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  • June 25, 2015

    Growing up in El Paso, Texas, in the 1960s and ’70s, Deb Niemeier would watch as the nearby Asarco copper smelter belched its smoky plumes, blanketing the city in a murky haze. Decades later, amid concerns about heightened local levels of lead, zinc, and arsenic, the truth emerged: Asarco had been illegally burning hazardous materials.

    Niemeier, now a AAAS Fellow, says the notorious polluter spurred her career. “It was just so awful,” she says. “That’s probably where it started.” »

  • June 12, 2015

    Most of the thousands of earth-science students geologist David Voorhees has taught over the years haven’t majored in his discipline, or earned degrees in science at all. Nonetheless, he considers them to be his rock-solid success stories. »

  • June 5, 2015

    Long before the nanotech frenzy kicked in, AAAS Fellow Phil Collins was thinking about studying "tiny wires." Now, 30 years after he started toying with the idea, the rise of nanotechnology is creating novel research partnerships, as biologists, engineers—and physicists—seize on its vast possibilities for molecular research. »

  • May 27, 2015

    Being in close quarters during coast-to-coast airline travel can be challenging, but for Georgia Institute of Technology mathematics professor Howie Weiss it’s the prime way to do detective work. »

  • April 24, 2015

    AAAS Fellow Ruth Fischbach may be petite in physical stature, but she is a powerhouse in the field of bioethical science who, after decades of research and teaching, shows no signs of slowing down. Protecting the safety and rights of individuals whose lives may be impacted by medically related discoveries, decisions and research, fuels her passion to keep at it. »