Ashland University to Host Annual Meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science

3/12/12 ASHLAND, OH -- The 121st annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science will be held on the Ashland University campus on April 13 and 14. The Ohio Academy of Science’s Annual Meeting is for academic, governmental, and industry scientists and engineers, university and precollege educators and teachers, and pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students, and interested lay citizens in the Ohio region.


Meeting registration will open in the lobby of the Dwight Schar College of Education at 7:30 a.m. on April 14, a “Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium” will be held in the Dwight Schar College of Education Lecture Hall from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., and a session on Undergraduate Research with a discussion panel will be held in Kettering Science Center Lecture Hall from 1:30-4 p.m. 


Morning podium and poster sessions will be held in the Schar College of Education from 9 to 11 a.m.  and an afternoon poster session will continue from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Schar College of Education. The All-Academy Lecture will be held Saturday at 11:15 a.m. in Myers Convocation Center. The lecture, titled “Mentorship, A Key to Success in Research, Teaching and Life,” will be presented by Dr. J. Patrick Card, a 1972 graduate of Ashland University. Card is professor of Neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Neuroanatomy with Neurotropic Viruses at the University of Pittsburgh. The presentation will focus upon the importance of mentorship in developing a successful career in academia or industry. 


The mentorship relationships that Dr. Card has enjoyed throughout his career have proven to be essential to establishing a successful and rewarding research program in brain structure and function. Dr. Card will highlight how these relationships have evolved and guided his development as a scientist at various stages of his career, using the evolution of his research program as an example. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the importance of mentorship in acquiring the multidisciplinary expertise that is essential for success in research and teaching. 


Dr. Card graduated from Ashland University with a degree in Biology in 1972. He received his M.S. in Biological Sciences from Wright State University in 1975, and his Ph.D. in Neuroanatomy from Wayne State University in 1979. He has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh since 1992. The focus of Dr. Card’s research is the functional organization of the hypothalamus and central autonomic networks. This work includes studies to define the synaptic organization and chemical phenotype of the central networks that mediate essential regulatory functions, as well as the development of tools for transneuronal tracing of neural circuits. Dr. Card has authored or co-authored 95 peer-reviewed papers in neuroscience. 


At noon on Saturday, the Academy and the Ohio State Bar Association will make Ohio Patent Awards to outstanding Ohio inventors.


For more information regarding the annual meeting being held at Ashland University, please contact Lynn Elfner, CEO of The Ohio Academy of Science, at 614-488-2228 or


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.