Functions of failure Driving Force May 23, 2016 In the 1960s, British biologist Peter Medawar wrote in The Listener magazine what was later broadcast by the BBC in a series of scientific case histories. Its provocative title: Is the Scientific Paper a Fraud? Its thesis: It misrepresents the process of thought that gives rise to the work described in the paper.  Trellis Connect with members via Trellis, AAAS's new communication and collaboration platform Wednesday, May 18, 2016 In an effort to become a multimedia, multiplatform science communication enterprise, rather than a print-centric publisher, AAAS recently invested in the creation of a new science communication tool known as Trellis. The goal is to better enable the scientific community to connect across disciplines, affiliations, and geographies in order to communicate and work together more effectively. 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. What are my career options in national defense? Ask A Member April 26, 2016 Q: A Master’s Student asks:  I have an undergraduate biology degree and research experience. I am going to school for a Master's in biodefense (policy and emergency management). I have experience in research and in industry and some of it is applicable for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) policy and hands-on practice. What are my employment options in either the federal government or academia, and where should I look? Should I continue on for a Ph.D. before getting a job? If so what should I get it in? March 2016 issue of SB&F March 2016 issue of SB&F Download March 17, 2016 To recognize Women’s History Month, SB&F’s March issue reprises our evolving list of books about Women in Science. Our list contains books for all ages and we endeavor to select titles that reflect a broad range of topics. Some of the books are traditional biographies while others are narrative nonfiction stories that highlight women scientists conducting their scientific research in settings ranging from the field to the lab. Women in STEM under siege? Women in STEM under siege? Driving Force March 22, 2016 The revelations brought to light earlier this year by Scientific American could lead to the conclusion that STEM may be bad for your health—if you are a woman. The magazine wrote: “The problem is not only outright sexual harassment—it is a culture of exclusion and unconscious bias that leaves many women feeling demoralized, marginalized and unsure.” AAAS's Shirley Malcom to receive public service award AAAS's Shirley Malcom to receive public service award Wednesday, March 16, 2016 The American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning, has awarded Shirley Malcom, head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS, with the 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award.  This award is granted annually by AERA in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well-grounded in education research, and someone who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research. Malcom will be honored at AERA's awards luncheon on April 10 in Washington, D.C. AAAS e-learning courses to bridge professional gaps AAAS e-learning courses to bridge professional gaps Wednesday, March 16, 2016 For many STEM professionals, there comes a time when they realize that getting the Ph.D. was actually the easy part. They soon find out that building a career is the real challenge. AAAS is stepping up to help in this area with a new career development initiative for members. The effort is part of AAAS’s transition toward being a member-focused, digitally oriented organization. The program is being lead by Alex Torres, director of professional development and career services, who works in AAAS’s new Office of Membership Development and Engagement. Networking opportunity for members near Butte, Montana Thursday, March 10, 2016 Beverly Karplus Hartline, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Montana Tech, seeks to network with AAAS members in the Butte, Montana. For more details, contact: Beverly Karplus Hartline Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists now accepting entries Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists now accepting entries Wednesday, March 2, 2016 We believe that excellent young researchers deserve a little extra attention and endorsement. If you are a recent Ph.D. graduate, you could be the next winner of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.     Submissions are now open for 2016 entries. Doctoral graduates may submit an essay based on their thesis work. Four winners, in different categories, will be selected for this international award. Application deadline: August 1, 2016.