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

  • July 23, 2014

    Growing up sailing on a lake near his Connecticut home, AAAS fellow and biogeochemical limnologist James Elser dreamed of a career that would let him work in the great outdoors. But it wasn't until he took a summer field course and discovered liminology, a whole science devoted to lakes and the things that live in them, that he knew where to set sail. »

  • July 23, 2014

    Particle theorist Elizabeth Simmons discovered her passion for physics as a high schooler in a summer astronomy program. Simmons enjoys fencing, baking bread, and appreciating great art—when she’s not working as a scholar, educator or dean. »

  • July 17, 2014

    AAAS Fellow Linda Billings has a unique job that combines her love of science and her background as a journalist. When she isn't busy consulting about communication issues for NASA's astrobiology and near-Earth object programs, she can be found listening to Jimi Hendrix or Lila Downs.  »

  • July 14, 2014

    Sometimes scientific data can be used to tell both sides of a story. Sometimes it’s the very thing that bridges divided interests, offering real-world solutions that speak where words have failed.

    AAAS member Tim McClanahan was banking on that in 1994 when he invited a disgruntled group of traditional Kenyan fishermen to meet with him and marine resource managers to try to hash out new fisheries management practices.

    He was stepping into the middle of a fire storm. »

  • July 8, 2014

    Two things made research on the neuron possible at the cellular level, notes neuroscientist and AAAS Fellow Scott Brady — the squid, and video-enhanced contrast microscopy, which debuted in the early 1980s. »