S&T Policy Fellowship Opportunities for Faculty Podcast January 00, 1970 Are you interested in expanding your science policy resources and networks? Considering a sabbatical year opportunity that will give you hands-on federal policy experience? Watch this video based chat session on the AAAS Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship year. VIDEO: Cutting Edge: Art & Science of Climate Change Video May 13, 2014 This video, “Cutting Edge: Art & Science of Climate Change,” features talks by two leading Arctic researchers and a panel discussion on the role artists and scientists can play in helping to communicate climate change to the public. "Cutting Edge" is a lecture series which presents diverging views on some of the most pressing issues humanity faces today. Application deadline for the 2015-16 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship year Application deadline for the 2015-16 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship year Monday, September 8, 2014 Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. Policy fellowships provide the unique opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to national and international issues in the federal policy realm. Fellows share an interest and commitment to public service, a desire to learn about science and technology policy, and a willingness to apply their scientific and engineering backgrounds in new arenas. The application deadline is November 1. Creating a culture of safety in the lab Creating a culture of safety in the lab Driving Force August 15, 2014 In recent months we’ve learned that samples of living smallpox virus were abandoned in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) storage room, that dozens of employees at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were potentially exposed to a poorly handled shipment of anthrax, that a CDC lab accidentally contaminated a flu sample with the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, and that a chemistry professor was fined $10,000 (and 800 hours of community service) for failing to properly supervise a research assistant who died in his lab. Members of the public may have been horrified about these cases, but academic scientists were likely less surprised. This is because many labs have an “insufficient culture of safety,” according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden. How can labs better foster a culture of safety? Communicating climate change with AAAS member Ray Weymann Communicating climate change with AAAS member Ray Weymann Monday, August 4, 2014 Retired astrophysicist and AAAS member Ray Weymann used to spend his days teaching and conducting research at the University of Arizona in Tucson or directing the Carnegie Observatories. Now he is an expert at communicating the science of climate change to the public. Weymann shares his top tips for teaching about climate change with AAAS MemberCentral blogger Summer Allen. AAAS policy fellow makes predictions about tomorrow today AAAS policy fellow makes predictions about tomorrow today Tuesday, July 15, 2014 SciCast, the largest known science and technology-focused, crowdsourced forecasting site, is helping experts around the world predict the next big thing—from the development of a 3D-manufactured organ to the start date of clinical trials for implantable cancer monitors. Giant longitudinal child study put on hold Capitol Connection July 17, 2014 The National Children’s Study (NCS), which aims to follow the health of 100,000 babies until they turn 21, is now on hold following an assessment by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). The IOM/NRC report notes several flaws with the study’s design and oversight. In response, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins decided to halt the NCS until possible fixes can be evaluated. AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships Opportunities for Midcareer Applicants Podcast January 00, 1970 Midcareer scientists have much to contribute and gain from the AAAS Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowship experience! In this video webinar session, midcareer current and alumni fellows discuss their fellowship experience and answer questions about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship class. NIH and NSF team up to accelerate bench-to-marketplace transitions Capitol Connection July 1, 2014 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) are teaming up to help researchers commercialize new biomedical discoveries. Researchers who are part of the new I-Corps at NIH pilot program will participate in a nine-week boot camp where they will meet with business experts and potential customers. I-Corps at NIH is the newest outgrowth of the NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) private-public partnership program, which helps commercialize selected federally funded research projects. Easing the burden of grant administration Easing the burden of grant administration Capitol Connection June 24, 2014 If you’re a researcher who receives federal funding, you probably feel that you’re spending almost as much time dealing with administration as doing science. Last week, two subcommittees of the House Science Committee held a joint hearing to look into the problem.