Dr. J. Thomas Ratchford, former AAAS Executive Officer, Passes Away
Former AAAS Associate Executive Officer Dr. J. Thomas Ratchford passed away June 16 after suffering from a stroke. He was 80 years old.
Dr. Ratchford left AAAS in 1989 after being appointed Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy by President George H.W. Bush.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Joanne Causey Ratchford; sons, Tom, James and David; daughter, Laura; and grandchildren, Tommy, James, Emma, JJ, Nathaniel, David and Julia.
Robert Sussman, AAAS Section H (Anthropology) retiring chair, dies at 74
Professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Robert Sussman passed away on June 8 as a consequence of a stroke. He was 74. Sussman was a leading scholar on the evolution of human and primate behavior. He was named a Fellow of AAAS in 2000 and at the time of his death was the retiring chair of Section H (Anthropology).
Talking science diplomacy with AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy Director Tom Wang
In the 21st century, the world’s biggest challenges are scientific and technical. But issues like climate change, nuclear proliferation, and disease outbreaks have little respect for the borders that humans have sketched across the globe.
A transformative gift from the Golden Family Foundation
Last fall, Lifetime Giving Society donor Sibyl R. Golden revealed her intention to make a gift of $4 million to AAAS, through the Golden Family Foundation. News of one of the most generous gifts in AAAS history generated significant excitement in the William T. Golden Center for Science and Engineering—the AAAS headquarters building in Washington, D.C.
Four AAAS Fellows awarded 2016 Kavli Prizes
Four AAAS Fellows, Kip S. Thorne, Rainer Weiss, Eve Marder and Carla Shatz were among nine scientists awarded Kavli Prizes in 2016. The prizes “recognize scientists for pioneering advances in our understanding of existence at its biggest, smallest, and most complex scales,” states the website. The awards are presented every two years in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.
White House seeks kids ideas on science and technology
The White House has launched a website for kids from around the country to submit ideas on the science and technology issues they think are important.
Connect with members via Trellis, AAAS's new communication and collaboration platform
In an effort to become a multimedia, multiplatform science communication enterprise, rather than a print-centric publisher, AAAS recently invested in the creation of a new science communication tool known as Trellis.
The goal is to better enable the scientific community to connect across disciplines, affiliations, and geographies in order to communicate and work together more effectively.
Sections provide expertise for AAAS
When AAAS needs an expert, they turn to one of its most valuable resources—its Sections.
Sections are committees representing various scientific disciplines, 24 in total. They range from agriculture to statistics, and are identified by a letter of the alphabet. For example, Section A is Mathematics, Section B represents Physics.
AAAS launches e-learning Career Development Center
AAAS has always understood the importance that professional development plays in our members’ careers, and we continue to develop resources through Science Careers and the MemberCentral portal to address these needs.
EMBL-Wellcome Genome Campus conferences
Through the tremendous advances in the technology of mass spectrometry-based proteomics and its applications, the research has expanded to most areas of biology that deal with proteins. This conference will focus on the application of proteomics to cell biology and unraveling disease mechanisms by addressing conceptually novel ways to study long-standing questions in these fields.