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. A tribute to AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates The science of looking ahead: A tribute to AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Some people just see farther. For a “consulting futurist,” foresight would seem to be mandatory. For AAAS Fellow Joseph F. Coates, who died October 16 at age 85, the scientific study of what’s beyond the visible horizon yielded a career that combined brilliance, effrontery and a legion of devotees.   Francesca Grifo is shaking up the EPA Francesca Grifo, an advocate for scientific integrity Member Spotlight November 25, 2014 Last year, AAAS Fellow Francesca Grifo became the first scientific integrity officer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Tasked with a 2009 directive from the president, she is driving out the engrained political pressure that has seeped into the agency’s scientific endeavors, an issue spotlighted during the George W. Bush administration. The Union of Concerned Scientists alleged the president’s administration sought out and exploited uncertainties in climate change science, while altering EPA reports and excluding scientists from environmental policy decisions. The Markup: R&D appropriations for FY 2015 Podcast January 00, 1970 The Markup with Matt Hourihan is a new series of occasional updates on science funding in Congress, featuring AAAS’s resident R&D budget guru. In this premiere edition, Hourihan runs down how science funding has fared in the current appropriations cycle. Antibiotic resistance: Will policymakers resist effective strategies? Antibiotic resistance: Will policymakers resist effective strategies? Capitol Connection October 14, 2014 One of the most pressing scientific issues facing Congress today is the risk that antibiotic resistance presents to human health. Unlike other political-scientific hot potatoes, such as global warming, the House and Senate crossed the aisle to pass a bipartisan bill to speed new antibiotics to market, and are working on a new bill to make FDA approval even easier. Could an open-access database speed up drug development? Could an open-access database speed up drug development? Capitol Connection October 6, 2014 A recent study finds a significant logjam in the development of new drugs at the discovery and early preclinical phases. Could the creation of an open-source translational research database help solve the problem? You Too Can Have a Monumental Experience: AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Chat Series Podcast January 00, 1970 Want to contribute your science knowledge to directly address societal challenges? Are you intrigued by the policy making process and seeking a way to develop science policy skills? Learn how you too can have a monumental fellowship experience! Application deadline for the 2015-16 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship year Application deadline for the 2015-16 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship year Sunday, September 7, 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. 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. 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?