Best-selling author, technical workshops highlight 2012 SDAS Annual Meeting

Renowned author Sam Kean will present the keynote lecture at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science, April 13-14, at the University of South Dakota.

Kean, a South Dakota native and a writer for Science magazine, will deliver his address at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Muenster University Center Ballroom.

A bestselling author and a one-time runner-up in the National Association of Science Writer's award for best young writer, Kean has been featured on "Radiolab" and NPR's "All Things Considered." His book, "The Disappearing Spoon," details the carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every element on the Periodic Table as they play out their parts in human history, including finance, mythology, the arts and medicine.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Additional events scheduled for the 2012 SDAS Annual Meeting include "Science and a Sustainable Future" symposium at 9 a.m. on April 13; "South Dakota Wind Energy: Physics, Logistics and Challenges" lecture by Jeff Rud, East River Electric Cooperative, at 1:30 p.m. on April 13; and a Sustainability Symposium at 2:45 p.m. on April 13. April 14 activities feature a "Science Education and a Sustainable Future" symposium from 9 a.m. to noon and contributed paper sessions A-D from 9 a.m. to noon. A poster session follows at 12:15 p.m. All symposiums, lectures and paper and poster sessions will be at the Muenster University Center, second floor.

For more information about the 2012 Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science, including Kean's keynote address or registration for attendance at the technical sessions, contact Miles Koppang, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at USD, mkoppang@usd.edu.

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