Events in 2000-2001
John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi

"Amphibian Conservation: Monitoring Populations of Frogs and Toads in Northcentral Illinois" 

Dr. Stephen Hager
Assistant Professor of Biology
Augustana College

Feb. 22, 2001
John Deere Lecture Hall, Augustana College

Dr. Nelson just before the talk

Sigma Xi Annual Banquet and Lecture
May 10, 2001
Augustana College

6:00 pm, Banquet at the Wilson Center
Induction of new members

7:30 pm, Guest lecture, Science 102

"Earth Science from Orbit"

Dr. Alan Nelson
Public Outreach Coordinator
NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission
Education Department
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Nelson specializes in communicating NASA Earth Science research results to the general public via print, video and the  Internet. He discussed applications of remote sensing technology, particularly for understanding climate and weather patterns.  He brought a HDTV (high definition television) projector, a HD server, and a Mac laptop to show the images on the big screen.

Dr. Nelson received his bachelor’s degree from Augustana in 1973, majoring in biology and mathematics and secondary school teacher certification. He received an M.S. degree in entomology from the University of Arizona in 1979 and his Ph.D. degree in agronomy from Kansas State University in 1986.