A former Gardner resident is among those listed in the March edition of “SCIENCE in KANSAS.”
Otis Ray McIntire, Gardner, invented Styrofoam. He is listed along with a Kansan who helped save the Florida citrus industry, Kansans who worked on the Manhattan Project and many others as part of the 150 year sesquicentennial project. Its goal is to inspire Kansas youth in science, technology, engineering and math, and to recognize the importance of science in Kansas’ past, present and future.
Over the course of 2011, information on a broad mix of 150 Kansas scientists, engineers and  inventors, both past and present,  can be downloaded as trading cards from the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative website  www.adastra-ks.org .  Each month new cards will be added until the collection is complete.  Cards are geared towards grade 5 on up.
March 2011 scientists, their Kansas connections and areas of expertise are:
• Kristin Bowman-James, KU, chemistry—developing methods for environmental cleaning
• George Washington Carver, Minneapolis, Beeler, Ness County—world-famous botanist
• Creighton Hardin, KU Medical Center—1st surgeon in the world to reattach a completely severed arm with full return of function
•Donna Johnson, Lawrence , biology—develops tools to help researchers understand brain activity
• Joseph W. Kennedy,  KU, chemistry— co-discoverer of plutonium
•  Fred Koch, Wichita, engineering—invented  improved method of  turning oil into gasoline.
• Karma Mason, Wichita/WSU –geology/environmental science—uses naturally occurring microbes to clean water and soil
• Otis Ray McIntire, Gardner/KU— invented styrofoam
• Gerardo Olivares, Wichita, NIAR aerospace and mechanical engineering—researches and designs safety systems for autos and aircraft
• L. Worth Seagondollar, Hoisington, Emporia,  physics, ESU/KU—worked on the Manhattan project in WW II
• Charles H. Sternberg, Kanopolis, Hays, Gove and Logan Counties/KSU—paleontology—Sternberg finds are on exhibit all over the world.
• Walter Swingle, Manhattan/KSU, botany—one of the 20th century’s top experts on citrus.
The Ad Astra Kansas Initiative is a 10-year old grassroots organization  with the purpose of celebrating science in Kansas; also, with the purpose of reminding Kansans that our state motto is as current in Kansas today as it was 150 years ago.