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 Sciencemag.org, 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. Profile: AAAS Fellow Taft Broome Taft Broome takes hero journeys in engineering Member Spotlight January 6, 2016 Taft Broome remembers his first day as a field engineer. It was the summer of 1966 and he'd just graduated from Howard University. A half-hour after his fellow engineers left him alone in the job site trailer, a fleet of concrete trucks arrived and a driver demanded Broome instruct him where to pour the cement. With barely an hour of experience in the “field,” he was flustered. 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. 2016 Tech-I Competition seeks entrepreneurs, apply today 2016 Tech-I Competition seeks entrepreneurs, apply today Thursday, December 10, 2015 The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program is implementing a competition as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative (GISTNetwork.org). Driving Force AAAS blog Talking to foreign-born STEM faculty about diversity Driving Force September 22, 2015 I recently participated in a workshop hosted by PROMISE, the State of Maryland’s NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. Among the various presentations and small group discussions during the day, one stood out for its message—and its simplicity. I call it “the talk” because it resembles the “birds and the bees” conversation that many parents dread having. It's a talk about the biases we all have that may unconsciously lead to favoring certain students over. Sensitive, but necessary. Capitol Connection blog A data challenge for materials science Capitol Connection September 28, 2015 Spurred by a 2013 White House memo, federal science agencies are requiring researchers to make more and more of their data publicly available. The scientific value of these data sets remains uncertain, however. Are there discoveries sitting out in the open, waiting for someone with the right set of analysis tools to dig them out? S&T policy fellowship opportunities for engineering, computer science and/or math applicants Podcast July 30, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Are you interested in connecting your background in engineering, computer science and/or math to public policy? Want to transform your career by using your training to address societal challenges? Watch this webinar and learn more about the fellowships.