2014 Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Montana Academy of Sciences will be held April 11-12 at Montana Tech in Butte. The meeting will commence Friday night with a poster session and banquet. Research talks, including talks by all recipients of the 2013 research grants, will be held Saturday morning and afternoon. Discounted early registration will end March 1st, 2014.

Faculty and students from all disciplines are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting and become a part of MAS. Our meeting has featured talks and posters from biologists, chemists, computer scientists, environmental scientists, geologists, physicists, and mathematicians, as well as from researchers in several interdisciplinary fields. Please mark your April calendar so that you and your students may share your work with our growing, statewide community of scientists.

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Small Grants 2014

The MAS awards small grants to undergraduate and graduate researchers in Montana. This year’s deadline for grant submissions is February 15, 2014. Awards will be announced after the 2014 MAS Annual Meeting, April 11-12 in Butte. Awardees will be required to present their research at the 2015 MAS Annual Meeting.

For more information and application materials, see our Small Grants page, under Funding and Awards on the top navigation bar.

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MAS Annual Meeting Presentation Award Winners Announced

The Montana Academy of Sciences would like to congratulate the following student award winners from the 2013 Annual Meeting:

Top Oral Presentations:

Britney Cheff, Rocky Mountain College:
A Novel Ligand-Receptor Interaction in the Activin Signaling Network in Drosophila

Casey McConnell, Montana Tech:
The Infection of Staphlococcus aureus by JB Bacteriophage in the Presence of Iron-Doped Nanoparticles

Top Poster Presentations:

Rebecca Badgett, Montana Western:
Generating a LacI-Producing Derivative of Borrelia burgdorferi Strain 297-AH130

Harmen Steele, University of Montana at Missoula:
P-glycoprotein: Purification and Incorporation into Nanodiscs

Many thanks to all the student presenters for this year. The quality of the presentations remains high, and once again the competition was stiff for these awards. Great job, everyone, and see you next year!

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2013 Small Grant Winners

The Montana Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s small grants:

Undergraduate students: Samantha Essig, UMW; Cary Phelan, Carroll College; Kayla Baisch, Rocky Mountain College; Kelly Christensen, MSU (Bozeman)

Graduate students: Russell Kaehler, UM and Heidi Clark, MSU.

Note: Ms. Phelan was a previous Junior Academy standout who as a high schooler was awarded travel to two national AAAS meetings.

The award winners are required to submit their findings at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the MAS. We look forward to seeing your work. The Board of the MAS expresses thanks to all those who submitted project proposals. Keep those great submissions coming next year!

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2013 Junior Academy Award Winners

The Montana Junior Academy of Sciences would like to announce the following award winners from the 2013 Annual Meeting April 12-13 in Butte, Montana:

The Marilyn and Gil Alexander Travel Award

Triston Isakson, Fairfield High School: Cutthroat Trout Re-introduction Phase III Modeling

The James Cusker Travel Award

Rachel Dickson, Big Sky High School: Polarization Lidar Measurements of Apis melifera In Flight for Mapping Pollination Patterns

First Honorable Mention

Emily Sterbis, Big Sky High School: The Contribution of Cell Wall Architecture to Arabidopsis thaliana Survival in Drought

Second Honorable Mention

Delaney Thompson, Hellgate High School: Determination and Measurement of Allura Red Food Dye in Four Different Beverages

Mr. Isakson and Ms. Dickson will receive funding from the Montana Academy of Sciences to travel to the 2014 national meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. The MAS extends its congratulations to all winners, and thanks all 17 high school presenters who attended the MAS annual meeting for sharing their great work with us. Keep it coming!

Read about the great experiences Junior Academy travel award winners have had attending the AAAS meeting.

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Have photos?

If any attendees have photos from this year’s MAS annual meeting last weekend and don’t mind having them posted, please send them to webmaster Laurie Henneman at, laurie.henneman(at)umwestern.edu.

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Program schedule for MAS annual meeting

The schedule for this year’s Montana Academy of Sciences meeting is below.

In summary, Friday night will feature a reception, poster session, dinner, and award presentation. Saturday’s program will consist of oral presentations in addition to breakfast and lunch. If you are giving an oral presentation on Saturday, please note that you will be given fifteen minutes for both your talk and questions. Most presenters aim for twelve-minute talks to allow time for questions and turnover. Please observe these time limits; the moderator will enforce them strictly.

A pdf of the complete schedule with each presenter’s time slot and location is available for download.

Also, be aware that paper abstract books will not be available at the meeting. If you would like one, please download the pdf for oral presentations and/or for poster presentations.

For those visiting Montana Tech or the new University Relations Center (URC) for the first time, a campus map is available here.

We look forward to seeing you in Butte this weekend.

Friday, April 12, 2013

4:00-5:30 Board of Directors Meeting, Tom and Mary Dyke Room (University Relations Center)
5:30-7:00 Registration and Hang Posters, Bob & Pauline Poore Room (URC)
6:00-7:00 Reception and Poster Session, Bob & Pauline Poore Room (URC)
7:00-8:00 Buffet Dinner, Bob & Pauline Poore Room (URC)
8:00 Awards Presentation, Bob & Pauline Poore Room (URC)
8:15-~9:30 Poster Session (Continued), Bob & Pauline Poore Room (URC)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

8:00-9:00 Breakfast, Student Union Building (Student Union Building)
9:00-10:20 Presentation Session #1, Copper Lounge (SUB)
10:00-12:00 Junior Academy Breakout Sessions, Big Butte & Kelly Stewart Rooms (SUB)
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Presentation Session #2, Copper Lounge (SUB)
12:00-1:00 Lunch, SUB
1:00-2:00 Faculty Workshop: Engaging Undergraduate Researchers, Big Butte Room (SUB)
1:00-3:15 Presentation Sessions #3 and #4, Kelly Stewart Room and Copper Lounge (SUB)

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Symposium information for MAS annual meeting

***NOTICE***

The Friday symposium has been canceled due to extenuating circumstances. Our apologies, and we hope you will join us starting Friday evening at 6 pm. for the poster session. (See next post.)

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Call For Papers: MAS Annual Meeting

The MAS announces its 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held at the Montana Tech campus in Butte Montana, April 12-13. For more details, see our Annual Meeting page.

Instructions for presenters are available with links to abstract and poster preparation.

There is online registration available, deadline March 1. **PLEASE NOTE, the deadline is much earlier this year.***

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MAS Announces Small Grants

The MAS awards small grants to undergraduate and graduate researchers in Montana. This year’s deadline for grant submissions is February 15, 2013. Awards will be announced after the 2013 MAS Annual Meeting, April 12-13 in Butte. Awardees will be required to present their research at the 2014 MAS Annual Meeting.

For more information and application materials, see our Small Grants page, under Funding and Awards on the top navigation bar.

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