AAAS Fellow William Colglazier appointed to new UN advisory committee
AAAS Fellow William Colglazier has been appointed to a new United Nations advisory committee, the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The 10-member group will support the creation and use of innovative technologies for achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, which seeks to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.
Seeking scientists to engage the public on synthetic biology
Interested in engaging the public and getting communication skill support? In the summer of 2016, 200 science museums and other sites across the U.S. will be conducting hands-on activities and forum conversations to engage the public with synthetic biology.
Funded by NSF, the Building with Biology project seeks to encourage information sharing between scientists and members of the public. If you're a student or practicing scientist in synthetic biology or a related field, sign up today to express your interest in participating at a location near you!
Franklin Institute seeks candidates for 2017 Bower Award
The Franklin Institute seeks candidates for the 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. This award is presented annually by institute to an outstanding member of the international scientific community for outstanding work in the basic, applied, or engineering sciences. A gold medal and $250,000 cash prize are bestowed upon the individual selected to receive this distinguished award.
Q&A with AAAS CEO Rush Holt
It’s been nearly a year since retiring U.S. Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) became the 18th Chief Executive Officer of AAAS, succeeding Alan I. Leshner. The former professor of physics and public policy took the reins with characteristic gentility—and zeal about the need for evidence-based decision-making in the halls of Congress, in classrooms, and among an increasingly misinformed pubic.
Experts needed for White House-backed biotech study
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to announce a new consensus study being conducted as part of a White House initiative aimed at modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products.
Science relaunches website
Sciencemag.org, AAAS's online flagship journal, Science, has a brand new look that incorporates many new features as well as existing online elements from the more recent journals in the Science family. The site rolled over on Tuesday, around 1:00 p.m.
AAAS Fellow Francine Berman to join the National Council on the Humanities
Computer scientist and AAAS Fellow Francine Berman has been nominated by President Barack Obama (and confirmed by the United States Senate) to join the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) advisory board, the National Council on the Humanities, it was announced on January 11. Berman will be joined by professor of environmental studies and history Patricia Limerick, and Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program Shelly Lowe.
AAAS Fellows among National Medal of Science/Technology and Innovation winners
Nine AAAS Fellows have been awarded the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation by the president of the United States.
Newly elected AAAS officers announced
AAAS is proud to announce its officers for 2016. These leadership roles include, President-Elect, members of the Board of Directors, the Committee on Nominations, and the officers for the 24 sections. Elections were held from October 19 to November 16, 2015. The new officers will begin their terms on February 16, 2016.
Applications now open for minority science writers internship
The AAAS Pitts Family Foundation Minority Science Writers Internship is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity.