AAAS Fellow Alan P. Boss: Kepler breakdown a sad day
In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, NASA managers for the Kepler Space Telescope announced that their exoplanet hunter had suffered a major blow -- a loss of a second stabilizing (or reaction) wheel.
Winners of 2013 AAAS Student Poster Competition
The 2013 Student Poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting In Boston February 14-18. The student winners' work displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers. The AAAS Poster Sessions provide individuals with an opportunity to present their research, offering an excellent venue for extended informal discussion with meeting attendees. All posters are peer-reviewed, and accepted posters are listed in the AAAS Annual Meeting Poster Book. Abstracts appear on the Annual Meeting Abstract CD, within the Program Book.
Nominations for the 2013 AAAS Mentor Awards
The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards, the Lifetime Mentor Award and the Mentor Award, honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the science and engineering PhD workforce. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities. All nominations are due by July 31, 2013.
2013 AAAS Mass Media Fellows awarded
The 2013 AAAS Science and Engineering Mass Media Fellows have been announced.
Six AAAS members win American Society for Microbiology award
Six AAAS members received awards at the 2013 ASM (American Society for Microbiology) General Meeting. The awards honor those who have greatly contributed to the field of microbiology.
Accepting applications for Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasingly active and important role of neurobiology in advancing our understanding of the functioning of the brain and the nervous system -- a quest that seems destined for dramatic expansion in the coming decades. Deadline for 2013 entries is June 15, 2013.
Questionnaire: Responsibilities of scientists and engineers
Your chance to have your say!
Fill out this short questionnaire from the Ethics and Human Rights Working Group of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition and the AAAS Program on Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law.
AAAS member Leslie Freeman dead at 77
Anthropologist Leslie Freeman, a leading scholar of Paleolithic Spain, died on December 14 in Portland, Oregon. He was 77. Freeman, a member of AAAS and Section H (anthropology), was a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. Freeman made a number of important contributions to the study of the Paleolithic period. He increased scholars’ understanding of Neanderthal technology, subsistence, and other aspects of behavior, beginning with the work for his 1964 doctoral dissertation as a graduate student at UChicago.
Marcia McNutt appointed new Editor-in-Chief of Science
Marcia McNutt, most recently Director of the US Geological Survey, has been appointed the new, full-time Editor-in-Chief of Science. She will begin her tenure at Science on June 1. McNutt will take over the position from Bruce Alberts who decided to step down at the end of his five-year term.
AAAS members awarded new Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Eight AAAS members were awarded the very first Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. There were eleven winners total. Each researcher will receive $3 million, more than twice the maximum amount of a Nobel Prize. The new award was created by several Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, including Arthur Levinson of Apple, venture capitalist Yuri Milner, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, with the aim "to recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life."