VIDEO: AAAS Colloquium Series: Leadership Lessons from Confronting Crises Video May 24, 2016 Leadership skills are often honed in the crucible of crisis, for issues ranging from a budget meltdown to a natural disaster. Science Editor-in-Chief and president-elect, National Academy of Sciences, Marcia McNutt is no stranger to crisis management—during her years helming the the USGS, she was known as the "master of disaster." In this AAAS Colloquium Talk, she gives examples of lessons she has gained from her career of fighting oil spills, responding to earthquakes, reinventing institutions, and even combating scientific misconduct. Functions of failure Driving Force May 23, 2016 In the 1960s, British biologist Peter Medawar wrote in The Listener magazine what was later broadcast by the BBC in a series of scientific case histories. Its provocative title: Is the Scientific Paper a Fraud? Its thesis: It misrepresents the process of thought that gives rise to the work described in the paper.  Trellis Connect with members via Trellis, AAAS's new communication and collaboration platform Wednesday, May 18, 2016 In an effort to become a multimedia, multiplatform science communication enterprise, rather than a print-centric publisher, AAAS recently invested in the creation of a new science communication tool known as Trellis. The goal is to better enable the scientific community to connect across disciplines, affiliations, and geographies in order to communicate and work together more effectively. Scientists’ self-promotion in an age of social media Driving Force May 16, 2016 Nearly 30 years ago, Eugene Garfield, the altmetrician of science who invented citation analysis (or bibliometrics, the foreunner of journal impact factors and h-factors) asked, “Is there room in science for self-promotion? Of certain innocuous varieties that are merely extensions of unconventional individuals, I surely hope so. Members of the scientific community can exhibit tolerance toward such colleagues.” AAAS launches e-learning Career Development Center AAAS launches e-learning Career Development Center Monday, May 2, 2016 AAAS has always understood the importance that professional development plays in our members’ careers, and we continue to develop resources through Science Careers and the MemberCentral portal to address these needs. New vs. traditional collaboration Driving Force May 5, 2016 I recently participated in a three-day online “engagement” with 21 others who serve as faculty at an assortment of higher education institutions (two-year to research university). All of us were vetted through LinkedIn for experience, professional standing, and presumably the diversity of our network. The company hosting this potpourri, which shall remain anonymous, seeks to develop novel web-based tools that scholars would use if they existed. Just what those tools should be, all in the remote learning genre, was the purpose of our conversation. What are my career options in national defense? Ask A Member April 26, 2016 Q: A Master’s Student asks:  I have an undergraduate biology degree and research experience. I am going to school for a Master's in biodefense (policy and emergency management). I have experience in research and in industry and some of it is applicable for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) policy and hands-on practice. What are my employment options in either the federal government or academia, and where should I look? Should I continue on for a Ph.D. before getting a job? If so what should I get it in? March 2016 issue of SB&F March 2016 issue of SB&F Download March 17, 2016 To recognize Women’s History Month, SB&F’s March issue reprises our evolving list of books about Women in Science. Our list contains books for all ages and we endeavor to select titles that reflect a broad range of topics. Some of the books are traditional biographies while others are narrative nonfiction stories that highlight women scientists conducting their scientific research in settings ranging from the field to the lab. Women in STEM under siege? Women in STEM under siege? Driving Force March 22, 2016 The revelations brought to light earlier this year by Scientific American could lead to the conclusion that STEM may be bad for your health—if you are a woman. The magazine wrote: “The problem is not only outright sexual harassment—it is a culture of exclusion and unconscious bias that leaves many women feeling demoralized, marginalized and unsure.” AAAS's Shirley Malcom to receive public service award AAAS's Shirley Malcom to receive public service award Wednesday, March 16, 2016 The American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning, has awarded Shirley Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS, with the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award.  This award is granted annually by AERA in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well-grounded in education research, and someone who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research. Malcom will be honored at AERA's awards luncheon on April 10 in Washington, D.C.