Banner photo: View from Chimney Rock, by Maria Pickering, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Meredith College
We promote science in the state of North Carolina
Our mission: to promote public appreciation of science, science education, scientific research and a meaningful role for science in public policy.
I would like to start this letter by extending my deepest sympathy and thoughts to the people, friends and colleagues who have been impacted by hurricane Florence. Let’s do everything we can to help during the recovery efforts.
I am honored to serve as President of the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) for the 2018-2019 year. The mission of the NCAS is “to promote public appreciation of science, science education, scientific research and a meaningful role for science in public policy”. Since its inception in 1902, NCAS has evolved and become an entity more tuned to the education of young scientists and the annual meet- ing is now a wonderful platform where undergraduate and graduate students come together to, often, perform their first scientific presentation, network and learn about graduate school opportunities.
Today, more than ever, the Academy has an important role to play. When science is being ignored, we have the duty to stay true to our mission and expand our visibility to reach a larger audience. To that extent, last year, we partnered with “March for Science” and we intend to continue supporting this move- ment.
We are lucky to have a strong and motivated Board of Directors and we hope you are enjoying the new website put together by the publication committee under the direction of Dr. Karen Guzman, and our new Web- master, Dr. Jessica McCann. This new website aims to increase our visibility, be more informative, be easier to navigate and facilitate the membership process. To help achieve our mission, share the new website with friends and use it to recruit new members or affiliates to the Academy.
The recent announcements of the Nobel prize winners are the perfect illustration that scientific research affects people’s lives. The Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of check point inhibitors that led to the development of cancer immunotherapy. The Nobel prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Drs. Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter for their work on protein directed evolution that led to the production of proteins that are used to manufacture pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and antibodies.
Share your passion for science and invite a friend to the Annual Meeting at UNC Wilmington in March. By doing so, you will not only promote the North Carolina Academy of Science but you will also help in the economic recovery of our Wilmington friends.
Jean-Luc Scemama, NCAS President 2018-2019
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education
East Carolina University