Fair, Scholarship and Awards Highlighted at Alabama Academy of Science Conference


TUSKEGEE, Ala. - (March 13, 2007) - More than 350 researchers from institutions of higher learning participated in the 84th Annual Joint Meeting of Senior and Junior Alabama Academy of Science, held at the University on Feb. 28-March 2, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center and Luther H. Foster Hall.

The three-day conference included a record number of research papers, more than 200, presented in the areas of biological sciences, chemistry, geography, forestry, conservation and planning, physics, mathematics, industry and economics, science education, behavioral and social science, health sciences, engineering, computer sciences, anthropology, bioethics, history and philosophy of science.

"Tuskegee has long been a leader in the sciences, and we were truly glad to present this year's meeting," said Dr. Prakash Sharma, head of the University's physics department and chairman of the local planning committee for the conference.

On March 1, nearly 200 attended the Joint Senior and Junior Academy Banquet. The following Awards in Senior Alabama Academy of Science were presented: Wright Gardner Award, which is the state's highest research award; Emmett B. Carmichael Award; the Fellow of Alabama Academy of Science Award; student research paper presentation awards for graduate and undergraduate students; the Mason Teacher Fellowship Award; research grants; and travel awards.

During the banquet, Dr. Sharma received the Fellow of Alabama Academy of Science Award for his exceptional research and meritorious service during his residence in Alabama. "I accept this award on behalf of my research students and colleagues in the department of physics," said Dr. Sharma.

Other University award winners include senior chemistry major from Birmingham, Ala.; Shirron LeShure, who won first place for the chemistry paper competition entitled "Value Added Bagasse Using Components of the Pomergranate."

During the Alabama Statewide Chemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium, Tiffani Fletcher, a senior chemistry major from Baton Rouge, La., won second place for her study of fatty acids in beef, and Khalifa Jordan, sophomore chemistry major from Chicago, won third place for his study of determination of crude isothiocyanates in cabbage: an investigation of food preparation among ethnicities.

The academy operates with a mission to promote the development of interest in scientific matters in the state, provide means for publication of papers and abstracts, and to provide opportunity for increased cooperation and fellowship among its members.

The Alabama Academy of Science was organized in Mobile, Ala., in 1924 with 40 charter members representing academic and governmental interests in science. In 2005, the membership consisted of more than 600 people from all parts of the state. As science and technology have developed over the years, the academy has broadened its activities and influence, especially in research and education.


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