Texas Academy of Science Meeting at Texas Tech University at Junction Expected to
Become Largest in Junction Campus’ History
March 2, 2009
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
"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."
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