Is U.S. involvement in the ISS changing? Following comments from Russian official, is U.S. involvement in the ISS changing? Capitol Connection June 4, 2014 Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin caused quite a stir earlier this month when he made statements implying that Russia would not continue using the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020. The comments are widely thought to be fallout from U.S. sanctions against Russia and prominent Russian officials, including Rogozin, in the wake of Russia's actions in the Ukraine. The comments brought into question whether the 13-year U.S. and Russian ISS partnership, which historically has been spared from political conflict, could be in jeopardy. Your chance to be featured in Science Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Answer this question: If you had 5 extra hours per week to devote to advocacy for science, how would you use that time? at Make sure to enter by the 14th February.  A selection of the best responses will be published in the April 4th issue of Science. See results from the last survey at Rebuilding science at USAID Rebuilding science at USAID Capitol Connection January 7, 2014 Friday, December 13th proved especially unlucky this year at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It was Alex Dehgan’s last day as chief scientist, and marked the end of a four-year tenure at the agency during which he made extraordinary progress in reestablishing the role of science within foreign policy and foreign assistance. Embedding scientists in embassies Embedding scientists in embassies Driving Force December 20, 2013 Sometimes a scientific adventure takes place outside of the lab. Imagine being dropped into a U.S. embassy in a distant land with a few months to solve a technical problem, working with local counterparts to implement the solution, and then being whisked back home. This is the experience of dozens of federally employed scientists each year who are awarded an Embassy Science Fellowship (ESF). Study determines which psychology findings are replicable Study determines which psychology findings are replicable Driving Force December 18, 2013 Would famous psychology experiments return the same results when performed on a larger and more diverse group of people? The results from the “Many Labs” Replication Project—which aimed to test just this—are now out and openly available online. They are quite interesting. Council elects 388 new AAAS Fellows Council elects 388 new AAAS Fellows Monday, November 25, 2013 The AAAS Council has elected 388 members as Fellows of AAAS for the year 2013. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago, which will take place February 13 to 17. Learn more about this exciting new class on AAAS's website. Mexico's legislators propose taxing fatty and sugary foods [copy SF] Mexico's legislators propose taxing fatty and sugary foods Capitol Connection November 26, 2013 When placed in the context of the continuously debated Affordable Care Act, Mexico’s recent legislation aimed at taxing high-calorie, low-nutrition foods seems like a drastically overreaching federal initiative. However, President Peña Nieto’s call for more daily exercise and other tax initiatives to battle “a real overweight and obesity epidemic” should be lauded. Senate begins work on the COMPETES Act Senate begins work on the COMPETES Act Capitol Connection November 7, 2013 On November 6, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to examine federal science funding and its impact on the U.S. economy. This marked the Senate’s first step in the needed reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act—the signature law that boosts federal support for science research and STEM education. VIDEO: Preventing mass violence: Hamburg-Lugar Q&A Video July 10, 2013 This Q&A on preventing mass violence, features psychiatrist-physician David Hamburg, Senator Richar Lugar and AAAS CEO Alan Leshner. Hamburg and Lugar took part in a talk focusing on Hamburg's peace efforts over the course of his career which he used to write the book Give Peace a Chance, co-authored with his son Eric Hamburg. VIDEO: Building international cooperation for non-proliferation, a talk by Sen. Richard Lugar Video July 10, 2013 Senator Richard Lugar has been a leader in reducing the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In 1991, he forged a bipartisan partnership with then-Senate Armed Services Chairman Sam Nunn to destroy these weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. To date, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated more than 7,600 nuclear warheads that were once aimed at the United States.