Texas Academy of Science Meeting at Texas Tech University at Junction Expected to Become Largest in Junction Campus’ History

Presentations for the 2009 meeting will run March 5-7.

Organizers of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science are expecting record numbers of attendees at Texas Tech University's Junction campus, and possibly record numbers for the history of the meeting. Presentations for the 2009 meeting will run March 5-7.  This is the 112th for the Texas Academy of Science, and a featured symposium is expected to highlight Texas Tech University's award-winning Outdoor School. On March 5, the Llano River Field Station on the Junction campus will serve as home base for more than 275 presentations that will cover all of the sciences and mathematics for the expected 500 attendees. Tom Arsuffi, director of the Llano River Field Station, has helped to coordinate the conference. "The exposure and image value to Texas Tech's Llano River Field Station as host to the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science is immense," Arsuffi said. "It allows us to showcase our programs and the vast opportunities for research, education and engagement in range, water and natural resources in Texas' most pristine river and picturesque watersheds in the Texas Hill Country." Organizers expect attendees from 15 different states and Mexico, he said. The mayor of Junction, James Murr, will attend the conference banquet, and the president of the Texas Academy of Science, Raymond Matthews, will oversee conference events. Also on the conference agenda is the distribution of two awards. One influential Texan will receive the Texas Outstanding Scientist Award and another will receive the Outstanding Teacher Award. The winners were chosen through a nomination process that included entries from across the state. Past winners of the distinguished Texas Outstanding Scientist Award include heart surgery pioneer Dr. Michael DeBakey, internationally-known chemist Norman Hackerman and the NASA Mars Meteorite Research Team. Arsuffi said that this conference has the potential to bring some well-deserved attention to the Junction campus. "As realtors are fond of saying, it's location, location, location," Arsuffi said. "At the Llano River Field Station we have it and we want scientists, educators and professionals to know about it." Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Michele Moskos, marketing director, College of Outreach and Distance Education, (806)742.7202 ext. 276, or michele.moskos@ttu.edu.