Dan Blustein journeys from marine biology to Hollywood and back again Dan Blustein journeys from marine biology to Hollywood and back again Member Spotlight April 1, 2015 Not every scientist knows exactly what they want to research when they grow up, but AAAS member Dan Blustein is having fun figuring it out. A newly-minted biology Ph.D., Blustein has studied octopi in the Caribbean, built a robotic lobster, written science news articles, and even tried film production in Hollywood. VIDEO: Living on Mars Video March 19, 2015 When humans eventually explore Mars, they will need specialized equipment to conduct research—suits that supply ample oxygen and allow astronauts to move with agility, rovers for long-distance travel, and a home base equipped to house humans for 36 months at a time. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and co-founder of the Mars Institute, who is testing prototye equipment that someday could be used to explore Mars. At the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Lee showed attendees NASA-protypes of Mars space suits and RVs. VIDEO: Writing to get published Video March 16, 2015 Do you know the three C's of crafting a manuscript? According to Raeka Aiyar, communications and engagement manager at Genetics Society of America, they are: centralize, conceptualize and criticize. While getting her Ph.D. in genetics, Aiyar, helped many scientists in her lab prepare manuscripts for publication. Subsequently, she was hired by the lab to continue in this role, where she developed an excellent set of do's and don'ts aimed at increasing a researcher’s odds of getting published. VIDEO: James Kakalios uses comic superheros to teach science Video March 10, 2015 University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios grew up reading comic books. He was a fan of The Flash, Spiderman and The Fantastic Four, among others. In 2001, he taught a freshman seminar that focused on the physics of superheroes as a way to motivate students. The course was wildly popular and lead to his authoring two books on the subject, The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics. Apply for the 2015 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology Monday, March 2, 2015 The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasingly active and important role of neurobiology in advancing our understanding of the functioning of the brain and the nervous system -- a quest that seems destined for dramatic expansion in the coming decades. This international prize, established in 2002, encourages the work of promising young neurobiologists by providing support in the early stages of their careers. Cancer research award application deadline March 15 Cancer research award application deadline March 15 Monday, March 2, 2015 Attention young cancer researchers: the application deadline for the prestigious 2015 AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award has been extended to 15 March, 2015. Pat Marsteller takes hands-on STEM mentoring to new heights Pat Marsteller takes hands-on STEM mentoring to new heights Member Spotlight March 2, 2015 Emory University biology professor Patricia Marsteller makes it clear to students of all ages that they can change the world at any time. And it doesn’t have to be a big gesture. VIDEO: The study of scallop evolution Video January 30, 2015 AAAS Fellow Thomas R. Waller, 77, is a curator of mollusks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. By examining both fossilized and living specimens of molluscan class Bivalvia (clams, scallops, oysters) under the microscope, Waller takes notes on morphology, looking for evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms. 5 Things About Me: Biologist Ruth Welti 5 Things About Me: Biologist Ruth Welti Member Spotlight December 2, 2014 Biologist and coffee lover Ruth Welti enjoys spending time with plants in the lab where she studies their stress responses—and in her garden where she goes to relax. Be sure to check out her daughter’s amazing rap video on water bears! Oliver Hankinson is rediscovering the joy of conducting his own experiments Oliver Hankinson is rediscovering the joy of conducting his own experiments Member Spotlight November 11, 2014 If you're a smoker, you could spend just half an hour talking with Oliver Hankinson, and you might reconsider your habit. If you like the occasional well-cooked burger, you might reconsider that choice, too.