AAAS CEO praises neuroscience initiatives in appropriations testimony
The Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) held a hearing on February 27 where AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner gave testimony on the federal government’s role in neuroscience research. Brain research has progressed at an "explosive rate" since Leshner's own days a neurosist. He praised the array of major multi-sector neuroscience initiatives like the European Commission's Human Brain Project, and the U.S. government's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project as game changers that will yield countless new understandings about the brain.
AAAS Fellow Karl Gschneidner receives the Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award
AAAS Fellow Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was recently honored with the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science. Gschneidner was selected for the award by an international panel of judges appointed by the Acta Materialia board of governors, according to an Ames Lab press release provided to AAAS MemberCentral.
2014 Annual Meeting: Exploring the many effects of mother’s milk
When mammalian mothers produce milk for their babies, they provide more than just food. Mother’s milk also helps develop an infant’s immune system and contains signaling molecules that program how a baby will grow and respond to stressful situations. Harvard human evolutionary biology professor Katie Hinde studies these signaling molecules and presented her findings at the 2014 AAAS annual meeting.
2014 Annual Meeting: Exploring science fiction and science
What is the connection between science and science fiction? Are television shows like "Battlestar Galactica" and "Dr. Who" inspiring the next generation of scientists? Professor Lawrence Krauss explored these issues at the 2014 Annual Meeting in his talk, “Physics of the Future,” which was part of the symposium titled, "Where's My Flying Car?
2014 Annual Meeting: Using natural resources to help agriculture respond to climate change
Farmers depend on natural resources—particularly water and nutrient-rich soil— to grow their food and feed the planet. Climate change is already changing the availability of these resources and farmers now need to explore new techniques and technologies to make their crops sustainable. AAASMC blogger Summer Allen interviewed Jerry Hatfield who presented his research on the role of natural resources in agriculture at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting.
2014 Annual Meeting: Exploring the science of food addiction
Obesity is a serious problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of adults are obese—putting them at risk for life-threatening health complications like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
2014 Annual Meeting: Finding dark matter with light
It has long been hypothesized that a large portion of the universe is comprised of dark matter, although it remains elusive and unseen. Through its gravitational interactions with stars and gas, we can deduce that galaxies are swaddled in vast clouds of the stuff. Unfortunately, its tendency to interact very weakly, if at all, with ordinary matter makes it extremely difficult to examine experimentally. It’s never been observed any way other than through its gravitational pull.
2014 Annual Meeting: Science festivals offer outreach on a massive scale
Even in the age of the Internet, many science communicators are finding that the best way to connect with people is in person. Science festivals are a way to do public outreach on a massive scale. There are more than one hundred large festivals each year, many of which attract crowds in the tens of thousands.
2014 Annual Meeting: Big data and effective urbanization
“For the first time in history, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas,” notes Steven Koonin, director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. Koonin was one of the speakers at the seminar titled, "A New Era for Urban Research: Open Data and Big Computation," Saturday, Feb. 15 at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting.
2014 Annual Meeting: How to start sharing your science on social media
Some scientists have taken to social media like flies to honey, while others are more reticent. Social media maven Danielle Lee, Ph.D. is a role model for scientists looking to expand their social media presence and will give presentations at the upcoming AAAS meeting about how to get started in social media and how to raise STEM awarness in under-served audiences. AAASMC's Summer Allen spoke to Lee about what scientists can expect from social media and how to get started.