Kentucky Academy of Science

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Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) is the Kentucky affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Academies of Science. The organization "encourages scientific research, promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky". The KAS has passed resolutions in favor of evolution in 1981, 1983, 1999, and 2005.[1]

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Kentucky Academy of Science was organized on May 8, 1914 by a group of 46 Kentucky scientists and interested laypersons.

Current activities[edit]

Kentucky Academy of Science, with active 700 members, "encourages scientific research, promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth of Kentucky." KAS provides funds for scientific research through three grants, Marcia Athey and Botany Funds, Special Research Program, and Undergraduate Research Program.

The Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science, the academy's official journal, is published in the Spring and Fall each year.

During the 2005 KAS annual meeting, members voted unanimously to oppose any attempt by the Kentucky legislature or other legislative bodies to mandate specific content of science courses. The KAS specifically objects to legislation that equates "scientific creationism" or "intelligent design" with evolution as a scientific explanation. The KAS has passed resolutions in favor of evolution in 1981, 1983, 1999, and 2005.

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