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The 139th Annual Academy Meeting

Thank you for joining us for the 139th Annual Academy Meeting! We hope you will plan to join us next year.  Stay tuned for the date for the 140th Annual Academy meeting!


March 16, 2024, 7:00 AM-6:30 PM

Abstract submission is now CLOSED.

Meeting Registration is now CLOSED.  Please plan to join us next year!

The annual academy meetings of the Indiana Academy of Science bring together 100’s of Indiana and midwest senior and junior scientists from industry and academia, graduate and undergraduate science students, science educators from the state’s public and private high schools and middle schools, and science enthusiasts, for a full day of Indiana science. The Meeting agenda includes nearly two hundred oral and poster research presentations, hot topic presentations, and workshops and panel discussions delivered by experts from in and around Indiana and across the United States.

Sponsored in part by partnering organizations and corporations with the support of Academy members, the annual academy meetings provide an excellent opportunity to network and build relationships with some of the best minds in their fields. 

The annual meetings of the Indiana Academy of Science are the only multidisciplinary scientific meetings that take place in Indiana, sharing the work of anthropologists, botanists, cell biologists, earth scientists, ecologists, engineers, environmentalists, mathematicians, microbiologists, molecular biologists, physicists, astronomers, plant systematic and biodiversity specialists, science educators, zoologists, and entomologists.

The Indiana Academy of Science is excited to welcome Dr. Brian Murphy, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Butler University as our Keynote Speaker!

Eclipse Excitement: Fun in the Sun with a Dash of Science

On April 8th, as the Total Solar Eclipse sweeps through Indiana, Hoosiers will have the chance to witness one of astronomy’s most breathtaking events. This presentation will guide attendees through the total eclipse, focusing on the swift approach of totality and what to observe. Delving into the historical significance of solar eclipses for research purposes, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their scientific importance. Furthermore, an overview of ongoing research during this eclipse, including investigations into weather, the stratosphere, and the Sun’s corona, will be provided. Finally, details of a community science project, funded by NSF/NASA and involving Butler University, aimed at unraveling the mysteries of the solar corona, will be shared.


Meet Dr. Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, earned his B.S. from the University of Iowa, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. He joined Butler University’s faculty in 1993 following postdoctoral positions at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Cornell University.  In addition to his tenure at Butler, he has held roles as a Visiting Senior Fellow at Cambridge University in England, Visiting Senior Research Associate at Indiana University, and Visiting Senior Research Associate at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Initially focusing on the dynamical evolution of galactic nuclei, Professor Murphy’s Ph.D. dissertation received the prestigious Esther L. Kinsley Award for outstanding achievement across all disciplines at Indiana University. His groundbreaking research on the growth of supermassive black holes in the nuclei of galaxies and quasars remains seminal in the field. Expanding his computational methods, he has since applied his expertise to globular star clusters, earning recognition from the American Astronomical Society on two occasions.

Over a decade ago Professor Murphy secured funding allowing for Butler’s membership in the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy telescope consortium.   This membership permitted him to move his research focus from computational to observational astrophysics.  Since then, he and his students have built a world-leading research program searching for and understanding the properties of variable stars in globular star clusters.  This shift in research focus has resulted in over 30 publications in the last several years by him and his students.

Professor Murphy, who will be retiring from fulltime service this year, has served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy for eight years and has also served as Director of Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium for all of his 31 years at Butler.   In this capacity, he has conducted over 500 television and radio interviews on physics and astronomy topics, including notable outlets such as the BBC, National Geographic, and NPR.

During his time at Butler, he has received numerous awards including the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Award for Research and Scholarship, recognition as the Natural Sciences Outstanding Faculty Member, the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, and a Student Government Association Apple Award for outstanding teaching.  And most recently, he was the spring 2023 Commencement speaker at Butler University.  Besides his passion for working with his research students he has taught a wide variety of courses in his department in addition to numerous core courses.


Event Details

The Indiana Academy of Science has been an important voice of Indiana science since its inception in 1885. It continues to enjoy a rich tradition of science excellence, as well as a high professional stature with membership that includes many of the state of Indiana’s premier scientists and science educators, and graduate and undergraduate students. It will bring together nearly 500 Indiana scientists, science educators and science students; to share some of this country’s latest developments in scientific research, and practice.

Annual Meeting Registration Fees

Membership Level Price
Non-Member $180
Exhibitor* $175
Corporate Member $90
Institutional Member $90
Lifetime Member $90
Standard Member $90
Honorary Member $90
Sustaining Member $90
Emeritus Member $90
Student Member $55

***Note: To submit an abstract for presentation, you MUST be a member of the Academy.***

Hotel Information

Need a place to stay in Indianapolis for the 139th Annual Academy Meeting? Local hotels have offered discounted rates for meeting attendees. 


Marriott Indy Place – Reservation Link for all three hotels – Reservation Deadline is March 6

Courtyard by Marriott

601 W Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Rate: $249/night


Fairfield Inn and Suites

501 W Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Rate: $249/night


JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 South West St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Rate: $269-319/night


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