crawford Gorgas, the Alabama physician who conquered yellow fever in the Panama Canal Zone and later became the Surgeon General of the United States Army. The purposes of the Gorgas competition are to promote interest in science and to aid in the education of promising students.

Information on the annual competition and awards may be found on the website at www.GorgasScholar.org. For further information, contact Ellen Buckner, DSN, RN, Chairman, Gorgas Scholarship Competition, ebuckner@usouthal.edu, (205) 910-9877.

Gorgas Scholarship Competition Alabama Junior Academy of Science

September 30, 2012

To: Gorgas and AJAS Judges

From: Drs. Buckner, Krannich, and Shields, Alabama Academy of Science (AAS) Re: 2012 Gorgas Scholarship Competition and Alabama Science Talent Search 2012 Alabama Junior Academy of Science Paper Reading Competition

Thank you for giving your most precious asset--your time--to the youth of Alabama!

As you can see below, many judges were needed to host two statewide competitions. In addition, Alabama Scientists served as AAS Committee and Task Force members, paper readers, webmasters, and mentors. In 2013 we will be significantly expanding our Regional Competitions to include the 11 AMSTI Regions. We hope you will assist with those also. The future of science and our society depends on excellence in education!

The Gorgas and AJAS Competitions this spring was outstanding and many students will benefit from the scholarships offered. A press release of the final Gorgas winners is attached. Best wishes in all your work. I hope we may call upon you again.

Judge               Institution

Malinda Westbrook   AAMU
Melinda Gilmore     AAMU
Padmaja Guggilla    AAMU
Ruby Jewel          AAMU
Jim Bradley         Auburn
Roger Birkhead      Auburn
Roland Dute         Auburn
Chelsea Ward        AUM
Bhu Dev Sharma      Clark Atlanta
Janie Gregg         UWA
Stephen Chew        Samford
Andy Lampkins       Samford
Betsy Dobbins       Samford
Elizabeth Dobbins   Samford
Anne Boettcher      South Alabama
Charlyn Partridge   South Alabama
David Forbes        South Alabama
David Nelson        South Alabama
Elizabeth VandeWaa  South Alabama
Ellen Buckner       South Alabama
Howard Whitston     South Alabama
Justin Sanders      South Alabama
Larry Christensen   South Alabama
Loretta Jones       South Alabama
Paul Helminger      South Alabama
Ron Balczon         South Alabama
Sinead M. Chadhain  South Alabama
Stephen Kays        South Alabama
Thomas Hain         South Alabama
Thomas J. Scott     South Alabama
Gene Omasta         Troy
P.C. Sharma         Tuskegee
Adriane Ludwick     Tuskegee
Chadia Affane Aji   Tuskegee
George Turner       Tuskegee
Gregory Pritchett   Tuskegee
H. Windham          Tuskegee
Heshmat Aglan       Tuskegee
Lonnie Hannon, III  Tuskegee
Lynn Jones          Tuskegee
Melissa Reeves      Tuskegee
Michael Curry       Tuskegee
Nichole Powell      Tuskegee
Quinghua Peter He   Tuskegee
Sharon Asundi       Tuskegee
Vijay Rangari       Tuskegee
Shane Sharpe        UA
Ben S. Arwood       UAB
Diane Tucker        UAB
Gregory Peek        UAB
Japhia Jacobo       UAB
Jonathan Huang      UAB
Kayla Bieser        UAB
Ken Marion          UAB
Leslie Hendon       UAB
Melissa Pompilius   UAB
Mickie Powell       UAB
Natalie Mitchell    UAB
Owameca Coie        UAB
Raymond Odom        UAB
Stan Hart           UAB
Taylor Roberge      UAB
Tom Diggs           UAB
Emmanuel Waddell    UAH
Peggy Hays          UAH
Michael Moeller     UNA
Richard Hudiburg    UNA
Shannon Uptain      UNA
Mark Jones          Webmaster


Thank you to all these scholars who contributed to the 2012 competitions! For further information, the websites are listed below:

www.alabamaacademyofscience.org

www.alabamaacademyofscience.orglajas

www.GorgasScholar.org

Memo:

To: AMSTI-ASIM Specialists

From: Mickie Powell, PhD, Alabama Academy of Science, Chair AJAS Regional Competition Task Force, mpowell@uab.edu

Re: AJAS-JSHS 2013 Regional Paper Reading Competitions

AMSTI, in a partnership with the Alabama Academy of Science (AAS), will host Regional Paper Reading Competitions on a pilot basis in 2013. These competitions will take place in early February and winners will move forward to state competitions. The AAS will provide a representative for each region who will conduct the competition.

Duties are as follows:

1. The AMSTI-ASIM Specialist will consult with the AAS Representative to set the date, time and place in early February for the regional competition. This should be determined by mid-September. The AMSTI-ASIM Specialist should also make arrangements for necessary audio/visual equipment.

2. The AMSTI-ASIM Specialist will participate in a conference call in October to answer any questions.

3. The AAS representative will recruit judges and no judge should have assisted a student in the competition. AMSTI-ASIM Specialists are invited to serve as judges.

4. The State AJAS Counselor and Officers will develop and send publicity of the competition. The AMSTI-ASIM Specialist is asked to distribute this to teachers and encourage participation.

5. The AAS Representative will receive directly from the webmaster, Dr. Mark Jones, mtjones@auburnschools.org, the list of student presenters, and titles of their presentations, and materials/instructions for both students and judges. Following the competition, judges will determine winners and the AAS Representative will forward that information to Dr. Jones.

6. The list of regional winners will be shared with the AMSTI-ASIM Specialist and may be announced and sent to local media.

Schedule Date/Time/Place

As the AMSTI-ASIM Specialist for your region, you should schedule your regional AJAS-JSHS competition after school or on a Saturday during the first two weeks of February 2013. This needs to be accomplished with a specific location and date scheduled in consultation with your region's AAS representative, [Insert name, email, phone for specific region], by mid-September 2012. Approximately 2-3 hours should be allotted for the event. Equipment for Power Point presentations should be available. The above-mentioned AAS Representative will be available to chair the event and judge. If possible, we would also like you to be present and serve as a judge for the event. By mid-September please send date, place and time for the Regional Competition in your area to Dr. Jones at mtjones@auburnschools.org.

Conference call in October

Once the regional competitions are set up, we will have a conference call to answer any questions you may have. We have numerous website resources for students and teachers and we will introduce them to you. This conference call will occur in early October.

Publicity to Teachers and Student RegistrationFlyers for teachers about how to support student entrants will be sent to all AMSTI-ASIM Specialists. We ask that you talk with teachers in your region to encourage participation. Students in grades 9-12 will register on-line by January 3 through a specific registration link for the AJAS-JSHS competitions. Students will enter their name and contact information (email, address, and phone), parent's name, high school and address, teacher-sponsor name and email, title of presentation, a short summary (abstract) and presentation needs. Presentations are no longer than 12 minutes with 6 minutes for questions from the judges and audience. This matches the state and national competitions. Parents, students and others may attend. Abstracts of papers that proceed to the state competition will be published in the Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science.

Final Arrangements for Competition

After January 31, 2013, AJAS Webmaster will send the list of students and titles to the AAS Representative. After the regional competitions, winners' names will be submitted by AAS Representative to Dr. Jones who will send these to the State AJAS Counselor. The regional winners will then be eligible to compete at the state level at the Annual Joint Meeting of the AAS and AJAS. Winners at the state level will be invited to compete at the national level. AMSTI-ASIM Specialists are encouraged to announce winners in their region and send information to the local media.

Summary of Competitions--AJAS-JSHS & Gorgas Competitions

With your support, we hope to bring this AJAS-JSHS event to every Alabama student and build the competitions beyond current participation levels. This is a unique opportunity with great potential for rewards for the schools, teachers and students of Alabama. The Alabama Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) is the Alabama affiliate of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), www.jshs.org, through which numerous scholarships are available to state and national winners. In addition to the AJAS-JSHS, the AAS also sponsors the Gorgas Scholarship Competition, which is only for high school seniors. Information on the Gorgas opportunity can be found at www.GorgasScholar.org. The website lists additional scholarships offered by almost every 4-year College and University in Alabama. The Alabama Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) encourages all science clubs to participate in the state-wide student organization. Complete information for becoming an AJAS chapter is available on the website at www.alabamaacademyofscience.org/ajas. in your area to Dr. Jones at mtjones@auburnschools.org.

Set Dates & Place (Sept) Conference call in October

Once the regional competitions are set up, we will have a conference call to answer any questions you may have. We have numerous website resources for students and teachers and we will introduce them to you. This conference call will occur in early October. Publicity to Teachers and Student RegistrationFlyers for teachers about how to support student entrants will be sent to all AMSTI-ASIM Specialists. We ask that you talk with teachers in your region to encourage participation. Students in grades 9-12 will register on-line by January 31st through a specific registration link for the AJAS-JSHS competitions. Students will enter their name and contact information (email, address, and phone), parent's name, high school and address, teacher-sponsor name and email, title of presentation, a short summary (abstract) and presentation needs. Presentations are no longer than 12 minutes with 6 minutes for questions from the judges and audience. This matches the state and national competitions. Parents, students and others may attend. Abstracts of papers that proceed to the state competition will be published in the Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science.

Final Arrangements for Competition

After January 31, 2013, AJAS Webmaster will send the list of students and titles to the AAS Representative. After the regional competitions, winners' names will be submitted by AAS Representative to Dr. Jones who will send these to the State AJAS Counselor. The regional winners will then be eligible to compete at the state level at the Annual Joint Meeting of the AAS and AJAS. Winners at the state level will be invited to compete at the national level. AMSTI-ASIM Specialists are encouraged to announce winners in their region and send information to the local media.

Summary of Competitions--AJAS-JSHS & Gorgas Competitions

With your support, we hope to bring this AJAS-JSHS event to every Alabama student and build the competitions beyond current participation levels. This is a unique opportunity with great potential for rewards for the schools, teachers and students of Alabama. The Alabama Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) is the Alabama affiliate of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), www.jshs.org, through which numerous scholarships are available to state and national winners. In addition to the AJAS-JSHS, the AAS also sponsors the Gorgas Scholarship Competition, which is only for high school seniors. Information on the Gorgas opportunity can be found at www.GorgasScholar.org. The website lists additional scholarships offered by almost every 4-year College and University in Alabama. The Alabama Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) encourages all science clubs to participate in the state-wide student organization. Complete information for becoming an AJAS chapter is available on the website at www.alabamaacademyofscience.org/ajas.

If you have any questions about this process, please let us know. Thank you for your support!

Alabama Regional Science Paper Reading Competition
9th-12 Grade in early February in 11 Regions

Publicity (Oct-Nov)        * AMSTI-ASIM Specialist
                           * AAS Representative
Schedule Judges (Dec)      * AJAS Officers & Counselor
                           * AMSTI-ASIM Specialist
Collect Entrants (Jan)     * AAS Representative
Conduct Competition (Feb)  * AJAS Webmaster
                           * AAS Representative
Nofification (Feb)         * AAS Representative
                           * AMSTI-ASIM Specialist
                           * AAS Representative
                           * AJAS Webmaster


Regional Winners Move forward to State Competitions: AJAS-JSHS 9th-12th Grade Gorgas 12th Grade Only in March

AMSTI Region         AAS
               Representative

AMSTI Site       Last Name       First          Workplace

Alabama State  Reynolds        Barbara   Ms   Retired AS1M
University

Athens State   Biffle          Rochelle  Ms.  Athens State
University                                    University

Auburn         Smith           Michael   Dr.  Auburn
Universi                                      University

Jacksonville   Rayburn         James     Dr.  Jacksonville
State                                         State
University                                    University

Troy           Omasta          Eugene    Dr.  Retired Troy
University                                    University

University of  Lanier          Mark      Dr.  Criminal
Alabama                                       Justice

University of  Powell          Mickie    Dr   Samford
Alabama                                       University
Birmingham

University of  Waddell         Emanuel   Dr   University of
Alabama in                                    Alabama in
Huntsville                                    Huntsville

University of  Tidwell         Cynthia   Dr.  University of
Montevallo                                    Montevallo

University of  Webb            Brenda    Dr.  University of
North                                         North
Alabama                                       Alabama

University of  Buckner         Ellen     Dr   University of
South Alabama                                 South
                                              Alabama

AMSTI Region   AMSTI-ASIM
               Representativ

AMSTI
Site

AMSTI Region

AMSTI Site         Phone                E-Mail

Alabama State          (334)  bareynolds@troy.edu
University          488-1294

Athens State   (256)216-6622  rochelle.biffle@athens.edu
University

Auburn                 (334)  Smith01@auburn.edu
Universi            844-6553

Jacksonville           (256)  Jrayburn@jsu.edu
State               782-5803
University

Troy                   (334)  eomasta@troycable.net
University          566-1392

University of          (205)  mmlanier@as.ua.edu
Alabama             348-6846

University of          (205)  mpowell@uab.edu
Alabama             975-2524
Birmingham

University of          (256)  ewaddell@chemistry.uah.edu
Alabama in          824-2695
Huntsville

University of          (205)  tidwellc@montevallo.edu
Montevallo          665-6482

University of          (256)  bhwebb@una.edu
North               765-4334
Alabama

University of  (205)910-9871  ebuckner@usouthal.edu
South Alabama

AMSTI Region

AMSTI
Site


Regional Paper Reading Competition

What is paper reading?

Paper reading is a competition in which students have the opportunity to present their scientific research papers while meeting like-minded students. Winners proceed to the state competition held at an Alabama College or University each spring where they can win scholarship money and can advance to the JSHS National Competition.

What can be presented?

Participants can submit and present research papers in the areas of Biology, Mathematics, Engineering, Physical Sciences, and the Humanities. Research papers that have been entered in other competitions such as the Intel Science Fair or the Gorgas Scholarship program can be presented.

Who can participate?

Any high school science program can register to become a part of the Alabama Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) which works in conjunction with the Alabama Academy of Science (AAS) and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) to organize this competition. Once the school has registered, any student from that institution can compete.

Register online by January 31st at www.xxxxx.edu

Gorgas Competition

High school seniors can also participate in the Gorgas Scholarship Program. For more information visit www.GorgasScholar.org

For more information:

Website: www.alabamaacademyofscience.org/ajas

Facebook: Alabama Junior Academy of Science Email: ajasofficers@yahoo.com

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