KOKOMO, Ind. – Michael Finkler hopes to draw attention to science in Indiana, and to opportunities to learn about science at Indiana University Kokomo, during his term as president of the Indiana Academy of Science.
Finkler, associate professor of biology, took office March 10 at the academy's annual meeting in Indianapolis. As president, he sets the agenda for the year and serves as a spokesman for the academy, which is based out of the Indiana State Museum.
"I am proud and humbled to take this position," Finkler said. "I hope I can use this platform to educate people about science and careers in sciences, and about the many opportunities available to study science in Indiana, particularly at IU Kokomo."
Susan Sciame-Giesecke, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said having professors who are leaders in their fields is part of being a world-class regional campus and promoting academic excellence and student success.
"Many of our science and pre-professional students chose IU Kokomo for the opportunity to conduct research with professors like Dr. Finkler," she said. "They know working with our outstanding faculty, who are leaders in their field, will give them a competitive advantage as they apply to medical and other graduate programs."
The Indiana Academy of Science, founded in 1885, has a mission of promoting scientific research, encouraging communication and cooperation among scientists and improving education in science. It publishes a journal and books, and supports scientific research through grants. Finkler said the academy gave $65,000 in grants in 2011. Several IU Kokomo faculty members belong to the academy, and have received research grants from it.
IU Kokomo has hosted the academy's talent search, a program that brings the area's top high school scientists to the campus, which Finkler said benefits both the campus and the community.
"It brings the best and brightest budding scientists to our campus, where they see the excellent research facilities and outstanding faculty at IU Kokomo. It gives the students a chance to perform research and present it for recognition and awards."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.