The Indiana Academy of Science is welcoming scientists, educators, students, and enthusiasts to its 132nd Annual Academy Meeting later this month. New this year will be a biodiversity symposium focusing on Indiana and Illinois.The luncheon keynote will be delivered by orangutan expert Dr. Rob Shumaker.

Registration is currently open to all for the IAS conference that will feature over 200 “Hot Topics,” current research, and workshops. New research presentations from students to experts abound each year at the meeting, this year at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

One discussion will center on dating the constructions of historic buildings throughout the Midwest by dating the tree rings in the lumber used to build them. It’s called dendroarchaeology and also helps reconstruct forest conditions over decades and centuries.

A teacher-focused workshop will present contemporary topics that deal with forensics, chemistry and nanoscience, including problem-solving sessions and lesson plans. The goal is to help teachers get students excited about STEM careers.

Forensic scientist Dr. Krista Latham will present on the work of University of Indianapolis faculty and students as humanitarian scientists in identifying bodies of border-crossers in the Texas borderlands. Attendees can likewise learn more about the recently announced discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the star Trappist-1.

The 132nd Annual Academy meeting takes place on Saturday March 25. Registration is available on the Indiana Academy of Science website.

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