Annual Meeting

The 56th Annual Meeting of the Missouri Academy of Science:

April 24th & 25th, 2020

Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO


Schedule, Junior Division:

Friday, April 24th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration and Poster set up
Billingsley Student Center, 3rd floor foyer
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM High School Poster Set-Up (posters to be removed by 6:00 pm)
Billingsley Student Center 335, Ballroom
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Student Orientation
Billingsley Student Center 309, House of Lords Room
Drs. Teresa Boman and Mary Kilmer (Co-State Directors), Rep from MSSU
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Judges Orientation
Billingsley Room 307
Drs. Teresa Boman and Mary Kilmer (Co-State Directors)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Middle and High School Oral Presentations
Billingsley Student Center/Reynolds Hall
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Announcement of finalists/special award winners
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Middle and High School Finalists Presentations
Billingsley Student Center
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Middle and High School Award Ceremony
Billingsley Student Center 335, Ballroom

Schedule, Senior Division:

Friday, April 24th
7:00-8:30 PM General Registration and Social
Nixon Hall
8:00-8:30 PM MAS Council Meeting
Nixon Hall
Saturday, April 25th
8:00 – 9:30 General Registration
Nixon Hall
8:00 – 9:30 Poster Set up
Hallways of Reynolds/Nixon Halls
9:30-11:00 AM Poster Session
Hallways of Reynolds/Nixon Halls
9:30 – 10:15 Even numbered posters present
10:15 – 11:00 Odd numbered posters present
11:00-11:30 AM Business Meeting
Billingsley Student Center 335, Ballroom
11:30 AM -12:00 PM Lunch
Billingsley Student Center 335, Ballroom
12:00 – 12:45 PM Featured Speaker or Breakout Sessions
Billingsley Student Center
1:00-4:00 PM Oral presentations
Reynolds/Nixon Hall
4:00 PM Meeting adjourns

Featured Speaker: Dr. David Penning

Most Terrible and Vile: Crossing disciplines and Universities to understand how reptiles work and why it matters

Dr. David Penning, Missouri Southern State University

Dr. Penning is an assistant professor of Biology and Environmental health at MSSU. His work generally focuses on the movements, behaviors, and evolution of reptiles. His specialized interest involves striking and constriction in snakes and bite force in turtles.

His work has been featured on PBS, where he reconstructed the constriction performance of the largest snake known ever to have lived, Titanoboa cerrejonensis. Major media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, Huffington Post, and National Geographic have also covered his work. Most recently, he was featured on the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Network.