Two AAAS members awarded Kavli Prize Friday, June 1, 2012 Every two years the Kavli Prize is awarded to scientists who work in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. In 2012 seven scientists were awarded the prize, including two members of AAAS: Ann M. Graybiel (neuroscience prize) and Mildred S. Dresselhaus (nanoscience prize) of M.I.T. 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 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. Alan Mix Alan Mix, tiny shells and climate tipping points Member Spotlight May 13, 2016 Illuminated on the tray directly under Alan Mix’s magnifying lens are what appear to be tiny piles of white sand. Magnified, that “sand” is revealed to be minuscule and perfectly formed spiral shells, microscopic fossils that are Mix’s ticket back in time. Mary Lidstrom in her lab Mary Lidstrom wants to turn methane into something useful Member Spotlight June 6, 2016 Back in the 1970s, Mary Lidstrom was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, getting ready to work with a professor who focused on bacteria that cause plant tumors. Instead, he talked her into joining his newer research with microbes that live on single-carbon compounds. Computer scientist, bioengineer, and professor Erik Winfree Erik Winfree studies the computational components of DNA Member Spotlight April 7, 2016 When you first visit Erik Winfree's lab, where researchers study how to write algorithms and program the behavior of molecules, it's hard to know what to expect. After all, when Winfree looks at the code that underlies DNA, he sees a programming language. Melanie Mayes digs deep to explain soil’s complex role in climate change Melanie Mayes digs deep to explain soil’s role in climate change Member Spotlight March 7, 2016 At Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, soils scientist Melanie Mayes wants to understand the critical role soil plays in climate change. “We have a really good idea about what’s going on in the atmosphere; a pretty good idea what’s going on in the ocean; and then the land is a mess!” she said. VIDEO: Advice from AAAS lifetime mentor honoree Saundra Yancy McGuire Video February 24, 2016 Each year, AAAS honors individuals who, during their careers, demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. One of those individuals is Saundra Yancy McGuire, recipient of the 2015 AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement. McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. 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. 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. 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!