Two AAAS members awarded Kavli Prize Friday, June 1, 2012 Every two years the Kavli Prize is awarded to scientists who work in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. In 2012 seven scientists were awarded the prize, including two members of AAAS: Ann M. Graybiel (neuroscience prize) and Mildred S. Dresselhaus (nanoscience prize) of M.I.T. Academics and the Wild West of social media Academics and the Wild West of social media Driving Force April 15, 2014 I am a big proponent of academic scientists using social media (see 10 ways scientists can benefit from Twitter and How to start sharing your science on social media). Yet, I’ve also become more aware of the potential risks associated with the use of these new forms of communication. In this post I will share some cautionary tales about social media use as well as some thoughts on how to avoid such problems. Communicating science: Still talking to ourselves? Driving Force March 31, 2014 With the resurrection this month of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on ten networks, the spirit of Carl Sagan’s work (one of my heroes) has again penetrated public consciousness. We used to hear about popularizers and public intellectuals. Explaining—no, demonstrating—examples of how science works was a gallant experiment in demystification. Volunteer opportunity for the USA Science and Engineering Festival Thursday, March 6, 2014 AAAS is seeking 15 to 20 engaging scientists to speak with local high school students during a one-hour Meet the Scientist/Engineer event being held during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Should scientists do more to communicate their research to the public? AAAS Serves March 4, 2014 New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof sparked ire among academics—including many scientists—when he suggested that academics don't do enough to engage with the public. I don’t think Kristof could have imagined the onslaught of responses that he received from academics, many on social media. Authority in the modern age Authority in the modern age Driving Force March 19, 2014 In the age of online training, MOOCs, open-access journals, and other free resources, it can get overwhelming to find authoritative sources for learning. However, as writer Clay Shirky, a professor at NYU noted during his talk at Cornell University's Law Via the Internet Conference, the concept of "authority" is changing. The hypocrisy of accountability Driving Force February 18, 2014 The ever-growing push for “transparency and accountability," is forcing scientists to conform to a narrow band of criteria measuring their effort and product. Many outcomes are not readily captured, including creativity, risktaking, public advocacy and leadership. This kind of hypocrisy recalls the aphorism of “valuing what is measured” instead of “measuring what is valued.” Exploring science fiction and science 2014 Annual Meeting: Exploring science fiction and science Monday, February 17, 2014 What is the connection between science and science fiction? Are television shows like "Battlestar Galactica" and "Dr. Who" inspiring the next generation of scientists? Professor Lawrence Krauss explored these issues at the 2014 Annual Meeting in his talk, “Physics of the Future,” which was part of the symposium titled, "Where's My Flying Car? How to start sharing your science on social media 2014 Annual Meeting: How to start sharing your science on social media Friday, February 14, 2014 Some scientists have taken to social media like flies to honey, while others are more reticent. Social media maven Danielle Lee, Ph.D. is a role model for scientists looking to expand their social media presence and will give presentations at the upcoming AAAS meeting about how to get started in social media and how to raise STEM awarness in under-served audiences. AAASMC's Summer Allen spoke to Lee about what scientists can expect from social media and how to get started. AAAS MemberCentral: Every Scientist Has a Story AAAS MemberCentral: Every scientist has a story Download February 10, 2014 Each of the AAAS scientists profiled in this publication has a personal story of scientific discovery. A moment when their curiosity compelled them to pursue new knowledge about the world around us. We invite you to read about these AAAS member scientists and policymakers who are on the frontlines of science and society.