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.
AAAS policy fellow makes predictions about tomorrow today
SciCast, the largest known science and technology-focused, crowdsourced forecasting site, is helping experts around the world predict the next big thing—from the development of a 3D-manufactured organ to the start date of clinical trials for implantable cancer monitors.
NextGen VOICES survey: What is the biggest challenge to global scientific collaboration? How should it be addressed?
Answer our latest NextGen VOICES survey and get featured in Science. The questions is: In your experience, what is the biggest challenge to global scientific collaboration? How should it be addressed?
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Grant opportunity for early-career women in chemical sciences
The objective of the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.
AAAS member Charles Swithinbank dies at 87
AAAS member Charles Swithinbank, a glaciologist and polar specialist, died May 27, he was 87 years-old. Swithinbank's achievements at the poles spanned six decades and earned him the distinct honor of "having seen more of Antarctica than any living person," according to The American Polar Society's website.
Remembering AAAS Fellow Lester Robert Morss
AAAS Fellow Lester Robert Morss, 1940-2014, died peacefully at home on June 14. The cause was metastatic ocular melanoma diagnosed in March 2014.
Morss began his scientific career in inorganic chemistry and radiochemistry in research on the actinide elements uranium through californium, achieving a Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley in 1969.
Remembering science communicator Alan Friedman
The scientific community lost one of its leaders in public engagement and experts in informal science education with the passing of physicist Alan Friedman from pancreatic cancer on May 4. He was 71.