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

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Are you missing copies of the Proceedings? Richard Ford, Editor for the West Virginia Academy of Science, has left-over Proceedings, covering roughly 2010 to the present. He can mail a copy of the Proceedings to WVAS members who didn't get one (while supplies last). If you are a WVAS member who did not receive your copy of the Proceedings, please contact Dr. Ford at 101D Hamblin Hall, West Virginia State University, Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112-1000 (office 304-766-5742; fordri@wvstateu.edu) and include the volume (or year) and number, and your preferred mailing address.

The 90th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science was held at West Liberty University on April 11, 2015. More information...

The 2016 WVAS meeting will be hosted by Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science was hosted by Shepherd University on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Conference information; WVAS 2014 Final Program.pdf; Photos from the meeting; Press Release

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today. IYL 2015 will kick-off with opening ceremonies to be held 19-20 January 2015 in Paris. For much more information visit the IYL 2015 web site at http://www.light2015.org/Home.html.

WVAS Life member Dr. Steven L. Stephenson’s, book A Natural History of the Central Appalachians is Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year winner in the category of Ecology and Environment. Foreword Reviews has just announced the winners of its annual IndieFab Book of the Year Awards for the best indie books of 2013. Representing hundreds of independent and university presses of all sizes, the winners were selected after months of editorial deliberation over more than 1,500 entries in 60 categories. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s indie authors and publishers. - See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2014/07/03/wvu-press-a-natural-history-of-the-central-appalachians-is-an-indiefab-book-of-the-year-award-winner#sthash.ZAeAb154.dpuf

A Natural History of the Central Appalachians was 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.

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.

    West Virginia Academy of Science Warner Outstanding Teacher Award winner Jodi Kissner (left) and WVAS President Dr. Jason Best


    Darryl Johnson (l) and Christian Shimer (r) were recognized for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation at the 89th Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science.



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