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“West Virginia Wetland” Diorama to Be Named in Honor of Former WVAS President, Ron Fortney

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The 2014 Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science will be hosted by Shepherd University on Saturday, April 12th, 2014.   The abstract submission deadline for all oral and poster presentations is March 5, 2014. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made by March 17, 2014. Abstract submission guidelines. Register by March 28 (postmarked) for the early-registration fee (Member - $35; Student - $20; Non-member - $45).  Late registrations are Member - $45; Student - $30; and Non-member - $55. Meals are included in the registration fee. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster presentations. Conference information; WVAS 2014 Final Program.pdf

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science was hosted by Canaan Valley Institute on Saturday, April 6th. Program-Final Version; Canaan Valley Resort Website

WVAS Life Member Dr. Steven L. Stephenson is the author of A Natural History of the Central Appalachians published in March 2013 by the West Virginia University Press. The publisher describes the book as follows. "Central Appalachia is the system of linear ridges, intervening valleys, and deeply dissected plateaus that make up the rugged terrain found in western and southwestern Virginia, eastern and central West Virginia, western Maryland, and a portion of south central and southwestern Pennsylvania. Through its concise and accessible approach, A Natural History of the Central Appalachians thoroughly examines the biology and ecology of the plants, animals, and other organisms of this region of eastern North America. With over 120 images, this text provides an overview of the landscape of this region, including the major changes that have taken place over the past 300 million years; describes the different types of forests and other plant communities currently present in Central Appalachia; and examines living systems ranging from microorganisms and fungi to birds and mammals. Through a consideration of the history of humans in the region, beginning with the arrival of the first Native Americans, A Natural History of the Central Appalachians also discusses the past, present, and future influences of human activity upon this geographic area." The 304 page book is available in hard cover or as an e-book for $29.99 at http://wvupressonline.com/stephenson_a_natural_history_of_the_central_appalachians_9781933202686#1.  Dr. Stephenson is a Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas and the author of Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds and The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens and a coauthor of Macrofungi Associated with Oaks of Eastern North America.
New WVAS Officers were elected at this year's business meeting. Dr. Kevin L. Evans, Professor of Chemistry from Glennville State College was elected President-Elect. The President-Elect serves a 2-year term prior to becoming WVAS President. Dr. Richard Ford, Associate Professor of Biology from WVSU was elected Proceedings Editor. The Proceedings Editor is responsible or overseeing the editing and publication of the Proceeding which includes vol. 1 - the abstracts from the annual meeting and vol. 2 - original research articles. Additional information is available in the Officer's Handbook.

“West Virginia Wetland” Diorama to Be Named in Honor of Former WVAS President, Ron Fortney. The West Virginia University, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, is in the process of developing a natural history museum to display many of the state’s native wildlife species in natural habitat dioramas. The museum is being designed to educate students and the general public about species and the habitats they occupy. The “West Virginia Wetland” diorama will be named in honor of former WVAS President, Ron Fortney. We are continuing to seek funding for the Ron Fortney Wetland Display.  Our goal is to raise $32,000.  To date we have raised over $8,700.  We have enough to fund a waterfowl cabinet display in Ron's honor but are still seeking funds to build the entire wetland diorama.  Funding for infrastructure ($94,000) of the Percival Hall lobby has been obtained in full and initial remodeling should start in July 2010.  We thank everyone who has donated and we appreciate all future donations in Ron's memory.  Please contact Jim Anderson at 304 276-8956 or jim.anderson@mail.wvu.edu if you wish to discuss a potential donation.  Thank you for your continued support.
Are you eligible for Emeritus membership? If you are retired and have been a regular member of the Academy for at least 15 years, you are eligible for Emeritus status. Emeritus members are exempt from further payment of dues but retain all rights of regular membership. To apply, send a written request to the Academy Treasurer. Emeritus status is conferred by majority vote the Executive Committee in accordance with Section I, Paragraph 4 of the Academy By-Laws.

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    The Academy and Shepherd University would like to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Valley Proteins and NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium in support of the 2014 WVAS Annual Meeting.

    Attending the meeting of the Executive Committee at West Virginia State University on April 20, 2012, were (l to r): Meeting Coordinator Richard Ford, President Mark Flood, Past-President Donald Gray, president-Elect Jason Best, Communications Director Marcia Harrison, Treasurer Roger Seeber, and Secretary Gary Morris.


    Panelists at the WVAS/STaR meeting at West Virginia State University on April 21, 2012, were (l to r) National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh, Senator Jay Rockefeller, and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill.



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