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.
Interview with Breakthrough Prize-winning neurologist and AAAS Fellow Mahlon DeLong
Emory University neurologist and AAAS Fellow Mahlon DeLong was one of six scientists awarded a $3 million Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize in December 2013. DeLong received the award for his work studying the brain circuits involved in Parkinson’s disease. AAAS MemberCentral blogger Summer Allen interviewed DeLong about his research, his reaction to winning the prize, and his advice for young scientists.
AAAS members selected 'most influential' by TheBestSchools.org
Twenty-three AAAS members were amongst the scientists selected as "The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today," by TheBestSchools.org, "a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree," according to Wayne Downs, the site's managing editor.
AAAS members needed for educational videos
Want to be featured in a major media outlet's new batch of educational videos? They are creating 100 3-minute science videos for high schoolers on advanced science topics, aimed at above-average high school science students. The videos will be incorporated into the media outlet's online educational assets and distributed to schools and educators via their websites and outreach. Topic areas include physics, chemistry and earth science.