February 6, 2021 • Volume 107, No 1
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In this issue

 Meet the 2021 Board 

The 2021 NMAS Board of Directors is being led by President Gretchen Gurtler, President-Elect Dr. Anton Sumali, and Vice-President Dr. Babu Chalamala.

President Gretchen Gurtler is the Director of Museums at Ghost Ranch Center in Abiquiu. President-Elect Anton Sumali is currently a research and development manager at Sandia Labs. Vice President Dr. Babu Chalamala is manager of the Energy Storage Technology Department at Sandia Labs Their wide-ranging expertise will provide a solid background for the coming years. ​

Read more about the new board

Time to renew for 2021

We know it is difficult to remember all of the annual dues you have to pay each year. Your dues help support events such as the Junior Academy's paper competition, our National Youth Science Camp selection, and the Outstanding Educator awards. Our membership is our greatest asset when advocating for science education, so please renew today.

For those of you who have not paid your dues for 2021, we have a very easy way to do it via PayPal from our website. You can use any credit or debit card (you do not need a PayPal account). This also allows us to add your email directly to our mailing list. Here is the link.

If you would rather send us a check for the $25 annual membership, you can send it to:
New Mexico Academy of Science
P.O. Box 36885
Albuquerque, NM 87110

NMJAS Update

newsBy Lynn Brandvold, NMJAS Director 

​The American Academy of Science (AJAS) is an Honor Society for students who have done outstanding scientific research projects. Usually, AJAS meets annually in  conjunction with  the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference. Each State Academy nominates students who are invited to attend the conference and be inducted into the AJAS Honor Society.

The conference is being held virtually this year. The first place winner, Karin Ebey, accepted the invitation and since every student must have a chaperone, I get to attend also!

Posters and oral presentations will take place virtually. Most of the presentations and sessions will take place in February but Karin and I have already had the opportunity to watch a keynote address and attend a special session in which students could ask the presenters questions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the Plenary speakers, his talk is COVID-19 in 2021: Lessons Learned and Remaining Challenges. Karin and I are both looking forward to events in February.

Link to full article on blog

Call for Entries

Do you know a 6-12 grade student who has done a research project and would like to enter the NMAS research paper competition? Deadlines vary by region, but are in mid-February.
Contact – Lynn Brandvold | More information | Registration

Do you know an outstanding high school senior who is interested in science and would benefit from the free month-long summer online National Youth Science Camp? Applications are due February 28.
Contact – Margaret Showalter | More information | Application 

Volunteer Opportunities

Contribute your passion, time, and skills. Find your place in our community to promote science and science education. Opportunities include the following:
  • Organizing, hosting, and facilitating events – Research Symposium and other programs
  • Communicating and engaging the public and law makers; writing article for this newsletter 
  • Managing on the back end – web development, bookkeeping, membership management, graphic arts and photography
  • Promoting science in youth through our programs – mentoring, judging student papers, outreach
  • Recognizing excellence – in educators and scientists
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