Karin Rodland, surveying cancer’s biological landscape Karin Rodland, surveying cancer’s biological landscape Member Spotlight November 18, 2015 When AAAS Fellow Karin Rodland pilots her Cessna 182 Skylane, she gains both altitude and perspective, using patterns on the landscape for orientation in the immense, empty sky. Back in her lab, Rodland’s research is also guided by patterns. Her goal is to survey the big biological picture and zero in on cancer before it spreads. Three AAAS members awarded 'Breakthrough Prize' Two AAAS members awarded 'Breakthrough Prize' Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Two AAAS members were among a group of outstanding researchers recently awarded $3 million each in this year's "Breakthrough Prize," given to scientists who are making fundamental discoveries about the universe, life and the mind. Helen Hobbs and Svante Pääbo were recipients of the Life Sciences award, which honors "transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life." VIDEO: Meshing math and field research to address challenges in conservation biology Video October 19, 2015 In the Fagan Lab at the University of Maryland, mathematics and computational techniques—along with field research—are being used to understand questions about plant and animal populations and how they interact with one another. It's an effort to address matters in ecology and conservation biology. Biologist and AAAS Fellow Bill Fagan leads the lab. His team of researchers have several projects focusing on how animal populations move and spread across a landscape. A wide variety of species are studied, ranging from Mongolian gazelles to tiny weevils.  In this video, Fagan and three of his team introduce us to their work. Stand Up to Cancer research grants offer up to $750,000 in funding Stand Up to Cancer research grants offer up to $750,000 in funding Monday, October 12, 2015 The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is now accepting submissions of ideas for the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Innovative Research Grants that offer up to $750,000 in research funding to 10 grantees. The grant provides three years of funding to early-career scientists whose novel, high-risk, high-reward cancer research proposals have significant potential for translational application and hold great promise for advancing SU2C’s overarching goal of improving and saving the lives of patients. The application deadline is November 13, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. ET. George Djorgovski looks for knowledge hidden in data George Djorgovski looks for knowledge hidden in data Member Spotlight October 6, 2015 When you sit down to talk with an astronomer, you might expect to learn about galaxies, gravity, quasars or spectroscopy. George Djorgovski could certainly talk about all those topics. But Djorgovski, a professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, would prefer to talk about data. Peter Ungar talks teeth Talking teeth with paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar Podcast September 30, 2015 Chew, mash, crunch, grind... oh, the things we do with our teeth! AAAS Fellow Peter Ungar finds teeth facinating, "the product of half a billion years of evolution." Ungar is a paleoanthropologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Arkansas. Craig Packer's 'Lions in the Balance' reading Craig Packer chronicles lion conservation in new book Podcast September 13, 2015 The public outcry over the killing of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, by a Minnesota dentist, has brought new attention to trophy hunting in a time when wildlife is under increased pressure from human population expansion. While not yet classified as endangered, African lion populations have declined by 42 percent over the past 21 years, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The major causes: habitat loss, poaching and commercial hunting. Daniel Cosgrove is revising the cell-wall model Daniel Cosgrove is revising the cell-wall model Member Spotlight August 20, 2015 AAAS Fellow Daniel Cosgrove faced a dilemma in 1992 while studying plant cell walls. The data were just not adding up. He and his team were investigating the structure of plant cell walls, looking for an enzyme that was believed to be responsible for loosening the cell wall, enabling plants to grow into long blades of grass or towering redwoods. What they found, however, was not an enzyme at all. It was a protein, which they named expansin, that loosens the connections between some cellulose microfibrils. Jessica Hebert has a passion for placental research ... and pirates? Jessica Hebert has a passion for placental research ... and pirates? Member Spotlight July 20, 2015 Poets have called it the tree of life. To some healers it is a spirit offering or sacred medicine. In Latin, its name means “cake” –- an apt description perhaps, given the recent celebrity trend to consume it in smoothies. Consider the placenta.  “It’s a confusing thing for most people to understand what on earth this weird blob of tissue is that comes out after the baby,” says researcher Jessica Hebert. “Think of this: It’s the only temporary organ that humans make and it’s responsible for transporting blood and nutrients and waste to and from the baby.” Call for nominations: ARCHES Awards 2015 Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Call for Nominations: ARCHES Awards 2015 For German-Israeli Cooperation in the Field of Life SciencesDeadline for Nominations: 12 June 2015 ARCHEs is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and administered by Minerva, a subsidiary of the Max Planck SocietyProgramme Information: http://www.minerva.mpg.de/arches/