Hundreds of professional and student scientists will convene at Samford University March 29-April 1 as the Alabama Academy of Science (AAS) meets in joint session with the Alabama Junior Academy of Science and the Gorgas Scholarship Awards program.
The annual meeting brings together representatives of the natural and applied sciences and related fields, 11 disciplines in all.
Dr. Ken R. Marion, professor of biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, will present the keynote address at a Friday evening banquet. His topic will be "The Art of Survival: Disguise and Deception in Nature."
Symposium topics on Friday morning include "Problem-Based Learning in Teaching Science" and "Object Oriented Distributed Computing."
Participants will present papers on various topics ranging from anthropology to engineering and computer science.
Dr. George F. Crozier, director, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, will receive the AAS 2000 Wright A. Gardner Award. The award honors an Alabama resident making outstanding contributions to science. He is cited as a leading educator and research scientist, and a "tireless worker in behalf of the preservation of Alabama's coastal resources."
A highlight of the weekend will be presentation of Gorgas awards and scholarships totaling $7,000 to winning high school students for outstanding research projects.
Larry Boots, Ph.D., professor and director, OB/GYN research and diagnostic laboratory, University of Alabama at Birmingham, is president of the Alabama Academy of Science.
Larry Davenport, Ph.D., professor of biology at Samford, is local arrangements chair.