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Welcome to the Nebraska Academy of Sciences

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a professional society dedicated to providing services to its members and to all Nebraskans. The Academy is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Academies of Science. Located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in historic Morrill Hall, the Academy was established in 1880, and uses  a set of seven objectives to guide its activities.
Check our About Us link for board member information, objectives and history.

2017 NAS Annual Meeting - April 21, 2017 at Nebraska Wesleyan University

2017 Call for Papers

Presenter checklist for deciding on a collegiate section or general section abstract presentation.

2017 Abstract Instructions and Registration Form


 Maiben Lecturer -

JULIE Soukup 

2016 Maiben Lecturer

Dr. Juliane Strauss-Soukup, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at Creighton University will be the 2016 Maiben lecturer.  She started at Creighton in 2000 as the Clare Boothe Luce Faculty Chair for Women in Science.  Her lecture is entitled “Riboswitches Turn Students On To Research”.

The Soukup laboratory has a general interest in the structure and function of non-coding RNAs, sequences in the genome that until recently were considered “junk”. Dr. Soukup is working on a specific group of non-coding RNAs called riboswitches, found in virtually all bacteria. Riboswitches are RNA structural elements that bind cellular metabolites and control expression of essential metabolic genes, providing a unique and distinct set of targets for development of new antibiotics for dangerous bacterial infections. When small molecules (cellular metabolites) bind to riboswitch RNAs, they induce a structural change that “switches” a gene’s activity up or down. By investigating exactly how bacterial riboswitches act, Soukup can design non-natural metabolites that bind and upset their normal function.

Dr. Soukup earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Creighton University in 1993. Subsequently, she went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1997 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, completing the Cancer Research Training Program at the Eppley Institute for Cancer Research. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Soukup completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. 

2017 Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences State Science Competition
April 20, 2017
Nebraska Wesleyan University

Go to the NJAS page to find out more about the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences.  Information about regional science fairs is located there as well as a registration form for the regional winners who will be competing at the state level.

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The Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences is now available on line.  Authors are also able to submit articles for publication on line.  Please download the "Call for Papers" for more information on article submission.  Previous issues can be accessed through the University of Nebraska Digital Commons.

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