MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Richard Turner led the Florida Academy of Sciences’
74th Annual Meeting, held on the campus of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla. Turner is president of the organization. Many other Florida Tech faculty and students participated in the conference.
Professor Richard Aronson, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, gave the banquet address on climate change and a biological invasion of crabs in Antarctica. Professor Terry Oswalt, head of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences, was awarded the 2010 Florida Academy of Sciences Medal for his professional contributions to astronomy. It was presented to him by the 2002 medalist and past president of the academy John Trefry, professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems.
In the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems, an oral presentation,
“Development of a Comprehensive Maritime Management Master Plan,” was given
by Florida Tech alumnus Matt Culver. He collaborated on it with Department Head George Maul, Professor John Windsor and student Jonathan Linder. Also participating was Ernie Brown, director of Brevard County’s Department of Natural Resources.
In the Department of Biological Sciences, oral and poster presentations were given by professors Ralph Turingan and Junda Lin and associate professors Jonathan Shenker and Richard Turner, with students James Kerfoot, Nicole Becker, Helen Croce, Brittany Burke, Adeljean Ho, Bernice and Ronald Maliao, David Burguet, Arthur Hannon, Benjamin Compton, Amanda Spitery, Joseph Kenyon and Matthew Wittenrich.
In the Department of Physics and Space Sciences, oral and poster presentations were given by students Mike Abercrombie, Alfred Menendez, Amilkar Quintero, Judson Ben Locke, Xenia Fave, Patrick Ford, Johanna Fischer and Andrea Citati. The students conduct research with Associate Professor Marcus Hohlmann and Research Scientist Kondo Gnanvo.
The 75th Anniversary Meeting of the academy will be held March 2011 during spring break week on the Florida Tech campus. Oswalt will give the banquet address.