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. Geography Professor David López-Carr 5 Things About Me: Geography Professor David López-Carr Member Spotlight October 27, 2015 As a geographer, David López-Carr explores the relationships between humans and their environments. He has studied migration and deforestation in Guatemala and Ecuador, climate change and malnutrition in Mali, the behavior of lobster fishermen in California and Mexico, perceptions of environmental change in Mexico and French Polynesia, and several other fascinating topics. Read on to discover the book that inspired his research interests and what he would do if he were president for a day.  The Leshner Leadership Institute webinar, call for nominations Podcast September 9, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm This informational webinar from AAAS discusses the importance of public engagement and how the Leshner Leadership Institute is preparing mid-career scientists to serve as public engagement leaders in their communities. Environmental Policy Professor Ann Bostrom 5 Things About Me: Environmental Policy Professor Ann Bostrom Member Spotlight March 25, 2015 Environmental policy professor Ann Bostrom studies the best ways to communicate risk—whether it be from natural disasters, vaccines, or climate change. Her work is fueled by her curiosity, a drive to help others. She has eclectic musical tastes—from Daft Punk to Bach to the Kronos Quartet—and she once had a pet tarantula. Astronomer Lynn Cominsky 5 Things About Me: Astronomer Lynn Cominsky Member Spotlight February 25, 2015 Lynn Cominsky is dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists. Her group has helped to train over 65,000 teachers in innovative ways to teach astrophysics. When she’s not working, she enjoys caring for a menagerie of animals at her ranch and launching rockets in the desert.   Two AAAS members selected as Leopold Leadership Fellows for 2015 Wednesday, January 14, 2015 AAAS members Steven Hallam and Heather Leslie, have been selected as Leopold Leadership Fellows for 2015. Hallam is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Genomics in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. Leslie is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. They are among the 20 mid-career academic environmental researchers named as fellows this year. Andrew Fountain’s love affair with glaciers Andrew Fountain examines the inner workings of glaciers Member Spotlight December 17, 2014 When AAAS Fellow Andrew Fountain began studying glaciers more than 30 years ago, his research area was considered by many to be a bit of an oddity. These days that’s all changed. 5 Things About Me: Micropaleontologist/Paleoceanographer Ellen Thomas 5 Things About Me: Micropaleontologist/Paleoceanographer Ellen Thomas Member Spotlight December 12, 2014 Despite being told that women do not study geology, micropaleontologist Ellen Thomas did just that. She studies deep-sea fossils to reconstruct past periods of rapid global climate change—knowledge that can be used to predict how current and future climate change will impact marine ecosystems. Besides getting muddy in the field, Thomas enjoys music and books and even has a book recommendation for fellow AAAS members.