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

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The 2016 meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science will be hosted by the College of Science at Marshall University on April 9, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On-line registration and abstract submission will begin on or before March 1. Abstract submission for oral or poster presentations must be submitted no later than March 14, 2016. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made by March 25, 2016. The early, discounted registration deadline is March 25. Non-discounted registration will be available online until April 2, then registration will be on-site only.

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. The program featuued plenary speakers, Dr. Susan Leopold, Dr. Antonio DiGiandomenico, and Dr. Matt Lamanna. Mrs. Kathleen Loughman recieved the John Warner Outstanding Teacher Award. More information...

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.

“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.
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    West Virginia Academy of Science Warner Outstanding Teacher Award winner Kathleen Loughman and WVAS President Dr. Jason Best.


    Plenary speakers: Dr. Susan Leopold, Dr. Antonio DiGiandomenico, and Dr. Matt Lamanna.



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