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This Year’s Fellow Recipients

Individuals elected to the status of Academy Fellow in 2023

Samina Ken Akbar – IAS Fellow

Associate Professor Microbiology and Immunology

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marian University

  • Member of the Academy since 2013
  • Served as Judge at the Science & Engineering Fair
  • Served on the Judging Team at the IAS Talent Search
  • Chair, IAS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
    • Helped develop the strategic plan approved by the Council
    • Currently helping to implementing the plan
  • Contributed to the advancement of science in Indiana:
    • 15 peer-reviewed scientific publications
    • 13 scientific presentations and published abstracts


Ken Andrzejewski – IAS Fellow

Science Teacher

Marian High School

Mishawaka, Indiana

  • Member of the Academy since 2013
  • Member IAS Youth Activities Committee
  • Prior to its disbandment, many of his students were active participants in the IAS Junior Academy of Science competitions
  • Over 100 of his research students have participated in the IAS Talent Search
    • Contributed to the advancement of science in Indiana:
    • Teaches AP Biology & dual credit biology courses through Indiana University and Ivy Tech


Jocelyn R. Lewis – IAS Fellow

Indiana State Library

Catalog Division Supervisor

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Honorary member of the Academy since 2012
  • She is the Academy’s librarian
  • Specifically, her primary duties are overseeing maintenance of the John Shepard Wright Memorial Library (JSWML)
    • Bulk of collection – journals received through exchange programs
    • JSWML contains over 13,000 volumes; adds approximately 150 issues annually
    • As librarian, she ensures the exchange program functions, i.e., sending issues of Proceedings to exchange partners

Marc Milne – IAS Fellow

Associate Professor of Biology

Biology Department

University of Indianapolis

  • Member of the Academy since 2014
  • Current IAS President (2022-23)
  • Zoology/Entomology Section Chair
  • Senior Research Grant Committee (2019-21)
  • Budget Committee (2019-present)
  • Biodiversity & Natural Areas Committee (2015+)
    • Chair (2019-2021)
  • Bioblitz events: frequent participant and team leader
  • Contributed to the advancement of science in IN
    • 35+ peer-reviewed scientific publications
    • Presented/co-presented over 20 presentations at IAS

Luis A. Palacio – IAS Fellow

Executive Director and CEO

Diversity and Innovation Institute

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Member of the Academy since 2013
  • Member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
    • Founding member to present
  • Presenter: virtual discussion of career preparation
    • Sponsored by DEI of the IAS
  • Served as a judge at the Hoosier Science & Engineering Fair
  • Executive Director & CEO of the Diversity and Innovation Institute
    • Mission is to “unlock innovative potential through STEM Education for a diverse audience in an inclusive and equitable manner”



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