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. High School Student Vikrant Sharma 5 Things About Me: High school sophomore Vikrant Sharma Member Spotlight August 18, 2015 Vikrant Sharma will be a high school sophomore in a few weeks, but he’s already making big strides in computer science. He developed a novel machine learning algorithm and presented this work at the AAAS Pacific meeting. Read on to learn what he thinks about artificial intelligence, global warming, and Richard Feynman.  Mark G. Jackson is a champion of discoveries yet to come Mark G. Jackson is a champion of discoveries yet to come Member Spotlight July 7, 2015 Physicists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene, well-known for their efforts to bring physics to the masses via television and new media, may soon have another “popularizer” amongst their ranks. Meet theoretical physicist and AAAS member Mark G. Jackson, who recently traded in equations and theorems to devote himself to promoting physics and research on a global scale. VIDEO: Living on Mars Video March 19, 2015 When humans eventually explore Mars, they will need specialized equipment to conduct research—suits that supply ample oxygen and allow astronauts to move with agility, rovers for long-distance travel, and a home base equipped to house humans for 36 months at a time. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and co-founder of the Mars Institute, who is testing prototye equipment that someday could be used to explore Mars. At the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Lee showed attendees NASA-protypes of Mars space suits and RVs. VIDEO: Writing to get published Video March 16, 2015 Do you know the three C's of crafting a manuscript? According to Raeka Aiyar, communications and engagement manager at Genetics Society of America, they are: centralize, conceptualize and criticize. While getting her Ph.D. in genetics, Aiyar, helped many scientists in her lab prepare manuscripts for publication. Subsequently, she was hired by the lab to continue in this role, where she developed an excellent set of do's and don'ts aimed at increasing a researcher’s odds of getting published. 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. VIDEO: Shane Bergin talks physics with Dublin commuters Video March 10, 2015 Shane Bergin is a physics professor at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He wanted to expose the average Dubliner to physics in a playful, non-intimidating way, so he and his students came up with a billboard campaign for DART, the city's mass-transit system, which promped commuters to ponder intriguing questions about physical phenomena. For this effort, Bergin was awarded the 2014 AAAS Early Career Award–outreach/public engagement, which honors a researcher for engaging the public in science through innovative methods that bring science into the daily lives of a local community.