“West Virginia Wetland”
Diorama to Be Named in Honor of Former WVAS President, Ron Fortney
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The 2013 Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science
will be hosted by Canaan Valley Institute on Saturday, April 6th.
Register by March 15 (postmarked) for the early-registration fee (Member - $25; Student - $10; Non-member - $40). Late registrations are Member - $35; Student - $20; and Non-member - $50. Meals are included in the registration fee.
All events will be held at Canaan Valley Institute just outside of Davis, WV
A PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WILL BE POSTED SOON!
Presentation formats: Oral presentations will be 12 minutes in duration
with 3 minutes for questions. Posters: Posters will be attached to poster
stands and should measure a maximum size of 3 ft x 4 ft. Presenters should
also bring their own pushpins. At least one of the authors of the poster must be
available at the poster to answer questions during the poster’s assigned
Canaan Valley Resort Website;
Directions to Canaan Valley Institute
WVAS Life Member Dr. Steven L. Stephenson
is the author of A Natural History of the Central Appalachians published in March 2013 by the West Virginia University Press. The publisher describes the book as follows.
"Central Appalachia is the system of linear ridges, intervening valleys, and deeply dissected plateaus that make up the rugged terrain found in western and southwestern Virginia, eastern and central West Virginia, western Maryland, and a portion of south central and southwestern Pennsylvania. Through its concise and accessible approach, A Natural History of the Central Appalachians thoroughly examines the biology and ecology of the plants, animals, and other organisms of this region of eastern North America.
With over 120 images, this text provides an overview of the landscape of this region, including the major changes that have taken place over the past 300 million years; describes the different types of forests and other plant communities currently present in Central Appalachia; and examines living systems ranging from microorganisms and fungi to birds and mammals. Through a consideration of the history of humans in the region, beginning with the arrival of the first Native Americans,
A Natural History of the Central Appalachians also discusses the past, present, and future influences of human activity upon this geographic area."
The 304 page book is available in hard cover or as an e-book for $29.99 at
Dr. Stephenson is a Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas and the author of Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds and The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens and a coauthor of Macrofungi Associated with Oaks of Eastern North America.
“Coal Age Monsters” is the latest article by
WVAS Life Member E. Ray Garton
to appear in Wonderful West Virginia magazine. The article, which appears in the October 2012 issue, tells about the mammal-like reptile Dimetrodon
and other former inhabitants of the state. Ray is the curator of the West
Virginia Geological and Economic Survey Museum near Cheat Lake in Morgantown,
where many of these fossils are on display. E. Ray Garton
has also published "Shark Fishing in West Virginia"; in the June 2012 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine.
The article describes the many prehistoric shark fossils which have been discovered in West Virginia.
Ray is the curator of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey Museum near Cheat Lake in Morgantown, where many of these fossils are on display.
Persons who find interesting fossils in the state can contact him at
firstname.lastname@example.org for help in identifying the fossils.
The 2012 Annual WVAS Meeting was held at WV State
University in Institute on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2012.
This will be a joint meeting the the WV EPSCoR's Science, Technology and Research (STaR) Symposium.
Submissions of papers to present at the WVAS/StaR Joint Meeting are due on March 23. More information:
WVAS/STaR Joint Meeting
New WVAS Officers
were elected at this year's business meeting. Dr. Kevin L. Evans, Professor of Chemistry from Glennville State College was elected
President-Elect. The President-Elect serves a 2-year term prior to becoming WVAS President. Dr. Richard Ford, Associate Professor of Biology from WVSU was elected Proceedings Editor.
The Proceedings Editor is responsible or overseeing the editing and publication of the Proceeding which includes vol. 1 - the abstracts from the annual meeting and
vol. 2 - original research articles. Additional information is available in the Officer's Handbook.
WVAS President-Elect, Dr. Jason Best of Shepherd University was the featured speaker for the Martha Wehrle
Opening Lecture of the 2011 National Youth Science Camp. The nationally recognized program, which has been in existence since 1963, selects two representatives
from each state and hosts delegates from numerous other countries. The month-long program encourages recent high school graduates to mature
in their field of study while having fun in a unique community of like-minded students.
Future WVAS Meetings will be held Shepherd University in in 2014.
“West Virginia Wetland”
Diorama to Be Named in Honor of Former WVAS President, Ron Fortney.
The West Virginia University, Division
of Forestry and Natural Resources, is in the process of developing a
natural history museum to display many of the state’s native wildlife
species in natural habitat dioramas.
The museum is being designed to educate students and the general public
about species and the habitats they occupy. The
“West Virginia Wetland”
diorama will be named in honor of former WVAS President, Ron Fortney.
We are continuing to seek funding for the Ron
Fortney Wetland Display.
Our goal is to raise $32,000. To date we have raised over $8,700. We
have enough to fund a waterfowl cabinet display in Ron’s honor but are
still seeking funds to build the entire wetland diorama. Funding for
infrastructure ($94,000) of the Percival Hall lobby has been obtained in
full and initial remodeling should start in July 2010. We thank
everyone who has donated and we appreciate all future donations in Ron’s
memory. Please contact Jim Anderson at 304 276-8956 or
if you wish to discuss a potential donation. Thank you for your
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The 2012 Annual Meeting of the WVAS was held on the campus of West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia, on April 20-21, 2012.
Attending the meeting of the Executive Committee at West Virginia State University on April 20, 2012, were (l to r): Meeting Coordinator Richard Ford, President Mark Flood, Past-President Donald Gray, president-Elect Jason Best, Communications Director Marcia Harrison, Treasurer Roger Seeber, and Secretary Gary Morris.
Panelists at the WVAS/STaR meeting at West Virginia State University on April 21, 2012, were (l to r) National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh, Senator Jay Rockefeller, and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill.