President’s Letter, 2017-2018

posted Oct 26, 2015, 11:30 AM by James Brown   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 6:45 PM by NC Academy ]

Dear Members and Supporters,

I am proud to have been affiliated with NCAS as a member for over 20 years, as an officer and Board Member for 18 years, and now to serve as President of NCAS until the Annual Meeting in 2018 at Wake Technical College.  

The North Carolina Academy of Science, founded in 1902, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote public appreciation of science, science education, scientific research and a meaningful role for science in public policy. Our organization consists of three main divisions--the Senior Academy (NCAS), for academic and industry scientists, and graduate students, the Collegiate Academy (CANCAS), for undergraduate students, and the Student Academy (NCSAS), for middle- and high school students. 

The Academy publishes one of the oldest continuously published science journals in America, the Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science (JNCAS), now in its 133rd volume.  JNCAS is a peer-reviewed, online journal that uses continuous publication, which means that articles are published immediately upon their acceptance and final editing rather than waiting until enough articles to constitute an issue are finalized.  This gives our readers quicker access to new research.  We also have a presence on Facebook and Twitter as we try to stay abreast of current trends in communication.

We live in an exciting, as well as a scary time for science.  In these days of fake news and a maelstrom of conflicting information and opinions, it is even more important for us all to be scientifically literate.  NCAS is committed to promoting scientific literacy and in combating misinformation about scientific issues.  There is reason to have hope that things may be improving.  This Spring saw the March for Science in Washington and in many cities around the country (including several in North Carolina), and the turnout showed very strong support for science.  This summer, there was a total solar eclipse that energized millions of people to be curious about science.  Earlier this week, the Cassini probe made a spectacular plunge into Saturn's atmosphere and drew the attention of millions to another scientific endeavor that started over 20 years ago.  There will be more to come, so let's take advantage of these opportunities to nurture people's interest in science.  

I urge you all to remain curious about the world and about the scientific pursuit of knowledge.  Together, we can help to make our world a better place.  

Yours in Science,

Dr. Alan Goble

NCAS President, 2017-2018