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. Earth from space AAAS climate change resources for STEM professionals, public Monday, April 18, 2016 April 22 marks another Earth Day in the shadow of knowledge that our planet is undergoing some increasingly visible changes. With a record El Niño stacked on top of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions, 2015 smashed all previous temperature records by a blowout margin. Global average temperatures for the year were 0.9°C over the 20th century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—the fourth time in this young century that a new high mark has been set. VIDEO: AAAS Colloquium Series: Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals Video March 29, 2016 Last September, the United Nations member countries approved 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as their 2030 Agenda for guiding the world over the next 15 years. In January, AAAS Fellow E. Oceanographer Kendra Daly studies key Antarctic food source Kendra Daly studies key Antarctic food source Member Spotlight March 11, 2016 Researching zooplankton ecology in the most extreme ocean environments on the planet has taught AAAS Fellow Kendra Daly a thing or two about field work. She has spent so many days at sea that it adds up to nine years, almost a quarter of her career as a biological oceanographer. And no matter the location, one thing holds true—field work doesn’t always go as planned. 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. Janet Franklin adds ecological complexity to the climate change map Janet Franklin adds complexity to the climate change map Member Spotlight February 22, 2016 Biogeographer Janet Franklin investigates how species, mostly trees and other plants, are distributed across landscapes. For much of her career this appeared to be a tame scientific inquiry, a mere accounting of how plants naturally fell on an unchanging—or at least, very slowly changing—map. Then everything switched. 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.