CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 3, 2012 – Dr. Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, has been elected president of the Missouri Academy of Science.
As president of the Academy, Aide is responsible for promoting and directing the Academy’s annual meeting; sponsoring the Academy’s peer reviewed journal, “Transactions of the Missouri Academy Science;” and managing budget, sponsorships and memberships.
“I am privileged to be honored as president of the Missouri Academy of Science and I, along with my colleagues, hope to promote science, mathematics, engineering and technology as rewarding careers to young scholars in high schools and universities across the state of Missouri,” Aide said.
Previously, Aide was nominated by the executive committee as vice president and then president-elect.
The Missouri Academy of Science was organized in 1934 to advance scientific spirit and promote cooperation between the scientific interests of Missouri. It holds meetings where scientific papers embodying the results of original research, teaching experience, or other information of scientific interest are presented. The Academy encourages local scientific organizations, promotes relationships between scientists in Missouri, and among all who are interested in science; publishes the results of original work, particularly those of special interest in the state; and provides an opportunity for discussion of legislation on scientific matters.
Forty-nine Missouri colleges and universities are Academy members, along with many industries and other private businesses.
The Academy holds an annual meeting, during which high school and college students present research on agriculture, physics, geology, engineering, atmospheric science, geography, chemistry, biology, bio-medical and conservation topics. The 2013 meeting is planned for April at the College of the Ozarks.