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Written by: Nancy Moncrief
Wednesday May 21, 2014

The Virginia Academy of Science and the Virginia Junior Academy of Science met May 13-16 2014 on the Monroe Park campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

I recently attended the 92nd annual conference of The Virginia Academy of Science (VAS), which met at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus in Richmond.  VAS is a professional society for “persons and organizations interested in science and scientific research in all of its branches.” 

The program for the 2014 Virginia Academy of Science and the Virginia Junior Academy of Science conference.

This year’s conference featured more than 150 oral presentations in 14 concurrent sections (including Natural History and Biodiversity, Chemistry, Physics, and Medical Sciences) on Thursday, May 15th.  These were 12-15 minute technical presentations by scientists and college students that used PowerPoint to illustrate and explain research methods and results. Many sections also organized poster presentations (more than 85 in all) that illustrated and described methods and results on 3X4 foot banners.

The 2014 program for the oral presentations in the Natural History and Biodiversity section of the Virginia Academy of Science.

As Secretary of the Natural History and Biodiversity Section, I prepared that section’s program, which consisted of 8 oral presentations and 7 posters.   I also presented the results of some of my research with two colleagues who are VMNH Research Associates.  Dr. Ray Dueser (who retired from Utah State University and now resides in Virginia), Dr. John Porter (University of Virginia) and I are using computer models to study movements of raccoons on the Virginia barrier islands.  We think our methods will be useful to other biologists who are trying to determine the most likely pathways of movement for animals in fragmented habitats.

Many of the sessions for oral presentations at the 2014 Virginia Academy of Sciences meeting were held in the Trani Center for Life Sciences on the Monroe Park campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tags: Conference, Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Mammals, Raccoons, Research and Collections, Research Associate, Virginia Academy of Science, Virginia Commonwealth University

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