Research at state science meeting ranges from dinosaurs to airplanes

11:12:28 AM CDT - Thursday, March 16, 2006

A wide range of topics, along with a free public lecture on water quality, will be presented at the 138th annual meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science, hosted by WSU Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.

Dr. Patricia Meinhardt, executive medical director of the Arnot Health Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Elmira, N.Y., will talk about "Protecting Americans from Waterborne Disease and Water Contamination" during a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Rhatigan Student Center ballroom as part of the KAS meeting.

For the past 16 years, Meinhardt has provided medical services in recognizing, treating and preventing water-related disease resulting from natural, manmade and intentional contamination of drinking and recreational water. Last fall, for example, she was asked to offer her expertise to government agencies in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. Since 9/11, she has developed materials and training that address medical preparedness and disaster training against water terrorism in the United States and Canada. In the past 12 months, she's authored five major chapters on water quality management, waterborne disease and disaster medicine. She also has published two online medical reference guides addressing waterborne disease, water terrorism and physician readiness.

During the KAS meetings, nearly 70 presenters, with more than half being students, will share research on a variety of topics. There will be two large symposiums: a paleontology symposium with 13 speakers and an engineering symposium with 14 speakers.

A glance through the presentation titles shows the variety of topics that will be presented: "Elephant Footprints as Modern Analogs of Sauropod Dinosaur Tracks," "Creating a Video Synthesizer to Enhance the Audio Element of Art Music," "Kansas Geology as Landscape Art: Interpretation of Geology from Artistic Works," "A High-Plains Search for a Crashed B-29," "Trends in Science Teacher Supply and Demand in Kansas," "Reducing Vibration Exposure in Aircraft Manufacturing" and "Prairie Restoration and Outreach in Eastern Kansas."

All of the oral presentations will take place in second-floor meeting rooms of the RSC, with concurrent sessions beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 8, and running through early afternoon. From 10:30-11 a.m., there will be a break in the oral presentations to showcase the poster presentations, which will be set up during the entire day outside the third-floor RSC ballroom.

Registration for the KAS meeting is $85 for non-KAS members, with discounts for KAS members and students. To register, contact Stephanie Sauls, Office of University Conferences, at 978-6493 or stephanie.sauls@wichita.edu. More information, including a link for online registration, can be found on the KAS Web site, www.washburn.edu/kas.

- Compiled by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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