Liyuan Liang uncovers mercury's secrets Liyuan Liang uncovers mercury's secrets Member Spotlight February 8, 2016 Mercury, in liquid form, was once widely used in thermometers, dental fillings, and electronics. But the recognition that it can cause damage to the brain, immune system and developing embryos, has greatly reduced its use in most consumer products. Yet it remains a serious threat to human health because of the release of high levels of mercury into the environment by industry during the past 100 years. Seeking scientists to engage the public on synthetic biology Seeking scientists to engage the public on synthetic biology Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Interested in engaging the public and getting communication skill support? In the summer of 2016, 200 science museums and other sites across the U.S. will be conducting hands-on activities and forum conversations to engage the public with synthetic biology. Funded by NSF, the Building with Biology project seeks to encourage information sharing between scientists and members of the public. If you're a student or practicing scientist in synthetic biology or a related field, sign up today to express your interest in participating at a location near you! Franklin Institute seeks candidates for 2017 Bower Award Franklin Institute seeks candidates for 2017 Bower Award Wednesday, January 20, 2016 The Franklin Institute seeks candidates for the 2017 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. This award is presented annually by institute to an outstanding member of the international scientific community for outstanding work in the basic, applied, or engineering sciences. A gold medal and $250,000 cash prize are bestowed upon the individual selected to receive this distinguished award. Experts needed for White House-backed biotech study Tuesday, January 12, 2016 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to announce a new consensus study being conducted as part of a White House initiative aimed at modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products. The Markup: The omnibus spending bill for FY 2016 Podcast January 11, 2016 - 1:00pm - 1:16pm Back in December, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law. It was good news for research and development appropriations as most science agencies saw their funding boosted back to pre-sequestration budget levels, even adjusted for inflation. In the latest edition of The Markup with Matt Hourihan, AAAS’s lead R&D budget analyst reviews expenditures for FY 2016 and highlights some of the big winners; NASA, NIH, and more! Science relaunches website Science relaunches website Tuesday, January 12, 2016, AAAS's online flagship journal, Science, has a brand new look that incorporates many new features as well as existing online elements from the more recent journals in the Science family. The site rolled over on Tuesday, around 1:00 p.m. VIDEO: AAAS Colloquium Series: Honey bee talk with entomologist May Berenbaum Video December 28, 2015 It started back in 2006. Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies across North America were abandoning their hives en masse, in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The scientific community mobilized to study these mysterious die-offs and find the culprit. May Berenbaum is professor and head of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is one of the world’s preeminent entomologists. She's taken part in numerous CCD studies in the past nine years. In this video, she discusses what the scientific community has learned about the loss of honey bees and the many potential causes for their disappearance. U.S.-Polish scientific cooperation award seeks nominations U.S.-Polish scientific cooperation award seeks nominations Thursday, December 10, 2015 The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) are pleased to announce an opening call for nominations in the second edition of the Poland – U.S. Science Award. The award addresses outstanding scientific achievements in any field of science accomplished in American-Polish scientific cooperation and is granted jointly to two researchers on the basis of a competition. The Award amounts to $5,000 for each of the researchers. Sam Wasser, fighting to save Africa’s elephants Sam Wasser, fighting to save Africa’s elephants Member Spotlight December 16, 2015 In 1983, biologist Sam Wasser and a small team were conducting field research near the Selous Game Reserve in southeast Tanzania when they came upon a grisly scene: a “kill site.” The forest floor was covered in dried blood. In the carnage, Wasser noticed two elephant teeth: one a large tooth from an adult elephant, the other, a small tooth from a baby elephant. This puzzled him. Collectors have longed prized adult elephants’ ivory tusks. But why the baby, whose meager ivory certainly wasn’t worth the poachers’ time? Then it hit him. Karin Rodland, surveying cancer’s biological landscape Karin Rodland survey's cancer’s 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.