In the spring of each year, NIS partners with Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (BKX) for a national conference to present research papers, science projects and enjoy science-related events and activities. The meeting allows high school students, community groups, and other scientific organizations and institutions from throughout the country, an extraordinary opportunity to interact and network. Coming meeting will be our 73rd and we are very pleased to announce that our next years meeting in 2016 will be held on April 6-9, 2016 at the Crown Plaza Hampton Marina, Hampton, VA and hosted by the Hampton University and Norfolk State University
Recent topics of discussion at Annual Conferences range from Stem Cell controversy, symposium on Genetics, Race and Ethics to Nanotechnology.
Over 500 were in attendance at our last years annual meeting in Houston, TX
The week-long meeting averages up to 500 attendees from throughout the United States, who travel to the designated host city to hear distinguished guest speakers; present research papers and science projects; and participate in stimulating discussions in the areas of math and science.
Dr. Peter C. Agre who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 with physiologist Dr. Bill Guggino for revealing the molecular basis for the movement of water into and out of cells. His 1992 paper in the journal Science documented the discovery of the first water-channel protein called aquaporin which facilitates the movement of water molecules into and out of cells through the cell membrane.
Dr. George Carruthers who is best known for his work focusing on ultraviolet observations of the earth's upper atmosphere and of astronomical phenomena. He developed the first moon-based space observatory, an ultraviolet camera that was carried to the moon by Apollo 16 astronauts in 1972.
Dr. Mark Dean holds more than 20 US Patents, including three of IBM's original nine PC (personal computer) patents. Dr. Dean led the team that built a gigahertz (1000 MHz) chip which did a billion calculations per second. He also developed the interior architecture (ISA systems bus) that enables multiple devices, like modem and printer, to be connected to personal computers. He is an inductee into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame.
Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson an aerospace engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. As an expert in the structural dynamics and controls of spacecraft missions, Dr. Ericsson's primary job as an attitude control systems analyst is to design, analyze and maintain the spacecraft's stability, orientation and position during all phases of a mission. Dr. John Bennett Fenn who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for his work in mass spectrometry.
Dr. James Hildreth who is chief of the Division of Research at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hildreth has conducted pioneering medical research in the area of AIDS and HIV infection.
Dr. Arlie Petters who is President and Founder of the Petters Research Institute and is Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Duke University. Dr. Petters was the first to develop the mathematical theory on gravitational lensing and has pioneered applications of gravitational lensing in physics, predicting effects that probe the nature of spacetime around black holes.