Presidential STEM awards program accepting nominations
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is seeking nominations for exceptional mathematics or science teachers who are currently teaching grades K-6 for the 2014 award year. Nominations for this award year will close on April 15. To submit a nomination for an exceptional K-6 teacher, complete the nomination form available on the PAEMST website, and submit the teacher’s name, email address and school contact information. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org.
EPiQS experimental investigator competition launched
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced a new experimental investigator program within its Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EpiQS) initiative. The experimental investigator program aims to boost discovery-driven research in the physics of quantum materials by providing a group of leading experimental scientists with substantial, flexible funding that gives them the freedom to explore and, if needed, change research directions. The experimental investigator awards will focus on people, rather than particular research topics, materials or techniques, and the awards are expected to relieve some of the leading scientists in the field from pressures and constraints of the current funding environment, thus maximizing their creativity. The investigators will become part of the EPiQS integrated research program that will involve experimental investigations, materials synthesis, theoretical research and a variety of collaboration- and community-building activities.
National conference shows underrepresented researchers making strides
There is some serious brain power going on here.
More than 650 student researchers from around the nation have poured into a Washington, D.C., hotel to network and show off their work. Rows of posters celebrate undergraduate research on cancer, robotics—even underwater communication. There are 70 graduate students giving oral and poster presentations on topics from hairy nanoparticles to quantum turbulence.
Volunteer opportunity for the USA Science and Engineering Festival
AAAS is seeking 15 to 20 engaging scientists to speak with local high school students during a one-hour Meet the Scientist/Engineer event being held during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
Nominate an outstanding female statistician for award
The Section on Statistical Genetics and the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are pleased to request nominations for the Thirteenth Annual Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Statistical Sciences. The award will be conferred on Wednesday 9/10/2014. The award recipient will be invited to deliver a lecture at the UAB award ceremony, and will receive all expenses, the award, and a $5,000 prize.
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.