Get to know your fellow AAAS members through profiles, special features and our 5 Things About Me series.

  • April 7, 2016

    When you first visit Erik Winfree's lab, where researchers study how to write algorithms and program the behavior of molecules, it's hard to know what to expect. After all, when Winfree looks at the code that underlies DNA, he sees a programming language. »

  • April 5, 2016

    J-Petrina McCarty-Puhl
    Teacher, Robert McQueen High School, Reno, Nevada

    Background: McCarty-Puhl teaches Advanced Placement biology and forensic science. She has been a teacher for 26 years and holds a Bachelor's degree in Geology, and two Master's degrees, one in curriculum and instruction and the other in forensic investigation. She has been nationally board-certified since 2001, and has received several national, state, and local awards including the Presidential Excellence Award for Secondary Science Teaching, Nevada State Teacher of the Year Award, and the Nevada Excellence in Environmental Education Award. »

  • March 18, 2016

    For Kate Vogel, science has been all about connections—the ties that bind muscle to bone, and linking more women to careers in biology.

    In three decades as a professor at the University of New Mexico, the AAAS Lifetime Member devoted much of her time to studying the biochemistry of tendons. And as a scientist, instructor and administrator, she devoted herself to encouraging and mentoring other women who wanted to follow her path into the laboratory. »

  • March 11, 2016

    Researching zooplankton ecology in the most extreme ocean environments on the planet has taught AAAS Fellow Kendra Daly a thing or two about field work. She has spent so many days at sea that it adds up to nine years, almost a quarter of her career as a biological oceanographer. And no matter the location, one thing holds true—field work doesn’t always go as planned. »

  • March 7, 2016

    At Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, soils scientist Melanie Mayes wants to understand the critical role soil plays in climate change.

    “We have a really good idea about what’s going on in the atmosphere; a pretty good idea what’s going on in the ocean; and then the land is a mess!” she said. »