Cameron University to host Oklahoma Academy of Science and Wichita Mountains Symposium

Cameron University will host the 102nd Annual Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science (OAS), which includes the Wichita Mountains Symposium, on Friday, November 8. The all-day meeting will bring together scientists, educators, and students from across the state to exchange research findings and to share the latest field and laboratory techniques in an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect.  More than 200 participants are expected to attend. Both events are open to the public. Registration at the door is $25 ($15 for students); members of OAS will receive a discounted rate. Registration takes place from 8 – 11 a.m. in the Sciences Complex.

OAS is divided into 14 sections based on professional disciplines in the sciences and mathematics. During the technical meeting, each section will convene for a section business meeting as well as presentations of research results and research posters.

Darrin R. Akins, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, OU College of Medicine, and Director, Ok-INBRE Program, will present the keynote address during the OAS luncheon. His topic is “Empowering Student Career Development Using Individual Development Plans.”

The Wichita Mountains Symposium will take place concurrently with the main meeting and will showcase the Wichita Mountains, one of the oldest exposed mountain ranges on Earth. Early day prospectors found very little gold or silver on their quests into the rocky range, but today, the Wichita Mountains represent a treasure trove to geologists, biologists, archeologists and other scientists. 

Topics and presenters for the Wichita Mountains Symposium include:

  • “What does the Topographic Character of the Wichita Mountains Tell Us?” / M. Charles Gilbert, Emeritus Professor, ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma
  • “From Mammoths to Medicine Bluff: The Cultural History of the Wichita Mountains” / Robert L. Brooks, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, University of Oklahoma
  • “Historical Indigenous Peoples of the Wichita Mountains Region” / Michael Cox, Department of History and Government, Cameron University
  • “The Economic Impact of Tourism” / Syed Ahmed, Director, Bill W. Burgess Jr. Business Research Center, Cameron University
  • “Significance of the Wichita Mountains in the Flora of Oklahoma” / Bruce Hoagland, Oklahoma Biological Survey and Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma
  • “Faunal Diversity of the Wichita Mountains: A Resource for Tourism, Citizen Science, and Research” / Mike Husak, Department of Biological Sciences, Cameron University
  • “Bison Management” / Daniel T. McDonald, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • “A Decade of Fire Ecology Research at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge” / Ralph Godfrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • “Wichita Mountains: Oklahoma Outpost for the Endangered Black-capped Vireo” / Joseph A. Grzybowski, College of Mathematics and Science, University of Central Oklahoma
  • “The Climate of the Past, Present, and Future and the Impact on Oklahoma” / Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist, Oklahoma Climatological Survey
  • “A Window to the Wichitas: The Art and Photography of Katherine Liontas-Warren and Tom Russell” / Katherine Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art, Department of Art, and Tom Russell, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Computing and Technology, Cameron University

For more information, contact Dr. Terry Conley, Dean, Cameron University School of Science and Technology, at 580-581-2308.

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November 1, 2013

PR#13-179