MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Academy of Sciences, the 81-year-old organization known for recognizing the state’s top scientists through its annual FAS Medalist program, will move its corporate offices from the Orlando Science Center to Florida Institute of Technology this fall.
The academy had been housed at the science center for decades before renovations earlier this year eliminated its office space. FAS President Jeremy Montague said the move to Florida Tech will make the organization more centrally located and allow for greater accessibility to the public.
Details are being finalized about where on campus the FAS office will be located.
Richard Turner, Florida Tech professor of biological sciences and a past FAS president, said the move makes sense, given the university’s long association with the academy and steady participation by faculty in FAS activities.
FAS is the only Florida-wide organization that represents scientists from all disciplines.
In addition to awarding its annual medals to one Sunshine State scientist – Florida Tech oceanography professor George Maul won it this year, joining Terry Oswalt and John Trefry as Florida Tech faculty members receiving one of Florida’s highest academic honors – FAS promotes research and interest in the sciences, encourages the diffusion of scientific knowledge and upholds ethical application of the sciences to the service of humanity.
FAS also gives middle and high school students opportunities to demonstrate research skills through its Florida Junior Academy of Science program, where students can compete at the state level, network and share common scientific interests. FAS also serves faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and government and corporate scientists and engineers through its peer-reviewed quarterly journal, Florida Scientist, and with its annual meetings.
The Academy is an affiliated state academy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a member of the National Association of Academies of Science and the American Junior Academy of Science.
More information about the Florida Academy of Sciences can be found at www.floridaacademyofsciences.org.