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The 2014 conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters (MASAL) will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 on OU's campus.

This multi-disciplinary conference will include presentations in more than 30 disciplines in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Additional sections (disciplines) planned range from administration to zoology.

The Michigan Academy’s annual conference draws presenters from several states and Canada, as well as, scholars from across Michigan. The conference is affordable ($60 early registration fee plus the cost of individual membership for non-student presenters). Abstracts of all papers presented at the annual conference are published in the Academy’s academic journal, Michigan Academician.

The Michigan Academy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1894 to “promote research and diffuse knowledge”. Thirty-nine colleges and universities support the academy’s mission through institutional membership dues. Additional support comes from individual membership dues, donations and subscriptions to the Academy’s peer-reviewed journal.

Conference registration is now open! Read more information and register.

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“The World’s Most Enterprising Woman Explorer”: The Louise Arner Boyd Expeditions of the American Geographical Society

Louise Boyd (1887-1972) was the first woman to lead major scientific expeditions to the Arctic. Most of her work was focused on eastern Greenland, an extremely remote area of rugged topography and steep outlet glaciers. Boyd’s expeditions included many well-credentialed male scientists, some of whom resented her “take-charge” style. Although her expeditions made important contributions to the mapping sciences, glacial studies and geographical knowledge, Boyd’s legacy has undergone a bifurcation. Largely forgotten in scientific circles, she is revered as an inspirational figure in popular publications.

Frederick E. Nelson

Frederick E. (“Fritz”) Nelson received a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Michigan in 1982. A specialist in permafrost science, Nelson has worked in northern Alaska, Siberia, the Tibetan Plateau and the Andes. He has published eight monographs and edited volumes, and more than 140 peer-reviewed papers. He has served on the faculties of Rutgers University, the State University of New York, Cornell University, and the University of Delaware.

Nelson has lectured extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia. He is past president of the U.S. Permafrost Association, and is currently a vice president of the American Geographical Society. He is a member of the boards of the Arctic Institute of North America, the International Permafrost Association, and the Alumni Association of Northern Michigan University, and is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York City.

He was contributing or lead author on several of the Assessment Reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including the 2007 effort for which the IPCC group was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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