In this issue:
Message to Members:
AAAS Annual Meeting Report: Bridging Science and Society
Highlights from the Annual Meeting:
News to Note:
- Plenary Talks
- Symposia, Reports, and Events
- Family Science Days
- AAAS Election Results
- Expanding Science Diplomacy
- Human Rights Coalition Anniversary
- Swedish Research Minister at AAAS
- Geoscience Education Website wins Science Prize
- Visualization Award Winners
- AAAS Awards Winners
- 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting Symposium Proposal Deadline
- Upcoming Annual AAAS Forum on S&T Policy
- Science/AAAS Webinar: The Next Generation of Cell Analysis: Gaining Insight with Cytometry
- Eppendorf & Science Prize Application Deadline
- High School Science Teacher Award Nomination Deadline
- Atlas of Science Literacy Workshops
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Message to Members
AAAS Annual Meeting Report: Bridging Science and Society
From free public lectures delivered by leading scientists to opportunities for the broader community to enjoy science hands-on, the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting showed an unprecedented effort to bring science to the society we serve. In addition to our usual large numbers of scientists and journalists at the meeting, almost 2,000 members of the San Diego community enjoyed Family Science Days, which featured exhibits from science and technology museums and other local institutions.
Thousands of scientists, engineers, educators, and policy makers traveled from about 50 countries to talk about their work and to help advance the well-being of society worldwide. A broad range of symposia, seminars, and plenary and topical lectures covered all scientific disciplines from astronomy to mathematics, and medicine to zoology.
The meeting opened with the AAAS Presidential Address by Peter C. Agre, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, who urged researchers to seek opportunities in science diplomacy across borders and boundaries. In a plenary lecture, Carol W. Greider, a recent Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, explained how her telomere DNA research is an example of bridging science and society. Other speakers included US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco; the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology co-chair Eric S. Lander; Director of the US Geological Survey Marcia McNutt; and California Institute of Technology physicist Barry C. Barish.
The free Family Science Days program, with its popular "Meet the Scientists" series, fosters positive engagement between science and the public. Career development events for students and young scientists also were free and open to the public.
As the meeting concluded, we welcomed new AAAS President Alice S. Huang, a senior biologist at the California Institute of Technology who previously held positions at Harvard Medical School and New York University. Outgoing AAAS President Agre began a one-year term as Chairman of the AAAS Board of Directors, ending a busy year that included science diplomacy visits to Cuba and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Annual Meeting highlights, including the winners of the prestigious AAAS Awards, are detailed below. You'll find full coverage at http://news.aaas.org
Alan I. Leshner, CEO, AAAS
P.S. You are invited to submit symposium proposals for the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting, "Science Without Borders." See the Announcements section for full details.
Highlights from the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting
Presidential Address: Peter C. Agre Opens Annual Meeting
Symposia, Reports, and Events from the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting
Scientists are "passionate humans" with a chance to serve society like few other professionals, AAAS President Peter C. Agre said as he also celebrated the "people of science" -- students, teachers, heroes, mentors, colleagues, and the public -- who connect scientists with the larger world. Read more
and watch a video
of his address.
Carol W. Greider: Basic Science Solves Mysteries
The 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine stressed that it took many kinds of basic science to solve an essential mystery: Why do telomeres, while losing a little bit of themselves each time a cell divides, never disappear? Read more.
Jane Lubchenco: The Need for a National Climate Service
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head called for a new US National Climate Service, modeled after the National Weather Service. Lubchenco said the new entity would serve state leaders, small business owners, and city planners who increasingly rely on NOAA to learn how to cope with long-term changes from drought to coastal flooding, and also to promote climate management as a spur to economic growth. Read more
Eric Lander: Science's "Rightful Place"
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology co-chair delivered a report on the first year of science-related initiatives, following President Barack Obama's inaugural pledge to "restore science to its rightful place." Read more.
Marcia McNutt: Surveying the Seas
The oceans for too long have been a "featureless blue plain" in our maps and our minds, said the director of the US Geological Survey as she charted the way to a clearer picture of how changing oceans could affect the whole country. McNutt said the USGS is studying the effects of global climate change on sea level rise along the US east and west coasts, citing the goal of mapping on a fine enough scale for individuals and communities to act. Read more.
Barry Barish: Particle Physics' Exciting Decade Ahead
Caltech's influential particle physicist is looking forward to a "really exciting" decade, from an Antarctic "ice cube" laced with neutrino detectors to the headline-grabbing Hadron Collider. Barish detailed how the evidence for new particles has moved the field toward "inquiry-based science" and singled out neutrino research, particle astrophysics, and high energy colliders as research that could provide exciting results in the next decade. Read more.
Climate Change: Scientists Stand Behind Evidence
During an Annual Meeting symposium and a later news briefing, a panel of influential US and European scientists affirmed the overwhelming scientific consensus that the Earth's climate is changing and global average temperatures have climbed steadily since the mid 20th century. The prominent scientists noted errors in the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and questions raised by e-mail exchanges at East Anglia University, saying that the scientific community should have responded more quickly to these disclosures. But they noted that despite these errors, the strong scientific consensus that human activity is changing the Earth's climate. Read more.
Undergrad Biology: New Plan to Modernize and Excite
The plan, which culls the most effective and modernized teaching techniques from a group of undergraduate biology faculty, focuses on making classes more relevant to students' lives, replacing lackluster approaches that have previously alienated students. A report of the plan, presented during the Annual Meeting, was funded by the National Science Foundation and coordinated by AAAS. Recommendations include student-centered classrooms, a focus on conceptual framework, effective and timely feedback, and subject matter conveying the excitement of current discoveries in biological science. One participant commented: "It's not your grandparents' biology anymore, so why should the courses be offered in such a similar way?" Read more.
HIV/AIDS: New Plan to Test and Treat
Public health experts are looking beyond developing an HIV vaccine to voluntary screening programs and immediate antiviral treatments in high-risk regions as a strategy to end the spread of HIV. Read more.
Applied Mathematics: Solving Real-Life Problems
Crime "hotspots," traffic pileups, crowded sidewalks—applied mathematicians showed how their skills can help urban planners and social scientists understand complex groups of unpredictable people. Read more.
Cancer Care: Creating Biomarkers from Tumor DNA
Researchers presented findings showing that next generation sequencing technology is poised to become a tool in the new era of personalized clinical management of cancer patient care. Read more.
Medical Research: Dolphins Offer New Insights
Researchers cited new discoveries offered by the study of dolphins that could yield treatment of Type II diabetes and a better understanding of co-infection in cervical cancer. Read more.
Neurological Development: Effects of Early Childhood Poverty
Experts said they may be closer to learning about the specific mechanisms that translate the stress of early childhood poverty into the body, affecting neurological development.
Breast Cancer Prevention: Synthetic Chemical Regulation
Researchers working with California's "green chemistry" initiative previewed a report to be released this spring that could help the state decide on stricter regulations on dioxin, bisphenol A, and similar synthetic chemicals. Read more.
Human Rights: Geo-Visualization in Pakistan
A new database, using geographic visualization mapping and analysis of human rights-related events occurring in Pakistan, was presented by geospatial experts from AAAS and Amnesty International. Read more.
Marine Science: Reserves Can Boost Conservation, Fisheries
A panel of top marine scientists said that efforts to improve marine health and increase fisheries are not opposing goals, but to reach both requires careful study of the marine ecosystem including ocean currents. Read more.
Public Engagement: Science in Movies and Television
A panel of scientists who have worked with filmmakers and writers on a superhero drama said that portraying science correctly can be as important as other production values, advancing a public engagement tool that educates as well as entertains. Read more.
Family Science Days: Secret (Chemical) Agents
Writing secret messages in disappearing ink, making a living necklace, exploring underwater worlds, playing with lasers, and meeting a platypus during the Meet the Scientists series were all part of two days of educational fun. Read more.
Commentary: Annual Meeting Series of Op-Eds
During the Annual Meeting, the San Diego Union-Tribune
published three op-ed pieces co-written by AAAS officials, a leading educator, and a science diplomacy expert.
Science and Society: BuildingBridges
Outgoing AAAS President Peter Agre and CEO Alan I. Leshner cited a growing gap between scientists and the public, calling on the scientific community to seek new ways to strengthen the relationship: "Our nation can only thrive if decisions are shaped by a science-literate public and well-informed policy makers." Access the full commentary.
Science Funding: Research and Development
University of California Chancellor Marye Anne Fox joined Peter Agre in a second commentary reminding US lawmakers that, despite serious concerns about the deficit forecast for 2010, "reducing American investment in R&D would cause an even more significant deficit…by diminishing innovation and global competitiveness." Access the full commentary.
Science Diplomacy: Solving Problems, Promoting Peace
US Ambassador Thomas Pickering co-wrote the final commentary with Peter Agre, saying that recent US science diplomacy missions are emblematic of a promising global trend that will build closer ties between nations -- but also stressing the urgent need to increase the number of H1-B visas for doctors, scientists, and engineers who not only make contributions here but often become goodwill ambassadors overseas. Access the full commentary.
News to Note
AAAS President Alice S. Huang: In Research, Passion and Freedom Are Crucial to Global Progress
Scientists and science teachers must find a way to convey to the public and students the enormously important contributions made by science and the idealism, creativity, and passion that drive many breakthroughs, virologist Alice Huang said in a recent interview. Huang occupies an influential position at the juncture of research, education, and science diplomacy: working on viruses, cancer, HIV, and other diseases; serving as senior faculty associate in biology at Caltech; and consulting on science policy for government agencies in Asia to promote science as a culture and a way to a free society. Huang sees a role for AAAS to use its "bully pulpit," speaking for US science to ease bureaucratic burdens on scientists, while also reducing the cost of research. Read more
and access a Q&A.
AAAS Election Results
New President-Elect, Board Members, Section Officers
Nina V. Fedoroff, a geneticist and molecular biologist and science and technology adviser to the US Secretary of State and the US Agency for International Development, has been elected to serve as AAAS president in 2011. AAAS also welcomes Stephen Mayo and Sue V. Rosser to the Board of Directors, and the new officers of 24 AAAS Sections. Access the full election results.
Bipartisan Statement Urges Expanded Science Diplomacy
More than two dozen prominent policy and science leaders have signed a bipartisan statement urging the US White House, State Department, and Congress to do more to expand links with foreign scientific communities. Among the signers are former AAAS President and current board chair Peter C. Agre and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, undersecretary of state from 1997 to 2000. Writing in an op-ed commentary published 9 February in The Baltimore Sun
, Agre and Pickering noted that although "the US government is off to a good start, with 43 bilateral umbrella science and technology agreements now in force," advancing US science diplomacy globally will require "greater recognition of scientific engagement and increased funding for science capacity building." Read more
and access the commentary.
Pioneering Human Rights Coalition Shows Early Impact
Marking its first anniversary, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition met to address ethical dilemmas concerning scientific research and the military; to hear from survivors of human rights violations; and to explore the little-known human right to the benefits of scientific progress. In addition, the meeting presented specific programs of science societies, such as geoscientists assisting a Sumatra, Indonesia community in developing its first tsunami evacuation plan. The Coalition's working groups have produced starter kits on how to get involved with human rights organizations and online bibliographies of relevant materials, including science curricula. Read more
and access information on the "On-call" Scientists volunteer program.
Swedish Research Minister Urges Preparation for Era of Global Competition
Tobias Krantz, minister for higher education and research in Sweden, called for increased scientific cooperation and financial support for innovation during a recent briefing at AAAS. Saying that the United States and the European Union, along with Japan, are the current world leaders in S&T, the minister noted that growing economies in Asia and Latin America are investing heavily in R&D: "A new global economic and scientific landscape is emerging…with previously poverty-stricken parts of the world challenging the West in areas where we have been comfortably ahead for years." Read more.
Geoscience Education Website Wins Prestigious Science Prize
A website created at Carleton College, designed to develop a culture of sharing teaching resources that make geoscience come alive in the classroom, has been awarded the Science
Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE). The website, On the Cutting Edge
, contains more than 1,200 classroom activities contributed by the teaching community, step-by-step instructions, and a wide range of visual tools. Science
publishes an article by each recipient of the award (see the 26 February issue). Read more
and access information on nominations for this year's prize.
NSF and AAAS Announce 2009 Visualization Award Winners
Now in its seventh year, the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by AAAS/Science
and the National Science Foundation, honors aesthetically appealing images that make complex scientific research more accessible and understandable to the general public. Read more
and access a slide show, video, and podcast covering the categories: Photography, Illustrations, Informational Graphics, Interactive Media, and Non-Interactive Media.
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AAAS Announces Winners of Prestigious
2009 Science Awards
The winners and their accomplishments were honored during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting.
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Honoring exemplary work in a range of science-related fields
Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award:
Nancy Olivieri, University of Toronto
Philip Hauge Abelson Award:
Francis S. Collins, director of the US National Institutes of Health
Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award:
May R. Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lifetime Mentor Award:
Diola Bagayoko, Southern University at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Luis Colón, State University of New York at Buffalo
Newcomb Cleveland Prize:
Articles by Christian Marois and colleagues and another article directed by Paul Kalas
International Scientific Cooperation Award:
Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, immediate past director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy
Joshua E. Neimark Memorial Travel Assistance Endowment:
Michele A. Korb, California State University, East Bay; Kim Har Wong, University of Massachusetts Boston graduate student; and Timothy D. Panosian, Vanderbilt University graduate student
about the winners' accomplishments.
Applauding children's books and authors who promote science literacy
Children's Science Picture Book:
Authors Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
Middle Grades Science Book:
Author Pamela S. Turner
Young Adult Science Books:
Author Idah Ben-Barak
Lifetime Achievement in Hands-on Science Writing:
Author Robert Gardner
about the books, illustrators, and publishers.
AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
Recognizing outstanding coverage of the sciences, engineering, and mathematics for a general audience
Carl Zimmer, The New York Times
Amie Thompson, Great Falls Tribune
: Gary Wolf, Wired
Television -- Spot News/Feature Reporting):
Julia Cort, NOVA scienceNOW Television -- (In-Depth Reporting):
Doug Hamilton, WGBH/NOVA
Jad Abumrad, Soren Wheeler, Robert Krulwich, WNYC Radiolab
Lisa Friedman, ClimateWire
Children's Science News:
Douglas Fox, Science News for Kids
about the winning entries.
2011 AAAS Annual Meeting: Science Without Borders
Next year's AAAS Annual Meeting, one of the most widely recognized international interdisciplinary scientific events, will be held in Washington, D.C., from 17 to 21 February. Thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, and policy makers will interact with one another and hundreds of members of the national and international media. For theme statement and proposal submission guidelines and deadlines, visit our website
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Alzheimer's Antibody Conference,
7 April, Stockholm, Sweden
This Executive Life Science Industry event presents the leaders of Alzheimer disease providing your R & D organization with a platform to discover ground breaking therapeutics and diagnostic tools within Alzheimer's antibody. Our distinguished speaker panel will share first hand experience to successfully design Alzheimer's antibody programs enabling your company to be a front runner in neuroscience.
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Advancing Bioscience and Security
3-4 May, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Tempe, Arizona
This conference has been organized by MSMR and the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate with the collaboration of other Federal agencies. As a result, attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn about how security communities perceive the risks associated with biological research and also have the ability to convey to the Federal representatives their own questions, concerns, and perspectives.
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