Message to Members: AAAS S&T Fellows Pursue
Strong Role in Science Policy
News to Note: US Economic Stimulus Bill Update,
Science Education, Dual-Use Research, Military Technology, Climate
Change Policy, STEM Educators, Science Diplomacy
Advancing Science, Serving Society: AAAS Science
and Human Rights Coalition
Science Careers: Upcoming Events
Announcements: AAAS Awards, 2010 Annual
Meeting Symposium Submissions, Leadership Prize Nominations, Atlas of
Science Literacy Workshops, and other announcements
This month’s AAAS Advances is sponsored by: L’Oréal
Science/AAAS, in collaboration with the L’Oréal Corporate
Foundation, has just published the Young Women in Science booklet. The
2009 booklet offers more exciting and inspirational stories. These
profiles, from interviews with young women at the start of their
science careers, tell their stories of passion and persistence - what
drives and excites them about their work in the sciences. Read
Message to Members
AAAS S&T Fellows Pursue Strong Role in Science Policy
Dear AAAS Member,
"We will restore science to its rightful place," US President Barack
Obama vowed in his 20 January inaugural address. A stronger partnership
between science and public policy is particularly welcome, as we
celebrate the 35th anniversary of the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships
Since 1973, 2,146 policy fellows have applied their scientific and
engineering expertise to complex issues, working in congressional
offices and executive branch agencies. The current class, the largest
ever, will continue to provide leadership at the intersection of
science and policy, in areas ranging from security and foreign affairs
to energy and the environment.
In January, members of Congress, high-ranking government officials, and
current and former policy fellows gathered on Capitol Hill to mark the
anniversary. One agency official said of the policy fellows, "They are
our future." A US Representative called the program "one of the most
important in the United States." Another judged the program to be
"dramatic and successful," saying it encourages scientists to seek
public service. One example of this success is the cadre of 25
scientists now employed by the Environmental Protection Agency who came
there initially as AAAS policy fellows.
You’ll find more information about the anniversary event and the AAAS
policy fellows program at www.aaas.org/news/releases/2009/0116fellows_35th.shtml
Thank you for your support of AAAS initiatives, including the S&T
Policy Fellowships program, as we work to advance science to serve
society and, in the words of President Obama, to "wield technology’s
Alan I. Leshner, CEO, AAAS
P.S. As the AAAS Annual Meeting ended on
16 February, and the terms of exceptional new officers began. We
welcome incoming AAAS President Peter C. Agre, a Nobel laureate in
chemistry; AAAS President-elect Alice S. Huang, a distinguished
virologist at the California Institute of Technology; and AAAS Board
members Julia M. Phillips of Sandia National Labs and David S. Sabatini
of the New York University School of Medicine. Read
News to Note
from the 2009 Annual Meeting
US Economic Stimulus Bill Boosts Federal R&D
Many of the world’s leading experts on science and technology presented
lectures surrounding the theme of "Our Planet and Its Life:
Origins and Futures" during the February meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Read coverage
of the lectures,
symposia, and seminars on the AAAS 2009 Annual Meeting blog.
The economic recovery bill, signed into law by President Barack Obama
on 17 February, contains $21.5 billion in federal research and
development funding, according to an analysis by AAAS. Funding includes
$10.4 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $3 billion for
the National Science Foundation. Basic competitiveness-related
research, biomedical research, energy R&D, and climate change
programs are high priorities. Review
the detailed analysis by the AAAS R&D Budget Program.
Commentary: A Wake-Up Call for Science Education
The United States is once again missing from the list of top-10 science
and math education countries, noted AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner in a 12
January commentary in the Boston Globe
. A recent study
confirms that America lags in preparing tomorrow’s labor force,
threatening long-term economic growth. While some states achieve higher
rankings, the overall low rankings point to problems in preparing the
nation’s future work force in most locations across the country. Read
about possible solutions and access the complete commentary
and information about Project 2061, AAAS’s long-term science education
AAAS Workshop Report Examines Dual-Use Research
Scientists are seeking guidance on dual-use research to understand the
scientific, ethical, and legal issues surrounding beneficial work that
may be misapplied for malicious purposes when in the wrong hands. For
example, the same methods used for legitimate research on viruses and
other organisms also can be used to engineer a bioweapon. These issues
were discussed by life scientists, bioethicists, and biosecurity
specialists at a workshop late last year. The report, "Professional and
Graduate-Level Programs on Dual Use Research and Biosecurity for
Scientists Working in the Biological Sciences," is now available. Read
and access the report.
Expert Urges More Nimble Military Technology During AAAS
US defense expert Paul G. Kaminsky stressed the need for reforms in
military technology development, noting that it can take up to 20 years
to develop a missile or aircraft at today’s pace. This compares with
more crisp acquisition in the past, including the three-year
development of ICBMs in the 1960s and the four-year development of the
F-117 stealth aircraft in the early 1980s. Read
the keys to rapid deployment of systems, including
development planning and enhanced S&T education, presented at the
January briefing co-organized by AAAS and the Center for Media and
Hill Panel Stresses Disciplined Use of Science in Climate Change Policy
A panel of top climate experts briefed US Senate and House staffers to
offer scientific perspective on the effects of climate change. The
January briefing, co-sponsored by AAAS and four other scientific
societies, and moderated by AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner, stressed the
serious challenges to critical resources such as drinking water and
agriculture and the global expectations for effective new science
about the need to transform the world energy structure through
existing and future technologies.
Advancing Science, Serving Society
AAAS Science and Human Rights
The Coalition, launched in January, is a formal network of scientific
societies working together to foster communication and partnerships on
human rights among science associations and between the scientific and
human rights communities. Rather than duplicating efforts already in
progress, the Coalition will enable scientific societies to share what
is working and identify additional needs. The projects will range from
providing technical expertise to establishing research guidelines. The
coalition also will work to ensure that all people around the world can
share the benefits of innovation and technology, as required by the
little-known human right to the benefit of scientific progress
(International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). Read
about the three-day launch and find out how to join the
The Coalition is an initiative of the AAAS Science and Human Rights
Program. Established in 1977, the program’s early activities included
leading trained teams of scientists to investigate human rights abuses
in Argentina and Brazil. In 2005, the program began to use satellite
imagery to monitor and report abuses and has documented destruction and
displacement in Ethiopia, Georgia, Sudan, Burma, Zimbabwe, and
elsewhere. In 2008, the "On-Call" Scientists initiative was launched,
enabling individual scientists and engineers to volunteer their skills
to human rights organizations. Read more
about the program.
AAAS’s online career job and advice site, Science Science
Careers has a new look and new features that make it easier to advance
your career, whether you’re seeking a new job, advice on career
advancement in your chosen field, or ways to stay current on industry
trends. Some of the features you’ll find on the newly redesigned site
- Enhanced job searching
- Relevant job e-mail alerts
- Improved resume/CV uploading
- Search by geography
- Multimedia section
today. Your future awaits.
Upcoming Event: Careers
Away from the Bench
Could you be missing out on an exciting and rewarding career outside of
academic or industry research? Increasingly, Ph.D.-level scientists are
considering career opportunities beyond the bench. Come to this
workshop to look at your own career path in these so-called
nontraditional areas. We’ll discuss the types of alternative careers
available, how to parlay your current skills and values into a new
area, ways to research career options, and how to develop the skills
you might need.
Wednesday, 25 February, 10-11:30 a.m.
for Toxicology Meeting
Monday, 16 March, 4:45-6:15 p.m.
Hilton, Key Ballroom 1&2
Upcoming Event: Managing Your Relationship with Your
A postdoc’s relationship with a supervisor can sometimes be difficult.
In this workshop, we’ll talk about ways to manage this relationship,
including proactive strategies to start, keep, or get the relationship
on the right track, and methods for dealing with conflicts. By thinking
through relationships with their own supervisors, postdocs will be
better prepared to supervise students and postdocs in their own labs.
The workshop will (1) offer advice and facilitate discussion about ways
to build successful relationships and strategies to deal with conflict,
and (2) use case studies to discuss ways to work through tensions or
dilemmas that might arise with an adviser.
Postdoctoral Association Meeting
(Must be registered for meeting)
Saturday, 28 March, 2:30-4 p.m.
National Postdoctoral Association
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"A Survey of Attitudes and
Actions on Dual-Use Research in the Life Sciences. A Collaborative
Effort of the National Research Council and the American Association
for the Advancement of Science" is now available in a prepublication
Please visit www.nap.edu
to learn more. AAAS readers receive a special 25% discount offer on
orders of the prepublication edition or on pre-orders of the
forthcoming final edition of the book when they use source code AAASR9.
AAAS Names Winners of Prestigious Science Awards
AAAS has named 11 researchers, educators, and science advocates as
winners of its 2008 science awards. Read
the awards, presented to winners 14 February during the 2009
AAAS Annual Meeting.
The Award for Public Understanding of
Science and Technology: Kenneth R. Miller, a biology professor
at Brown University.
Call for Symposium Proposals
The International Scientific Cooperation Award: Ambassador
The Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Percy A. Pierre, vice president and professor emeritus of electrical
& computer engineering at Michigan State University.
The Mentor Award: Sylvia T. Bozeman, professor
of mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta.
The Newcomb Cleveland Prize: Team members
Anoop Kumar, James W. Godwin, Phillip B. Gates, and Jeremy P. Brockes
of University College London; A. Acely Garza-Garcia of the U.K.’s
National Institute for Medical Research.
The Philip Hauge Abelson Prize: Richard A.
Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science.
The Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award:
Drummond Rennie, M.D., journal editor and educator.
2010 Annual Meeting: Bridging Science and Society
The AAAS Annual Meeting is one of the most widely recognized
interdisciplinary scientific events, with hundreds of networking
opportunities and broad national and international media coverage. For
theme statement, proposal submission guidelines, and deadlines go to http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2010/program/symposia/submit/
The meeting will be held in San Diego, California, 18-22 February 2010.
Nominate High School Teachers for the AAAS Leadership
Prize: Deadline 24 April
US high school science department chairs and administrators are urged
to nominate qualified science teachers to receive the 2009 AAAS
Leadership in Science Education Prize for High School Science Teachers,
established through generous support from AAAS member Edith D. Neimark.
This award recognizes a high school science teacher who has contributed
significantly to the AAAS goal of advancing science education by
developing and implementing an innovative and demonstrably effective
strategy, activity, or program. To access the nomination and
application forms, go to http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/hs_scied_leadership/
For more information, contact Lester Matlock at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up for 2009 Atlas of Science Literacy Workshops
Project 2061 continues a popular workshop for K-12 educators and adds
an innovative new workshop for informal science education.
"Using Atlas of Science Literacy"
Designed for K-12 science teachers, curriculum specialists, and other
educators and researchers, these workshops demonstrate how participants
can use the conceptual strand maps in Atlas 1 and Atlas 2,
along with other Project 2061 resources, to enhance their own
understanding of science literacy and take a benchmarks-based approach
to helping all students achieve literacy in science, mathematics, and
technology. Atlas of Science Literacy is co-published by AAAS
- Washington, D.C. 2-4 March
- Madison, Wisconsin 22-24 June
- Durham, North Carolina 14-16 September
- Washington, D.C. 19-21 October
"Using Atlas of Science Literacy in Informal
Science Learning Settings"
Designed for science center and museum staff, you will gain new
perspectives on making your programs and exhibits more relevant to K-12
teachers and students by using the Atlas of Science Literacy
strand maps and other Project 2061 resources in your planning.
- Chicago, Illinois, 11-13 March, Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)
Scholarships and Early Bird rates are available, but registration is
limited. For more details and a registration form, go to our workshop
and check the Project 2061 website for up-to-date
information at http://www.project2061.org/events/workshops/default.htm
If your institution would like to co-host a workshop, go to http://www.project2061.org/events/workshops/cohost.pdf
for details. To receive our free e-newsletter and automatic updates on
workshops and other Project 2061 news, sign up at
AAAS Awards Memberships and Grants to Students
In collaboration with the National Association of Academies of Science
and the American Junior Academies of Science, AAAS has awarded one-year
honorary AAAS memberships to 21 high school and undergraduate students
who were nominated by eight state academies. Student Research Grants
were made to the Washington Academy of Sciences, the Indiana Academy of
Sciences, the New Jersey Academy of Science, the South Carolina Junior
Academy of Sciences, and the Iowa Academy of Science. http://www.aaas.org/programs/education/naas.shtml
Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program
Announces Grant Winners
Fourteen colleges and universities have been selected for awards of up
to $60,000, paid over three years, for use by the biology and chemistry
departments at the recipient institution. This year’s winners are:
Harvey Mudd College, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Otterbein
College, Bowdoin College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,
Ashland University, Siena College, Kean University, Furman University,
Lebanon Valley College, Niagara University, University of West Florida,
State University of New York at New Paltz, and Colorado College.
Since 1994, the program, sponsored by the Merck Institute for Science
Education (MISE) and AAAS, has awarded grants to support undergraduate
interdisciplinary research in the sciences. Grants have been awarded to
more than 200 colleges and universities and have supported more than
2,000 undergraduates, providing them the opportunity to work with and
learn from faculty in the laboratory and engage in basic research. Read more
about the program.
Join the AAAS President’s Circle
The coming years represent a unique opportunity for science and the
nation. To stay at the forefront of these opportunities, AAAS needs
increased individual support. With philanthropic contributions totaling
$500 or more, you will be recognized as part of the newly launched AAAS
President’s Circle and will join a select group that receives periodic
briefings on key issues. Please visit us online at http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/giving/types/designate.shtml
or call +1 (202) 326-6636 for more information.
Register Now for the Darwin 2009 Festival
and AAAS are proud to be a major sponsor of the
Darwin 2009 Festival taking place in Cambridge, UK, 5-9 July. The
festival celebrates both the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the
150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species
The week-long event will engage everyone from scientists to
schoolchildren, with talks from Sir David Attenborough, Ian McEwan,
Richard Dawkins, A.S. Byatt, Lord Martin Rees, Lord Robert May, and
Nobel laureates Sir John Sulston, Sir Paul Nurse, and Harold Varmus,
plus many more. Early registration is recommended for this popular
festival. Go to http://www.darwin2009.cam.ac.uk/
for more information and to register.
Apply for a Minority Science Writers Internship with Science
Science is a global activity, but the demographics of the journalists
who cover it do not reflect that diversity. The AAAS Minority Science
Writers Internship is for students who are interested in journalism as
a career and who want to learn about science writing. Interns spend 10
weeks at Science
, the world’s largest interdisciplinary
journal, under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors. The
paid internship includes travel to and from the internship site in
Washington, D.C. Go to http://www.aaas.org/mswi
for an application and information. Deadline: 1 March 2009.
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AAAS Members are
invited to participate in tours and expedition voyages in a member
benefit program called AAAS Travels. Each year, AAAS Members
explore the globe from Xinjiang to Sicily, Lake Baikal to
Antarctica. In 2009 there are special opportunities to see the
Total Solar Eclipse as it crosses over China, plus travel to South
Africa, Madagascar, France and more! Please phone AAAS Travels (800)
252-4910 for information, or visit this website.
Meet Up at Upcoming Events
AAAS/Science will have a booth at the following events. Stop
by to pick up your member pin.
Proteome Organization (HUPO) 2009 Conference,
22-25 February, San Diego, California, USA.
Pittcon Conference & Expo,
8-13 March, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting,
15-19 March, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Society (APS) Annual March Meeting,
16-20 March, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
3rd EuPa Congress,
14-17 June, Stockholm, Sweden
The overall theme is Clinical Proteomics and important Life Science
developments, and research trends such as protein chip microarrays,
bioinformatics, and disease-related protein expression studies will be
presented. Highlights from recent biomarkers discoveries, novel
bioanalytical methodology, and optimization using new LC/MS platforms
also will be reported.
2nd Meeting on Molecular Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases,
3-6 March, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
ATS International Conference,
15-20 May, San Diego, California, USA
International Conference on Personalized Medicine,
29-31 May, Hangzhou, China
1-3 June, London, UK
4-9 July (registration through 28 February),
Prague, Czech Republic
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