Nominations open for early career award for public engagement
Nominations are now open for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. The recipient of the award will win a prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.
Two AAAS members among the winners of the 2014 Golden Goose Awards
Sometimes scientists get criticized for their work, especially if it seems odd or unusual. When budgets become tight it is easy for politicians and funding groups to pick on the obscure research subjects and ask ‘what does this do for humanity? How does this help us?’ To help combat these questions and misconceptions, the Golden Goose Awards were founded in 2012 to award researchers who’s seemingly obscure work has led to significant scientific advances. This year's winners included two AAAS members, Larry Smarr and Cynthia Kuhn.
Three AAAS fellows elected to the Genetics Society of America's board
The Genetics Society of America (GSA) has announced the election of four new members to its board of directors and three are AAAS Fellows. The three fellows are, Stanley Fields (Vice-President/President-Elect), Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena (Director), and Craig Pikaard (Director). The fourth new member is Deborah Yelon (Director).
Neuroscience pioneer Richard F. Thompson dead at 84
AAAS Fellow Richard F. Thompson, the William M. Keck Chair Emeritus in Psychology and Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 84. Thompson was a pioneer in the field of neuroscience, contributing to the understanding of the neurobiological substrates of learning and memory. He was the first neuroscientist to identify and map the neural circuits responsible for classical conditioning — or Pavlovian learning. Thompson was also a passionate mentor, guiding the careers of more than 60 graduate students and postdocs, many of whom are now senior leaders in the field of behavioral neuroscience.
Application deadline for the 2015-16 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship year
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. Policy fellowships provide the unique opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm. Fellows share an interest and commitment to public service, a desire to learn about science and technology policy, and a willingness to apply their scientific and engineering backgrounds in new arenas. The application deadline is November 1.
AAAS member Dorothy Plack Smith dead at 88
Dorothy Plack Smith, 88, died on July 13, 2014, at her home in Washington D.C., from congestive heart disease. Born on November 1, 1925 in Hagerstown, Md., Smith attended Hagerstown High School, followed by Goucher College in Towson, Md. (Phi Beta Kappa), where she graduated in 1947 with a degree in Chemistry and Microbiology. She continued her education at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where she earned a MA in Chemistry in 1949.
AAAS Fellow Ernest Thomas Smerdon dead at 84
Ernest Thomas Smerdon “Ernie”, age 84, of Tucson, Arizona died August 11, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic due to heart disease. His dedication and significant contributions to higher education and global environmental issues is widely recognized and will be missed. Smerdon served as the Dean of Engineering at the University of Arizona for ten years (through 1997) and then spent three years directing engineering education programs at the National Science Foundation. He retired in 2003.
Communicating climate change with AAAS member Ray Weymann
Retired astrophysicist and AAAS member Ray Weymann used to spend his days teaching and conducting research at the University of Arizona in Tucson or directing the Carnegie Observatories. Now he is an expert at communicating the science of climate change to the public. Weymann shares his top tips for teaching about climate change with AAAS MemberCentral blogger Summer Allen.
AAAS member Nik Evitt awarded Forge Scholarship
The first spark of curiosity that leads to a career in science can come from many places. AAAS member Nik Evitt, a Stanford University undergraduate in chemical engineering, found it during high school in the bottom of a test tube.
AAAS Fellow Daniel Berg receives Siwei Cheng 'genius' award
AAAS Fellow Daniel Berg was awarded the Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management in June for having “devoted genius efforts to applying quantitative methods and information technology to solve management problems.” AAAS MemberCentral spoke with Berg about his award, career and advice for young scientists.