Driving Force When ‘optional’ becomes ‘mandatory' Driving Force June 26, 2016 What’s the difference between “structural change” and “short-term adjustment”? Apparently, it’s the result of institutionalizing a policy that had been left to individual discretion. In higher education that individual tends to be the classroom instructor, the one directly interacting with students.  William Golden and wife A transformative gift from the Golden Family Foundation Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Last fall, Lifetime Giving Society donor Sibyl R. Golden revealed her intention to make a gift of $4 million to AAAS, through the Golden Family Foundation. News of one of the most generous gifts in AAAS history generated significant excitement in the William T. Golden Center for Science and Engineering—the AAAS headquarters building in Washington, D.C. VIDEO: AAAS Colloquium Series: Leadership Lessons from Confronting Crises Video May 24, 2016 Leadership skills are often honed in the crucible of crisis, for issues ranging from a budget meltdown to a natural disaster. Science Editor-in-Chief and president-elect, National Academy of Sciences, Marcia McNutt is no stranger to crisis management—during her years helming the USGS, she was known as the "master of disaster." In this AAAS Colloquium Talk, she gives examples of lessons she has gained from her career of fighting oil spills, responding to earthquakes, reinventing institutions, and even combating scientific misconduct. AAAS launches e-learning Career Development Center AAAS launches e-learning Career Development Center Monday, May 2, 2016 AAAS has always understood the importance that professional development plays in our members’ careers, and we continue to develop resources through Science Careers and the MemberCentral portal to address these needs. The Markup: FY 2017 appropriations cycle begins Podcast March 17, 2016 - 9:00am - 9:08am In the latest edition of The Markup with Matt Hourihan, AAAS’s lead R&D budget analyst takes a look President Barak Obama's FY 2017 budget proposal. The budget abides by the agreed-upon discretionary cap of $1.07 trillion in FY 2017, but adds on top of that base a package of proposals to be financed through new mandatory spending, which would not be subject to the spending caps. VIDEO: AAAS Colloquium Series: Is there a Science of Science Policy? Video March 03, 2016 In his keynote speech to the 2005 AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy, President George W. Bush’s science advisor, John Marburger, called for the creation of "a new interdisciplinary field of quantitative science policy studies." These science policy studies were needed, he declared, "to provide a basis for understanding the enormously complex dynamic of today’s global, technology-based society." VIDEO: Review AAAS Sphere presentations from the 2016 Annual Meeting Video March 31, 2016 These thought-provoking talks were apart of AAAS's 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. They cover a range of topics, career development, education, science policy and more. AAAS Fellow William Colglazier appointed to new UN advisory committee AAAS Fellow William Colglazier appointed to new UN advisory committee Thursday, January 28, 2016 AAAS Fellow William Colglazier has been appointed to a new United Nations advisory committee, the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The 10-member group will support the creation and use of innovative technologies for achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, which seeks to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. 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.