Be a scientist-citizen with Climate Voices
The sooner we act, the better our chances are for stopping or even reversing human-caused climate change. In order for this to happen, the public needs to be informed about the possible ramifications of human-caused climate change and what can be done to prevent them.
A new project, Climate Voices, is dedicated to connecting scientists with the public by planning engaging conversations about these issues all across the country. AAASMC blogger Summer Allen recently interviewed Cindy Schmidt, who runs Climate Voices.
Kids flock to science experiments at White House Easter Egg Roll
It didn’t seem to matter much that the First Lady was just steps away, giving a healthy food demonstration. Or that First Dogs Bo and Sunny were lapping up attention on the South Lawn of the White House.
The kids that flocked to the Eggsperiment Zone were on a pressing mission: to build a better boat.
In a day that saw some 30,000 visitors visit the White House for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll, AAAS’s hands-on science activity stations drew children large and small.
NextGen VOICES survey: Most challenging ethical question facing young investigators
What is the most challenging ethical question facing young investigators in your field? How should it be addressed?
To submit, go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NG11otThe submission deadline is 16 May. A selection of the best responses will be published in the 4 July issue.See results from the last survey at http://scim.ag/NextGen10Results.
Follow NextGen on twitter with hashtag #NextGenSci.
Upcoming installation 'Gedankenexperiment' seeks artwork
The Washington Sculptors Group and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seek entries for an art installation that will be hosted at AAAS headquarters, in Washington, D.C. from June 16 to August 22. Titled 'Gedankenexperiment,' this exhibit is inspired by Albert Einstein's unique approach of using conceptual rather than actual experiments in creating the theory of relativity. Applicants will consider some scientific/mathematical theory, hypothesis, or principle as their inspiration and externalize these thought experiments in a sculptural expression. Entries are not limited to traditional methodology. Non-traditional ideas and broad interpretations of "Gedankenexperiment" are encouraged. Audio-visual and performance art will be considered with the understanding that the artist will supply all his/her own equipment.
All applicants are encouraged to explore the many interpretations of "Gedankenexperiment" in order to submit relevant work.
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.