Two AAAS members awarded Kavli Prize Thursday, May 31, 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. 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! 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. 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. 5 Things About Me: Professor of History Alan Rocke 5 Things About Me: Professor of History Alan Rocke Member Spotlight October 9, 2015 Science historian Alan Rocke started off as a “science kid” growing up near Chicago. Now he is an expert on the history of chemistry. Rocke shares his love of science with his students by presenting the societal context in which scientific discoveries were made. While on vacation, he likes to do research for a course he teaches on the history of food.    Two AAAS members awarded 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Two AAAS members awarded 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Tuesday, October 6, 2015 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 was awarded jointly to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar "for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information. Their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the development of new cancer treatments," according to the official annoucement on the Nobel website. Both Lindahl and Modrich are members of AAAS. Enter the 2015 Green Talents Competition Enter the 2015 Green Talents Competition Monday, May 18, 2015 The Green Talents Competition of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is searching for up-and-coming scientists in the field of sustainable development. Selected as one of the 25 awardees you are invited to visit the hot spots of German sustainability research and establish a unique network with peers and experts. The 2015 award includes: 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.